TRC Presents the 2017 Recycling Workshop Series

The Tennessee Recycling Coalition is proud to present the 2017 Workshop Series.  The workshop series is planned and organized in partnership with RRS (Resource Recycling Systems).  The third of four workshops in the series is sponsored by the Carton Council, and will take place in Memphis on America Recycles Day, November 15th.  Please join us if you can, and tune in here as additional workshops are added throughout the year across the great state of Tennessee. 

Workshop Three - Spend this America Recycles Day with TRC on November 15 in Memphis! 

Workshop Topic: Partnerships and Regional Approaches for Improving Recycling

Click here to register for workshop! Free for TRC members, $25 for non-members. Lunch is included this time! **Only those who register by 11/13 will be guaranteed a lunch! 

This America Recycles Day, think local and act regional! Join the Tennessee Recycling Coalition on November 15th with local representatives including Joe Nunes, City of Germantown & Shelby County Solid Waste Planning Board Chair; Joyce Williams (and team), City of Memphis, and Jenna Thompson Memphis/Shelby County Office of Sustainability; as they discuss program investments and communication – with a focus on how social media and on-the-street tactics have impacted recycling program participation and contamination, cooperative opportunities within a regional solid waste planning structure, and partnerships and crossover opportunities with other professional associations to help Tennessee strengthen recycling.


Also join us for a tour of operations at our host facility American Snuff Co.  You will hear about their manufacturing zero waste goals, and get a site tour to see their recycling and recovery programs in action.

Attend & Gain These Key Takeaways:

JUST ADDED: Earn 3 SWANA Continuing Education Unit credits by attending this workshop! 

* Social media strategies to engage your residents or employees in recycling

* On-the-ground actions to help reduce contamination and improve participation in your recycling program

* Solid waste planning practices for effective regional collaboration 

* Learn how a broader regional sustainability platform can provide recycling program support and involvement from the business sector

Date: November 15th, 2017

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. CST


Joyce Williams (speaker bio), Recycling Coordinator, City of Memphis

Joe Nunes (speaker bio), Neighborhood Services Manager, City of Germantown, TN

Jenna Thompson (speaker bio), Administrator, Office of Sustainability, Memphis and Shelby County

Meeting Location:

American Snuff Co.

5106 Tradeport Drive

Memphis, TN 38141

Workshop Agenda:

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Boxed Lunch provided

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Speaker presentations

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Tour of American Snuff manufacturing facility

Click here to register now!

Special Appreciation to Workshop Sponsor: 

American Snuff Co.



Joy Williams

As the Recycling Administrator, Joy Williams is responsible for transitioning the City’s 20 year old recycling program from a dual stream collection to single stream.  With pilot programs volume increases of 200% and participation doubling, the City is expanding the program to over 80,000 households this summer. Ms. Williams has worked in municipal government for over 30 years with Parks, Seniors, Economic Development, City Management and now, Solid Waste.  The opportunity to jump start this program is one of the most challenging opportunities she’s faced. 

In years where the press said recycling was dead and that it cost too much money to collect, Memphis did something that might be considered daring, reckless, or just plain dumb – we went single stream, we delivered carts, and the program began to grow towards sustainability – the volumes have more than doubled, the participation has increased by 5-8%, and the recycling program is now an integral part of the planning and development of a fluid Solid Waste system.

Joe Nunes

Joe has been with the City of Germantown for over thirteen years serving as the Neighborhood Services manager where he oversees the collection of solid waste, code compliance and coordination of the city’s neighborhood communications. Joe is a member of SWANA and the National Waste and Recycling Association. In addition to his duties with the City of Germantown, Joe also serves as the Chairman for the Shelby County Municipal Solid Waste Region Board. 

Jenna Thompson

Jenna Thompson is the Administrator for the Office of Sustainability and Vivian Ekstrom is the Office Planner. Jenna joins the Office with over 10 years of design and education experience. She is an Assistant Professor and Sustainability Coordinator for the Department of Architecture at the University of Memphis. Prior to beginning her career in education, Jenna worked for Looney Ricks Kiss Architect, Inc (LRK, Inc.), a nationally acclaimed local design firm. She earned a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Memphis and both a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Interior Architecture degree from Auburn University. 

Jenna brings to the Office a passion for creating awareness and action to social, economic, and environmental stewardship. With her unique position as an educator and administrator, Jenna plans to grow the visibility of the Office, extend education efforts, cultivate partnerships, promote community engagement, and enhance opportunities for market and government transformation in becoming more sustainable.




Working together to promote reuse and recycling activities in Tennessee.

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