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2017 Workshop Series

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Workshop One Best Practices for Adding New Materials

Held on: September 12, 2017 in Nashville, TN   

The first of four workshops in the series was sponsored by the Foodservice Packaging Institute, and took place in Chattanooga, TN on June 1, 2017. Participants learned about Best Practices for Adding New Materials 

Many communities are adding more items for collection because of newly advanced technology, product packaging changes, market demand, or goals of higher recycling rates. This workshop explored opportunities and discussed industry best practices for adding materials to recycling programs. Participants learned about resources and lessons to assist with continued recycling program development. In addition to the information session, participants had the opportunity to tour either the WestRock MRF or WestRock paper mill. 

This workshop celebrated the FPI community partnership project that is underway in Chattanooga –a partnership of the City of Chattanooga, WestRock, and the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI). Through this work, Chattanooga is adding as suite of foodservice packaging to their curbside program starting later this year.


Matt Todd, Senior Consultant, Resource Recycling Systems

Matt is a Senior Consultant at RRS whose foundation is firmly rooted in practical application. His diverse background in many facets of recycling and solid waste management provide a great blend of system expertise,

and project execution. Matt has over 20 years of progressive solid waste management experience in the public and private sector and leads teams on a wide range of projects. His extensive experience has

placed him in front of various organizations, including corporations, municipalities, NGOs, state government, private recycling companies, and colleges and

universities. Matt lives in Durham, NC and has a BS in Environmental Science from Virginia Tech.

Matt Glastetter, Director of Operations - Tennessee, WestRock Recycling

Matt Glastetter is currently serving as director of operations - Tennessee, for the Recycling division, where he is responsible for recycling plant operations and business development in Tennessee and

Alabama. Matt joined WestRock in 2012 as assistant general manager for our Chattanooga, Tennessee, recycling plant. The following year, he was promoted to general manager of the Knoxville, Tennessee, recycling plant, and again in 2014 to general manager of the Chattanooga plant. Prior to joining WestRock, Matt worked for The Newark Group in management roles at

its Mobile, Alabama, recycled paper mill and Shreveport, Louisiana, recycling plant. Matt earned a bachelor's degree in operations management from Southeast Missouri State University.

Erik Schmidt,Director of Sustainability, City of Chattanooga 

The City of Chattanooga has been recycling curbside and at its five recycle convenience centers for over twenty years. The City has moved from dual to single stream in recent years and have provided each of its 26,000 + members with a 96-gallon container to increase over all waste

diversion. The City has on average 30 addresses sign up for recycling each week and have increased monthly tonnage from an average of 204.2 in 2013 to 447.4 in 2017. Concerning its centers, the City has on average over 10,000 participants and receives 136 tons per month. Recently, the City has partnered with Green Spaces, a non-profit in the sustainability field, to increase the right way to recycle in a marketing campaign expected in the summer of 2017.

Natalie Hostetler, Program Director, Green Spaces

Natalie Hostetler has been with Green Spaces as the Green Light Program Director since 2015. Natalie is a lifelong Chattanoogan, with over 10 years of progressive experience in corporate training, sales, and marketing and has worked for three Fortune 100 companies since she

graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2005. As the Program

Director of the Green Light program, Natalie has developed a vast knowledge of program development and implementation from her work with local non-profits and her career in corporate sales. Her reputation for connecting people and incorporating fun with work is well known and she is looking forward to working with businesses to have the tools they need to adopt a lifelong

culture of sustainability within their organization.

Workshop Two Glass Recycling Solutions and the role of Fiberglass as a Consumer and Industrial End Market

Held on: September 12, 2017 in Nashville, TN   

These days glass recycling is a hot topic across the country Public recycling programs andbusinesses are finding innovative ways to collaborate to collect and process clean glass. TheGlass Recycling Coalition (GRC) is a resource to assist across the glass recycling value chain to offer solutions to increase and improve glass recycling in a variety of end-uses. In Tennessee, fiberglass is a big consumer of recycled glass (cullet). During this workshop, participants learned more about glass recycling from Glass Recycling Coalition members Jason Dulaney, Owens Corning, Scott Miller, Knauf Insulation and Angus Crane, NAIMA (North American Insulation Manufacturers Association). The tour to Strategic Materials was cancelled due to weather and site conditions, but Bill Clark from Strategic Materials attended the workshop session and provided a virtual tour of the plant and talked glass recycling with attendees. 


Jason Dulaney, Cullet Sourcing Leader, Owens Corning

Jason is responsible for the strategic sourcing of recycled content for Owens Corning’s North American fiberglass insulation business. He is responsible for setting and ensuring the execution of OC’s strategic sourcing strategies related to cullet and maintaining OC’s high standard for recycled content in is fiberglass insulation products. Jason represents Owens Corning on the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association glass cullet taskforce and the Glass Recycling Coalition. Jason resides in the Toledo, OH area and has a BS in Business from Bowling Green State University. 

Angus E. Crane, Executive Vice President, General Counsel to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) 

Mr. Crane is Executive Vice President, General Counsel to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) in Alexandria,Virginia (1995-present). Prior to joining NAIMA, Mr. Crane was an environmental lawyer with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Dickstein, Shapiro & Morin (1990-95). Mr. Crane was appointed to an attorney position for the Appellate Section of the United States Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division through the Attorney General's Honor Law Graduate Program (1987-90). Before his service with the Department of Justice, he served as a law clerk for the Idaho Supreme Court (1986-87). Angus is a Truman Scholar and graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School. Mr. Crane is an author of numerous articles. 

Scott Miller, Director, Knauf Academy 

Directs Knauf Insulations Sustainability Initiatives, product regulation or selection activities and provides strategic input to manufacturing, product development, as well as sales and marketing initiatives. Well versed in product impacts, Scott is keenly aware of the impact that Knauf Insulations products bring to market. 

Workshop Three Partnerships and Regional Approaches for Improving Recycling

Held on: November 15, 2017 in Memphis, TN  

Tennessee Recycling Coalition on November 15th with local representatives including Joe Nunes, City of Germantown; Joyce Williams (and team), City of Memphis, and Jenna Thompson Memphis/ Shelby County Office of Sustainability; discussed program investments and communication, cooperative opportunities within a regional solid waste planning structure, and partnerships and crossover opportunities with other professional associations to help Tennessee strengthen recycling. The regional recycling discussion provided the opportunity to meet other recycling colleagues and organizations that could be potential partners to help strengthen your recycling program.

Workshop Four Food Waste & Organics Recovery 

Held on: May 11, 2017 in Nashville, TN

This event focused on food waste and organics recovery in the Nashville region in a unique setting at the Country Music Hall of Fame! The Tennessee Recycling Coalition had a great lineup of speakers for this informational session as well as networking opportunities and an exclusive back of house organics recovery tour of the CMHF.


Karl Ebert, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Karl Ebert hails from Rochester NY, but attended college in Miami FL, at St. Thomas University. He spent 9 years working in Major League Baseball for the Miami Marlins, where he oversaw the construction and daily operations of Marlins Park, a certified LEED Gold facility. Currently Mr. Ebert oversees the sustainability program at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Nashville. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum sees over 1 million guests come through its doors annually and Mr. Ebert has helped increase recycling rates, reduce food waste and improve community relations.

Linda Breggin, Nashville Food Waste Initiative

Linda K. Breggin. is a Senior Attorney and Director, Southeast Environmental Programs for the Environmental Law Institute, located in Nashville, Tennessee. For the last several years, she has served as the Project Coordinator for the Nashville Food Waste Initiative, a Project of the Natural Resources Defense Council. In this role, she has helped develop and implement a holistic strategy for addressing food waste that includes approaches to preventing wasted food, rescuing surplus food and recycling food scraps. Education is a key component of all aspects of the Initiative

Jeffery Ezell, The Compost Company

Jeffery Ezell is a SWANA certified Compost Facility Manager, active member of the US Compost Council, and currently serves as Vice President of the Tennessee Recycling Coalition. Prior to working with The Compost Company, Jeffrey served as Recycling Coordinator for Metro Nashville Public Works working to grow and support composting projects at schools, community centers, businesses, and homes. Jeffrey also served as coordinator and instructor for the Davidson County Master Composter Class. Jeffrey Ezell holds a bachelor’s degree in Geology from the University of Georgia.

Sharon Smith, Metro Nashville Public Works

Sharon Smith has worked in the waste management industry for over 22 years including 16 years with the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. She has worked for the Metro Government in several capacities starting as recycling coordinator and is currently an assistant director.

RRS has been driving and delivering results since 1986. Our clients are leaders in materials management, and together we have achieved results in which we are very proud. We stay nimble and responsive, providing informed, innovative, actionable solutions to the sustainability challenges of our time.

Working together to promote reuse and recycling activities in Tennessee.

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