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The Tennessee Recycling Coalition or TRC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting recycling and sustainable materials management practices in the State of Tennessee. We are a coalition of many industries, companies, and individuals networked together to raising recycling as the standard in Tennessee.

We recognize that recycled materials have value and contribute to the economic well-being of all Tennesseans. Recycling promotes and sustains jobs, adds to the revenue of local governments by growing the tax base and through the sale of collected commodities. Recycling further enhances the personal wealth of all Tennesseans through cost avoidance of landfill tipping fee charges. Ultimately, it also protects the environment by keeping the materials out of the landfill.

TRC works in partnership with the local, state, and federal governments to provide resources, education and outreach for the recycling message. We are proud of our accomplishments and strongly support the manufacturing industries in Tennessee through our partnership messages. These messages promote high quality feed stock that fuels their manufacturing.   



Announcement on TRC's 2019-2020 Recycler of the Year Award Winners:

The Tennessee Recycling Coalition with its Board of Directors is pleased to present the 2020 Recycler of the Year Awards. TRC's Recycler of the Year Awards recognizes individuals, organizations, schools, and businesses in the State of Tennessee that have demonstrated a commitment to waste prevention and recycling. Please visit our Awards page for all the details on the winners or click the press release below.


Business Recycler of the Year: Florim

Government Recycler of the Year: West Tennessee Regional Recycling Hub

School (K-12) Recycler of the Year: Lipscomb Academy Lower School

Higher Education Recycler of the Year: Tennessee Tech University

 Recycler of the Year: Nashville Food Project

Tom Hattle Memorial Award of the Year: Keith Street

Video Entry Award of the Year: Refurban, link to video

Innovator of the Year
Brown Forman - Clifton Mill

View Press Release

Congrats to all the winners and thank you to everyone who applied!

2020 Webinars:

Please check back for updates and visit the Events page to sign up for upcoming webinars. 

Previously Held Webinars:

December Webinar: Virtual Presentation of the Recycler of the Year Award Winners, Tuesday, December 8, 2020 

October Webinar: Home Composting 101, Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Follow up to Webinar: In this webinar, attendees learned all the basics of diverting food waste and starting a home composting system with Turnip Green Creative Reuse. TGCR diverts materials from the landfill through creative and innovative ways and has been educating Nashvillians to do the same since 2011. Youtube link from this webinar will be posted soon. 

September Webinar: Solutions for Hard-to-Recycle Materials, Thursday, September 24, 2020

Follow up to Webinar: TRC led a webinar that involved TerraCycle's Caroline Coffee explaining their programs for hard-to-recycle materials. TerraCycle also gave an overview of their Cigarette Recycling Program which has been utilized by Keep Tennessee Beautiful. Edmond McDavis with KTB further described this program.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsbBiqL2e9A

August Webinar: Explore and Learn about La-Z-Boy's Zero Waste to Landfill Journey at their Dayton, TN Facility, August 13, 2020

Follow up to Webinar:

Thanks to all who attended to learn about La-Z-Boy's Dayton, TN facility and their journey to reach zero-waste-to-landfill status. This presentation is not allowed to be posted. 

July Webinar: Building Demand for Recycled Materials in Tennessee, July 30, 2020 

Follow up to Webinar: 

TRC participated in a webinar in July with the US Business Council for Sustainable Development that was focused on the circular economy in Tennessee as it relates to recycling. Please check out the recording of this webinar. 

TRC's 31st Annual Conference Update:

After careful and thorough consideration, TRC's Board of Directors has decided to cancel this year's 2020 conference. Our board held several meetings filled with discussion and input from various sources including feedback from our recent member survey to reach this decision. Out of an abundance of caution for everyone's safety, we believe this is the best decision at this time to cancel the 2020 conference. We already have next year's conference scheduled and on the books for August 25-27, 2021 in Gatlinburg at the Park Vista hotel. TRC will  offer virtual awards and webinars this year.

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Tennessee Recycling Coalition

P.O. Box 23796

Nashville, TN 37202



Working together to promote reuse and recycling activities in Tennessee.

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