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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.   



Recycler of the Year Awards:

The Tennessee Recycling Coalition with its Board of Directors is pleased to present the nomination criteria for this year's Recycler of the Year (ROY) awards. Participants are encouraged to nominate themselves or others and submit the awards nomination no later than 5:00pm, September 18th, 2020. Please be sure to note, that this year, TRC desires to rewards a few of our education category winners with either a bottle refill station or monetary equivalent donation to your education facility as a reward for your hard work and dedication to the promotion and dedication of recycling.

Submissions are due September 18, 2020!

For more information please visit the Awards page

Upcoming Webinars for 2020:

Please check back for updates and visit the Events page to sign up for upcoming webinars. All TRC members can sign up for free. Stay tuned as we have a few webinars we are finalizing! 

Next Webinar:  Home Composting 101

Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 2pm EST

Description: In this webinar, learn 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.


Caleb Powell, Environmental Scientist, TDEC

Leah Sherry, Executive Director, Turnip Green Creative Reuse

Ali Hadd, Reuse Specialist, Turnip Green Creative Reuse

Register: Click here to register for webinar

Recently Held Webinars:

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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