TENNESSEE RECYCLING COALITION


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  • Becky Caldwell

  • Executive Director

  • Tennessee Recycling Coalition
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  • Becky Caldwell is a nationally recognized expert in the field of solid waste resource management and solutions. She is the President of Caldwell Environmental Solutions, LLC, a solid waste management consulting company, based in Middle Tennessee. Ms. Caldwell served as the Regional Solid Waste Planning Manager at the Greater Nashville Regional Council (GNRC) where she was responsible for finding and facilitating resources for managing solid waste related challenges across a diverse thirteen-county region that included high density urban, suburban, and rural constituents, working towards an integrated management plan to protect the region’s air, land, and water resources. Specific projects in this role included the 2019 Middle Tennessee Solid Waste Master Plan, and the 2020 Regional Needs Assessment, both completed in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC). Her experience includes 18-years with the City of Franklin, Tennessee, ten of which were served as the Director of Sanitation and Environmental Services where she was responsible for a multi-million-dollar budget, planning, operations, and safety for four residential collection divisions, commercial collections, special events, transfer station operation, and disposal planning. She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University, with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, and earned her Master of Business Administration (MBA) in 2005, from the University of Phoenix. Ms. Caldwell holds certification from the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) in Integrated Solid Waste Management, Collection Systems, Transfer Station Management, Managing Recycling Systems, and Household Hazardous Waste Management, and serves on the organization’s national faculty, training across the country. She served two-terms as the President of the Tennessee Volunteer Chapter of SWANA and currently serves in the role of Executive Director for the Tennessee Recycling Coalition (TRC).

    Board Members 

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  • Lincoln Young

  • President

  • Rockwood Sustainable Solutions, President
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  • Lincoln@rockwoodrecycling.com

  • Lincoln is the owner of Rockwood Sustainable Solutions. Lincoln started recycling in 2014, when he founded Ground Up Recycling. Over the years, Lincoln has successfully grown his company with a specialization in Construction and Demolition Recycling. The main products recycled at Rockwood Sustainable Solutions are wood, shingles, and tires. Lincoln moves recycled products to end markets that he has helped develop across the state. These end products include asphalt, aggregate substitutes, landscaping products, clean electricity. In 2017, Lincoln was recognized as one of the nations top environmental leaders. For TRC, Lincoln wants to see our members find a place to network, develop friendships, and learn ways to help one another as we increase recycling through TN.



    Class Year

    2018 (1st Term)

    2021 (2nd Term)

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  • Lisa Bryant

  • Secretery

  • Keep Sevier Beautiful Executive Director
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  • Lisa Bryant is the Executive Director of Keep Sevier Beautiful in Sevierville, TN where she has been employed over the last 3 years. She came to Tennessee from Missouri where she was a Regional Advertising Director for several news publications for over 20 years. She has two daughters and two granddaughters. At KSB, they focus on four main areas…Litter Prevention, Recycling/Waste Reduction, Beautification and Education. It is their mission to motivate and educate Sevier County residents and visitors to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. Being part of the TRC Board will help me learn and grow in the recycling industry as well as bring new ideas that has made KSB successful over the past few years.



    Class Year

    2022 (1st Term)

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  • Neil Brown

  • Treasurer

  • Eastman
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  • Neil is passionate about recycling and the role it plays in conserving resources, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and keeping trash out of both urban/built and natural environments. In addition to that passion, Neil provides the TRC board with industry-related insights that he has gained by being part of a large corporation (Eastman). Over his first few years of service, he has continued to express excitement about the opportunity to serve on the TRC board. He enjoys contributing to TRC’s efforts of educating Tennesseans to increase the adoption of recycling and partnering with individuals/organizations to overcome issues impeding those efforts.


    Class Year

    2020 (1st Term)

    2023 (2nd Term)

    Board Members
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  • Meredith Leahy

  • Past President, Current Board Member

  • Rubicon
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  • Ms. Leahy has worked in many different arenas of recycling, such as with local governments, material processors, non-profits, corporations, and commodity-specific groups in the industry. All of these experiences have given her a comprehensive view of the recycling landscape, which will enable her to better serve on the TRC board. For TRC she will work to develop action-oriented plans to make important strides towards improving recycling and making positive impacts for our state, environment, and communities in Tennessee.

    Class Year

    2019 (1st Term)

    2022 (2nd Term)

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  • Cody Buell

  • Board Member

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  • Mr. Buell strongly believes that his passion for environmental stewardship and his jovial personality will allow him to help make a substantial impact at the TRC. He looks forward to working to improve recycling efforts throughout the greater Tennessee community. Mr. Buell has a deep rooted passion for improving the world through environmental stewardship and he has a penchant for doing the aforementioned through direct interaction with businesses.



    Class Year

    2020 (1st Term)

    2023 (2nd Term)

Amber Greene
  • Amber Greene

  • Board Member

  • West TN Regional Recycling Hub, Recycling Coordinator
  • Executive Director Of Keep Chester County Beautiful
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  • Amber Greene is the Recycling Coordinator at West Tennessee Regional Recycling Hub (Chester County Solid Waste & Recycling Department) and Executive Director of Keep Chester County Beautiful. She has been married for 15 years and has twin daughters. Amber, along with Danny Benard, Chester County Solid Waste Director started the West Tennessee Regional Recycling Hub in Chester County that partners with 11 other counties and cities to process recycling materials. Mrs. Greene started Keep Chester County Beautiful in 2005 and handles public awareness campaigns, recycling market development, data collection, grants, contracts, safety, education, and analysis related to the Hub and Solid Waste Department.She is passionate about recycling and actively volunteers in her profession and community. KCCB and the Recycling Hub has received many awards for the programs lead by Amber. Amber graduated from Bethel University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and graduated from the University of Martin West Star Leadership Program. Mrs. Greene graduated from the University of TN with a Solid Waste Professional Certification and a Certified Public Administrator Certification. She is currently serving on the Tennessee Recycling Coalition and TN Solid Waste Directors board.



    Class Year

    2016 (1st Term)

    2019 (2nd Term)

    2024 (3rd Term)

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  • Doug Giles

  • Board Member

  • Maury County Solid Waste Director
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  • Being new to the recycling industry, Mr. Giles has found that he can bring a new perspective to any role he is in. Through his involvement with FFA, Mr. Giles was trained as a public speaker and facilitator. With that training he has presented over 100 speeches/workshops to groups ranging in size from fifteen to 3,000 attendants. He has also had the opportunity to work with corporate sponsors within organizations. These skills will translate to TRC’s mission as with additional sponsorships come additional opportunities to promote recycling.



    Class Year

    2020 (1st Term)

    2023 (2nd Term)

Robert Hayes
  • Robert Hayes

  • Board Member

  • Wayne County Solid Waste Director
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  • Robert Hayes is first and foremost a Christian. Secondly, he is Solid Waste/ Recycling Director and Litter Grant/Highway Beautification Administrator in rural Wayne County. He graduated from Joliet Junior College in Joliet, Illinois with honors and attended The University of North Alabama and studied Agriculture Production Management. He started his career as Wayne Solid Waste/Recycling Director in 1991 giving him 28 years of expertise in Materials Management. He served on the Recycling Marketing Cooperative of Tennessee board for two terms and is excited about being a part of the TRC board. With his years of experience and passion for sustainability, he hopes to help Tennessee continue the endeavor of recycling excellence. He is an avid outdoorsman and cattle farmer who loves to hunt, fish, eat chocolate chip cookies and talk “trash.”



    Class Year

    2022 (1st Term)

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  • Laura Howard

  • Board Member

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    Sevier Solid Waste Department

  • Laura Howard is the Recycling/Compost Coordinator for Sevier Solid Waste, Inc., an MSW composting & recycling facility that diverts over 70% of the county's waste from the landfill. Here she serves in many roles including marketing compost and education and outreach. Prior to serving at SSWI, Laura was the Executive Director of the local affiliate Keep Sevier Beautiful and the founded the first river based affiliate, Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful. Through both roles, Laura has received numerous awards for her leadership and passion to protect the environment. Laura serves on the Keep the Tennessee Beautiful advisory board, the TN State Composting Council where she was a founding board member, Keep the TN River Beautiful board and Project House of Hope that serves the community of Montrouis, Haiti. She and her family (her husband Mark and three children) also coordinate a soccer team - Heroes of Hope for boys in Montrouis providing sports, leadership and jobs for the community. Of all her passions (recycling, composting, soccer and Haiti), Laura's greatest roles are those of a wife and mother.



    Class Year

    2021 (1st Term)

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  • Amelia Mayahi

  • Board Member

  • University of Memphis
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  • Amelia Mayahi is the Sustainability Manager for the University of Memphis (U of M). She currently resides in Germantown, TN with her husband and two children. She has worked for the University of Memphis since 2009, and while she manages many projects across all areas of sustainability, recycling is her biggest passion. Originally from Dresden, Tennessee, Amelia was heavily influenced by her father who began the recycling program at UT Martin. Moving to Memphis in 2009, she took her knowledge from UT Martin and applied it to U of M, creating the first Sustainability Office. In order to have the best services available to the U of M, she joined TRC. TRC proved to be a great resource and network and she is proud to serve as a Board Member.


    Class Year

    2022 (1st Term)

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  • Edmond McDavis, III

  • Board Member

  • Keep Tennessee Beautiful, Affiliate Services Director
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  • Edmond serves as Affiliate Services Director for Keep Tennessee Beautiful (KTnB). In this position, Edmond travels the state providing direct support to KTnB’s network of affiliates, including new director training, continued education, board development and program development training for the 30+ Keep America Beautiful Affiliates in the state of TN. He also works with our non-affiliate partners to educate them on our core initiatives, and encourage them to become KAB affiliates. Edmond is a certified Community Environment Professional for Keep America Beautiful (c/o 2017). A native of Columbus, MS, Edmond earned a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Mississippi University for Women, with a minor in psychology in 2003. Edmond has been a part of the KTnB team since December 2006. Edmond is married to Alexis S. McDavis. They have a five-year-old son, Tatum Jayce. Edmond enjoys sports, video games, and spending time with his family and friends.



    Class Year

    2020 (1st Term)

    2023 (2nd Term)

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  • Caleb Powell

  • Board Member

  • TN Dept. of Environment & Conservation
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  • Caleb Powell is an Environmental Scientist with TDEC’s Office of Policy and Sustainable Practices. He became interested in sustainability at a young age because of his father’s involvement with the solid waste industry and has prior experience in the recycling industry and with event coordination. Caleb assists with the Tennessee Green Star Partnership and the Tennessee Sustainable Spirits Program. Caleb has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sustainability and Energy Technology from Middle Tennessee State University and is currently working on a Master of Science degree in Occupational Health and Safety.



    Class Year

    2022 (1st Term)

 

      Board Advisors

Jeff Ezell
  • Jeffrey Ezell

  • Board Member

  • The Compost Company
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  • Jeffrey graduated from the University of Georgia with a BS in Geology in 2006. His love of the outdoors quickly led him into environmental education, working for Metro Parks in Nashville, and Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Jeffrey began with Metro Beautification & Environment Commission, a division of Metro Nashville Public Works, in 2009 as the Education Specialist, overseeing recycling, waste, and litter prevention education programs for over 40,000 people annually. Jeffrey has also worked with many groups to develop efficient recycling and composting programs within school, business, worship, and government facilities. Jeffrey became the Recycling Coordinator for Public Works in 2013, though continues develop and oversee Metro Beautification’s environmental education programs. Jeffrey enjoys working to strengthen Nashville’s recycling and waste reduction efforts by working on education and promotional media pieces, public, private, and institutional recycling programs and drop-off locations, problems mitigation, and recycling & waste contracts. A SWANA certified Compost Facility Manager, Jeffrey also organizes Tennessee’s only Master Composter program.



    Class Year

    2017 (1st Term)

    2020 (2nd Term)


   
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