Conference addresses recycling industry challenges

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In recent months, the recycling industry has faced significant challenges as China accepts far fewer recyclables. Materials must now be less contaminated and additional markets must be found.

The 32nd Southeast Recycling Conference (SERC) and Recycle Florida Today Winter Summit, both held last month in Orlando, addressed those challenges.[1] More than 40 exhibitors[2] offered innovative as well as time-tested recycling solutions at the event’s trade show.

Oscar Vargas (Director) and Jessica Wright (waste management expert and Project Manager) represented ecoPreserve. Sessions they attended explored the evolving changes in recycling programs, allowing more flexible plastics and sealed products. In the future, drone delivery is likely to have an impact on packaging. Cardboard won’t suffice in all-weather environments.

Reusable packaging programs are now seen as a possible trend. For example, in pilot programs today ice cream may be purchased in metal containers that are sent back to the manufacturer. A similar strategy is being tested with household cleaning products.

Would you be interested in attending next year’s events? The 33rd SERC will be held on March 15-18, 2020 in Miramar Beach, Florida. The conference website[3] has a preliminary agenda and travel details.

Alexa Stone
LEED AP, Sustainable Facility Professional, Envision Sustainability Professional - - Alexa has more than 25 years of experience in sustainable and Smart Cities development. Her strategic planning work has served local, state, and federal government, higher education, and private industry. Alexa founded ecoPreserve in 2009 as a team of 3 and has grown the company to over a dozen of the brightest sustainability and project management professionals in the industry.
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