Taking advantage of technological advances in recycling can help your community save money and resources. Attend this upcoming program to find out how.
In these tough economic times, municipalities are looking for new sources of revenue to help offset the cost of programs that their communities have come to rely on. Your community's recycling program can provide one such opportunity. With new advancements in technology over the past 20 years, now is an ideal time for municipal officials to evaluate their recycling ordinances, contract, and community outreach program to identify potential savings and efficiencies.
Since Act 101 was adopted in 1988, the world of recycling has changed significantly. Processes have improved, advancements have been made with machinery, and new systems are in place for previously non-recyclable materials. With technological advancements more items than ever can be efficiently recycled. Recycling is experiencing a renaissance and these changes can be beneficial for municipalities, many of whom have been collecting recyclable items for years.
The "Reyclcing Renaissance" program on Thursday, March 15, 2012 (8:30 AM, Cranberry Township Municipal Building) will explore what's new in recycling and provide insight as to how municipal officials can benefit from these advancements. Having a greater understanding of these renaissance technologies is the first step in improving the effectiveness of your community's recycling program - and ensuring that fewer items enter the waste stream. Once you understand these developments, you can work with your residents and haulers on developing programs that can lead to savings and increased diversion rates.
At the Pennsylvania Resources Council, we've found that Act 101 is often misinterpreted among municipal officials and the citizens they represent. These misunderstandings often lead to missed opportunities for communities to apply for recycling program grant dollars. This workshop will provide an overview of the DEP regulations and the modifications municipalities should consider making to their ordinances to be eligible for these grant dollars.
Furthermore, it is important for municipalities to understand the options they may have with their current or future RFPs. With new technologies and changes in the way recyclable materials are handled, municipalities have more choices to consider. Revenue sharing, per ton versus per unit pricing, and pay as you throw are just a few examples to consider. Understanding these options can translate into short term and long term savings.
This workshop will focus on giving municipalities the tools they need to increase the effectiveness of their municipality's recycling program in a number of areas - from developing RFPs to enhancing community outreach efforts. Participants are encouraged to bring a copy of their municipality's waste ordinance to the workshop. All participants will be given a thumbnail drive with extensive resources to help their municipality increase residential recycling and commercial recycling and reporting.
In addition, all attendees will be entered into a drawing. Two winning municipalities will receive one-on-one design and production of an educational piece (either electronic or printed*) targeting either residential or commercial recycling participants in their municipalities.
(*limited number of printed pieces available)
Register on-line today for this interactive, informative program and take advantage of the opportunity to learn how your community can save money and the environment by updating your existing recyclign program.
Submitted by: Pennsylvania Resources Council