Rural Recycling—Bridging the Gaps
As small towns and rural communities work to provide recycling services, they are faced with unique challenges that make effective recycling programs expensive and difficult to implement. From the distances between households to the smaller financial base, communities across America are struggling to provide recycling services in their communities. They struggle with the question: How do I provide effective and efficient recycling, composting and waste prevention services at a cost I can afford? There are solutions and many communities have discovered ways of engaging their community to reduce, reuse and recycle the Rural America way. Join us on April 15th to hear two experts talk about resources for implementing recycling in rural communities and to give examples of programs that work. Also, bring your stories to share or get advice during the roundtable portion of the call.
English Bird is the Executive Director of the New Mexico Recycling Coalition (NMRC), a nonprofit education and advocacy organization with a mission to lead New Mexico to value waste as a resource. She developed the Rural Recycling Technical Assistance Program, funded by the U.S.D.A. Rural Utilities Program, to provide direct technical assistance, assistance with grant applications, and targeted trainings to 110 communities. NMRC and the New Mexico Environment Department have targeted federal stimulus monies to assist in the creation of regionalized recycling centers.
Justin Stockdale offers his in depth knowledge of waste diversion and recycling program design to clients through his consulting firm The Recycled Revival. Recent projects include the development of Solid Waste Plans for the City of Albuquerque, McKinley County, NM, and Taos Pueblo. As Project Manager for the New Mexico Recycling Coalition, Justin wrote and produced the Rural Recycling Resource Kit, designed to provide a comprehensive resource for recycling program managers and other solid waste officials across rural New Mexico. Justin is currently developing a materials marketing coop, R3:Rural Recycling Resources for NMRC. Justin has also led NMRC’s Mapping Project which developed GIS resources to assist in interpreting the status of solid waste management in New Mexico.
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