The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will host its second-annual America Recycles: Innovation Fair virtually from November 16-17. The virtual event will focus on advancing the future of recycling in America. To register for the free event, click here.
On November 16, the online event will showcase entrepreneurs from across the recycling system online via virtual exhibit halls demonstrating their state-of-the-art products, services, outreach and technologies. The following day will feature opportunities to participate in public and private sector discussions about the future of recycling. Summit topics include bolstering markets for recyclables, improving strategies for reducing contamination in recycling and enhancing recycling strategies in tribes and territories. In addition, the virtual Innovation Fair will feature over 40 exhibitors in the recycling industry. A complete list of exhibitors can be found here.
County governments are essential in the nation’s recycling system, as local governments are the primary provider of waste management services across the country. Counties have the authority and responsibility to undertake solid waste management activities, such as operating waste facilities, recycling centers, residential and commercial waste collection, landfills, combustors and transfer stations. On February 5, 2020, NACo testified before the U.S. House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies during a hearing on the opportunities and challenges for improving community recycling programs.