Click here to register for a free webinar on Tuesday, November 17, 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. and learn the best practices for implementing reuse events in your community. The webinar is hosted by the Northeast Recycling Coalition.
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NMRC’s Annual Meeting & Recycling Training – June 3
June 3, 2015 8:30-4:00
Albuquerque Museum (2000 Mountain NW), Ventana Salon
$100 members, $175 non-members (lunch provided)
($25 discount for groups of 3 or more from same community/entity)
5 CEU credits towards NMED Recertification and 3.5 CEU credits towards National Recertification
ALL PROFESSIONALS INVITED!! You do not have to be a NMRC member to attend!
If attending only for the HM51 discussion and stakeholder feedback session, there is no registration fee.
Training will include an update on the state of recycling in New Mexico, update on HM51 – increasing recycling to 50% project, managing food waste on a municipal level and creating jobs in New Mexico: economic development in the recycling sector. The agenda is below.
8:30-9:00 AM Coffee Networking
9:00-9:30 AM Welcome, Everyone Introduces
9:30-10:00 State of Recycling in NM
10:00-10:30 Recycler of the Year Awards and Lifetime Achievement Awardees
10:30-11:00 Update on HM51 – Increasing Recycling to 50% Project: FOCUS on FUNDING: English Bird
11:00-11:30 Break-Out Groups Focused on Funding Recycling to Reach 50%
11:30-12:00 Report Back From Break-Out Groups, Additional Discussion
12:00-1:00 PM Lunch Provided, Networking
1:00 – 2:00 Managing Food Waste on a Municipal Level – NMRC/NMORO
2:00-4:00 Creating Jobs in NM: Economic Development in the Recycling Sector
The Keep NM Beautiful grants are currently available with a due date of April 30th.
Each year Keep New Mexico Beautiful awards grants to schools, villages, municipalities, chambers of commerce, organizations, and government agencies. Grants are made for solid waste management and litter control activities; native landscaping and beautification activities; and educational recycling activities. Click the link below for more information on how to apply.
Grant Writing for Recycling
February 24th, 2015, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM, lunch on your own
Albuquerque Fire Training Academy, 11510 Sunset Garden SW, Albuquerque NM
Come learn about grant writing best practices, available funding sources for recycling and diversion programs and tactics that help make grant proposals stand-out. The training will lead participants through a wide range of grant planning and writing components that includes understanding grant guidelines, eligibility, planning a grant project, outlining the development of goals and objectives, grant evaluation needs, strategy, partnerships, budget development, equipment identification, in-kind and cash matches and approval requirements. The NM Environment Department: Solid Waste Bureau will present on the Recycling and Illegal Dumping grant program, introducing an updated application, reviewing grant priorities and sharing examples of grant-funded projects. A summary of state, federal, and foundation grant opportunities will also be provided and discussed.
Registration: $100 NMRC members, $175 for non-members. Discount of $25 per person when 3 people from the same entity register.
Visit www.recyclenewmexico.com/grant_training to register
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Are you looking for a fun and creative way to increase school recycling participation in your community?
Open to all schools, the recycling competition kicks off this October. Registration is now open on the Recycle-Bowl website at http://recycle-bowl.org. The competition runs from Monday, October 20 through Saturday, November 15, culminating on America Recycles Day. Participating schools will track and report how much recyclable material they collect.
At the close of the four-week competition, the school in each state that collects the most recyclable material per capita will win bragging rights! A national champion will then be chosen from the top statewide winners to receive a recycled content park bench for their school.
For tools, tips, educational activities and promotional materials – check out the Recycle-Bowl website.
Santa Fe, NM – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development program awarded $30,000 to the New Mexico Recycling Coalition (NMRC) as part of the Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) program. The “Growing Recycling Businesses in New Mexico” project will launch in September 2014 and will develop and support the growth of recycling-related businesses that manage or utilize locally generated recyclable materials.
New Mexico Rural Development Director Terry Brunner explained, “The RBEG program is designed to support the development of small and emerging business enterprises in rural communities and cities with up to 50,000 in population. We are pleased to support the NM Recycling Coalition in its endeavors to foster the growth of these businesses in the recycling and diversion sector.”
The project premise is supported by job and business creation evidence as outlined in a 2013 report commissioned by NMRC entitled, “Adding 5,000 Jobs To New Mexico’s Economy: A Plan to Increase Jobs Using Pay-As-You-Throw and Economic Development.” The report outlined job sectors and growth potential in New Mexico. The US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics has documented that the recycling sector has grown by 8% since 2005.
“Recycling is an economic driver,” explains English Bird, NMRC Executive Director. “In fact, nationally the recycling industry represents more jobs than the car manufacturing industry. Generally speaking, for every one job managing the same amount of material at a landfill, there are 10 in recycling. As the state’s recycling rate continues to grow, supporting more local, private businesses to manage and utilize these materials to create new products will enhance the local and state economy.”
Targeted communities were selected based on the maturity of the local recycling program, interest of a launching business enterprise and the potential for the area to grow and expand recycling businesses. Rural communities selected as targets for assistance include Alamogordo, Angel Fire, Catron County, Deming, Gallup, Grants, Las Vegas, Raton, Roswell, Ruidoso, Silver City, Taos, Truth or Consequences and Tucumcari.
The project will initially develop small-scale recycling business model templates, ranging from collection of recyclables to utilization of items destined for the landfill, as well as provide assistance to business owners that are in the process of launching their recycling businesses. Examples of small-scale business models include taking mattresses and turning them into dog beds, providing recycling collection services to businesses and households, or taking glass and creating recycled-content countertops, tile, or art pieces.
Once the models are developed, NMRC will host Recycled Material Business Trainings in the targeted communities, working in partnership with local community and economic development partners. The objective will be to stimulate businesses to launch as well as identify opportunities for existing businesses to expand in this sector.
Early Bird Registration is Open!! Hosted by New Mexico Recycling Coalition (NMRC) and the NM Road Runner Chapter of SWANA, the New Mexico Recycling & Solid Waste Conference: Solid Waste Management Primer and Recycling Professionals Training will take place in Albuquerque on September 22-24, 2014. Optional tours will be scheduled for Monday, September 22nd. The two-day program (Sept 23-24) will consist of breakout sessions, lectures, exhibitors, keynote speakers, awards ceremony, networking opportunities and more. Register and learn more here.
As part of the upcoming conference, NMRC is also offering two special add-on trainings for Monday, September 22nd. Both of these trainings offer a deeper level of instruction on relevant tactics to manage solid waste and recycling. Each of these opportunities offer additional CEU re-certification credits (in addition to the proposed 9 credits offered during the conference)!
To see the full training schedule and instructors: http://www.nmswana.com/21st_century_training.htm
Registration for special training AND the conference: http://www.recyclenewmexico.com/conference14.htm
Registration for special training ONLY: http://www.recyclenewmexico.com/One_Day_Training.htm.
For more information on the national certification program: http://www.recyclenewmexico.com/national_cert.htm
Twenty-First Century Solid Waste Management Primer Training
This new training, developed in partnership with the NM Environment Department: Solid Waste Bureau and NM SWANA RoadRunner Chapter, will offer 5 NMED CEU credit hours and be instructed by leaders in New Mexico’s solid waste industry. This training runs from 8 AM – 2 PM (with lunch on your own) at the Hotel Albuqerque, with the option to join tours of the Waste Management Rio Rancho Landfill and the Sandoval County Landfill following the training. $75 for NMSWANA members and $125 for nonmembers.
Recycling Professionals Training
This training covers principles of zero waste, local and state level policy to increase diversion, life cycle analysis of products, working with the business community to gain recyclables and many other professional topics relevant to increasing recycling rates in your business or community. The Recycling Professionals Training is a recently developed offering by the NM Recycling Coalition that provides certification towards becoming a nationally-certified Sustainable Resource Manager. This one-day training offers 6 CEU credit hours working towards the 30-hour national certification, as well as 6 NMED CEU credits. To gain national certification, successful completion of this class as well as the 24-hour Recycling Facility Operators Course is required. An exam will be provided at the end of the class, with a take-home essay. The training is scheduled from 8 AM – 3 PM (with lunch on your own) at the Hotel Albuquerque, with the option to join the 4 PM tour of the Friedman Recycling Facility. The cost is $100 for NMRC members and $125 for nonmembers.