Educate, Don't Contaminate! A Toolkit to Clean up Recycling

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

In 2019, ecomaine, waste manager for 400,000 people in Maine, along with four municipal partners, piloted an internship program to address costly recycling contamination.  Before heading out into the communities, interns received a deep dive training into the waste hierarchy and the recent changes to the recycling market. Over 8 weeks, interns tagged recycling bins and provided residents with educational materials on proper recycling that utilized community-based social marketing principles. Following the success of the pilot, the partners created a toolkit for communities facing high contamination rates to implement a similar program.

Join the Northeast Resource Recovery Association, your recycling nonprofit, for this recorded webinar to discuss these issues. Lucy Perkins is the Sustainability Program Coordinator in South Portland, ME. Matt Grondin is the Communications Manager at ecomaine.

NRRA launched a Summer Webinar Series instead of our annual conference in 2020, which we had to cancel due to the pandemic.  We still wanted to share the workshops that would have been available at the conference, so we created the Summer Webinar Series.  We charge a fee for attending the conference, and charging a modest fee for the Summer Webinar Series (live and recorded) allows us to cover NRRA's staff time, as well as recoup some of the lost revenue from our conference.

Fee and payment Information:

  • NRRA Member Pricing: $25
  • NRRA Not-yet-member pricing: $50
  • It is easiest and fastest to register online with a credit card. However, if you require NRRA to invoice you, please email info@nrrarecycles.org to receive a code to register.