What We Learned from the SERDC Fall Recycling Forum

Earlier this month, Carolina Fibre had the unique opportunity to learn from fellow professionals in the recycling business at the Southeast Recycling Development Council’s fall recycling forum in Asheville, North Carolina. This year’s theme was “Overcoming Obstacles: Strategies for Success,” and for a day and a half we were able to gain a lot of industry insight! Approximately 100 private and public entities, as well as material group representatives and brand owners were in attendance to discuss strengthening demand of recycled feedstock.
As an organization dedicated to uniting industry leaders, government, and non-governmental groups in promoting sustainability and recycling in the region, the SERDC is all about education; the forum they hosted was no exception! Speakers included Brent Bell, the president at Waste Management Recycle America, Nicole Smith, who manages sustainability practices for Coca-Cola North America, and Katie Wallace, the CSR at New Belgium Brewery.
Thanks to these engaging sessions and the speakers that led them, we got to learn more about other companies’ goals for a greener future, all of which were similar to ours in that they rely on solid recycling infrastructure and industry support. We were thrilled to hear that others remained focused on outreach and education as well as promoting their businesses! Through sustainable practices and careful strategizing, these industry giants pushed cleaner work environments and continued to operate as successful businesses. And if they can do it, we know you can, too!
Here at Carolina Fibre, we want to promote the same ideals with other fields in the region. If you want to bring your business up to speed with commercial recycling for paper, plastic, aluminum, or other products, contact us today for consultation. We can help you make a game plan for your organization to get on the same environmental page as top industry leaders!