Recycling Infrastructure Campaign: Webinars & More

Date: 20 Sep 2021 | posted in: Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On July 15th, 2021, the Recycling Is Infrastructure Too (RIIT) campaign released an ambitious plan that recommends $16.3 billion in new investments over the next three years. As part of the RIIT coalition, ILSR advocated for the inclusion of waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting infrastructure and programs that will stem climate disruption, address racial injustice, and create thousands of jobs throughout the country.

The RIIT coalition is hosting an ongoing series of webinars to ensure the plan is part of federal infrastructure discussions and rulemaking. These webinars are free to attend, and anyone working in waste and reuse or advocating around these issues is welcome to register.



Previous Webinars

“How and When to Apply for Federal Funding, Part 2”

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 

This was the second webinar on this topic organized as part of its support of the “Recycling Is Infrastructure Too” Campaign by the National Recycling Coalition (NRC). The first webinar on how to apply for federal funding from March 16, 2022 is below. In the June webinar, NRC highlights the results of additional research it has been conducting on the availability of Federal funding for waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting. This webinar includes information about Resource Recycling’s Grant Watch, including federal Requests for Applications (RFAs) and examples of federal grants that have been highlighted in Grant Watch. The webinar also provides an overview of Brownfields grants available from the US Environmental Protection Agency. It also highlights how to get organized to pursue federal grants, particularly for developing community-driven and community-based teams. You can watch the webinar here.

“Resource Recovery Parks: Essential Infrastructure for Sustainable Materials Management” 

April 5, 2022

Waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting are the backbone of the circular economy that will stem climate disruption, address social justice, and create thousands of jobs throughout the country. As the federal government calls for infrastructure investment, communities can respond by creating resource recovery parks to maximize recovery of all categories of materials. Watch the webinar here.

“How to Apply for Federal Funding”

March 16, 2022

The National Recycling Coalition highlighted the results of research it has been conducting on the availability of Federal funding for waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting. Watch the webinar here.

“Funding Recycling Infrastructure via Disposal Surcharges” 

February 15, 2022 

Surcharges on waste disposed at landfills and incinerators can raise significant revenue to support financial assistance programs for building local recycling programs and infrastructure. Learn more about the webinar here.

“Investing in Zero Waste Infrastructure”

January 18, 2022

Representatives of the plastic, fiber, organic, and glass sectors who will identify infrastructure needs in their industry’s current requirements. Watch the webinar recording.

“What’s IN the Infrastructure Bills for Recycling?”

September 28, 2021

Learn about what types of infrastructure would be eligible for funding if specific Infrastructure Bills are adopted by Congress and the President. Watch webinar recording.

“The Best Bottle Bill Possible” 

August 24, 2021

Experts and advocates discuss best practices and policy priorities for a national bottle bill. Watch webinar recording.

“The American Recycling Infrastructure Plan (RIIT)” 

July 27, 2021

An overview of the American Recycling Infrastructure Plan. Watch webinar recording.

More Resources

Sign up here to receive updates from the Recycling Is Infrastructure Too Campaign. 

Read the campaign’s letter to Biden-Harris Administration here.

Listen to a podcast conversation about the RIIT campaign and the American Recycling Infrastructure Plan here


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Neil Seldman, Ph.D, directs the Waste to Wealth Initiative. He specializes in helping cities and businesses recover increasing amounts of materials from the waste stream and add value to the local economy through new processing and manufacturing facilities. He is a co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.