Month: November 2015
I made it to Brazil about 30 hours after leaving NC and along the way I noticed several great recycling programs including twin bins and solar panels at the rest stop in NC off I40, recycle bins at RDU, EWR, SSA, and REC. United Airlines made an announcement on the flight about their recycling program, and when I got to Recife and ended up at a hotel (not my original destination) I found recycle bins in the room and I love that they use refillable shampoo dispensers! Way to go Best Western Recife!
Family, Friends, and memories from 2015 with them:
I am so grateful for the quality time I got to spend with my beautiful, talented, and super rad sister, Drew Smith, this past summer on Ocracoke Island.
Highlights from our trip:
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Happy Thanksgiving CRA Family! CRA Conference Registration Info Lunch, Learn, & Network Fall Series Wrap-up
Happy Thanksgiving to our
CRA Family and Friends!
We are very thankful for each of you and wish you and yours every blessing of this very special day.
CRA Board of Directors & Staff
Special Thanks to Our 2015 Sponsors!
Happy Thanksgiving CRA Family!
Many of us try to express gratitude for the many blessings in our lives all year long. When Thanksgiving comes around our thoughts turn even more to the blessings of family, friends, shelter, and plentiful food. I’d like to take this opportunity to focus on that plentiful food.
Recently, at the 2015 Food Recovery Summit in Charleston, I had the opportunity to learn more about just how much food waste there is in our country and some of the impacts of this food waste. It was staggering! When you hear that we waste up to 30% of the edible food in the US while 14.3% of households suffer from food insecurity at some point during the year it really hits home. All of this valuable food weighs in at an estimated cost of $161 billion. Our food resources are valuable and we must make changes to better use and reduce our waste of these resources.
As we plan our Thanksgiving meal and the meals beyond, let’s all consider how we can, personally and collectively, be a part of the solution to this problem. The CRA will be working closely with you, our partners, and key stakeholders as plans are developed to “accelerate food recovery, find solutions to better utilizing our food resources and ensure we are feeding communities and not landfills.”
On behalf of the Carolina Recycling Associations Board of Directors & Staff, we wish you and yours every blessing of this most special season.
Portions of this message were taken from the Welcome Letter to the 2015 Food Recovery Summit by Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, US EPA
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Lunch, Learn, & Network Fall Series Wrap-up
CRA Hosted 3 Events This Fall with More to Come in Spring 2016
This fall CRA’s Education & Outreach Committee has worked to provide three Lunch, Learn, & Network opportunities for recyclers in the Carolinas to learn about recycling opportunities and network with peers. These events were held at EnviroPure in Travelers Rest, SC, Sierra Nevada Brewery in Mills River, NC and Rowan County/PowerHouse Recycling in Salisbury, NC. We send our sincere thanks to the hosts of these impactful events.
Jona Gallagher addresses Food Recovery with attendees at EnviroPure
Over 100 recyclers took advantage of these opportunities provided at no charge to attendees. Attendees were pleased with the educational content of the programs, the opportunity to tour these facilities and the networking opportunities provided at each event.
We are already working to schedule more Lunch, Learn, & Network events following the Annual Conference in March. Please share your ideas for programs & tour locations to be considered that will help enable us all to further the mission of advancing waste reduction and recycling in the Carolinas.
PowerHouse Recycling’s Brett Henderson shows attendees how to wrap monitors for recycling
Sierra Nevada’s Sustainability Coordinator Mandi McKay leads attendees through Sierra Nevada’s facility
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CRA 26th Annual Conference & Trade Show
March 21-24, 2016
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CRA Manufacturers Zero Waste Conference
March 22-23, 2016
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Dec 10 @ 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Quantifying Your Waste Reduction Efforts
Dec 15 @ 1:30 – 2:45 PM
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Dec 17 @ 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Managing “Recycling” Contamination: What works and What is a Waste
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I am so grateful for the super rad friends I have and I’m even more grateful for the times we’ve shared and memories we’ve created together. I’m also pretty stoked that I got some pretty sweet send offs over the last week or so.
I had an awesome send off, early bday, and holiday lunch with one of my favs, Betty Sanders-Seavey a few weeks ago, which was a start to a round of meetings, gatherings, and bon voyage send offs that I am so grateful for.
My fav crew of Eco warriors, Plastic Ocean Project, POP UNCW Chapter,and my dear friend and fellow mermaid, Bonnie Monteleone gave me a surprise bon voyage gig and I’ve never blushed so much in my life. I was overwhelmed with joy and completely blown away by their kindness and support.
I am also planning a last minute Skype sesh with these two lovely and talented ladies: my sister, Drew Smith and bestie dive buddy, Krissi Fountain.
Love you all! I will miss you much!
Please read the latest report on biodegradable plastics and marine litter here:
So, what is the best solution? The answer, my friends, is to STOP using Single-Use Plastics all together. Vote with your wallet and let’s turn the market, change the way producers make products by acting on our consumer habits and practicing what we teach…
We have way more power over the way things are made as consumers. Our daily decisions on what to buy and what businesses to support are what fuel the market. If we stop buying products that are bad for our health, the environment, our Oceans, and that impact our economy by means of degraded water, loss of fisheries, loss of tourism and the list goes on, then and only then will we solve this issue. We must! If not us, then who? “Do your best, because we need you.” We have the power – we control the market. We can do this together!
I love being a part of a global force of divers who go deep with a message of ocean protection and who dive against debris.
It makes me feel like I am giving back for so much the Ocean has done for me!
…and it is good dive karma.
Thank you ProjectAWARE!
To learn more about how you can do the same, visit:
and join the crew of eXXpedition Amazon in Recife, Brazil for a dive against debris event: