Recycling Reimagined

Newspapers are down. Water bottles are up. And the market for recyclable materials has completely changed over what it was a decade ago.

The recycling industry is going through challenging times. More and more municipalities are choosing to recycle, while many service providers are forced to close facilities or exit the business altogether. What is driving these issues? What can be done to ensure that your jurisdiction can offer durable recycling solutions for years to come? 

Join us in this free webinar to look at the changes and challenges facing the recycling industry and hear candid suggestions on how communities can structure more successful partnerships to address these realities.

You and your staff will learn:

  • How is the classic recycling business model strained in today's economy?
  • What has changed in the material stream over the past decade and how does that impact recycling today?
  • What has changed in packaging over the past decade, and how does that impact recycling today?
  • What role does public education play in the success of a municipal recycling program?
  • What are good contracting alternatives to consider when looking to structure a durable recycling partnership?

Pete Keller

Vice President, Recycling and Sustainability Republic Services

Pete is responsible for defining and implementing the strategic direction of the sustainability platform for Republic Services, to meet both business objectives and customer needs. His dedication to our Blue Planet is best noted by Republic Services’ recognition as the only Recycling and Waste company in to world to be named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.  Pete is a thought leader in the industry, with contributions to recycling infrastructure development, standards and optimization, development of renewable energy projects, and customer solutions that support the organization’s commitment to sustainability.

Pete has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and has served on numerous industry boards and committees during his career. 

Richard Coupland III

Vice President, Municipal Sales Republic Services

Mr. Coupland joined Republic Services in 2015 as vice president of Municipal Sales.  He currently leads the Municipal market vertical, consisting of partnerships with more than 2400 municipal cities in 40 states and Puerto Rico.  His team provides consultative support to their Municipal partners, to understand and navigate changes in the industry, as well as emerging technology and methods.

 Richard received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute, and his Masters degree in Business Administration from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.


Open to view video.
Open to view video. 90 minutes
1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available