Kentucky Recycling Symposium hosted at UPIKE

The 2023 Kentucky Recycling Symposium is being held in Pikeville on April 13 and 14 on the University of Pikeville’s campus. The two-day symposium is the first of its kind in the commonwealth and will cover the state of recycling and host thoughtful discussions and speakers focused on improving recycling across Kentucky.

Sponsors like Community Trust Bank, Nucor, O-I, Rotary Club of Pikeville, Solid Waste Coordinators of Kentucky and UPIKE are excited about discussions amongst private industry leaders,  individuals involved in recycling regionally and those from other states to enhance recycling efforts. 

“Our hope is that this will provide a springboard for future efforts and symposia on recycling,” said UPIKE Professional Development Manager Eric Werth, Ed.D. “We are excited to host this symposium in Eastern Kentucky, as it provides a particularly fitting opportunity to highlight how state-wide efforts should account for not only material-specific dynamics but also geographic and population density factors.” 

The symposium is being planned by a steering/advisory group that includes individuals from the university as well as the Southeast Recycling Development Council, Kentucky’s state government and Rubicon. 

Through the CleanPaws Club at UPIKE, a group of university students have volunteered for the event and have assisted with symposium logistics. Clean Paws is a student club that works to engage and educate the campus community on sustainability. 

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