CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) – On Tuesday, April 10, the City of Chattanooga Office of Sustainability will host a workshop on recycling, waste reuse, and waste stream analysis as ways to stimulate the economy.

Participants will discuss recycling participation, new organics and food waste programs, waste recovery systems, and how businesses can recover materials as a way to create sustainable jobs and expand the local tax base.

The workshop will be held in the Development Resource Center at 1250 Market Street, Room 1A from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  
The morning session will report on best practices that have helped other cities reach 50%-70% diversion and create over 1,000 jobs. It will also review new technologies and policies that increase waste diversion and discuss their uses in Chattanooga. The Afternoon sessions will be held on the organic fraction of the waste stream – up to 50% of total waste in Chattanooga.

Neil Seldman, President of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in Washington, DC, will speak at 10 a.m.

Holly Elmore of Elemental Impact, on food recovery programs in the City of Atlanta's private sector, the Zero Waste Zone, and the Atlanta International Airport will speak at 1 p.m.

Dr. David Epstein M.D. of Bioponica, Inc., Atlanta, on the use of composted organics will speak at 2 p.m.

Kendall Christiansen of Gaia Strategies, New York, and a senior consultant for environmental affairs for InSinkErator will speak at 3 p.m.