RCAP Talks Solid Waste in Rural Communities at WASTECON

August 14, 2018 | Blog, General RCAP News, Press Releases

Washington, DC (August 14, 2018) – The Rural Community Assistance Partnership, Inc. (RCAP) is set to participate in the annual WASTECON Conference presented by the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). The conference will begin on Saturday, August 18, and end Thursday, August 23, at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center in Nashville, TN, and focus on “Sound Ideas” in waste management. RCAP’s session will take place on Tuesday, August 21, at 3:15 pm.

While WASTECON will include topics ranging from rural issues, to innovation trends and international waste topics, to waste management challenges such as the Chinese waste import restrictions. RCAP will focus on its work through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), providing small communities technical assistance and training on planning and management of solid waste sites, helping to reduce material entering the solid waste stream and protecting public health while encouraging economic development.

Ashley Zuelke, Director of Research and Programs for RCAP’s National Office, will moderate a discussion on RCAP’s on-site assistance and results achieved with communities. Zuelke will be joined by staff from the RCAP network including Melissa Melton, Technical Assistance Specialist in Kentucky, Patrick Walker, South Carolina State Director, and Debbie Hackman, Solid Waste Technical Advisor based in Indiana.

The session will shed light on how many small communities struggle to contract waste management services or find funding, how partnerships play a key role in rural solid waste management, and the range of assistance options RCAP can provide.

RCAP is a national non-profit network providing opportunity, assistance, and practical guidance to small communities in all fifty states, U.S. territories, and tribal lands to ensure access to safe drinking water, sanitary wastewater disposal, and economic prosperity for all rural America. To learn more about RCAP, visit www.rcap.org.

Media Contact:

Spenser Wempe

Rural Community Assistance Partnership, Inc.