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Elizabeth Roe: IRC Recycling Rock Star

Updated: Sep 15, 2021

Celebrate the awesomeness of Elizabeth Roe by making a donation to the IRC in her honor. Your tax-deductible contribution will help the IRC reach its 30th Anniversary fundraising campaign goal and helps fund our education and advocacy projects – and more

Roe’s breadth of knowledge on solid waste management and recycling in Indiana grew rapidly after college when she worked with the Monroe County Commissioners. During that time she tackled toxic waste clean-up issues and led the launch of their first ToxAway Day in the late 1980s. Later, she became a valued consultant as she worked with several Indiana counties as they formed their solid waste districts in the early 1990s.

Roe has been with Eco Partners since 1992. The organization helps make environmental education easy and accessible to schools, solid waste districts, and municipalities across the nation. Eco Partners works with schools from coast to coast by creating a customizable, youth-focused newsletter called Trash Talk. Started in 1993, this take-home newsletter speaks to young students, but Roe loves that it also reaches an important secondary audience of parents and caregivers.  

Specifically designed for adult audiences, Eco Partner’s customizable and locally-focused newsletter One Person’s Trash reaches customers of recycling hauling companies and municipal utility districts. Roe estimates over a million people across the nation read these two newsletters each year.

Translating techno-speak or regulatory language into understandable information helps localities bridge the recycling gap and improve outcomes. Roe leads that effort as a national speaker. But she’s most proud of the local-level impact she and her company have.

Roe reminds us all that recycling “rules” differ from one jurisdiction to another, so it is imperative to pay close attention to what your particular municipality can accommodate in the recycling bin. Read their literature when it arrives and familiarize yourself on the best recycling practices unique to your locality. Thanks to companies like Eco Partners and people like Roe, accessing that information is easier than ever before.

Written by David Johnson 


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