Beyond 34 Initiative Kick-Off in Cincinnati: How Public and Private Sectors Can Collaborate for Recycling System Optimization

Event Date: 
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, City of Cincinnati, Hamilton County, and Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber are hosting the kick-off event for the Beyond 34 recycling initiative’s effort in Cincinnati on Wednesday, July 31. This invitation-only event will bring together business leaders, recycling planners, and key stakeholders in the Cincinnati area to learn about the Chamber Foundation’s Beyond 34: Recycling and Recovery for a New Economy initiative and engage in the local effort to increase and improve recycling and recovery in Cincinnati.

This event will kick-off a major effort in Cincinnati comprised of three parts: engage and convene stakeholders from Cincinnati’s recycling supply chain; provide Cincinnati with a detailed analysis of its waste management system and projects that will most effectively increase and improve recycling; and implement the identified projects with seed funding from Beyond 34 and other funds.

The 2018 diversion rate for the City of Cincinnati was 22.25%. Beyond 34 will help increase and improve recycling in the Cincinnati area and bring the city closer to its goal of zero waste by 2035. 

The goals of this meeting include:

  1. Develop a local recycling champion network.
  2. Promote a common understanding of recycling best practices.
  3. Gather insights on challenges and opportunities for recycling, recovery, and reuse in the Cincinnati area.

The Chamber Foundation and Beyond 34 technical partner, Arizona State University, will facilitate a discussion focused on:

  • How to create a business case for recycling within the region, and the economics of an optimized system in the Cincinnati area. 
  • How to improve access to and participation in recycling for both commercial and residential stakeholders.
  • How to identify projects in the Cincinnati area that have the greatest potential for improving recycling and reuse rates to positively impact waste reduction

To learn more about the Beyond 34 initiative, visit our website here. We look forward to hearing from you. For any questions or to request an invite, please reach out to Stephanie Potter, Senior Director, Sustainability and Circular Economy Program, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, via email at spotter@uschamber.com or phone at 202-463-5936.