Ecosafe Zero Waste: EcoSafe Zero Waste provides easy to implement, turnkey, Zero Waste Solutions and industry leading products that support them. Our innovative programs are designed to maximize participation while minimizing contamination.  It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.


Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF): The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) funds and directs scientific research and educational initiatives for waste management practices to benefit industry participants and the communities they serve.

EREF’s four core programs include:

  • Research Grants: More than $15 million in projects that help shape policy, develop sustainable practices, bring value and direct the future of solid waste management.
  • Scholarships: Educating the next generation of solid waste researchers and technical personnel – nearly 65 scholars thus far, totaling nearly $1 million.
  • Education: Informing policymakers, practitioners and others regarding cutting edge research and solid waste management practices via meetings and online continuing education.
  • Data & Policy: Aggregating industry-related data and policy information, providing valuable unbiased analyses.


Retrac Connect:  Emerge Knowledge was founded in 2001 by Rick Penner and Jen Peters with the goal of developing innovative solutions that help organizations achieve their sustainability goals. The first version of our industry-leading data management software, Re-TRAC™, was launched in 2004 and the next generation, Re-TRAC Connect™, was released in 2011.

Re-TRAC Connect is a proven web-based software that transforms the way organizations manage and measure their waste and recycling programs. Trusted by over 30,000 organizations, we are the number one provider of recycling software and services for municipal, county, and state governments in North America. For over a decade, our software has helped clients collect reliable data, raise awareness, and promote responsible waste management in their communities.



Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation: 
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation exists to enhance the quality of life for citizens of Tennessee and to be stewards of our natural environment by: Protecting and improving the quality of Tennessee’s air, land, and water through a responsible regulatory system; Protecting and promoting human health and safety; Conserving and promoting natural, cultural and historic resources; and Providing a variety of quality outdoor recreational experiences.

Our department is committed to providing a cleaner, safer environment that goes hand-in-hand with economic prosperity and increased quality of life in Tennessee.  We deliver on our mission through managing regulatory programs that maintain standards for air, water and soil quality while providing assistance to businesses and communities in areas ranging from recreation to waste management.  We also manage the state park system and programs to inventory, interpret and protect Tennessee’s rich natural, historical and archaeological heritage.  www.tn.gov/environment/program-areas/sw-solid-waste.html


Tennessee SWANA:  SWANA’s Tennessee Volunteer Chapter is committed to advancing the practice of economically and environmentally sound solid waste management in Tennessee.


US EPA, Region 4  serves the eight Southeastern States. To accomplish our mission to protect human health and the environment, our group supports dialogue among all recycling stakeholders, funds projects that improve sustainability, develops tools to help decision-makers better manage materials and educates the public on environmental solutions.   www.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-epa-region-4-southeast



WasteInsight: WasteInsight™ is a uniquely informative market intelligence service that helps waste generators, haulers, processors, facility developers, manufacturers, trade associations, and state and local governments to accumulate, track and analyze selected hard-to-find, technically complex, and market-critical data to enhance their waste management performance. WasteInsight™ offers the Grading and Purity (GAP) System, a customized material composition measurement and data tracking system that helps MRFs, processors and manufacturers at every step of the material recovery cycle to measure and quantify contamination levels, material purity, and overall composition specifications.