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New study from EREF, in collaboration with SWANA, quantifies needlestick injury rates for MRF workers

New study from EREF, in collaboration with SWANA, quantifies needlestick injury rates for MRF workers

Results found in a groundbreaking new report from the Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF), in collaboration with the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), indicate a needlestick injury rate at material recovery facilities (MRFs) of 2.7 per 100 workers. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) 2016 data, MRF injuries (including non-needlestick related) occur at a rate of 6 per 100 workers, suggesting 45 percent of MRF injuries could be attributed to needlesticks.

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​EREF annual charitable auction at WasteExpo to fund solid waste research and educational initiatives

The Environmental Research & Education Foundation's (EREF) Annual Charitable Auction is set to be one of the highlights of WasteExpo, held April 24 - 25, 2018 in Las Vegas. This two-day event, which has raised $18 million since its inception 24 years ago, consists of Live and Silent Auctions, as well as a networking reception. 

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EREF expands presence in Canada through partnership with OMWA

EREF expands presence in Canada through partnership with OMWA

In early 2017, the Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) and the Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA) convened in Ontario, Canada with the goal of strengthening the funding of Canadian-based research and scholarships in support of sustainable materials management. The purpose of the meeting was to explore the work EREF is undertaking in the United States, and discuss the development of a Canadian research platform that would meet the needs of the country's waste management sector. Both organizations were pleased to have waste management professionals, municipal officials and regulators who traveled from across the country to participate in this important event and work together on finding ways to better coordinate efforts to conduct and promote academic research.

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EREF Partners with the CRRC on the EREF Summit on Organics

The Environmental Research & Education Foundation, in collaboration with the California Refuse Recycling Council, will host the EREF Summit on Organics in Ontario, California on July 25 & 26. This educational event will feature a full day of presentations and discussions from organics management experts followed by a half-day tour of two composting facilities.

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EREF and Ontario Waste Management Association working to strengthen funding of Canadian-based research and scholarships

EREF and Ontario Waste Management Association working to strengthen funding of Canadian-based research and scholarships

The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) and the Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA) have been working in partnership on an initiative designed to provide a more effective means to facilitate, evaluate and oversee direct independent scientific research and educational initiatives of specific interest to waste management and recycling professionals in Canada. 

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​Rehrig Pacific names intern of the year as part of EREF initiative

​Rehrig Pacific names intern of the year as part of EREF initiative

Rehrig Pacific Company has funded the company’s first named internship for the Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF). EREF’s Data & Policy Program (D&P) was developed as part of the foundation’s efforts to expand its mission to advance knowledge and education for sustainable solid waste management. The primary objective of the D&P is to aggregate and analyze solid waste data. The program also provides valuable experience to undergraduate and graduate students who assist in data gathering and analysis. To date, 16 students have completed internships in the program, 81% of whom have gone on to work in the solid waste industry or related careers.

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EREF and SWANA to collaborate on research, education and awareness

EREF and SWANA to collaborate on research, education and awareness

The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) and the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that outlines the intent to conduct various collaborative efforts, including: data aggregation and similar applied research efforts of mutual interest, joint fundraising activities to fund research efforts, increased collaboration regarding industry education and enhancing the awareness of both organizations. The MOU will enable EREF and SWANA’s Applied Research Foundation (ARF) to support and complement each other's efforts, with ARF focusing on applied research and its application to today's solid waste management issues and EREF's focus on more basic research conducted by some of the nation's top universities.

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EREF awards first Ice River Springs Master’s Scholarship for Sustainability to McGill student

Jillian Treadwell a student at McGill University in the department of Bioresource Engineering received the award of the first Ice River Springs Master’s Scholarship for Sustainability.

The Board of Directors of the Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) is pleased to announce the award of the first Ice River Springs Master’s Scholarship for Sustainability to Jillian Treadwell, who is currently a student at McGill University in the department of Bioresource Engineering.

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