About Recycle Across America™
Recycle Across America™ (RAA) is a non-profit solution initiated and funded by the Environmental Advancement Foundation®, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to delivering society-wide solutions that eliminate public confusion, stimulate the environmental economy and expedite progress. Recycle Across America™ is specifically focused on introducing solutions that make recycling more simple, comprehensive, effective and prevalent in the United States. Recycle Across America™ represents what can be accomplished when an industry unites to deliver simple solutions that have a large and measurable impact on society for the greater good.
Resolving the National Problem of Inconsistent Labels
The standardized labels initiative was proposed by Michelle "Mitch" Hedlund during her keynote presentation to the executive committee at the 2009 SWANA Recycling Conference. As a result, the solution has been embraced and eagerly adopted by national industry leaders who recognize the positive and long-lasting impact such an effort can have on society, the environment and the 20+ year old practice of recycling.
The individuals, companies and organizations that have joined in this collaborative initiative to introduce, promote and utilize standardized labels for recycling bins, represent "action leaders" versus simply "thought or talk leaders". They have recognized the unnecessary problems that have resulted from inconsistent bin signage and are delivering the solution to remedy confusion and help expedite environmental progress. Consistent labels is a win-win for businesses, retailers, schools, faith-based organizations, associations, government offices, households, recycling haulers, manufacturers, consumers, students ... and the environment.
Board of Directors and Advisors
- Mitch Hedlund, Executive Director Recycle Across America
- Jim Taylor, Director of Operations Recycle Across America
- Ann Novacheck, Partner Lindquist & Vennum (Non-Profit & Tax Law)
- Dr. Donald Draayer, Former President of National School Superintendents Collaboration and U.S. National Superintendent of the Year
- Art Drogue, Former Unilever SVP of Customer Development of Americas and member of Unilever's Sustainability Leadership Team
To collect meaningful input from various perspectives, leaders of industries came together representing nearly every cog in the wheel of recycling, e.g.: national, state, county, and city government environmental representatives; national recycling haulers; local haulers; recycled content manufacturers, ewaste specialists; compost specialists; hazardous waste specialists; recycling and solid waste associations; recycling consultants; national retailers; national manufacturers; school associations; parents; and consumers.