Sustainable Industry Roundtables

The Sustainable Industry Roundtable (SIR) is a group of forward-thinking business leaders and residents with a focus of sustainability in the business world organized by ACCGov Solid Waste's Recycling Division. The group was started in August 2010 through a partnership between the ACC Environmental Coordinator, ACC Recycling Division and Power Partners, Inc.

Meetings are hosted quarterly at different locations with guest speakers discussing topics pertaining to green industry issues (meetings are the third Thursday each quarter; time 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM; location varies)

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To RSVP for a meeting, please email the Recycling Division .

Upcoming quarterly meeting dates

Thursday, August 19, 2021, at 8:00 AM

UGA Green Labs
Presented virtually- link coming soon.
The University of Georgia Green Lab program is committed to implementing sustainable practices and technologies in research labs, without compromising the quality of research. This program focuses on reducing resource consumption, as well as reducing both hazardous and non-hazardous waste generated in our 1900+ chemical research labs on our main campus.  The UGA Green Lab program is the first of its kind in the SEC and stands to become one of the most robust programs in the country. Research labs consume ~10 times the resources of a classroom and generate an estimated 20 times the waste, thus making them "low hanging fruit" for conservation efforts at UGA.

Thursday, November 18, 2021, at 8:00 AM (America Recycles Week)

260 N Jackson St, Athens, GA 30601
Community is a boutique for sustainable fashion and locally made products. Its clothing label Community Service is created by redesigning vintage clothing into contemporary fashion, thereby extending the life span of quality garments and keeping them out of the landfill. The sewing area is an active part of the retail space to break down the wall between the consumer and the maker to invite curiosity and dialogue about the process of how our clothes are being made and who makes them. Community also offers alteration and repair services and teaches sewing classes designed to show Athenians how to make, alter, and care for their own wardrobe.

If you are interested in hosting a meeting, please contact the Recycling Division.

Previous meetings

February 18, 2021- Introduction to TRUE

Join us to learn more about TRUE, a zero waste program, and how it can help your facility go beyond recycling. Want to learn more about the TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) program? TRUE projects are changing the conversation about waste by re-thinking everything that comes in and out of a facility from an upstream approach and viewing every material as a resource. We are asking businesses, campuses, and communities to go beyond recycling by reducing, reusing, rethinking, and redesigning their processes.

This virtual presentation will provide an in-depth understanding of effective zero waste strategies such as the difference between a waste audit and a zero waste audit, showcase project case studies and give an overview of the TRUE Advisor professional credential.

Feel free to review the many resources on our website,