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Eco Partners
Environmental education made easy. 
May 2014
Americans Need More
Recycling Education 
A recent study by the National Waste & Recycling Association found there is a clear need for continuing recycling education because one-third of Americans are unclear on what they can recycle in their community.

One in five admitted to adding material to the recycling bin even if they weren't sure that it was recyclable, and one in 10 respondents admitted to placing recyclables in the trash if the recycling bin is full.

Sharon H. Kneiss, president and CEO of the association, said, "Americans should 'know before they throw' when recycling." Eco Partners is here to help make sure your recyclers are well educated and "know before they throw."

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City of Laredo features
One Man's Trash on

The City of Laredo (TX) Solid Waste Services has included our newsletter on the homepage of its website.

Now, in addition to the printed edition, visitors on the web may easily subscribe to the electronic version and read the current issue by clicking on the photo.

This is another great way to reach residents with pertinent information about local recycling, waste reduction and other environmental issues.  We would love to help you add One Person's Trash to your homepage, too!

To take a look, click here 

About Us
Eco Partners helps you deliver local environmental educational information - cost-effectively and efficiently. We do all the heavy lifting and you get all the credit. 
Elizabeth Roe

Elizabeth Roe is the brains behind Eco Partners. With 25-plus years of teaching and professional environmental and conservation expertise, Elizabeth is a recognized environmental educator and communicator.


Gary Roe

Gary Roe has spent his career in public administration, communications, and marketing and provides day-to-day operational support for Eco Partners.


Julanne Sausser

Julanne Sausser is our Marketing Communications Manager. She has worked in and around recycling for many years, most recently with the Paper Retriever program.


For more information, check out the about section of our website.


With the winter finally behind us, Eco Partners has jumped into a very busy spring, so we have lots to share with you in this issue.

Our newsletter will now include a featured article each month with useful information to help meet your environmental education goals. This month, we take a look at a recent study about Americans' need for more recycling education.

Speaking of education, I am excited to be a co-presenter for a Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) eLearning Webinar this Wednesday, May 21. The session is "Trash Talk -- Engaging the Public Perspective."  To participate, visit the SWANA website here.
And, we are thrilled to have Leeann Sausser return as our Summer Intern. Leeann just completed her sophomore year at DePauw University, majoring in English Writing, and served as her sorority's Vice President Communications and Vice President Member Education. Leeann was invaluable to us last summer, so it is great to have her back to help with special projects again this year.


Please check the Conference Updates box below. We are attending two conferences next month, so hope to see some of you in Indianapolis and Washington, D.C.  


For more information about Eco Partners, and to stay up-to-date between newsletters, visit our website at

Elizabeth Roe
President, Eco Partners


Keep in touch and keep recycling,

Elizabeth Roe
Conference Updates
We are looking forward to seeing our Indiana partners at the IRC Conference coming up June 3-5 in Indianapolis.  Please stop by our exhibit booth while you are there. Elizabeth, Julanne and Leeann would love to see you!
Elizabeth and Leeann will attend the NAGC Communications School June 11-13 in Washington, D.C. While there, Elizabeth will be part of a panel discussion on the Blue Pencil/Gold Screen Awards, offering her prespective and advice as an awards judge.
Behind the Curtain: 
Meet the people who make Eco Partners possible
Tungfen Lee began her love of teaching Chinese not as a high school language teacher, but when she taught her sons their native language. Once she found her calling, she was ready to tackle the education world and became a language teacher at Carmel High School in 2009.

"As a Chinese teacher, I have gained a deeper understanding between the Chinese and English languages through the work of translation," she said.

Lee was glad to find a new way to use her knowledge of her native language and translation when Eco Partners asked her to be a translator for One Person's Trash in 2010.

"I was excited to learn a lot of new information about sustaining our earth," she said. "I am glad that I can apply what I have learned into my daily practice."

For each translation, Lee first reads the English version of an article to grasp the point of the entire piece before going through each paragraph and translating. She works extra hard to avoid inaccuracy and confusion by researching anything she finds questionable.

Born and raised in Taiwan, Lee now resides in Indiana with her husband and two sons, but loves to travel with her family, as well as read Chinese novels and cook.

While environmentally friendly practices have always been important to Lee, joining Eco Partners had an impact on increasing her awareness. "I am 'greener' than before!" she said.
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