Municipal Recycling and Waste Contracts - 2021 Industry Update

Recorded On: 11/30/2021

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The recycling and waste industry is far from “normal” in 2021, as we navigate multi-year challenges.  The impacts of the pandemic and work-from-home lifestyle changes remain real, while supply chain issues hit new contract startups hard.  Commodities are on the rise, and annual CPI indices are beginning to outpace industry costs, but most cities are not positioned to take advantage.  A continuation of the series of ICMA Webinars from Republic Services, we will update you on current market dynamics and look at the economic and program impacts from current events.  We will also offer suggestions on how cities can structure more successful partnerships to address these new market realities and keep programs durable in your community.

You and your staff will learn:

  • What are the current trends and impacts from the pandemic, China Sword, and other industry topics, and how do they impact my Municipality?
  • What are the short term and longer-term impacts of these topics on the recycling and waste industry?
  • How can we better structure long term contracts going forward to ensure municipalities are positioned to maximize their upside?


  • Pete Keller – Vice President, Recycling and Sustainability, Republic Services
  • Richard Coupland – Vice President, Municipal Sales, Republic Services

This webinar is complimentary for ICMA members thanks to the sponsorship of an ICMA Strategic Partner who will have access to registration information.

ICMA Practice Areas: [9] Community and Resident Service; [10] Service Delivery

Richard Coupland III

Vice President, Municipal Sales Republic Services

Mr. Coupland joined Republic Services in 2015 as vice president of Municipal Sales.  He currently leads the Municipal market vertical, consisting of partnerships with more than 2400 municipal cities in 40 states and Puerto Rico.  His team provides consultative support to their Municipal partners, to understand and navigate changes in the industry, as well as emerging technology and methods.

Richard received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute, and his Masters degree in Business Administration from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

Pete Keller

Vice President, Recycling and Sustainability Republic Services

Pete is responsible for defining and implementing the strategic direction of the sustainability platform for Republic Services, to meet both business objectives and customer needs. His dedication to our Blue Planet is best noted by Republic Services’ recognition as the only Recycling and Waste company in to world to be named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.  Pete is a thought leader in the industry, with contributions to recycling infrastructure development, standards and optimization, development of renewable energy projects, and customer solutions that support the organization’s commitment to sustainability.

Pete has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and has served on numerous industry boards and committees during his career. 


Municipal Recycling and Waste Contracts - 2021 Industry Update
11/30/2021 at 1:00 PM (EST)   |  90 minutes
11/30/2021 at 1:00 PM (EST)   |  90 minutes
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Live and Archive Viewing: 1.50 ICMA CE credits and certificate available