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May 13, 2015


Amanda Kain, Catawba County Recycling CoordinatorAmanda B. Kain, whose passion for recycling and extensive work has helped Catawba County lead the State of North Carolina in the amount of materials recycled, per person, has begun serving as President of the Carolina Recycling Association (CRA).

Kain, who was named the County’s Waste Reduction Coordinator in 2004, was elected as the Association’s President on May 7 at its Board of Directors retreat in Pinopolis, South Carolina.

“Amanda and I have known each other and worked closely in this industry for many years,” said Diane Davis, Executive Director of the Carolina Recycling Association. “She has a gift that allows her to influence and lead even those who do not normally like to follow. I could not be more pleased that she has been elected by the Board to serve in this role. Amanda previously served for two years as Vice-president of the 15-member Board of Directors. Under Amanda’s leadership, the continued growth and relevance of the Carolina Recycling Association and the advancement toward the mission is ensured.”

According to the Carolina Recycling Association’s website, the Association is “a nonprofit organization established and maintained by a community of people – multi-national corporations, small businesses, local government, state government agencies and individuals across the Carolinas- who are committed to waste reduction and recycling efforts. With over 300 member organizations (over 800 individuals), the CRA is ever growing and changing to benefit our members and the recycling industry.”

The site adds that the Association’s goal is “to promote waste reduction recycling of marketable/recyclable materials in the Carolinas” through education, public/private partnerships and Board/Council actions.

“It is a great honor and privilege to be selected as the President of the Carolina Recycling Association,” Kain said. “It’s a pleasure to serve on a team of talented people; a team that provides the leadership required to move the Association forward in making a real difference in the advancement of recycling and waste reduction throughout the Carolinas. I look forward to continuing the tradition established by those CRA leaders and members who came before me and laid the building blocks for the success that we experience today.

“I am extremely thankful to work for Catawba County Government,” Kain added. “Without the progressive leadership and support of its elected officials, management, and my supervisor, Barry Edwards, my involvement in CRA would not be possible.”

A native of Maiden, NC, Kain graduated from Maiden High School and later earned a degree in Business Administration from Catawba Valley Community College. She began working for Catawba County in the Tax Office in January 1990. She moved to the Buildings Services Division in July 1995. That division comes under the Department of Utilities and Engineering within the County’s organization, and Kain was promoted to work in that department’s administrative office in July 2002. She was named Waste Reduction Coordinator/Educator in February 2004.

Kain is also the Executive Director of Keep Catawba County Beautiful and represents Catawba County as a liaison to the City of Hickory’s Recycling Advisory Board. She is certified by the North Carolina Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (NC SWANA) as a Recycling Systems Manager. Kain is also a member of the NC SWANA Waste Reduction and Recycling Committee and the CRA’s Board Development Committee.

Prior to working for Catawba County, Kain held several jobs in the banking industry. She is married to Greg Kain, an Environmental Health Specialist with Catawba County Public Health. They live in Maiden and have two sons, Spencer and Max.

“Amanda is the ideal employee and team member,” said Barry Edwards, Catawba County Utilities and Engineering Director, who oversees the County’s recycling efforts. “She will be an outstanding leader for the Carolina Recycling Association as she is driven by every opportunity to improve our environment and willingly works hard during the regular work day and often beyond to improve our community. Amanda is dependable, honest, and she always casts a magnetic, positive and proactive attitude in her work that compels others to follow her example.”