Keefe Harrison is the founder and CEO of The Recycling Partnership, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the planet. Keefe’s talk seeks to inspire viewers to embrace change by using their voices as both citizens and customers. She urges us to insist that corporations use their power, and dollars, to make important changes in how they do business and where they put their dollars, because only together can we address the urgent needs of our global environment. Keefe Harrison is the CEO of The Recycling Partnership, a national non-profit transforming recycling in cities and towns across the United States. Since launching The Recycling Partnership in 2014, she’s grown it from a one-woman-team to a multi-million-dollar corporate-funded effort that supports over 1,000 communities across the US.

A 21-year veteran of the waste reduction and recycling field, her work has been rooted in building collaborations that create positive environmental change in this world.

Prior to her work in recycling, Keefe researched sea turtles in Costa Rica, studied reindeer husbandry in Finland, and worked on a sustainable forestry crew.

One of her favorite party tricks is helping people answer the question, Can I recycle that? She said, “Sometimes, the answer is maybe.”

She is a nationally recognized speaker and author on recycling and environmental issues and lives in New Hampshire with her husband, children, and backyard hens. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

The voice we need to speak up for the environment | Keefe Harrison | TEDxAmoskeagMillyard