Industry Events and Workshops at Resource Recycling Conference

Several pre, during and post conference industry workshops and events will be available in conjunction with the Resource Recycling Conference.  You may register for these events and workshops on your conference registration form.

Monday, September 28

NRC Board Meeting
Presented by National Recycling Coalition (NRC)

9:00 - 10:00 am  I  Florida/Illinois
Fee: No Fee, pre-registration required

Meeting of the NRC Board of Directors.

Zero Waste Training
Presented by Zero Waste USA

9:00 am - 4:00 pm  I  Santa Fe
Fee: $100 plus $20 for certificate of completion (optional)

Seeking a very thorough and up-to-date introduction to Zero Waste from hands-on experts? Here is your chance. This class will demonstrate how Zero Waste can be a key part of the community and business sustainability plans, help reduce greenhouse gases and global cooling and create jobs.  Businesses are leading the way for Zero Waste and many diverting over 90% of their discard from landfill and incineration. Zero Waste Communities have adopted Zero Waste goals and plans to implement those goals. Examples will be presented from around North America and the globe. By attending the session, participants will learn: Connection between Zero Waste and greenhouse gases; Job potential from Zero Waste; and Benefits to communities and businesses from pursuing Zero Waste.  Zero Waste USA will provide a Certificate of Completion to those who take a test at the end of the class.  This is optional and will incur an additional fee of just $20.

NRC Membership Meeting and Candidates Forum
Presented by National Recycling Coalition (NRC)

10:00 am - 12:00 pm  I  Indiana Ballroom A-C
Fee: No Fee, pre-registration required

The agenda will include State of the NRC Address including a report and facilited discussion about the future of the organization and Candidates Forum.  Voting will take place upon conclusion of this meeting.

Measurement Matters State Conversation
Presented by US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

10:30 am - 12:00 pm  I  Lincoln
Fee: No Fee, Registration required
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Preliminary agenda includes:

  • State program sharing
  • Examples on successes and uses
  • Data collection, measurement, metrics and standards
  • State measurement program and EPS updates

Covanta WTE Tour

10:30 am - 1:00 pm (Includes travel time, tour is 1.5 hours)
Fee: $20 - pre registration required

The Covanta waste-to-energy facility in Indianapolis provides a prime example of incineration technology, steam capture, and ferrous and non-ferrous metals recovery. This site is also the planned location for a controversial proposed mixed-waste processing facility (called the Advanced Recycling Center) that will be discussed during a plenary session on Sept. 29 at the Resource Recycling Conference.

Recycling Organizations Meeting (ROC)
Presented by National Recycling Coalition (NRC)

1:00 - 2:00 open to all attendees / 2:00 - 4:30 pm invite only  I  Florida/Illinois
Fee: No Fee, pre-registration requested

The first hour of this meeting is an open session and all are welcome to attend.  The second hour will be for ROC representatives only.

Recycling Innovators Forum

2:00 – 4:15 pm  I  Indiana Ballroom E
Fee: No Fee, pre-registration required

Finalists in the third-annual Recycling Innovators Forum take to the stage to showcase their original inventions and processes to advance recycling.  One winner will take home a $20,000 to further the presented concept.

Recycling Innovators Forum Awards Reception 

4:30 – 6:30 pm  I  Denver Prefunction
Fee: No Fee, pre-registration required

Forum participants, judges and audience members get a chance to network before the winner is announced at 5:30 pm.

Curbside Recycling: Transitioning to Cart Based Collection
Presented by The Recycling Partnership

1:00- 4:00 pm  I  Indiana BallroomF-G
Fee: No Fee, pre-registration required

This workshop will discuss all the important aspects a city or county recycling manager must think through when transitioning their curbside program to cart-based collection. From getting elected official buy-in and budgeting for the carts and equipment to collection techniques and maintaining a strong program through education and outreach – Join the Recycling Partnership staff to talk through the tools they have developed to work through the full process. During thi0s time you will also have the opportunity to learn from other recycling managers around the country who have been through this transition and/or currently planning to make the transition.

Tuesday, September 29

NRC Board Meeting
Presented by National Recycling Coalition (NRC)

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm  I  Indiana Ballroom AB
Fee: No Fee, pre-registration required

Gathering of outgoing and incoming board members to conduct organization business at hand. Lunch will be provided for board members.  Visitors are welcome. Visitors interested in attending should contact Laura Flagg at to RSVP in order to have lunch served in the meeting.

Food Recovery Roundtable
Presented by Reuse Institute

3:30 - 5:00 pm  I  Santa Fe
Fee: No Fee, pre-registration requested
Roundtable participants are by invitation, observation/discussion open to all attendees.

A moderated roundtable discussion with representatives of food recovery organizations, food discard generators, organic recycling and anaerobic digestion service providers and other key stakeholders.


Wednesday, September 30

State Recycling Leaders Group Lunch
Presented by The Recycling Partnership

12:00 - 1:00 pm  I  Indiana Ballroom D
Invite Only

This meeting is for the members of the State Recycling Larder Group. During this meeting members will continue to share ideas and topics concerning their states' recycling initiatives.

Murray J. Fox Scholarship and NRC Annual Awards Presentations Lunch
Presented by National Recycling Coalition (NRC)

12:00  - 1:00 pm  I  Indiana Ballroom AB
Fee: No Fee, pre-registration required

Awards will be presented over lunch in the following categories:
Murray J. Fox Scholarship Awards
NRC's Lifetime Achievement Award
Bill Heenan Emerging Leader Award
Outstanding Business Leadership
Outstanding Non-profit Business Leadership
Outstanding Community or Government Program
Outstanding Higher Education Program

NRC Roundtable on how ROs and Communities can move to SMM
Presented by National Recycling Coalition (NRC)

3:15 - 5:00 pm  I  Indiana Ballroom AB
Fee: No Fee, pre-registration required

At the SMM Roundtable for RO's and Communities, NRC will highlight its National Sustainable Materials Management Action Plan and the USEPA SMM Strategic Plan. Discussion will then focus on how NRC can support Recycling Organizations and communities to adopt and implement SMM policies and programs.

Check back for additional information as it becomes available.