Plenary Session I: Impactful Ideas in Action
9:00 – 10:00 A.M. l Nicollet Grand Ballroom AB

The opening plenary session of the Resource Recycling Conference will bring together three dynamic leaders who are shaping municipal materials recovery through influential organizations. Join this powerful conversation about connecting with residents, paying for infrastructure improvements and creating more efficient programs. 
– Moderator: Carey Hamilton, Indiana Recycling Coalition

– Ron Gonen, Closed Loop Fund
– Keefe Harrison, The Recycling Partnership
– Brenda Pulley, Keep America Beautiful

Plenary Session II: Market Demands
10:45 A.M. – 11:45 A.M. | Nicollet Grand Ballroom AB

Prices for a number of materials have seen increases of late, but fluctuating commodities markets remain a recycling reality. Experienced analysts discuss where prices have been and offer predictions on where they're going. Attendees will walk away with a deeper understanding of trends affecting recovered polyethylene plastic, fiber and metals.

– Moderator: Will Sagar, Southeast Recycling Development Council

– Joel Morales, IHS
– DJ VanDeusen, WestRock
– Joe Pickard, ISRI

Concurrent Session A: Glass Acts
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Nicollet Grand Ballroom AB

Another session at The Resource Recycling Conference will look at glass container recycling. Ellen Martin from the Closed Loop Foundation will present her research into the costs and effectiveness of the new generation of glass processing equipment being installed in modern MRFs. Lynn Bragg from the Glass Recycling Coalition will provide extensive details on initiatives to improve the quality of glass received at MRFs. And Jules Bailey from the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative will present his efforts to establish glass container reuse systems.

– Moderator: Chaz Miller, National Waste & Recycling Association

– Ellen Martin, Closed Loop Partners
– Lynn Bragg, Glass Packaging Institute
– Jules Bailey, Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative

Concurrent Session B: New Ways to Look at Recycling
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Nicollet Grand Ballroom C

As the materials stream continues to rapidly shift and technology opens new pathways in data analysis, the strategies at the heart of program implementation and measurement are evolving as well. Three leaders who are helping to shape the future of materials recovery explain how concepts such as greenhouse gas reductions, life-cycle analyses, growth projections and more will be key to industry decision-making in the years ahead.

– Moderator: Lynn Rubinstein, Northeast Recycling Council, Inc.

– David Allaway, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
– Jessica Branom-Zwick, Cascadia Consulting Group
– Ronald Vance, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Concurrent Session C: Community Resiliency Through Organics, organized by BioCycle
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Nicollet Grand Ballroom D

Similar to recycling, the end goal with organics recycling is to manufacture products from resources that would otherwise be disposed. In addition, the process of diverting these resources creates jobs and new enterprises. One distinction between the two materials recovery sectors, however, is that recycling organics fosters community resiliency: healthy people, healthy soils, and locally produced renewable power and fuels.

– Moderator: Nora Goldstein, BioCycle

– Jennifer Kedward, Dakota County (MN) Environmental Resources Department
– Chuck Joswiak, Specialized Environmental Technologies, Inc
– Ginny Black, Minnesota Compost Council
– Paul Relis, CR&R

Concurrent Session D: Speed Recycling, organized by Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM)
3:30 – 5:00 P.M. | Nicollet Grand Ballroom AB

What does it take to run a successful program? During this fun and enthusiastic lightning round, a dozen Minnesota recycling leaders will tell a national audience about a variety of initiatives across a number of topics, such as agricultural plastics recycling, MRF operations, recycling promotions, and more. 

– Moderator: Bill Keegan, Dem-Con

– Heidi Ringhofer, The Western Lake Superior Sanitary District
– Amanda LaGrange, TechDump
– Kate Davenport, Eureka Recycling
– Brita Sailer, Recycling Association of Minnesota
– Sharon Schriever, Southeast Minnesota Recycling Exchange
– Nick Swaggert, Better Futures Minnesota

Concurrent Session E: MRF Trends and Equipment
3:30 – 5:00 P.M. | Nicollet Grand Ballroom C

In this comprehensive MRF session, attendees will hear from an extensive amount of useful data from a study by Resource Recycling’s Jerry Powell. Additionally, do robots have a role in such operations?  (FIX) Dan Leif from the magazine will discuss the rising use of robotic operations.  In a third MRF presentation, Mike Birett will present the results of a MRF funding in system in Ontario which has resulted in the investment of tens of millions of dollars in modern MRF upgrades.  He’ll describe the learning lessons from substantial efforts to improve MRF efficiencies.

– Moderator: Dan Krivit, Foth Infrastructure & Environment, LLC

– Jerry Powell, Resource Recycling
– Dan Leif, Resource Recycling
– Mike Birett, Continuous Improvement Fund


Concurrent Session F: Getting Smart on Material Choices
3:30 – 5:00 P.M. | Nicollet Grand Ballroom D

As programs and facilities continue to find a path toward economic sustainability they are constantly encountering choices about which type of recyclables should be included the waste stream. Four industry experts discuss their research and experiences, trying to make that determination.

– Moderator: Steve Alexander, The Association of Plastic Recyclers

– Jason Pelz, Carton Council
– Marty Seaman, Resource Recycling Systems
– Alex Danovitch and Lynn Hoffman, Eureka Recycling

Plenary Session III: Hacking Recycling – Tools and Tricks for Your Program, organized by The Recycling Partnership
8:30 – 10:00 A.M. | Nicollet Grand Ballroom AB

How can you make your recycling program dollars go further? How can you boost curbside tonnages without greatly expanding staff? What’s the best way to garner more support from politicians and department heads? This session will deliver best practices from an array of programs and will give attendees tangible ideas to drive "more and better recycling" within local communities, states and regions.

– Scott Mouw, The Recycling Partnership
– Chris Coady, The Recycling Partnership

Concurrent Session G: Expert Perspective on EPR
10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. | Nicollet Grand Ballroom AB

The industry has seen years of debate over extended producer responsibility, a concept in which product and packaging producers are mandated to fund and/or manage the end-of-life concerns for materials they put on the market. But the discussion has reached a particularly compelling moment with packaging EPR systems developing in Canadian provinces and policy aimed at electronics and other hard-to-handle items reaching maturity in the U.S.. A panel of representatives from a variety of stakeholders brings us up to speed on the crucial talking points.

– Craig Cookson, American Chemistry Council
– Susan Robinson, Waste Management
– Garth Hickle, Independent Consultant  
– Susan Fife-Ferris, Seattle Public Utilities

Concurrent Session H: Signing the Dotted Line, organized by Waste360
10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. | Nicollet Grand Ballroom C

A panel focusing on how waste management companies and MRF operators are adjusting to materials pricing volatility and risk management. 

– Moderator: David Bodamer, Waste360

– Bob Cappadonna, Casella
– Pete Keller, Republic
– Susan Moulton, Waste Management

Concurrent Session I: Recycling Markets and Market Development, organized by the National Recycling Coalition
10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. | Nicollet Grand Ballroom D

In this special session organized by the National Recycling Coalition, speakers will focus on where the industry may be headed when it comes to expanding the universe of end-users of recovered material. The aim is to identify priorities for stakeholders in industry, government, trade associations and other realms. The discussion will build off of the NRC Markets Council Town Hall discussions. 

Plenary IV: Recycling Policies in the New Administration, organized by the National Recycling Coalition and the Recycling Association of Minnesota

With new leadership in the White House, shifts in federal policy -- and resulting political rancor -- have become the new norm. Though recycling decisions are typically made at the state and local level, the moves by the administration could still have substantial impact on the industry. A panel of experts from the political and recycling arenas will discuss how changes in foreign trade priorities, EPA funding, domestic manufacturing and more may affect materials recovery in the years to come.

– Keith Ellison, congressman, Minnesota
– Barnes Johnson, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency