Workshops, Meetings and Events


7:00 - 8:00 A.M. / Maurepas
NRC Board Meeting

8:30 - 10:00 A.M. / Nottoway
NRC Annual Meeting and Election Kick Off
Registration requested / No fee to attend

The National Recycling Coalition’s board of directors will report on the state of the organization, finances, progress and goals. Additionally, candidates for the board of directors will be introduced.

9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. / Gallier A
Intro to Zero Waste
Registration required / $125

Are you interested in learning how zero waste has become a key component of community and business sustainability efforts across the U.S. and the globe? Want to know more about the connection between zero waste and climate change, social justice and green jobs as well as the benefits to businesses pursuing zero waste? Curious about zero waste planning and infrastructure as well as community and business certification? This lively interactive class is for you! Recommended reading list will be sent in advance to those registered. Taught by Gary Liss, Liss and Associates / Zero Waste USA (45 minute lunch break, lunch not provided)

9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. / Gallier B
Zero Waste Community Principles and Tools
Registration required / $125

Ready to go deeper into zero waste? This class introduces the ZWIA Global Principles for Zero Waste Communities and the Zero Waste Brain Trust Tools suite including Eight Steps to Becoming a Zero Waste Community, USEPA's Managing and Transforming Waste Streams: A Tool for Communities – with  100+ searchable policy and program options, and four key assessment tools that assist communities in determining where they are and where they need to go on the Road to high diversion and zero waste. Recommended reading list will be sent in advance to those registered. Taught by Portia Sinnott, Program Director, Zero Waste USA and Zero Waste Brain Trust (45 minute lunch break, lunch not provided)


10:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. / Oak Alley
Recycling Organization Council (ROC) Meeting
Registration requested / No fee to attend

1:00 - 3:30 P.M. / Bayside A-C
Measurement Matters: Making Progress Toward Standardized Measurement
Registration required / No fee to attend

The workshop will provide an overview of the steady progress that is being made at the local, state, and national levels towards harmonizing materials management and reporting. Topics will include:

  • Early results of the launch of the Municipal Measurement Program (MMP) will be presented including a review of the impacts to local, regional, and national program development that have been observed. Data verification best practices, benchmarking reports, and a sneak peek at new features and modules to be added to the next annual release (January 2020) will also be featured.

  • Strong and consistent participation by state agencies in the State Measurement Program (SMP) in the most recent reporting year shows a commitment to measurement at a national level. Join us as we dig deeper and gain insights from the structured data set.

  • Hear from industry experts on other measurement initiatives at the local, state, and national levels.

3:30 - 5:30 P.M. / Nottoway
NRC Market Development Workshop
Registration required / No fee to attend

The importance of robust recycling markets cannot be understated. The demand for material is a driver of programs and volume security brings manufacturers to the table. Come spend an afternoon with your peers discussing what recycling market development means, what it takes to make recycling market development work, how it’s done, and lessons learned. The NRC hosted a series of regional workshops in 2018-2019 focused on local and regional recycling market development. Presentations and conversations helped participants within the targeted regions to re-imagine and reanimate their efforts to attract and develop new opportunities for recycled commodities. Leading national experts will build understanding about the nuts and bolts of the process, share success stories, financing opportunities, and identify the alliances that will be necessary to close the loop on domestic recycled material markets. Be a part of the movement to secure demand for recycled material right here at home.

Dave Keeling, director of recycling, Steel Recycling Institute

Betsy Dorn, principal, Circular Matters LLC

Chantal Fryer, director of recycling market development, South Carolina Department of Commerce

Wayne Gjerde, recycling market development coordinator, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Matt Flechter, recycling market development specialist, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy

Brian Gaughan, executive vice president of business development, IntegriCo Composites

Marisa Segundo, communications consultant, Resource Recycling Systems 

Nina Butler, CEO, MORE Recycling

6:00 - 9:00 P.M. / Gravier Street Social
NRC / SERDC Fundraiser Reception

Registration required, click here to register / $60

The National Recycling Coalition invites conference attendees to participate in their fundraiser reception to help support the organization goals and objectives. The reception offers a chance to network with peers and other conference attendees. Registration will open soon.


7:30 - 8:30 A.M. / Nottoway (government leaders) and Maurepas (SROs)
State-Level Recycling Breakfasts
Registration requested / No additional fee to attend

Rise and Shine… and Talk State-Level Recycling. On Tuesday morning of this year's Resource Recycling Conference, individuals engaged on materials diversion at the state level will have a special chance to learn and network in informal settings over breakfast. 

The Recycling Partnership will once again be holding a morning gathering for its state government leaders group. If you work for a state agency or regionally with multiple states, this is the morning event for you.  This breakfast will be held in Nottoway located on the 4th floor. This annual breakfast meeting of the State Recycling Leaders Group is hosted by The Recycling Partnership. Those state leaders attending RRC will be invited prior to the conference. Attendees to this meeting come from state recycling offices across the US, and non-profit organizations that represent the recycling industry in multiple states (ex: NERC, SERDC) will also be invited. Partnership staff will give a short presentation, then allow time for attendees to network with each other. Because this group meetings virtually each quarter during a webinar hosted by The Recycling Partnership, this annual breakfast meeting is a great opportunity for peer-to-peer conversations in person.

A separate breakfast will be taking place simultaneously for leaders of state recycling organizations (SROs) and anyone else working to bring communities, private sector players and other entities together at the state level. A short series of presentations will dive into best practices for organizing and growing across your state! This breakfast will be held in Maurepas located on the 3rd floor.

12:15 - 1:30 P.M. / Maurepas
NRC Board Meeting


7:30 - 8:30 A.M. / Maurepas
NRC Awards and Scholarship Breakfast
Registration requested / No fee to attend

Workshops, meetings and events are subject to change without notice.TBD