Tuesday, October 23

Keynote: To Be Announced
9:00 – 10:00 A.M. l Grand Ballroom DE

Plenary Session II: Kicking Contamination Out, organized by The Recycling Partnership
10:45 A.M. – 12:15 P.M. | Grand Ballroom DE

As China and some Southeast Asian countries have moved aggressively to limit recovered-material imports, stakeholders back in North America have come to realize contamination in curbside recycling must be reduced. But how do you do it? An energizing workshop-style session led by the staff of The Recycling Partnership offers discussion, tools and strategies that can help local programs clean up their streams quickly and in a cost-effective manner.

Concurrent Session A: Planning for Disaster Debris Recycling and Composting, organized by the National Recycling Coalition
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom D

Concurrent Session B: Driven By Data
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom E

Experienced industry professionals know that reliable numbers are often the bedrock of solid program planning. This session looks at a handful of projects that are collecting valuable data sets to help push forward individual materials recovery initiatives or help shape strategy for the wider industry. Attendees will walk away with a greater understanding of how to harness data and tabulate recycling's future.

– Rick Penner, Re-TRAC Connect

– Dale Gubbels, Firstar Fiber Corporation

Concurrent Session C: Creating Success on Your Own Terms, organized by the Missouri Recycling Association (MORA)
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom F

What does it take for a city or organization to develop a successful program? It may require cooperation, outreach and patience. But above all, it takes community. In this informative lightning round session, hear from a number of recycling pros from Missouri who created far-reaching, effective programs across the Show Me State. They'll share a variety of tips, tools, and tricks that can be used within many other materials recovery efforts, and they'll outline the integral role residents, policymakers and others have played in their initiatives. 

– Jean Ponzi, St. Louis Green Business Challenge

– Todd Ware, St. Louis County Department of Public Health

– Elysia Musumeci, Brightside St. Louis

– Jenn DeRose, Green Dining Alliance

– Bob Henkel, St. Louis Earth Day Recycling on the Go

Concurrent Session D: Behavior Change for Waste Diversion Programs, organized by the National Recycling Coalition
3:30 – 5:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom D

Concurrent Session E: Local Actors Aligned, organized by The Recycling Partnership
3:30 – 5:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom E

Recycling doesn't happen with just one stakeholder – and, unfortunately, three of those most integral parties are too often disconnected. The community, the hauler and the MRF all have needs, but all must share in the risks and rewards of materials diversion. To help lay the groundwork for better partner dialog nationwide, this session will bring together representatives from the municipal, processing and hauler spheres to openly address concerns and find ways to work together to achieve more, better recycling.

Concurrent Session F:  In the Stream … and on the Rise?
3:30 – 5:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom F

In recent years, glass has been a cause for concern for many communities due to contamination problems and limited downstream markets in some regions. But the material remains an iconic recyclable, and a number of companies and groups have made major strides to collect and process the material more cleanly and efficiently. This session features some of the most innovative recent efforts. 

– Jim Nordmeyer, Owens-Illinois

Wednesday, October 24

Plenary Session III: Feeling the Paper Cut
9:00 – 10:00 A.M. | Grand Ballroom DE

As National Sword has rolled forward over the last year, paper markets have encountered unprecedented turmoil, with huge price swings and ongoing uncertainty about which grades would be accepted in different markets. To help industry leaders get a firm grasp on the issue and plan for the years ahead, the conference's annual market panel this year focuses exclusively on fiber, offering perspectives from a range of experts.

– Bill Moore, Moore & Associates

– Derric Brown, Carton Council

Concurrent Session G: The Far Reach of Reuse, organized by the National Recycling Coalition
10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom D

Sometimes it really is true that one person's trash is another's treasure – and that entire populations can benefit in the process. In this panel discussion, various reuse innovators will explain how they and others are capitalizing on discarded materials and boosting local sustainability footprints. Additionally, panelists explore the ways reuse efforts intersect with issues related to community social justice, job creation and more.

– Moderator: MaryEllen Etienne, Reuse International

Concurrent Session H: Hacking Recycling, Part Deux, organized by The Recycling Partnership
10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom E

At last year's Resource Recycling Conference, one of the most talked-about sessions explored simple but impactful ideas from a range of local-program stakeholders. The goal was to look at inexpensive, easy-to-implement steps, or "hacks," that can help recycling programs move forward fast. This sequel will keep the conversation going, offering some shortcuts to success on route management, customer engagement, social media and more. 

Concurrent Session I: Reformulating Recycling Funding
10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom F

As U.S. recycling stakeholders face unprecedented market challenges and ocean-plastics concerns, the pressure is on to fill gaps in funding to support materials recovery infrastructure. This session will serve as the debut of new industry-sponsored funding framework that, if adopted, could complement existing public and private programs. The concept, based on research from the Carton Council, takes a "portfolio approach" to identify pragmatic approaches that could be supported by the consumer packaged goods industry and significantly move the needle on materials collection, processing and marketing.  

– Moderator: Betsy Dorn, RSE USA

Plenary Session IV: From Recycling to Resiliency
1:00 – 2:30 P.M. | Grand Ballroom DE

In an effort to prepare for potential economic and environmental challenges in the years ahead, major metropolises around the globe have joined the 100 Resilient Cities network. The Rockefeller Foundation-backed initiative helps these municipalities develop and implement solutions for the wide range of factors that threaten the well-being of their populations. How is materials recovery being woven into these "resiliency" plans? Representatives from cities that are part of the movement offer examples and outline opportunities.