Industry Events and Workshops

Several industry events and workshops will be held in conjunction with the Resource Recycling Conference. You will be able to register for these events and workshops on your conference registration form.

Sunday, August 27

Meet and Greet

Presented by National Recycling Coalition
Time: 6:00 - 10:00 pm
Location: The Local (931 Nicollet Mall - 3 blocks from hotel)
Fee: No Fee / No host food and beverage

Held at The Local, a cozy Irish pub near the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, this informal get together is open to all. Get reacquainted with friends and colleagues prior to Monday's pre-conference activities.


Monday, August 28

NRC Board of Directors Meeting - Initial Conference Meeting

Presented by National Recycling Coalition
Time: 9:00 - 10:00 am
Meeting Room: Minnehaha
Fee: No Fee

The National Recycling Coalition Board of Directors will meet prior to the annual members' meeting.  Meeting is open to anyone who would like to attend. This is one of two board meetings needed, in part, to accommodate the election proceedings.

 

Measurement Matters: A State and Local Government Conversation

Presented by Environmental Protection Agency and Re-TRAC Connect
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Meeting Room: Greenway B-D
Fee: No Fee / Pre-registration Requested

The State Measurement Program (SMP), now in its 5th year, is a collaborative effort among 41 states (and counting) across the USA to share waste and recycling program information and successes. States can share and compare their annual tonnage data (disposal, recycling and composting), tipping fees, FTEs, funding mechanisms, as well as access visual comparison maps of many of these variables. This year's workshop will highlight:

  • Interactive and live-system review of most recent SMP results, including 5-year trends
  • Data collection challenges and how some states have overcome these barrieres
  • Opportunities to further standardize data across all levels of government
  • A free program that allows you to publicly share your state's successes and data with your constituents (RecycleSearch)
  • Weigh in on metrics that you find important
  • How you can participate in the upcoming 1st National Measurement Summit, February 27 - March 1, 2018 in Chattanooga, TN
     

Intro to Zero Waste Training

Presented by Zero Waste USA
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Meeting Room: Greenway I
Fee: $125 / Registration Required

Are you wondering what Zero Waste really means? Are you interested in learning how Zero Waste has become a key component of community and business sustainability plans across the US 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? This lively interactive class is for you! Recommended reading list sent out in advance to increase your benefit from the class. Certificates of completion provided to all who pass exam. Questions? Contact Gary Liss at 916-652-7850. Register for this event on your conference registration form. Lunch is on own.
 

Zero Waste Community Principles and Tools

Presented by Zero Waste USA
Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Meeting Room: Greenway J
Fee: $125 / Registration Required

Ready to go deeper into the study of Zero Waste? This course covers the Zero Waste International Alliance Global Principles for Zero Waste Communities, Eight Steps to Becoming a Zero Waste Community and the Zero Waste Brain Trust Community Assessment Tools. Also showcased are contracting and procurement best practices with mini-case studies and the USEPA's web resource Managing and Transforming Waste Streams: A Tool for Communities, which enables users to explore 100 policy and program options plus 300 links to city and county ordinances, contract language and program websites. Recommended reading list sent out in advance to increase your benefit from the class. Certificates of completion provided to all who pass exam.  Prerequisite: Zero Waste USA's Introduction to Zero Waste Class – attendance and exam. Students with a proven grasp of the subject may take the exam in lieu of taking the Intro class. Questions? Contact Gary Liss at 916-652-7850. Register for this event on your conference registration form. Lunch is on own.
 

NRC Annual Members' Meeting

Presented by National Recycling Coalition
Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Meeting Room: Greenway A
Fee: No Fee / Pre-registration Requested

The National Recycling Coalition Board of Directors will report on the state of the organization, finances, progress and goals. Candidates for the Board of Directors will be introduced during the meeting. The meeting opens the voting of candidates.

 

Recycling Organization Organizational Development Training

Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm open to all NRC Board of Directors and affiliate members of NRC
Meeting Room: Greenway A
Fee: No Fee

Topics of discussion have been recommended by recycling organizations and the Recycling Organizations Council.

 

Recycling Organizations Council (ROC) Meeting

Time: 2:30 - 4:00 pm open to ROC representatives only.
Meeting Room: Greenway A
Fee: No Fee

 

Facility Tours

Time: 12:15 - 3:15 pm and 1:15 - 4:15 pm
Location: Eureka Recycling and Waste Management Minneapolis MRF
Fee: $25 / Pre-registration Required

Join us for a tour of Eureka Recycling and Waste Management Minneapolis MRF. Each tour time will visit both facilities. Space is limited. Participants must wear closed toe shoes and be over the age of 12 years old. No photography or video allowed.

Eureka Recycling
The tour will be of our Single Stream MRF and talk through our approach to recycling within a zero waste framework.  We process around 90,000 tons per year, including all residential materials from the City of Minneapolis and the City of Saint Paul.  The MRF was originally built in 2003 as a dual stream facility, converted in 2013 to single stream and upgraded again in 2016 to increase our throughput and material capture.  We primarily use Machinex equipment.  

Waste Management Minneapolis MRF
Waste Management’s Twin Cities Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) is the largest recycling facility in Minnesota.  The MRF processes nearly 250,000 tons of recyclable material every year, serving cities and third party collected material  throughout the region. The MRF opened in 2002 and WM has invested in three major retrofits that have allowed for increased diversion  of recyclable material from the waste stream.  Attendees will tour this state of the art facility that continues to operate at peak performance and is one of WM’s top recycling facilities in  the nation. For those individuals who participate in the tour, they will see over 7 miles of conveyor, optical sorters, aluminum (Eddy Current) sorters, paper and regular magnets, as well as balers.  This is what we refer to as a carefully orchestrated symbiotic relationship between people and machinery that sorted over 185,000 tons of recyclables last year.

 

Welcome Reception

Presented by National Recycling Coalition and Recycling Association of Minnesota
Time: 6:30 pm doors open / 7:00 - 7:40 pm scholarship and award announcements / 7:40 - 10:00 pm networking reception
Location: Lakes and Legends (1368 Lasalle Ave - 4 blocks from hotel)
Fee: $40

The Welcome Reception is a joint fundraiser for the Recycling Association of Minnesota and the National Recycling Coalition. The reception offers a chance to network with peers, meet and congratulate scholarship and award winners, and meet other conference attendees. One beverage ticket and light refreshments are included in the reception fee.

Murray J. Fox Scholarship and NRC Annual Awards Announcements

Presented by National Recycling Coalition
Time: 7:00 - 7:40 pm
Location: Lakes and Legends (1368 Lasalle Ave - 4 blocks from hotel
Fee: Free (If staying for the Welcome Reception, fee $40)

Meet and congratulate scholarship and award winners.


Tuesday, August 29

NRC Current Board of Directors Meeting - Final Meeting

Presented by National Recycling Coalition
Time: 12:15 - 1:30 pm
Meeting Room: Minnehaha
Fee: No Fee / Lunch included for conference attendees
 

Recycling Town Hall: Connecting Trade Groups and State Recycling Associations

Presented/Sponsored by National Recycling Coalition
Time: 1:30 - 5:00 pm (3:00 - 3:30 pm break in exhibit hall)
Meeting Room: Lakeshore Ballroom
Fee: No Fee

The National Recycling Coalition serves as a portal to pair recycling association decision-makers directly with market-development organizations. In this special session inspired by town hall gatherings, the NRC is bringing together recycling supply chain representatives – from collections through end markets – to help establish relationships, dialogue and business opportunities. Town hall attendees are expected to include state, regional and national recycling market-development groups, as well as state and local recycling organization members and leadership.

Among those taking part are leaders from the American Chemistry Council, the American Forest & Paper Association, the Association of Plastic Recyclers, the Carton Council, the Construction & Demolition Materials Recycling Association, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Glass Packaging Institute, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Keep America Beautiful, the Northeast Recycling Coalition, the Paper Recycling Coalition, the Rubber Manufacturers Association, the Southeast Recycling Development Council, the Steel Recycling Institute and The Recycling Partnership.


Wednesday, August 30

NRC Board of Directors Meeting - Newly Elected Board Members Initial Meeting

Presented by National Recycling Coalition
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Meeting Room: Minnehaha
Fee: No Fee / Lunch included for conference attendees