Industry Events and Workshops

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


See what took place at the 2016 Resource Recycling Conference.

Tuesday, August 30


Crush Contamination, Crank Quality: A How To Workshop

Presented by The Recycling Partnership
Date: August 30 / Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm / Meeting Room: Magnolia
$25 Registration Fee / Scholarships available / Registration required

What are the top issues facing the recycling industry today? If you really think about that question, it won't take long for poor material quality to come to mind. Local programs and MRFs across the country are seeing contamination rates rise and the quality of the recycling stream fall, and many are feeling the economic effects. Maybe you're seeing it yourself.

The good news? We can stop this trend in its tracks. In fact, this workshop will give you the tools, templates, plans and knowledge to do just that. Step-by-step, The Recycling Partnership will walk you through a proven approach that can implement immediately to improve material quality in your program. We will help you map out the tactics that are right for your community or area of operation, and load you up with the resources to put them into action. We call this approach MoreBetter, and it will net more material, and of a better quality, for your operation. Learn how to fully engage and retrain residents through a combination of targeted communication and operationally-sound practices. Get tips and protocols for building tighter ties between community and MRF. Hear real world examples of this approach in action, and see the data to back it up. Prepare to leave poor quality in the dust. 

Register now, then strap on your stompin boots and join the contamination-rushing, quality cranking party. Questions? Contact Jason Hale at 252-455-4788. Register for this event on your conference registration form. Scholarships are available. Contact Jason Hale for more information and for scholarship details.


Measurement Matters: State Conversation

Presented by Emerge Knowledge Design
Date: August 30 / Time: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm / Meeting Room: Melrose
No additional fee to attend / Registration required

You have heard the phrase "You can't manage what you don't measure" more times than you can remember. There are countless local efforts to gather meaningful data to help assess recycling and broader waste and materials management programs, but did you know that there is a national program to help state governments share program performance and best-practice information?

The State Data Measurement Sharing Program (SDMSP), first introduced in 2012, is a collaborative effort among 31 states (and counting) across the country to share information including annual tonnage data (waste, recycling and composting), descriptions of the types of waste, recycling programs in the state, and their financial summaries of how the programs are staffed and funded. This workshop is an opportunity to learn about the importance of having access to data from a state, regional, and national perspective. Examples of how data is used in program decision making, common challenges that are shared across state lines, and efforts to improve  measurement practices will be presented. You'll also get a chance to join the conversation and weigh in on metrics that you find important. 


NRC Board Meetings

Presented by National Recycling Coalition
Date: August 30 / Time: 9:00 - 10:00 am / Meeting Room: Rosedown
Date: August 31 / Time: 12:15 - 1:30 pm / Meeting Room: Magnolia

Meeting details coming soon.  Questions? Contact NRC at 202-618-2107. Register for this event on your conference registration form. 


Intro to Zero Waste Training

Presented by Zero Waste USA
Date: August 30 / Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm / Meeting Room: Marlborough B
$125 Registration Fee / Registration Required

Zero Waste businesses are leading the way for Zero Waste and have diverted over 90% of their waste from landfill and incineration. Zero Waste communities have adopted Zero Waste goals and plans to implement those goals. This workshop will demonstrate how Zero Waste can be a key part of community and business sustainability plans and help contribute to reducing greenhouse gases and global cooling. Participants of this session will learn connection between Zero Waste and greenhouse gases; jobs potential from Zero Waste; benefits to businesses from pursuing Zero Waste. Zero Waste USA will provide a certificate of completion for all those who attend the full class, participate in the class project, pass the open book exam, and turn in an evaluation. 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
Date: August 30 / Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm / Meeting Room: Marlborough A
$125 Registration Fee / Registration Required

Zero Waste USA is presenting a new advanced training to go into more depth about how to implement Zero Waste in a community. The class is intended for those who have already attended the Introduction to Zero Waste course, or for those who are actively working towards Zero Waste in their community. 

This class will cover the Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA) Global Principles for Zero Waste communities and new tools developed by Zero Waste USA including:

  • Eight steps to becoming a Zero Waste community
  • Zero Waste community planning check list
  • Divertability analysis
  • Commodities market analysis
  • Service opportunities analysis

The class will demonstrate EPA's Managing and Transforming Waste Streams: A Tool for Communities, which enables users to explore in depth 100 policy and program options that could be part of local Zero Waste plans. The EPA tool illustrates different approaches to enhance curbside collection (including 38 measures to address discarded organic material), conduct community outreach, promote infrastructure development, or engage in product stewardship. The EPA tool contains over 250 implementation examples from communities across the country, with links to city and county ordinances, contract language, and program websites.

Zero Waste USA will provide a certification of completion for all those who attend the full class, participate in the class project, pass the open book exam, and turn in an evaluation.  Questions? Contact Gary Liss at 916-652-7850. Register for this event on your conference registration form. Lunch is on own.


NRC Annual Membership Meeting and Candidates Forum

Presented by National Recycling Coalition
Date: August 30 / Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm / Meeting Room: Rosedown
No additional fee to attend / Registration required

Meeting details coming soon.  Questions? Contact NRC at 202-618-2107. Register for this event on your conference registration form. 


Recycling Organizations Council Meeting (ROC)

Presented by ROC
Date: August 30 / Time: 1:00 - 4:30 pm / Meeting Room: Rosedown

Meeting details coming soon.  Questions? Contact NRC at 202-618-2107.


Southeast Recycling Development Council (SERDC) Board Meeting

Presented by SERDC
Date: August 30 / Time 2:00 - 4:00 pm / Meeting Room: Eglinton-Winton
No additional fee to attend

The SERDC Board of Directors meeting is open to anyone interested in SERDC activities to advance recycling in the region. 


Municipal Roundtable:  Best Practices in Resource Diversion

Presented by Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO)
Date: August 30 / Time 2:00 - 4:00 pm / Meeting Room: Melrose, 3rd Floor
No additional fee to attend / Registration required

Join NRC at the Resource Recycling Conference for the Municipal Roundtable: Best Practices in Resource Diversion.  The National Recycling Coalition, in conjunction with Austin Resource Recovery and the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio, is convening a roundtable discussion about best practices in diversion - with an emphasis on reuse, recycling and composting strategies. We welcome waste management authorities, city recycling coordinators and others to join in a two-part conversation about which diversion strategies work well and why, and how we can leverage peer to peer relationships to encourage widespread adoption of best practice. We request participants bring one example of applied best practice and one issue your community would like to learn more about.  More details at: http://rrconference.com/workshops/  Questions? Contact MaryEllen Etienne at 614-782-9401. Register for this event on your conference registration form.


Thursday, September 1


Murray J Fox Scholarship and NRC Annual Awards Luncheon

Presented by NRC
Date: September 1 / Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm / Meeting Room: Grand Salon D
No additional fee for attendees to attend / $50 Registration Fee for Non conference attendees / Registration required

Since 1994, the National Recycling Coalition (NRC) has awarded scholarships to students interested in the recycling field. This year, NRC is awarding scholarships to qualified New Orleans area students in the amount of $1,500 each. Recipients will also receive complementary admission to the 2016 Resource Recycling Conference and one-year membership to NRC.  Join NRC in awarding scholarships during lunch.  Questions? Contact NRC Campus Council at campuscouncil@nrcrecycles.org. Register for this event on your conference registration form.


Louisiana Recycling Coalition

Date: September 1 / Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm / Meeting Room: Magnolia
No additional fee to attend 

This year's Resource Recycling Conference is in Louisiana, one of the few states without a state recycling organization. Recycling coordinators and waste management professionals are invited to join a discussion about the launch of a Louisiana Recycling Coalition (LRC), which will focus on advancing recycling in Louisiana. The LRC effort is open to government and industry professionals involved in recycling. The Southeast Recycling Development Council and the National Recycling Coalition will be on hand to provide support, along with members of similar organizations from other states. Meet with us and get in on the ground floor as we build the organization to assist recycling across the state.