Dec 3 – National Recycling Congress

All times listed are in the Pacific Time Zone

8:00 am PST – Training on Virtual Platform for Attendees

8:00 am PST – Sound and Video Test for Speakers

8:30 am PST – Welcome/Introductions

  • Alec Cooley, NRC Conference Co-Chair
  • Bob Gedert,  NRC President, “Revitalization of NRC Buy Recycled Business Alliance”

8:45 am PST– National Policy Town Hall on Breaking Free from Plastics

  • Stephen Bantillo, NRC Vice President and Policy Committee Co-Chair
  • David Pinsky, Greenpeace Oceans & Plastics Campaigner
  • Nina Butler, More Recycling and Circularity in Action

9:30 am PST – Jared Blumenfeld, California Secretary for Environmental Protection

9:45 am PST – Break in Virtual Exhibit Hall and One-on-One Networking

10:00 am PST – A – National Policy Town Hall on Recycling Market Development and Infrastructure – Moderated Discussion Panel (Interactive Discussion with Panel and Audience; 1 brief intro ppt by 1 of presenters):

  • Manuel Medrano, Association of Recycling Market Development Administrators and City of Chula Vista, Moderator
  • Wayne Gjerde, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and NRC Board member
  • Bret Bigger, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
  • Ruth Abbe, Co-Chair, CRRA Global Recycling Council
  • Lisa Skumatz, Skumatz Economic Research Associates
  • Susan Kinsella, Conservatree
  • Neil Seldman, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
  • Elisa Seltzer, Resource Recycling Systems

Topics to be discussed:

  • What’s Contamination and How to Recycle Right
  • Latest Processing Improvements (e.g. more labor, slower belts, more equipment, robotics) 
  • Using Materials Domestically and Bring Recycling Jobs Home from China
  • Container deposit systems to provide cleaner materials
  • Dual vs. Single Stream Collection and Processing
  • Recycling Incentives (e.g. Save as you Throw)

10:00 am PST – B – National Policy Town Hall on Organics and Zero Waste
Moderated Discussion Panel (Interactive Discussion with Panel and Audience; 1 brief intro ppt by 1 of presenters):

  • Ana Carvalho, Zero Waste International Alliance (Moderator)
  • Neil Edgar, California Compost Coalition
  • Matt Cotton, US Composting Council
  • Will Bakx, California Organics Recycling Council of CRRA
  • Kourtnii Brown, Sustainable Economies Law Center
  • Marvin Hayes, Baltimore Compost Collective

Topics to be discussed:

  • Reducing Food Wasting (e.g. Lean Path)
  • Food Donations
  • On-site composters and digesters
  • Community composting
  • Compostable Packaging
  • Carbon Sequestration
  • Large-scale composting and anaerobic digestion
  • Permitting facilities and dealing with air and water regulations
  • Mandates for haulers and/or residential and commercial generators

11:30 am PST– A – National Policy Town Hall on Buy Recycled

Moderated Discussion Panel:

  • Martin Bourque, Berkeley Ecology Center (Moderator)
  • Nina Butler, More Recycling and NRC Board
  • Susan Kinsella, Conservatree
  • Rory Bakke, Sustainable Concepts Studio
  • Alicia Culver, Responsible Purchasing Institute
  • Sarah O’Brien, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council
  • Gina Wu Lee, Upcyclers Network
  • Lynn Hoffman, Eureka Recycling
  • Jeff Donlevy, Mings Recycling

Topics to be Discussed:

  • Buy Recycled, Environmentally Preferable and Sustainable Procurement Policies and Programs
  • Durable Products
  • Minimum Content Policies
  • NRC Buy Recycled Business Alliance (what it was and a model for the future?)
  • Smart Specifications
  • Leveraging well recognized certifications and plans

11:30 am PST – B – Single-Use Product Bans

  • Kelley Dennings, Center for Biological Diversity, Population and Sustainability (Moderator)
  • Christie Keith, Break Free from Plastics Steering Committee and GAIA
  • Christienne DeTournay, Berkeley Zero Waste Commission
  • Miriam Gordon, Upstream
  • Laura Anthony, Save the Albatross Coalition and Zero Waste San Diego

Topics to be Discussed:

  • Hear about the Break Free From Plastic Movement in the U.S. and abroad
  • Learn how to implement a local single-use disposable foodware ordinance from the City of Berkeley
  • Discuss policy models and supportive networks to reduce single-use, especially in light of COVID
  • Hear about the “Connect the Cap” campaign and the use of small claims court to decrease plastic pollution
  • Learn about UC-Berkeley’s removal of single-use products on campus and highlights from the book, Waste, a look at how it can be a risk, a resource and even a livelihood

12:45 pm PST – Virtual Exhibit Hall and Virtual Happy Hour including these options:

  • 1:15 pm PST – Murray J. Fox Scholarships, Jack DeBell and Bob Gedert
  • 1:45 pm PST – National Policy Town Hall Wrap-up and Next Steps

2:00 pm PST – Close for Day

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