December 3 – National Recycling Congress

All times listed are in the Pacific Time Zone

8:00 am – Training on Virtual Platform for Attendees

8:30 am – Sound and Video Test for Speakers

9:00 am – Welcome/Introductions

9:15 am – Break Free from Plastics

10:00 am – A – National Policy Town Hall

10:00 am – B – Recycling Market Development and Infrastructure

Moderated Discussion Panel (Interactive Discussion with Panel and Audience; 1 brief intro ppt by 1 of presenters):

Topics to be discussed:

  • What’s Contamination and How to Recycle Right
  • Latest Processing Improvements (e.g. more labor, slower belts, more equipment, robotics) 
  • Use 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 – C – Organics and Zero Waste

Moderated Discussion Panel (Interactive Discussion with Panel and Audience; 1 brief intro ppt by 1 of presenters):

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 – A –National Policy Town Hall

11:30 am – B – Buy Recycled and Marketing Recycled Products

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 model for future?)

11:30 am – C– Single-Use Product Bans

12:45 pm – Virtual Exhibit Hall and National Policy Town Hall

2:00 pm – Virtual Happy Hour

3:30 pm – Close for Day

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