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2019 Annual Awards Luncheon & Workshops Registration


Annual Awards Luncheon & Workshops

Friday, October 4, 2019 | 9 AM – 2:45 PM
The Country Club of Lincoln | 3200 S. 24th Street

8:30 – 9:00 Vendor arrival and set up
9:00 – 9:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast; Vendor show and guest networking
9:30 – 11:00 Business Workshop; Nebraska Chapter USCC meeting
10:15 – 10:30 Vendor break
11:00 – 11:30 Vendor show and guest networking
11:30 – 1:00 Annual Meeting, Awards, Keynote address
1:00 – 1:15 Awards photos; Vendor show wrap up
1:15 – 2:45 Community Workshop; Advisory Council Meeting




Senior Director of Strategy and Research at The Recycling Partnership

Passionate about taking a systems approach, Scott Mouw enjoys putting recycling data to work to help community programs thrive. Prior to joining The Recycling Partnership, Scott spent a career directing North Carolina’s highly regarded recycling program. He has participated in a wide range of regional and national initiatives to advance recycling, including overseeing the development of The Recycling Partnership while serving on board of the Southeast Recycling Development Council and working with the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, the Association of Plastics Recyclers, the Glass Recycling Coalition, and AMERIPEN.Mouw describes his keynote address in this statement: “Despite the headwinds of markets and material values, recycling is more important now than ever before. Smart implementation of best management practices can ensure that recycling stays a resilient and effective service, and one highly valued by the public.”



BUSINESS WORKSHOP 9:30-11:00 a.m.

“Managing Change and Measuring Performance”

Brad Smith, founder of Inflection Point Leadership, and Cindy Sketch, practitioner of several change management projects, will provide step-by-step instruction on how to manage the “people” side of change and transition in one’s organization using behavioral science models and common sense. Cliff Fleener, Corporate Director of Environmental Responsibility for Valmont Industries, will provide a demonstration on how his company uses a tracking system to measure materials diversion and labor inputs that has helped improve their waste diversion performance. Valmont is a worldwide manufacturer of engineered support structures, coatings, irrigation and utility support structures headquartered in Nebraska.



“How Grand Junction Bucked the Curbside Single Stream Recycling Trend”

Merissa Snyder, Safety Assessment & Training Coordinator/Community Outreach Liaison for Curbside Recycling Indefinitely in Grand Junction, CO, will present their successful curbside recycling model, a hybrid system that may be useful in rural Nebraska communities that desire curbside collection but don’t generate high enough volumes to make single-stream collection economically feasible.


Unused sponsor tickets can be donated as scholarships for elected officials and students


As a sponsor, you will receive recognition before, during, and after the event.


As a vendor, you will get exposure to 100 business leaders for a total of 1 ½ hours throughout the day. Registration includes recognition during the program, 6′ table and 2 chairs with electricity, lunch, participation in workshops, and a description of your services with your logo and a link on the NRC website.


NRC Members: $250
Non-Members: $500*
Additional Representatives: $55 each

*includes a one-year membership beginning January 1, 2020


Dempsters LLC

Manufacturer of the Alleycat Recycling Trailer. Our team is committed to offering a complete line of premium recycling equipment along with grant and funding support. We are proud to be working with recycling associations as well as our private and public partners for over 20 years. Providing reliable and durable recycling equipment to help keep America green is our number one priority.

EPA Region 7

As a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Region 7 protects human health and the environment in our nation’s Heartland. Our ecosystems are numerous and the range is broad, encompassing the Sandhills of Nebraska, Flint Hills of Kansas, winding Missouri and Mississippi rivers, prairies and plains of Iowa, and forests and delta of Missouri, not to mention all of the rich agricultural lands throughout our region.

Big Red Worms

At Big Red Worms, we understand how important it is to minimize our impact on the environment as a community. That’s why we convert over 390 tons of food and 800 tons of animal waste into rich living compost each year with the assistance of Eisena fetida (Red Wigglers) worms.

We also educate others about how they can incorporate more sustainable practices into their everyday lives. We offer composting classes for students and adults at our location along with tutorials, DIY equipment, and summaries of our research experiments on our website. Classes are offered quarterly, with some being offered through Community Crops.

Firstar Fiber

The Hefty® EnergyBag® program is a groundbreaking initiative that collects hard to recycle plastics – like the candy wrappers and juice pouches you’ve always thrown away – at curbside and converts them into useful resources. The Hefty® EnergyBag® Program is a significant step towards achieving positive long-term environmental and economic advantages, including new alternative energy resources and fewer tons of plastics ending up in landfills.


Lifespan has been doing IT Asset Disposal and electronics recycling since 2002. From our USA operations HQ in Omaha, we serve companies throughout the USA, Canada and globally. Lifespan has been a leader in standards and certifications, and holds R2:2013, ISO14001, NAID AAA and other industry certifications. We focus on refurbishing to maximize value to our customers and to reduce environmental impact. We customize our services – from asset audits to logistics to data destruction – to meet your organization’s governance and reporting requirements. We strive to make it easy to do ITAD right!


MWC services 2 locations Atkinson – Lincoln, NE MWC manufacturing Quality refuse containers with the highest of standards. RL – FL – SL – Roll-Offs, Recycle styles and lift hook types available. All containers are primed inside and out. Lincoln – Distributer for refuse containers – Swaploader – Pak-Mor – Otto Carts


Award Descriptions

Commonwealth Award recognizes a business, organization, or individual that gives its time, talent, and treasure to the community in which it operates to improve the natural environment or health, welfare, and common good for all stakeholders through better materials management.

End Market of the Year Award is presented to a local, regional or international member organization that utilizes recycled commodities from Nebraska recycling generators, processors, collectors and haulers for the manufacture of new goods. The organization is committed to the highest ethical standards that support the recovery of Nebraska’s resources.

Green Team of the Year Award recognizes a highly-organized, mature green team with the capacity to sustain itself and engage other employees. The team will have implemented systems to identify impacts, set goals, prioritize and implement projects, measure performance and review processes.

Zero Waste Award recognizes a business, community, or organization that has made significant strides to reduce inputs, reduce waste, recycle and/or reuse by-products, and create a closed looped system for materials handling. A diversion rate of at least 50% must have been reached, and the entity will have created a written plan that outlines how they will reach a 90% diversion rate. Zero waste is defined as a landfill diversion rate of at least 90%.

Waste Diversion Project/Product/Service of the Year Award is presented to a business, community, or organization for a project, product, or service that demonstrates exemplary, innovative, and measurable waste reduction, eliminates or replaces hard-to-recycle materials, and/or creates a closed loop system for recycling or reuse. The recipient applies the highest possible standards for responsible resource management.

The Nebraska Recycling Council’s Business and Community Awards will be presented at our Annual Awards Luncheon, Friday, October 4, 2019 at The Country Club of Lincoln. Applications are due July 31, 2019. Only NRC members may apply.


Open Harvest Co-op Grocery, Papillion Sanitation, Security Shredding Services

American Recycling, Central States Telecom, Crete Core Ingredients, DataShield Corporation, FBG Service Corporation, Nebraska Innovation Campus, Nebraska Public Power District, O’Neill, Heinrich, Damkroger, Bergmeyer & Shultz, P.C., L.L.O., SOARINGroup, Verdis Group


Lunch for NRC Members: $40
Lunch for Non-Members: $45
Workshops NRC Members: $25 each
Workshops Non-Members: $30 each


To maximize the economic and environmental benefits of resource recovery in Nebraska.