BUILDING RESILIENCE

Strengthening Recycling Systems

October 13-16, 2020

[We’re going virtual! Stay tuned for updates to our event.]

Registration coming soon.

KEYNOTE

“FINDING THE SILVER LINING AND STRENGTHENING RECYCLING IN THE NEW WORLD”

Following massive upheaval and unparalleled struggles over the past three years, the recycling industry is now attracting unprecedented investments to rebuild and expand the U.S. recycling. New funding, policies and partners are coming together to help transform recycling from a waste management strategy to a key foundation of a circular economy. This upbeat presentation will focus on the silver lining of the recent turmoil and solution-based approaches to building resiliency and strengthening recycling in local programs.

Speaker: KATE BAILEY

Policy & Research Director, Eco-Cycle

Kate Bailey is the Policy and Research Director for Eco-Cycle, based in Boulder, Colorado. Eco-Cycle is one of the oldest and largest non-profit recycling organizations in the world and has 44 years of hands-on experience with nearly every aspect of the recycling stream, including hauling materials, MRF operations, education and outreach programs, local and state legislation, advocacy, and hard-to-recycle material collections. Kate is a national expert in creating community infrastructure, policies and programs to reduce waste and increase recycling, and has experience working with a wide range of stakeholders all along the supply chain to advance a circular economy.

SESSIONS

BUSINESS

Waste Reduction & Recycling for the Workplace

What is a waste audit and do you need one? This session, for anyone – from a green team leader to a CEO to a passionate employee – will include expert instruction and how-to guidance on conducting a waste audit, using data to drive changes in the workplace, and best practices for recycling programs and employee engagement.

COMMUNITY

The Regionalization of Recycling

Recycling systems are strongest when regions work together. These sessions will explore Recycling Market Development; creative contracting between haulers, MRFs, and municipalities; and educating residents, among other strategies that can be immediately applied in our communities. Featuring national leaders of recycling such as The Recycling Partnership!

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

VENDOR APPLICATION

NRC Member Vendor Spot: $125

Non-NRC Member Vendor Spot: $375*

*Includes a one-year membership beginning January 2021

AWARDS

All NRC members are encouraged to apply. Deadline for applications is July 31, 2020. Nominations may be made in more than one category. Self-nominations are welcome. Winners will be notified in advance so NRC can produce a brief video presentation. This year’s categories are:

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 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.

ADVOCACY CHAMPION AWARD recognizes an individual, municipality, organization, or elected official for significant achievements in advancing resource recovery in Nebraska by working to challenge and change policies, systems, or practices. This individual or entity has performed a vital and critical role in our society through their advocacy efforts, demonstrating leadership and perseverance in supporting recycling and waste diversion systems.

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.

DONATE A SILENT AUCTION ITEM

If you have an item, product, or service you would like to donate to our silent auction, let us know!

Email banderzhon@nrcne.org with information about your donation.

INDIVIDUAL TICKETS

Full Access: $55
MEMBERS GET A 10% DISCOUNT!
(Members, please use the promo code you received in the mail)

OUR MISSION

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