One of the key components of NRC’s annual meeting is the workshops. If you’re looking to attend a workshop (and we may be biased, but you totally should!), you can register solely for that, or if you’re looking for the whole shebang, you can register for a workshop in conjunction with the awards luncheon. Workshops happen in the morning, just after breakfast and the start of the vendor show – two things you’ll for sure want to take advantage of. Workshops allow for discussion and Q&A with the panelists and other attendees. Take a look at what our panelists will be presenting.

Epiphany Ramos, presenter of the Community Workshop: Thinking in Systems
“We often look to measure the success of our recycling program based on industry standard metrics we have developed and tracked over time. In this workshop, I will address how to evaluate that solid waste program meta-data more in-depth and determine if a programmatic change should be evaluated as part of your strategic plan to reach your established goals. I will review the steps the City of Bellevue has taken to create it’s new pay-as-you-throw program, including a detailed look at the evaluation methodology, navigating the political landscape, contracting options, marketing and education, lessons learned and the plan forward for program improvement.”

Larissa Binod, presenter of the Community Workshop: Thinking in Systems
“Operating recycling programs in rural Nebraska communities present logistical complications and funding deficiencies, in addition to contamination and quality factors. I will be sharing best practices rural communities have adopted to sustain recycling programs in western Nebraska. WRG is a resource recovery facility providing recycling collection services, consolidation and cross-dock of recyclable materials for the matrix of communities within the region. They also manufacture products utilizing recyclable materials. Participates can learn what WRG does to capitalize on commodity prices and minimize freight costs by supporting communities to develop and maintain local recycling programs. We can ensure quality resources make their way to the national markets and Nebraska manufacturers while decreasing the amounts taken to landfills. In this workshop, I will candidly share the realities and benefits.”

Megan Jackson, presenter of the Business Workshop: Measuring What Matters
“Businesses aren’t only motivated by the bottom line when it comes to having a greater social, ecological footprint. However, when there are opportunities to produce less waste and create higher efficiencies that also result in better savings, taking a zero waste approach to resource management can be pretty compelling. In this workshop, I’ll walk through some key strategies for how facilities can achieve cost savings while using systems that encourage material reuse and recycling.”