NRC Conference Corner

Early Bird Registration Extended to October 1

Learn the latest trends on managing challenging materials, be part of critical policy and legislative discussions, and meet up with others in the field who are working on reduction, reuse, recycling and zero waste efforts at two upcoming NRC conferences: 2021 [Virtual] National Recycling Congress and 2021 National Zero Waste Conference. You do not want to miss these!

Sponsorship Filling Fast!

  • Join the growing list choosing to reach their key audiences through sponsorship of NRC’s upcoming events.
  • You can even package a sponsorship by combining sponsorships with NYSAR³’s state conference, the National Recycling Congress and the National Zero Waste Conference.
  • Don’t delay, reach out to Alec Cooley at [email protected] to secure your spot and get the most exposure over the coming months for your sponsorship dollar.

2021 [Virtual] National Recycling Congress

Early Bird Registration is open and the Program/Session topics are shaping up to include a wide variety of critical and innovative issues. NRC is pleased to be partnering with the New York State Association of Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR³) for the 2021 Congress, November 3-4. The Congress is the premier two-day educational and networking event on policy, nuts & bolts programming, best practices and more, and highlighting a broad range of timely and relevant topics: Recycling is Infrastructure, Climate & Recycling, covering issues of waste prevention, reuse, recycling, composting, market development, buy recycled, equity and diversity, and more, organized by the National Recycling Coalition (NRC). Check out the jam-packed program on Hopin. FEDERAL AGENCIES - use end-of-the-year budget to register groups of your staff for the National Recycling Congress and the National Zero Waste Conference.

Take Advantage of SRO Perks!

NRC’s affiliated State Recycling Organizations (SRO’s) will receive two (2) free registration to the Congress; while non-affiliated RO’s will receive one (1) free registration. Contact [email protected] today to get your official representatives registered (request must come from the SRO contact with NRC).
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  • Help us get the fun started by sharing up to five “vintage” NRC photos to [email protected] to be added to a virtual photo album (please tell us what year, what city and who is in the photo if possible).
Virtual Vintage Fun for the National Recycling Congress | Nov 3-4 2021

We all miss the days of safely gathering in-person, but NRC is striving to bring a lot of the same opportunities to connect with your colleagues and customers in our informative and engaging conference sessions, along with fun ways to feel tied to other recycling practitioners across the country in creative, unique ways.

  • Take a scavenger hunt through the Exhibit Hall, have a fireside chat with an expert, or meet friends old and new in the gameroom.
  • You can even take a breather with us to recharge for the next session or enjoy some recycling magic.

National Zero Waste Virtual Conference |Dec 8-9 2021

The 2021 National Zero Waste Conference, organized by Zero Waste USA in partnership with the NRC will be held on-line on December 8 and 9. Zero Waste Business is the focus on Day 1 and Zero Waste Communities on Day 2. The multi-faceted Program with 100+ Speakers provides introductory content as well as sophisticated analysis. Last year more than 500 attendees took part in the well-received first virtual Zero Waste conference. Many Collaborating Organizations are back including TRUE, the Northern California Recycling Association and Zero Waste International Alliance.

Day 1 keynotes:

"In Transition From Business as Usual to a New Paradigm."
  • Mary Curtis, Global Head of Sustainability, HP Inc.
  • Nina Bellucci Butler, CEO of Stina, Inc.

Day 2 keynotes:

“Latinx And Low-Income Communities Are Paying The Costs Of Plastic Pollution”
  • Yvette Arellano, Founder and Director of Fenceline Watch
“Untrashing The Planet One Community at a Time”
  • Dr. Paul Connett, Author of “The Zero Waste Solution” will tell us about traveling the world helping to

Check out the Program Now!

NOTE! Sign-up for both days for $175; the single day price is $150. There are also discounts for NRC members, Groups, Advocates and Students. Presentation recordings will be available for free on-demand playback by registrants.
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Awards Deadline Extended to October 1

Nominate yourself or a deserving person or program for a national Award! They'll be glad you did it, we promise. More information

The National Recycling Coalition announces the “Call for Nominations” for the 2021 Awards – with awards presented at the National Recycling Congress, to be held virtually on November 3-4, 2021. The NRC Awards seek to recognize the best of the best in recycling, organics, or reduction.

Spread the word!! Nominate the best programs or individual you know in the following categories (criteria below the awards).

All you need to do is write TWO word documents – a summary of 150 words and 500 words or less on how the nominee meets the criteria (self-nominations allowed). Then click on link and copy and paste into:

Questions? Email or 360-261-3069
  1. NRC’s Lifetime Achievement Award (person)
  2. Bill Heenan Emerging Leader Award (person)
  3. Outstanding Recycling Innovation
  4. Outstanding (State) Recycling Organization
  5. Outstanding (For-Profit) Business Leadership
  6. Outstanding Non-Profit Business Leadership
  7. Outstanding Community or Government Program
  8. Outstanding (Community/Agency) Outreach Program
Criteria for Awards 1-8: Impacts on hierarchy / tonnage; longevity; innovativeness / leadership; and (for all but awards 1 & 2) economics / cost-effectiveness.

9. Outstanding Higher Education (College / University) Program

Criteria for Award 9: awarded to a college / university with an exceptional program in recycling or in connecting higher education and industry in the areas of degrees, applied research / tech transfer, career services, and links with recycling and materials management industries.

Free Registration for Recycling Organization Reps

As in past years, NRC wants to ensure that the State Recycling Organizations are able to attend, learn, network and be an integral part of our conferences. To further that goal, NRC will provide two (2) free registrations for each Affiliated SRO, and one (1) free registration for each Non-Affiliated RO. Learn more by contacting [email protected]
Affiliated SROs*: California Resource Recovery Association • Carolina Recycling Association • Illinois Recycling Association • Indiana Recycling Coalition • MassRecycle • Michigan Recycling Association • Nebraska Recycling Council • Ohio Recycling Coalition • Professional Recyclers of PA • State of Texas Alliance for Recycling •

*Some SRO's could be in the process of renewal, so check with your SRO if you are unsure whether it is an affiliate.

Become a Collaborating Organization

Want to help us share information about these events. Joining the state, regional and national groups to become a Collaborating Organization.. Your group commits to promoting one or both of these conferences to your members and partners, and your group gets a unique recognition at the events.

Still not sure? Check out last year's recordings to see our great content compliments of NRC.

2020 Session Recordings

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