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Announcing NEW Featured NZW Conference Speakers!

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Jared Blumenfeld
California Secretary for Environmental Protection
December 3, 12:30pm EST / 9:30am PST
Mr. Blumenfeld will speak about AB793 (CA Minimum Recycled Content Law for Plastics, enacted in 2020), plastics in the ocean and natural areas, federal Break Free from Plastics Pollution Act, plastics labelling, and his role with the California State Recycling Commission.

Jared Blumenfeld was appointed California Secretary for Environmental Protection by Governor Gavin Newsom in January 2019. As Secretary, he oversees the state’s efforts to fight climate change, protect air and water quality, regulate pesticides and toxic substances, achieve the state’s recycling and waste reduction goals, and advance environmental justice. Read more.
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Michael Sangiacomo
President & CEO, Recology
December 1, 3:30pm EST / 12:30pm PST

Mr. Sangiacomo will talk about the “Future of Wasting Less in America”, as well as discuss Recology’s role supporting AB793 CA Minimum Recycled Content Law for Plastics (enacted in 2020) and the upcoming California Plastic Waste Reduction Regulations Initiative (2022).

Recology has been at the forefront of innovation in recycling for nearly a century. Over the past three decades, under Mr. Sangiacomo’s leadership, Recology has expanded its operations from Northern California to include more than 60 operating companies and facilities across California, Washington, and Oregon. Read More

Next Up: National Legislation & Regulations Town Hall

Thursday November 5, 10 am-12pm PST / 1-3pm EST
Presented by: National Recycling Coalition Policy Committee


This webinar will focus on the latest proposed national legislation and regulations regarding reuse, recycling, and composting including:

Check out our awesome panelists!

The National Recycling Congress Returns

Resurrecting an Old Tradition with a Modern Twist

The National Recycling Congress will take place for the first time in 12 years during the 3rd day of the NRC National Zero Waste Virtual Conference on December 3, 2020. The National Recycling Congress used to be the largest event of the year for recyclers throughout the country to join together, share information, and network to help accelerate the expansion of recycling in America. It has been sorely missed for over a decade. The First National Recycling Congress was organized in 1980 by the Committee for a National Recycling Policy (a partnership of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and the California Resource Recovery Association). Subsequent National Recycling Congresses were organized by the NRC every year from 1983 to 2008, when the Great Recession financially crippled many not for profit organizations. Resource Recycling Magazine started its own highly successful national recycling conference when the NRC was unable to continue to put on the National Recycling Congress. During these many years the NRC has been tremendously grateful for Resource Recycling Magazine’s hospitality towards NRC, partnering with NRC on our annual members meeting, special events and other activities. As a reflection of the pandemic and the impossibility of many in person events, the NRC decided to host a virtual version of the NRC National Zero Waste Conference and National Recycling Congress. Through the dedicated efforts of hundreds of volunteers, NRC is thrilled to bring you the new and improved virtual National Recycling Congress!

Read more about the upcoming Congress

While You're at it...Sign Up for our Final Webinar!


November 19, 2020.........................Finding Markets for Hard to Recycle Materials
The lead up to the main conference includes a series of eight zero waste-related webinars on topics including implementing zero waste plans for colleges and businesses, rethink & redesign, reduce & reuse, policy town hall on national legislation and finding markets for hard to recycle materials.

Webinars are included in the cost of conference registration or available to purchase individually. You can also watch the past webinars if you register for the full conference!

Take Advantage of Your Member Discount!

If your State or Regional Recycling Association, Coalition or Organization is an affiliate member of NRC, you will receive a $50 discount on your conference registration! Check your affiliation status or look for it on our registration page, linked below.
There is still time to save! Register for the full NZWC and take advantage of this awesome virtual conference, plus 7 complimentary webinars. Members and recycling organization affiliate members get a great discount. View our registration fees here!.

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