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Several workshops and events will be held in conjunction with this year’s conference. These events may require separate registration and additional fees apply. Times and events are subject to change without notice. Additional information will be added as it becomes available.

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NRC Track at 2017 Resource Recycling Conference

These are all the activities that NRC has helped to organize at the 2017 Resource Recycling Conference.

Informal Gathering (Sunday, August 27, 2017)

Sunday, August 27, 2017 NRC organized a “meet and greet” at “The Local” near the Hyatt Conference facility


Pre-Conference (Monday, August 28, 2017)

9:00 – 10:00am CT NRC Board of Directors Meeting
10:30am – noon CT NRC Members Meeting
1:00pm – 2:30pm CT RO Organizational Developmental Session (on topics recommended by RO and ROC)
2:30pm – 5:00pm CT ROC Meeting


Welcome Reception and Joint NRC/RAM Fundraiser (Monday, August 28, 2017)

6:30pm – 10:00pm CT Located at Lakes and Legends brewpub. This session includes NRC Awards Ceremony and Murray J. Fox Scholarships Recognition


Day 1 of Main Conference (Tuesday, August 29, 2017)

12:00pm – 1:00pm CT NRC “Current” Board of Directors Final Meeting (to close Members Meeting) and Conference Lunch
1:30pm – 3:00pm CT NRC Markets Council Town Hall Session 1 on “How each Organization can help ROs focus on Quality and Market Development” (Presenters: all ROs invited plus organizations focused on recycling market development; all attendees are welcome to watch and submit written questions). As of July 14, 2017, the following organizations have committed to participate:

  • Northeast Recycling Council
  • Southeast Recycling Development Council
  • Steel Recycling Institute
  • Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
  • Glass Packaging Institute
  • Association of Plastics Recyclers
  • Keep America Beautiful
  • American Forest & Paper Association
  • Paper Recycling Coalition
  • Construction & Demolition Materials Recycling Association
  • The Recycling Partnership
  • Carton Council
  • Rubber Manufacturers Association
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Container Recycling Institute
  • NapCOR
3:30pm – 5:00pm CT NRC Markets Council Town Hall Session 2 (2nd half of discussion)

Day 2 of Main Conference (Wednesday, August 30, 2017)

10:30am – noon CT Recycling Markets and Market Development, organized by the National Recycling Coalition

Building upon the National Recycling Coalition’s Markets Council Town Hall, this special session will bring some of the most experienced and successful market development professionals together to address the critical role that regional, state and local efforts play in making recycling sustainable. As changes in export markets threaten recycling’s future, this session brings recycling jobs back home through innovation, creativity, investment and infrastructure, emphasizing we are all in this together.

  • Moderator: Julie L Rhodes, Julie L Rhodes Consulting
  • Will Sagar, Southeast Recycling Development Council
  • Wayne Gjerde, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Danielle Waterfield, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
12:00pm – 1:00pm CT NRC Newly Elected Board of Directors Initial Meeting
1:00pm – 2:30pm CT Closing Plenary – “Recycling Policies in the new Administration” Invited Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar, Congressman Keith Ellison from MN and Barnes Johnson, Director of the Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, U.S. EPA, to highlight trade and infrastructure policies and bringing recycling manufacturing jobs home to the U.S.

Learn about the Sponsorship Opportunities for these event

As background for these sessions, we encourage you to review the Opinion article that NRC President Bob Gedert wrote for Resource Recycling on: “Congress must protect US recycling infrastructure”.