WSRA's 37th Annual Conference and Trade Show



Conference Schedule:

View the full conference 2017 conference schedule of events below. 

Our sessions qualify for SWANA CEU's - Download the Report Form HERE

Sunday, May 7, 2017

11:00 - 4:00 PM Annual Golf Scramble "Weapons of Grass Destruction"
Sun Willows Golf Course
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12:00 - 5:00 PM Winery Tour Of the Tri-Cities with Wine Experts
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5:00 PM First Time Attendee Social 
6:00 PM Welcome Celebration Dinner
Red Lion Hotel, Vintage Courtyard
-Dinner included with Full Conference Registration and
with Monday Single Day Registratiion
-Additional Tickets Available By Contacting WSRA Staff

Monday, May 8, 2017

7:30 - 8:30 AM Networking Breakfast
8:30 - 9:30 AM  Keynote Address: Jordan Figueiredo 
Jordan Figueiredo is an Anti-Food Waste Activist from Northern California.
Through social media, writing, talks, petitions, and activism he connects
and ignites the movement to end food waste and hunger. Most notably
through The Ugly Fruit And Veg Campaign (
which uses funny, bizarre, and beautiful images of produce in order to
highlight the 20-40% of all fruits and vegetables that go to
waste worldwide, before stores, due to optional grocer cosmetic
standards. Join us as Jordan tackles the Low Hanging Fruit
of Zero Waste: Ugly Fruit and Ending Food Waste!

9:45 - 10:15 AM

Exhibit Hall Grand Opening & Snack Break
10:30 - 11:45 AM BREAKOUT SESSIONS #1

Staying on Top of Climate - from the Bottom of the Bin  
Speakers: Gretchen Newman and Alli Kingfisher - WA State Dept. of Ecology

A presentation in 2-parts: the Department of Ecology recently completed
the 2015-2016 Washington Statewide Waste Characterization Study.  
Gretchen Newman, Ecology’s Lead Data Analyst will answer questions such
as:What progress have we made since the last study in 2009?  
Are we recovering enough materials?  Where are the opportunities?  
What new waste streams are emerging that might need additional focus?
How can we apply this information to our own jurisdictions?  
What tools and resources are available to you?  
Alli Kingfisher, Ecology’s Materials Management Policy Coordinator will
build on this with an exploration into the climate impacts of our
waste and materials. The audience will get a deeper
understanding of reducing greenhouse gas generation through
recycling, waste reduction, reuse, and focusing on specific materials
such as organics.   


Community Sharing and Reuse: Starting tool libraries and more
Speakers: Jeanette Brizendine - City of Federal Way, Eva Dale - Zero
Waste Washington

Local communities are both innovating and using age-old approaches
to reuse and sharing. These creative projects result in less waste, increased
access to needed material resources, and improved community
resilience and empowerment. To build a strong reuse movement we
need reproducible, self-sustaining, efficient, and popular approaches. We
highlight some of those here.

This session will largely focus on the ins and outs of creating
tool libraries. A tool library is like a book library that loans tools
and equipment. The Tacoma and South King Tool Libraries have recently
opened and are excited to share how we each made it happen. Plus we will
provide tips for how to get one started in your area.

We will also profile three other community sharing and reuse
projects and their successes and challenges in their pursuit of
creating a culture of reuse: online sharing networks, an enhanced
Buy Nothing group, and barter fairs. 


Overcoming Organics Contamination: Tools You Can Use
Speakers: Abby Hart - Republic Services, John MacGillivray - City of Kirkland, 
Jenna McInnis - City of Kirkland, Edward Wheeler - Lenz Enterprises

The regional Organics Contamination Reduction Workgroup (OCRW) was
created in a collaborative session at the 2015 WSRA conference, now
members of the group are sharing the results of a two year collaborative
workgroup.  A panel of speakers will provide background on the workgroup,
highlighting key concepts and best management practices from
the Upstream, Policy, Processing, and Education subcommittees,
followed by a question and answer period.  In the second half of
the session, the audience will break out into subcommittee groups
for further, in-depth discussion and to equip the participants with
tools and resources.  By the end of the session, the audience will be
equipped with everything they need to know to begin their own
successful organics contamination reduction programs.  

12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch and WSRA Annual Meeting

1:15 - 2:30 PM


Inspiring Youth Towards a Waste Free Future
Speakers: Elizabeth Szorad - Recology CleanScapes, 
Colleen Minion - Thurston County Solid Waste

Educating youth using a variety of effective engagement tools will play a 
critical part in shaping the future of our industry.  In this session we will 
introduce a variety of education programs designed to inspire youth to 
adopt lifelong waste diversion habits.  Session attendees will participate 
in activities focused on the areas of recycling, waste reduction, 
wasted food, and consumerism currently being used by Recology 
CleanScapes and Thurston County. Participants will receive a firsthand 
look into these carefully designed programs, aimed at engaging 
both students and adults alike.


Washington Product Stewardship: Behind the Scenes #BUMPYRIDE 
Speakers: Lisa Sepanski - King County Solid Waste, Peter Thermos - NW
Product Stewardship Council, Mendy Droke - King County Local
Hazardous Waste Management Program

Join us for an insider’s perspective on the current and future product
stewardship programs in Washington State. With eight years of functioning
product stewardship programs in Washington state, we’ve learned a lot.  
This session will pinpoint the key elements of a successful product
stewardship program.  We’ll walk through the challenges that the E-Cycle
and LightRecycle Washington programs have faced and how they’re
being tackled head on.  Get the scoop on how the latest product
stewardship programs are helping to keep unwanted medicines from
falling into the wrong hands. Learn how these programs are being
developed and managed at the LOCAL level in four Washington counties.  
You won’t find this information in a press release!


Seattle's Approach to Waste Diversion
Speakers: Socorro Medina, Gabriella Uhlar-Heffner, Luis Hillon, and 
Rebecca Fong - Seattle Public Utilities

This session will describe the approach that the city of Seattle has 
taken to divert items such as recyclable materials and food 
waste from the landfill, which includes:

• Policies like mandatory service requirements and disposal bans
• Education and outreach programs
• Operations & Enforcement

The presenters will show real-life examples of how policy, education,
and enforcement work together to maximize waste diversion. In addition,
they will present lessons learned in the application of recycling programs
and policies and on how to transform data into knowledge.

2:30 - 3:00 PM Snack Break in the Exhibit Hall
3:00 - 5:00 PM

Facility Tour A - Badger Mountain Vineyard/Powers Winery 

When in the Tri-Cities, tour a winery! We will get to have a behind
the scenes tour of Badger Mountains' vineyard and production facility. In 1988
Badger Mountain vineyard converted to 100% organic viticulture, and in 1990
became the first Certified Organic winegrape vineyard in Washington State.
Their extensive sustainability practices can be found HERE

**This tour can fit a maximum of 40 attendees -
please RSVP to ASAP**

Facility Tour B - Horn Rapids Landfill

Representatives from The City of Richland will give us a tour
of their landfill operations, residential transfer station and
compost operations.

Please RSVP to for this tour.
A waiver is required for this tour, download it HERE

Repair Café Workshop
Speakers: Amanda Godwin and Sam Haapaniemi - C+C;
Jeanette Brizendine - City of Federal Way; Jennifer Goodhart - City of Bellevue

In our throw-away society, the will and the means to fix things that
can so cheaply be replaced is wavering. Repair or “Fix-It” Events are a
very tangible, and popular, way to promote reuse and spread community
goodwill. Come learn the ins and outs of creating a repair community and
putting on public events that not only divert waste but connect community
members, build skills, and help re-shape public perception about what
constitutes trash. We’ll have a mini-repair café on site so you can see fixers
and tools in action!
6:00 - 7:30 PM

Silent Auction Soiree 
Appetizers and beverages will be served

7:30 PM  Monday Evening Dinner On Your Own 
8:30 PM

20/20 Re-Slam - NEW!
The first ever 20/20 Re-Slam is a gathering to exchange ideas, energy
and share your commitment to recycling! Ten members of the recycling
community show 20 slides, and talk about each for 20 seconds.
Stories are shared and connections made in this fast-paced slam! The event
is about sharing and conveying experiences to people you might not get
a chance to connect with about a particular experience or interest. The sky
is the limit. More information can be found HERE. Have something you want to
share? Send your 2-sentence proposal to: .
Deadline for proposals is Friday, 3/17 at 5:00 PM

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

7:30 - 8:30 AM Networking Breakfast
8:30 - 9:45 AM

Plenary Session: Table Topics - NEW!
Join us for our first Table Topics session where attendees will discuss
current issues and trends regarding commingled recycling in
Washington State.  Attendees will actively participate in small group
discussions about hot topics such as packaging, harmonization of materials,
messaging, and problem materials at the MRF.  Come share your
expertise and learn from your fellow industry experts!  

9:45 - 10:15 AM  Snack Break in Exhibit Hall

Sustaining Sustainability: Capacity Building for Change Agents
Speakers: Candy Castellanos, Radiant Consulting

You work hard every day to help Washington lead the way in
responsible materials management. Are you also investing in your
own sustainability as a change agent? In this session you will learn
strategies to prevent burnout and build a robust professional
development toolkit so you can continue to thrive personally
and professionally, and expand your capacity to do your best work. 


One on One Recycling Education at the Cart 
Speakers: Sally Fisher and Kim Harless - Clark County Public Health

This session will dive into Clark County's 'peek and tag' project, in its 3rd
year of a 5-year project.  Come and learn the nuts and bolts of implementing
this program.  We’ll talk about everything from routing, training crews, and
budgeting to tags and program support on the website.  This is a program
that could be scaled up or down so the information provided will be
transferable to your own jurisdiction.


A Property Manager's Toolkit: Sustaining Compost
Programs in Public Housing

Speakers: Anna Dyer - Seattle Housing Authority

Join Anna Dyer to learn more about Seattle Housing Authority’s trailblazing
waste reduction program -- offering curbside compost and recycling service
to all internally managed properties. We’ll take a close look at the challenges
and rewards of sustaining a compost collection program including:

  • A discussion of barriers to successful compost programs in culturally 
    diverse, low-income, affordable housing communities; 
  • Garnering buy-in and support for waste reduction at a large organization;
  • Facilities management best practices; and
  • Tools, training and support property managers need to successfully
    implement compost programs. 

Seattle Housing Authority manages more than 9,000 units of public,
senior and affordable housing in large and small multi-family buildings,
single family homes and townhouse style housing. Residents have an
average income of $13,880 per.

11:45 - 1:15 PM Plenary Session: Awards Lunch & Presentations
by Award Recipients
  Using Outreach On the Ground and In the Cloud to Create a Culture of Sustainability
Speakers: Liz Gignilliat and Erica Bartlett - UW Recycling,
Emily Coven - Recyclist 

Recycling is often the most visible sustainable action within any community,
and with visibility comes the power to influence culture. In this session, you
will learn effective in-person and digital opportunities for your recycling
program so you can engage the community and have a more lasting impact.
You'll hear about on-the-ground efforts to create a culture of sustainability
via recycling programs at the University of Washington, as well as digital
outreach efforts to educate the public about recycling and broader
sustainability issues in multiple communities around California. Speakers
will share tactics for effective — and achievable — outreach, presented
in the format of (1) reasoning and research behind each method;
(2) real-world examples of implementation; and (3) tools and
information you need to do it yourself.

Increasing Diversion: The Math on Efficiencies
& Refinements, Next Programs, & High Impact
Strategies for Communities
Speakers: Lisa Heidell and Dana D'Souza - SERA, Inc. 

Learn which programmatic and policy strategies lead to increased
recycling and organics diversion, better service, and minimized costs for
both residential and commercial customers. We provide the results of
quantitative modeling, case studies and analysis to identify high impact / low
cost strategies that make the most sense when you’re just beginning, or
when your town is advanced, but stagnating. We look at integrated
collections frequencies, commercial PAYT, organics collections,
contracting and a variety of other initiatives. We analyze what drives
communities to implement commercial programs nationwide. We also
examined high impact recycling and organics program initiatives including
mandates and bans, targeted contracting conditions that have
traditionally hindered commercial diversions.


Food & Policy - Reducing Wasted Food Through Policy
Speakers: Kristy Fry - US EPA, Micah Bonkowski - City of Issaquah

This session will highlight actions and policies that local governments
have used to reduce organics in the waste stream by focusing on prevention
and diversion activities. Hear from the West Coast Climate and Materials
Management Forum about a broad range of policies and activities that have
been implemented; and hear from two cities in Washington that have implemented
the Food: Too Good to Waste campaign, City of Issaquah and City of Tacoma.

3:00 - 4:00 PM Exhibit Hall Closing Celebration and Ice Cream Social
4:00 - 6:00 PM Free Time
6:00 - 7:00 PM Pre-Banquet Reception and Wine Pull
7:00 - 9:00 PM WSRA Annual Banquet & Live Auction
9:00 - 12:00 AM President's Reception with Dancing 
Grizzley Bar 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

8:30 - 9:30 AM Networking Breakfast
9:00 - 10:00 AM Closing Keynote
10:00 AM  Closing Remarks and Adjourn