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WSRA 34th Annual Conference & Trade Show

May 4-7, 2014


View or download the full 2014 schedule of events.

Keynote & Plenary Speakers


Grant Baldwin & Jen Rustemeyer
Just Eat It, Peg Leg Films


 Jerry Powell
 Susan Choi
 Bob Kovich
 Patty Moore
 Matthew Stern
 Galen Emanuele
Resource Recycling Magazine     
 Director of National Accounts,
America Chung Nam

 Broker, Jordan Training
 President & CEO,
Moore Recycling Associates

 Area Recycling Director,
Waste Management

Shift Yes



Thank you to all of our conference sponsors for making this event possible! 



Check out the photos from our 2014 conference. Photos courtesy of Boone Bergsma, We Think it Matters, Inc and Rachel Rivers, Rivers Photography. 



  • Carpet Recycling
        - Waste Less Food campaign -
        - Food Rescue -
        - School Milk Dispensers -
        - School Waste Audits -
        - Plastic Whale -


Stay in touch with our 2014 exhibitors!


Student Guests

With the support from our generous sponsors, WSRA is proud to make scholarships to our Annual Conference available to undergraduate and graduate students in Washington. These scholarships provide an outstanding opportunity for future leaders in the industry to network with leading industry professionals, expand their knowledge of recycling and waste reduction, and prepare themselves for a career in a rewarding and innovative field.


Mason Giem | MPA, Seattle University

I grew up on a large cattle ranch in Montana where I would be the fifth generation on our homestead. My experience in small town Montana taught me the importance of community, resourcefulness and sustainability. I now try to perpetuate those values in all who I come in contact with. You will find me gardening, keeping bees and chickens, or brewing beer in my apartment in the middle of Seattle. Currently, I am attending Seattle University to get a Masters in Public Administration and completing an internship for the City of Seattle. In my internship I do community training and education about recycling and composting including, organizing the Friends of Recycling and Composting (FORC) program. The FORC program creates community advocates of recycling and composting in multi-family dwellings.



Nick Isbister | AmeriCorps Environmental Program

A native of Washington  DC, Nick moved to the Northwest after hearing repeatedly about how far ahead of the rest of the country the Northwest was in the world of recycling. He moved out to the Northwest in 2012 to work in the industry and learn as much as he could from the most progressive municipalities and companies in the country. Nick now holds an AmeriCorps position in waste prevention outreach in Gresham, OR and juggles two other recycling related jobs on the side in Portland. He is Master Composter Recycler here in Clark County and jumps at any opportunity to connect with recyclers and share experiences and knowledge.

Karen Lauer | B.A. Economics, Seattle University

Karen Lauer is a graduating senior from Seattle University's Albers School of Business and Economics. Her areas of study are Economics and Chinese with a focus on international development and sustainability.  In addition to attending  Seattle University, she has studied in China at the Beijing Foreign Studies University, worked with Seattle University's Recycling Department, and interned at the Tai Initiative, a non-profit focusing on U.S.-China relations. Her long term career interests included sustainability, international trade, logistics, and supply chain management. 

Ana Pacheco | B.A. Environmental Studies, University of Washington

Hello my name is Ana Pacheco! I am currently a senior at the University of Washington studying Environmental Studies and Urban Design and Planning. I am originally from California, but I love Seattle and all of the rainy days. I have really enjoyed my time at UW, but I am so excited to graduate this June. On my free time I love to hang out with my roommates and cook delicious meals, be outside, play volleyball and lounge on the beach when I am home visiting my parents. When I am not at school or working, you can usually catch me playing with my dog, hiking outside (rain or shine!) or playing board games with my friends. Most of my friends think I am a recycling nerd, but to me thats a fine reputation to have! I have always been interested in environmental affairs and sustainability, but my interest in recycling and waste management began in high school and I knew i really wanted to pursue an Environmental Studies degree in order to learn more about the environment and ways to protect it. I have learned so much thus far and can’t wait to see what the conference has in store. I am very honored and excited to be attending this years conference and I look forward to meeting you all!

Brandi Petryk | B.S. Environmental Science, Western Washington University

My name is Brandi Petryk and I’m a freshman at Western Washington University. I plan on majoring in Environmental Science in order to further my knowledge and passion for the environment. I learned about recycling at a very young age and I continue to learn more and teach others around me the proper ways of waste disposal. I am always willing to learn new things and make a difference in my community.


Erin Povak | MPA, Seattle University

Erin is a native of Milwaukee, WI where the Great Lakes and quiet woods instilled in her a passion for natural resources. After receiving her B.S. in Forest Ecology and Management from the University of WI-Madison in 2005, she headed west and has spent the past seven years working in natural resource management. From field studies in Tahoe, CA to municipal forestry in WA, she eventually found her niche in promoting sustainability in urban communities. Erin is now pursuing an MPA at Seattle University and hopes to expand her experience to include waste reduction with a focus on policy in the government sector. She currently interns with King County’s Solid Waste Division, and is grateful to be learning from motivated and progressive leaders in the field of waste management.

Aaron Sundal | B.A. Environmental Studies, Seattle University

Aaron Sundal is a Graduating Senior at Seattle University. When not working the daily grind at Seattle U Facilities as a Recycling Assistant, he is aspiring to receive his degree in Environmental Studies with a specialization in Communication and Education. Before coming to Seattle, beautiful Tri-Cities Washington was his stomping grounds. While free time is not as abundant as he would like, when it comes around, Aaron enjoys snowboarding, going on long motorcycle rides, hammocking, fishing, and barbequing anything edible. This conference will be his first time getting the WSRA experience and he looks forward to learning more about the world of sustainable waste and networking with new people.

Ariel Williams | B.A. Environmental Studies, University of Washington

Ariel graduated from the University of Washington in June of 2013 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies focused on society and sustainability. She served as an AmeriCorps member for 5 months at a non-profit in South Seattle. While serving she successfully organized a electronic recycling event with another non-profit, this event collected over 2 tons worth of electronics.  Currently Ariel is a volunteer at the City of Bothell’s BothellCool program. This program focuses on recycling and environmental education. Recently she organized an Earth Hour event for the City of Bothell in March 2014. Ariel hopes to continue to work with the public to increase environmental awareness and education. 



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