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Our 2016 breakout sessions follow four tracks:  Education, Markets, Operations, and Policy

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

10:30 am - 4:00 pm

Weapons of Grass Destruction- Annual WSRA Golf Scramble

Presented by Waste Connections, Inc.  

Three Lakes Golf Club, Malaga, WA 

   Join all levels of golfers for this fun outing at Three Lakes Golf Club!  With some help from your team, and the pros along the way you can make this Sunday afternoon a hole in one! 

 2:00 PM -  4:00 PM  WSRA Poker Walk through Wenatchee!
   Arriving in Wenatchee on Sunday and want an opportunity to do something fun while getting to know your fellow conference attendees? Then join us for the 1st ever WSRA Poker Walk!

Meet in the Coast Hotel lobby anytime between 1:45 – 2:15 p.m. There you will collect your first playing card at the sign-in table in the hotel lobby. You will then be provided a list of area businesses where you can collect additional cards. You will have the opportunity to build your poker hand while you strut your stuff around Wenatchee. 

Show your poker hand at the end of the walk. The best poker hands will receive prizes.

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5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

First Time Attendee Scavenger Hunt

Sponsored by the Local Hazardous  Waste  Management Program of King County


Location: Coast Hotel & Wenatchee Convention Center, Meet us in the Convention Center  Upper Lobby. 

Whether you’re a first-time attendee, a student or new professional, or a new member of WSRA, join us for a short networking event with your fellow 1st time attendees!  


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Conference Welcome Reception at Pybus Public Market
Sponsored by Waste Management

Location: Pybus Market, 3 N. Worthen St., Wenatchee, WA

Join us and your fellow attendees for networking and fun! Beverages and dinner will be provided.  Pybus Public Market is located within  walking distance of the Coast Hotel and Convention Center via sky bridge  towards the river.  

Monday, May 16, 2016

7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Registration Open

7:30 am - 8:30 am
Networking Breakfast

8:30 am - 9:30 am

Keynote Address | Hannah Ubl,  BridgeWorks, The Generations People
Sponsored by Republic Services

Four distinct generations are working together shoulder to shoulder, each with a unique set of attitudes, values and work styles. It used to be that older workers were bosses and younger ones took orders. Now, roles are all over the map and rules are being rewritten. Organizations are feeling the pain of generations as they struggle to manage productivity and morale while maintaining high standards of quality and service in a challenging economy. This program will give you the tools to convert this form of diversity from an obstacle into an opportunity. Learn more at

 9:30 am - 9:45 am 

Exhibit Hall Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting

Sponsored by Republic Services

 9:45 am - 11:00 am
Vendor Speed Networking for Attendees and Exhibitors!

Get to know your exhibitors! A  speed networking session will allow for the opportunity to put names to faces and create lasting  relationships and friendships!  A great way to kick off the Conference and Trade Show!
11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Breakout Session 1
Overcoming Compost Contamination: A 360 Degree Perspective from Collection, Processing, & End-Use Market

Speakers:  Lisa Dulude-Snohomish County,  Susan Thoman-Cedar Grove, & Mason Giem-WSU Extension
Public events and venues create important opportunities to observe the gaps in a confusing, dynamic system of indistinguishable recyclables and compostables. The end result is cross contamination of both streams, and mounting costs that degrade and risk the sustainability of both systems. This session highlights the need for clear, universally identifiable product labels by sharing the lessons learned from the Evergreen State Fair’s Zero Waste Initiative and Washington State University’s Compost Outreach Project with local Snohomish County farmers. As a key partner in both of these initiatives, Cedar Grove will discuss current efforts to address contamination in compostable material, including that of the Organics Contamination Reduction Working Group regarding upstream strategies. During this session, participants will be given exercises challenging them to sort products into the proper bin, while also testing certain theories and systems that may identify solutions to the problem.
Education Going Beyond Bags with WRAP
   Speakers: Tanya Gray-City of Vancouver, Stephanie Hicks-Trex, Shari Jackson-American Chemistry Council, Matt Englesby-Trex
This presentation will focus on the effective approaches and communications tools used in a plastic film recycling campaign pilot in October 2015. It will provide an overview of the Vancouver/Clark County experience, working with retail and other partners, to implement return-to-retail recycling opportunities across the community to address issues with wrap/film/bags in the curbside stream. It will also provide an overview of WRAP — how Champions and Partners are improving both residential and commercial film recycling—in addition to giving information on the state of PE film recycling, and why/how it makes sense to get involved in WRAP.

Wrap Recycling Action Program (WRAP) is a national collaborative created by organizations representing the entire film value chain to dramatically increase the recycling of film packaging. The Flexible Film Recycling Group (FFRG) of the ACC Plastics Division is working with local and national partners to demonstrate best practices to increase the recycling of plastic film packaging beyond bags.
C&D: Paths to Zero Waste of Resources

Speakers:   Kinley Deller-King County Solid Waste, Gabriella Uhlar-Heffner-Seattle Public Utilities, Kris Beatty-King County Solid Waste & Terry Gillis-Recovery1
This audience-guided choose-your-own-adventure explores the policy pathways municipalities might take to reach zero waste of C&D resources.

 Operations Measuring Our Success in the Face of a Changing Waste Stream
   Speakers:  Derric Brown-Evergreen Packaging/Carton Council, and Amity Lumper- Cascadia Consulting 
This session will take an in-depth look at innovative measurement approaches and metrics that gauge how well we are recycling an increasingly complex waste stream, from the curb to the market. Recyclers will learn how to apply these strategies to better track program trends and understand how improved measurement can inform policy development and goal setting in the face of changing material inputs, markets, and quality requirements. Audience members will get a first-hand look at the results of the MRF Material Flow Study conducted by the Carton Council, NAPCOR, APR, American Chemistry Council, and the Foodservice Packaging Institute to better understand the recyclability of their packaging. Participants will learn about effective ways each player in the materials management value chain can “measure and manage” better and more precisely, moving beyond traditional weight-based recycling and diversion rates. Presenters will provide insight into how multi-dimensional measurement approaches can strengthen local program planning, goal setting, and investment decisions.
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Lunch & Annual Meeting

The WSRA Board of Directors  will share highlights of the past year's activities and achievements , and a sneak peek of what's to come!
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Breakout Session 2
How Recycling Depots can Contribute to a Circular Economy

Speaker:Paul van der Werf-2cg
The recycling depot can play an important role in establishing and maintaining a circular economy- making sure that the materials we use do not have the opportunity to become a waste. The “aha” moment in all of this is that the lowly recycling depot can represent a relatively low capital and operating cost approach to diverting a wide range of resources from packaging materials to white goods to leaf and yard waste to household hazardous wastes. This presentation focuses on European best practices for the development of recycling depots and is gleaned from a number of recent trips. It includes discussion of European approaches to depot design, vehicle queing and traffic flow, user time on site, user experience and most importantly diversion.
Multi-Family Valet Recycling: It's In The Bag
  Speaker:   Jeanette Brizendine-City of Federal Way, and Chad Jones-Valet Waste
The City of Federal Way is working with multi-family properties and the valet service provider with a goal of finding the point where residents are encouraged to recycle properly while not causing burdens at the MRF. Data is being collected pre-outreach and post-outreach to determine impacts. Over the next six months, we will explore operational changes and new strategies to increase recycling. We plan to work closely with the valet recycling representatives to find mutually beneficial outcomes. This session will share the results and best practices for maximizing recycling at multi-family complexes with valet recycling service.
 Policy Policy, Legislation and Rules: The Future of Recycling
  Speakers: Kevin Kelly-Recology CleanScapes, Alli Kingfisher-WA Dept. of Ecology
This last legislative session was a busy one for the WSRA Policy & Advocacy Committee. Come hear about the work that was done during this short session and give input as we plan for the 2017 full session. Additionally, the Department of Ecology is revising Chapter 173-350 WAC – Solid Waste Handling Standards. Come learn about the overall process, what has happened to this point, what will transpire in the next few months, the timeline, and how you can give input into this important process.
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm
Break in Exhibit Hall

3:00 pm-4:45 pm
Industry Tours
  Tour 1:   Stemilt World Famous Compost   Tour 
   Tour the  Stemilt World Famous Composting operation on the outskirts
of Wenatchee. Ten years ago, owner Kyle Mathison decided to help his orchards and
his community by making compost out of local organic debris instead of sending it to
the landfill. Mathison believes that his compost keeps the soil moist and the roots cool so  trees can produce top-quality fruit. Join us to hear and see their composting story, watch as compost is applied, and visit the wine-making room where grapes are turned into Stemilt wine.

  Tour 2:  Stemilt  Apple  Packing Facility Tour -  This tour is full.
   We will tour the Stemilt Apple Packing facility in Wenatchee with an optional  visit to the Stemilt Creek Winery tasting room, conveniently located a few doors from our hotel. Tasting Room vouchers will be provided. 
 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm  Free Time
 6:00 - 7:30 pm Silent Auction Soiree and Reception

Join us to support WSRA through our Silent Auction! Hors d'oeuvres   and beverages will be available.Bid on great packages, and of course items and gifts made from recycled materials. Funds raised from the silent auction will support WSRA.

7:30 pm
Dinner on your own.  Explore Downtown Wentachee's Restaurants!



Tuesday, May 17, 2016

7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Registration Open

7:00 am - 8:30 am
Networking Breakfast

8:00 am - 9:30 am

Plenary Session:  Recycler of the Year Award Presentations

Sponsored by King County Solid Waste Division

 9:30 am- 10:00 am  Break in Exhibit Hall
10:00 am - 11:15 am
Breakout Session 3
Markets #3a-Recycling Markets Explained - An Economist's View
   Speaker:  Dave Claugus-Pioneer Recycling
First, attendees will get a history of the NW Commingled Workgroup as well as a report of the key findings in their report.  Dave will then help the audience understand the major economic factors, both locally and globally that impact the month to month pricing of recyclable commodities, why pricing for recyclable commodities is so much more volatile than in the past, and provide a look into the future for commodity pricing and the economics of recycling.
Education The Path to Progress-Recycling Hard to Recycle Materials

Speaker:  Terry Gillis-Recovery1 & Carpet Processing & Recycling, LLC
Terry Gillis is the General Manager of Recovery 1, Inc. and Managing Member of  Carpet Processing & Recycling, LLC. Both companies are located in Tacoma, Washington.   Recovery 1 has been processing waste since 1993.  Carpet Processing and Recycling, LLC was formed in February, 2011 after personnel at Recovery 1 discovered a unique method for disassembling carpet into its component parts. A year of testing and modifying the processor proved that its throughput capacity couldn’t provide a viable business model and it took until December 2015 to convert that technology into a continuous feed system with exponentially higher throughput capacity.

Terry has been recycling waste generated during typical construction activities for 21-years, pioneering methods to convert waste into resources. Join Terry as he shares the journey of developing a new recycling system from concept to reality.
Bagging the Single-Use Habit-Addressing Human Behavior and Challenging the Status Quo

Speaker:  Andy Keller- ChicoBags
Andy Keller, President and founder of ChicoBag Company, an entrepreneur and activist on a mission to help humanity bag the single-use habit will discuss the last 10 years at the intersection of business, advocacy and policy, as the world has shifted away from single-use plastic bags. He will focus on the social uprising against plastic bags, the pitfalls and mistakes made when sourcing recycled content materials and the learning and challenges involved with extended producer responsibility. He will also share details on Chico Bag’s Zero Waste Goal program. 

11:15 am - 11:30 am

11:30 am - 12:45 pm

Plenary Session:  State of the State: Washington Compost Systems at the Crossroads
Sponsored by Seattle Public Utilities

Speakers:  Jeff West-New Day Recycling and Olympic Organics,  Susan Thoman-Cedar Grove Composting, Mason Giem- WSU  Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mary Harrington-WA Dept. of Ecology, Scott Deatherage-Barr Tech Compost & Organics Recycling, Thad Schutt-Royal Organics, Chad Kruger-  WSU  Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources
Washington State has been a national and international leader in implemented curbside compost collection and organics processing. As many collection programs and processing facilities face differing levels of maturity and expansion, new challenges and opportunities are emerging. The goal of this plenary is to create a forum for reflection on where Washington’s compost system has been, and start a conversation on where we can go from here to support the most sustainable and innovative compost systems in Washington State.

 12:45 pm -1:45 pm Lunch in the  Orchard Room 
1:45 pm - 3:00 pm
Breakout Session 4
Markets #3b- From Supermarket to Curb to New Glass Packaging: Where does your empty container go and what happens to it?

Speakers:   Lana Getubig-Ardagh Group, Glass-Seattle, Carl Quinto-Strategic Materials
Learn about the glass recycling industry, how it has adapted to the challenges presented by commingled curbside collection systems and the markets for glass. Carl, of Strategic Materials located in Seattle, will explain their system for cleaning and sorting glass from commingled curbside recycling programs. Lana will discuss glass recycling from an operational perspective at Ardagh, the oldest glass plant in the Pacific Northwest.

Education Recycling Corps - Behavior Change on a Large Scale
  Speakers: Joel Kohlstedt-Waste Management, Sarah Vaira-Waste Management & Michele Metzler-Waste Management
The Recycle Corps program launched in 2012, as an 11 week intensive internship for college students. Four years later, 46 students have passed through the program, 18 or which now work in the waste industry. This program has resulted in over 66,000 conversations with the public and businesses about recycling. The program not only reaches a large audience across 26 cities in the Puget Sound, but also provides hands-on job training and experience to students.

Washington State does a phenomenal job with recycling, but there is still room to grow. Using Community Based Social Marketing principals, the Recycle Corps program works to address major barriers to recycling, and create positive, lasting behavior change.
If you are interested in some active participation, we would love to see you in the session. A few aspects we will look to cover are: the need for a program such as this, what has made this program successful, training that was used, opportunities for the future implementation, and methods for creating behavior change.
 Car Seat Reuse & Recycling: A Community and Industry Collaboration

 Speakers: Suellen Mele-Zero Waste Washington, Sarah Schilz-WestSide Baby, Craig Lorch-Total Reclaim, Quinn Apuzzo-Recology CleanScapes
We’ll tell the story of how community groups and the recycling industry are working together on children’s car seat reuse and recycling in Washington. While we’ll focus on a program in King County, there are ideas here for any collector, recycler, or government who is interested in making car seat recycling a reality in their part of the state. We know that parents want to reuse or recycle their children’s car seats. How can those of us who work in recycling respond?
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Break in Exhibit Hall

 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm Breakout Sessions 5

 Markets Markets #3c- Float/Sink: A Market Update on Plastics and Metals
  Speakers: Dave Keeling-Steel Recycling Institute (SRI), Patty Moore-Moore Recycling Associates, Inc.
Despite the negative press to the contrary, recycled materials are still being processed and successfully marketed throughout the country, albeit at close to record low prices. Please join industry experts from the plastic and steel sectors as they discuss their insights into the trends and best practices for the plastic and metallic materials that are being collected and processed from recycling programs across the State of Washington. Bring your comments and questions for the Q&A portion of the session.

Operations Rethinking the Concept of Recycling- Recycling Waste Heat to Energy and Exploring Residual Ash Material Recovery

 Speakers:  Bart Kale-Bart Kale and Associates, Art Mains-Republic Services,  Brent DuBois-LAB America

Join Bart Kale as he discusses the untapped resource and the technologies available of recycling hot air. Recycling has been traditionally applied to consumer goods or industrial wastes. Large industrial facilities, including all of the large recycling facilities in the state (steel, aluminum, paper) produce a large amount of heat and release that heat through emission stacks. What if we could recycle that heat through an exchange unit and create free electricity? A number of technologies are recycling heat, reducing consumption of resources and generating power. Applying this concept to energy resources is a unique concept with far reaching potential.

Art Mains with Republic Services and Brent DuBois with LAB America will then help us explore residual ash material recovery, while diving into the operations of The Roosevelt Regional Ash Monofill. The monofill is undergoing a project to reclaim ferrous and non-ferrous metals that have been received at the facility through a process that was pioneered and implemented in Europe. The material will be mined, processed and re-interred in the Special Incinerator Ash Monofill and the recovered material will be smelted and returned to the market.

The future of recycling depends on our changing the paradigm of what recycling is. Join these industry experts as we rethink the concept of recycling!

Food Service Packaging: How to get the food and not the contaminants

Speakers:  Sego Jackson-Seattle Public Utilities,  Nina Goodrich-GreenBlue
As U.S. EPA and others across North America and Europe focus on reducing waste of edible food and diverting non-edible food to composting or other management systems, food service packaging issues arise. Compostable food service packaging can help divert more wasted food to the composters and away from disposal, though not without challenges. This presentation addresses some of the challenges, ways to resolve them, regulations, using best management practices and forming collaborations.
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm Exhibit Hall Closing Social
5:00 pm - 5:45pm
Free Time
5:45 pm - 6:45 pm

Pre-Banquet Reception

Start off an evening of fun and celebration with  hors d'oeuvres and
 beverages with your fellow attendees! Participate in the  Wine Pull to support WSRA!

7:00 pm - 8:45 p
Awards Gala Dinner Banquet & Live Auction 
Presented by Waste Connections, Inc.

Join us as we celebrate WSRA’s 40th anniversary, the accomplishments of outstanding Recyclers of the Year and honor longtime recyclers as they are inducted into WSRA’s Recycling Hall of Fame. Bid on items in our Live Auction and Raise the Paddle   activity to support the work of WSRA and The Recycling Foundation as we move “To Recycling and Beyond.” This is an evening not to miss. Semi-formal attire is encouraged.
9:00 pm- midnight

President's Reception

Location: Rivertop Bar & Grill , 9th floor,  Coast Wenatchee Center Hotel


Join us  celebrate WSRA at the President's Reception. 


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

 7:30 am- 10:00 am  Registration 
Silent and Live Auction Item Checkout, Dropoff your name badge!
8:30 am -9:00 am
Networking Breakfast

 9:00 am - 10:00 am Closing Keynote Address |  Yoram Bauman
Sponsored by the Local Hazardous  Waste  Management Program of King County

 10:00 am  Conference Adjourns
Recycling Corps - Behavior Change on a Large Scale

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