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37th Annual WSRA Conference & Trade Show

“Viva Recycling”

May 7-10, 2017 |  Red Lion Pasco, Pasco WA

Our deadline has passed. Our review process will occur over the next few weeks and notifications of acceptance will go out in early November.

The organizers of the 2017 Washington State Recycling Association’s Conference & Trade Show invite proposals for presentations.



 About the Conference

The WSRA Conference and Trade Show is a showcase for the latest recycling, re-use, and waste reduction programs and technology and brings together over 300 industry leaders to learn, connect, inspire, and be inspired. We are now accepting proposals for breakout session presenters.  WSRA’s conference provides stakeholders in Washington’s recycling and waste prevention community with the knowledge and resources to address current challenges in the recycling industry, implement and improve recycling programs, advocate for policies and initiatives that advance recycling and waste prevention, and support the development of a generation of professionals for whom sustainability is a core tenet of their work and life philosophy.  

The theme of this year’s conference is  
“Viva Recycling” . Session tracks will include: Education & Outreach, Markets, Operations, Packaging, Policy, and Reuse. Please read the proposal packet for more details.


Breakout Session Specifics

Session Lengths
Full Breakout Session: 75 minutes. Presentations 20 minutes in length are also accepted. The WSRA conference committee will combine proposals that address similar areas and topics to form a 75-minute session.
Table Topics Session: 75 minutes. This session will have multiple tables in a large room where various leaders will be facilitating conversations with groups of five to eight individuals around topics of interest. These interactive table discussions will allow us to learn from each other. We seek moderators who propose topics for table conversations. Moderators should have knowledge in the subject area to be able to ask exploratory questions that spur conversation among conference attendees. The WSRA conference committee will combine topics that address similar areas to encourage a deeper discussion at the table.

Locations:  Breakout rooms at the Red Lion Pasco
Size: Rooms will hold 40-60 people; depending on the set-up

We are seeking enthusiastic and dynamic presenters that can share ideas and innovations in the recycling industry. What can you share to inspire others in this industry? What do you see as the next horizon in recycling? What challenges lie ahead for all of us? What new ideas or innovations have you found to be more effective in your work? We are seeking conference breakout sessions that are interactive, inspiring, informative, and memorable. 


Suggested Session Topics and Concepts:

·         Upstream

·         Compost and Recycling Stream Contamination

·         Reuse and Repair

·         Textile Recycling

·         Food Waste and Recovery

·         Business Recycling

·         Recycling and Resource Conservation

·         How WA compares nationally and globally

·         International and Diverse Perspectives

·         Facility and system operations

·         Industry Challenges and Barriers


Breakout sessions should:

·         Describe innovations or ideas related to influencing people to increase recycling efforts

·         Focus on a single key insight. The goal is to share that “ah-ha!” moment.

·         Highlight tangible results. Use real-world examples. Provide a take-away solution that could be applied by other attendees.

·         Think outside the box! Be captivating and engaging for the audience. We want presenters to think about TED/TEDx style talks. They should be entertaining as well as informative. We are not looking for the standard conference presentations.

·         Compelling visuals are highly encouraged. Multi-media presentations are great and are subject to the technology limitations of the venue.


Breakout sessions should not:

·         Present detailed case studies.

·         Describe ongoing activities.

·         Promote a business, organization, product or service.

·         Use a lot of PowerPoint slides with heavy text.


If you can craft an hour-long session that will actively engage participants, deliver a solid message about a key issue facing the industry, and send attendees away with identifiable lessons learned, then we invite you to submit your proposal!


Proposals will be evaluated based on their overall alignment with this year’s conference theme and vision. In addition, proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

·         Does the proposal include tactical and relevant information for an hour-long presentation to an audience of recycling and solid waste industry professionals?

·         Are there ample opportunities for discussion and interactivity among participants?

·         Are the presenters knowledgeable in the topic area?

·         Does the workshop represent a diverse experience, point of view, or somehow draw on the perspective of communities not represented in other workshops?

·         Will the presentation deliver tangible learning takeaways to participants in a fun and engaging format?

·         Does the presenter avoid self-promotion, negatively portraying specific members of the industry, and selling of products?

 Presenter Benefits and Responsibilities

·         $100 discount on full conference registration OR free admission to the conference (including lunch only) on the day of your session

·         WSRA is not responsible for speaker travel and accommodation costs.

·         If a confirmed presenter is unable to attend the conference, they are responsible for notifying the WSRA office at the earliest opportunity and for finding a replacement with similar skills and qualifications.

·   We help you get prepared, starting with our WSRA Speaker Expectations and Hints for Success


Proposal deadline

· Complete proposals will be given priority.

October 12, 2016  by 5:00 p.m.

Notification of acceptance

November 4, 2016

Speaker Materials Due:

· Speaker agreement form, headshots  and short (1 paragraph) bios

December 2, 2016

Slides or multi-media due

April 14, 2017

Final Deadline for AV and equipment requests

April 14, 2017

Date of presentation

May 8 or 9, 2017


Contact Anne Piacentino at    or call (206) 244-0311. 





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