New Mexico Recycling Conference 2012
Recycling: New Mexico's Expanding Landscape
Hosted by the New Mexico
Recycling Coalition &
June 19-20, 2012 ~ Albuquerque,
Hotel Albuquerque ~ 800 Rio Grande Blvd NW
Join NMRC for New Mexico's only professional conference dedicated to recycling. The two-day program will consist of breakout sessions, lectures, roundtable discussions, exhibitors, keynote speakers, awards ceremony, networking and more. Tours will be scheduled for Monday, June 18th.
The 2012 Recycling Conference serves to educate and unite New Mexicans working in the ever-changing field of recycling and will cater to the needs of recycling and composting professionals.
PAYT: Using Solid Waste Structures to Increase Recycling
Pay-As-You-Throw provides for increased recycling and source reduction, as well as providing for a means to cover solid waste costs. The solid waste structure is based on utility billing, where residents pay for what they use and encourages immediate behavior change. Speakers will include national experts on the subject Kristen Brown (Green Waste Solutions) and Sheri Lausin (ICF International).
Collecting Quality Materials at Drop-Off Locations
Whether drop-off sites are staffed or not, there are numerous best practices to ensure that recyclable materials are properly sorted and prepared. Staffed drop-offs provide the unique opportunity to educate and interact with customers. Unstaffed locations require proper siting, signage and surveillance. Speakers will include Adrianne Luetjens (Estancia Valley Solid Waste Authority) who oversees the 9 staffed and unstaffed drop-off sites in the authority, Hollis Fleischer and Tom Bombaci (Recycle Cibola) who coordinate citizen volunteers to staff recycling drop-offs and Jessi Just (NMRC) who reaches out around the state to train collection staff on recycling collection do's and donít's.
Youth Recycling/Engagement Programs
We all know that the youth is our future. This session discusses how to actively engage youth in actual recycling programs - with youth activists on hand to discuss their roles and views on their program work. Craig Fenske with Keep Las Cruces Beautiful will discuss his role in launching school recycling programs and the important role students have played in this process. Koryn Lowry with Keep Rio Rancho Beautiful oversees youth volunteers that staff their drop-off collection center. Cindy Redman with Gordon Bernell Charter School oversees the Recycling Inside Out program, led by young adults who run a business collection program in downtown Albuquerque.
Tuesday, June 19, Breakout 2
Creating Jobs and Small Businesses Through Recycling
Did you know that if NM recycled 33% of its MSW that we would be creating more than 21,000 jobs? Kristen Brown with Green Waste solutions will present on the jobs created in the collection, processing, remanufacture and reuse industries and how NM can retain these jobs. Dona Swenson from the Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity ReStore will discuss all the great reuse they accomplish with their ReStore and Matt Allen, who owns Wood U Recycle, a wood scrap remanufacturer that produces wood stove pellets here in NM will discuss his business model.
Tribal Recycling And Beyond
A panel discussion on tribal reycling, pollution prevention, environmental education and environmental management systems (EMS's) in New Mexico. Panelists from the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council and the Environmental Offices and the Pueblo of Taos will present information on their recycling and resource recovery programs, including EMS planning and the unique issues that confront such tribal efforts. The "Seven Generations" guide to tribal community pollution prevention activities will also be presented followed by a Q&A session to focus on the next steps for environmental improvement in Indian Country. Hosted by Chris Campbell with the NMSU IEEE Program with Sage Deon (Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council) and Robert Gomez (Taos Pueblo).
Outstanding Recycling Programs from the US - Fit for NM!
This panel brings 3 exceptional recycling program managers from Texas, Colorado and Arkansas to speak about the launch and growth of their diversion programs. Erik Rejino from Levelland, Texas (population 12,465) will discuss how recycling works in North-Western Texas. Mickey Barry from Chaffee County, Colorado (pop. 17, 809) and the private company Angel of Shavano Recycling, will speak about the public-private partnership they have created to ensure great rural recycling in their region. Larry Winter-Karrigan from Madison County, Arkansas (pop. 15,735) launched their rural recycling program more than a decade ago and oversees 15 employees and a program that recycles just about everything.
Wednesday, June 20, Breakout 3
Market Development for Organics
This breakout session hosted by organics guru Steve Glass, will discuss the practicalities of managing your green waste so that a quality product is provided, costs are kept at a minimum, and value is brought to this material. Representing up to a third of the solid waste stream, diverting this material can be easy and make economic sense. Joe Bailey with the Albuquerque Bernalillo Water Authority will discuss the value this material can bring to golf courses, parks and recreation departments and the savings created by using a local mulch or compost on these properties. Jim Brooks will discuss the possibilities of using mulch or compost on local erosion control projects, be it on road sides, slopes or at the landfill. Dr. John Idowu with NMSU Extension Office will discuss the water savings that bare soil covered with a mulch or compost reaps.
Using Tire Products for Local Paving Projects
Recent projects using rubberized asphalt have been completed in New Mexico at White Sands Missile Range, Navajo Nation and the Town of Estancia. Dick Armstrong with International Surfacing Systems has worked with many such projects recently and over the years in New Mexico and will cover the long-term benefits and savings that rubberized asphalt applications can bring to a community. Toni Duggan with NMED Solid Waste Bureau will discuss the tire recycling grant fund, it's ability to assist with these projects and detail a recent grantee rubberized asphalt project.
Hear directly from large-scale recycled material brokers the latest trends and qualities of the materials commodity market. Learn from Morris Friedman with Friedman Recycling Company and Tim Haugh from Evergreen Paper Recycling about the importance of supplying consistent quality material to mills, the market's demand for a variety of materials and what is happening now and in the future of the recycled material market.
Wednesday, June 20, Breakout 4
The Cost and Value of Recycling Programs
As we all know, recycling is a service that has a cost to be covered. It also provides numerous benefits that are not always economical. This panel will bring together a range of New Mexico program managers to share their recycling costs and benefits picture. Panelists will include Patrick Peck with the South Central Solid Waste Authority, who manages both the landfill and recycling programs for the Dona Ana County region, Commissioner Steve Green and Leonard Carrillo from Truth or Consequences who are in the process of closing their landfill and moving to a transfer station to manage their solid waste, which increases their incentives to recycle more material and Terry Time from Silver City who will outline the recycling collection program that the Town of Silver City manages as well as the regional South West Solid Waste Authority diversion program. Stacy Katz with Waste Management will complete the session by reviewing the costs inherent at each point of the collection and processing stream, outlining the factors that affect recycling costs and benefits.
Local Use of Glass
In NM, glass is not often recycled due the cost to transport, lack of closeby markets and handling issues. But there are communities that collect glass for local public works projects. Hear from Scott Gibson with the Village of Angel Fire, which recently purchase a small glass crusher and Mike Smith from the Santa Fe Solid Waste Management Agency which recently used their crushed glass under their landfill liner. Stacey Neff, an acclaimed recycled glass artist with the NM Experimental Glass Workshop, will discuss how the artist collective uses this recycled material to create art.
Creating Effective Outreach Materials and Getting the Word Out
Having a strong education and outreach program is essential to complement any recycling collection program. Suzanne Michaels with Suzanne Michaels Communications will bring her resources as a pro in the media industry to gain media attention to your recycling program. Jennifer Scacco with Keep Rio Rancho Beautiful will discuss how to bring folks out to recycling drive events and to use their recycling service offerings. Tara Chisum with the Angel Fire Sustainability Group will outline their outreach efforts to engage Angel Fire's resident and tourist populations to recycle.
NMRC is able to offer free conference attendance and two nights hotel accomodations at Hotel Albuquerque to 35 representatives from eligible rural communities through a Deptarment of Energy American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Grant. The travel assistance is available on a first-come-first-served basis (requested during the registration process). Initially, one free registration and hotel accommodations per community. If there are extra funds available a second registrant per community may be allowed. If you'd like to request a second registrant, please email Sarah Pierpont at firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on a waiting list. Individuals receiving the travel assistance must be formal representatives of a community. To determine if your community is eligible for htis assistance, please visit http://www.recyclenewmexico.com/pdf/List_of_Eligible_Communities-Final.pdf (all communities listed are eligible unless otherwise noted). NMRC will book hotel rooms for eligible attendees directly.
Tours will take place on Monday, June 18. Plan to arrive a day early to attend one of these great, free tours. Sign up for tours during the regular registration process.
Full Day Tour: Every wondered where most of New Mexico's cardboard goes to get turned into new cardboard boxes? Spend the day first touring the Bio-Pappel Albuquerque processing facility where cardboard and other recyclables are sorted and consolidated for shipment to end-market processing. Thenhead out to the Prewitt Bio-Pappel cardboard recycling mill. it is the largest end-processor in our state, employes 120 and is one of the greenest facilities of its kind with reverse osmosis water recycling and steam by-product energy from a co-located energy gnerating station. The mill is an amazing experience to behold for anyone in the recycling field.
Half Day Tours: We will also host two half-day afternoon tours. One tour takes you to the Torrance County and the Estancia Valley Solid Waste Authority new hub processing facility as well as one of their spoke drop-off locations. Another tour is being worked up to visit several locations that are either mulching or composting organic materials.
Tours are included as part of your conference registration.
For individuals not from eligible rural communities, please book your standard $81/nt++ single room directly with Hotel Albuquerque in the heart of Old Town with nearby historic landmarks, restaurants, shopping and businesses....all within easy walking distance. Individual reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at 505-843-6300 or 1-800-237-2133 or 1-866-505-7829. Mention "2012 New Mexico Recycling Coalition" (or you may refer to the block code 12062012NM) to secure the $81++/nt discounted rate. Reserve by May 29th to guarantee rate.