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AzRC Virtual Conference - 2020
Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM MST
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Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

While an in-person conference will not be possible this year, we will still host a conference in a virtual format. We are very excited about this year's lineup of presenters, panelists, and networking opportunities. Just as in year's past, you'll get the opportunity to learn about exciting initiatives in Arizona and beyond, as well as network with your peers across the state. Below you'll find a detailed lineup of sessions, topics, and presenters. Whether you make it to one session or spend the whole day with us, we hope you can join us.

The best part? If you're an AzRC member, your registration fee is waived.

 Please register in advance here. 

9:00 am - 9:45 am

Keynote Presentation 1: Recycling Market Update and Technology Trends

Learn about recent trends in the recycling markets, as well as exciting new technologies being employed in MRFs across the country to minimize contamination and produce more valuable material. Considering COVID-19's impacts to the global economy, you won't want to miss this one. 

Presenter: Mark Snedecor (Director of Recycling Operations, Waste Management)

10:00 am - 10:45 am

Session A: Panel Discussion with 2019 AzRC Grant Award Winners

Learn about the grant projects from the following businesses, local governments, non-profits, and schools: 

  • Az Prep Erie Campus – Rachna Nath –Tenerio Beetles and Polystyrene
  • Az StRUT - Tom Mehert  - Student recycling training on phones, ipads, laptops
  • Resinate  -  Garret Schwartz  - plastics recycling from dispensaries
  • White Mtn Apache Tribe – Brenda Pusher-Begay (et al) -  OCC baling operation
  • Grecycle – Mike Kazz – used restaurant oil recycling - Tucson
  • Compost Crowd – Brock Delinski/Kathleen Ventura  – composting in Flagstaff
  • Growly -  Daniel Velez – reuse project in the craft beer industry

11:00 am - 11:45 am

Session B: Deconstruction / Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion

Construction and demolition (C&D) waste is one of the most impactful components of our waste stream. Learn how the City of Phoenix and Stardust Building Supply are tackling this issue with new programs and business opportunities. 

Panelists: Karen Jayne (CEO, Startdust Building Supplies), Alexis Yaple and Eric McDonald (City of Phoenix Public Works Department)

Noon - 12:30 pm

Virtual Networking Lunch

With Zoom breakout groups, we'll create an opportunity for you to talk with your peers on topics that interest you most.

12:45 pm - 1:30 pm

Keynote Panel 2: Preventing and Recovery Food Waste

Food waste and its reuse and prevention are hot topics now in sustainability with food waste being one of the last frontiers to meet the goals of many programs. This panel discussion will highlight what’s happening in Arizona, as well as what resources exist for municipalities to expand food waste prevention and recovery. 

Panelists: Yvette Cabrera (Natural Resources Defense Council), Rosanne Albright (City of Phoenix), Pam Giannonatti (Fry's Foods)

1:45 pm - 2:30 pm

Session C: Innovating in the Time of COVID-19

Find out about how business and other organizations are pivoting amidst a global pandemic to reduce waste and provide critical services. 

Panelists: Annie Hukill (Stryker Sustainability Solutions), Sherri Barry (The FABRIC Foundation), Kate Thoene (Waste Not AZ), Daniel Velez (Growly)

2:45 pm - 3:30 pm

Keynote 3: US Plastics Pact - New Plastics Economy Initiative

The U.S. Plastics Pact will bring together businesses, government entities, non-governmental organizations, researchers, and other stakeholders who will work collectively toward a common vision of a circular economy for plastics, as outlined by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Initiative. This vision aims to ensure that plastics never become waste by eliminating the plastics we don’t need, innovating to ensure that the plastics we do need are reusable, recyclable, or compostable, and circulating all the plastic items we use to keep them in the economy and out of the environment.

Presenter: Emily Tipaldo (Executive Director, US Plastics Pact)