Iowa Recycling Association and Iowa Society of Solid Waste Operations (the Iowa Chapter of SWANA) are hosting one of the Midwest’s largest recycling and solid waste management forums October 8-10 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The 2018 Iowa Recycling and Solid Waste Management Conference will be held at the Mid-America Center. During the conference, decision-makers in the fields of recycling, sustainability and waste management will tour noteworthy facilities, participate in educational sessions, enjoy networking, and explore the Council Bluffs area.

Organizers anticipate approximately 300 registrants and exhibitors and an exhibit hall with 65 booths. The event kicks off Monday, Oct. 8, with a young professional luncheon, a welcome session featuring a safety culture discussion from Hamm Waste Services and a plenary session on zero waste from NewGen Strategies and Solutions. The evening ends with a welcome reception in the exhibit hall.

On Tuesday, education sessions are the focus. Highlights include a plenary session on addressing changing recycling markets, presented by David Biderman, executive director of SWANA, and a keynote by Kevin Kush. Kush is a coach, author and ABC World News Tonight’s Person of the Week. His presentation focuses on the characteristics of a quality team member–selflessness, respect, ability to adapt, accepting feedback and accountability.

There is an open house from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the exhibit hall and then the evening closes out in the exhibit hall with a vendor reception and live auction, followed by a pub-and-grub crawl in downtown Council Bluffs.

On Wednesday, Oct. 10, conference attendees will have the opportunity to tour the Sarpy County Landfill & Transfer Station and the First Star Fiber Material Recovery Facility (MRF) or attend a recycling markets boot camp or organics boot camp from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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