The Northeast Recycling Council’s (NERC) Fall Conference—Next Frontier for the 3Rs—offers attendees an opportunity to discuss with our peers in the US and Canada the topics of: circularity, food waste reduction strategies and communications, reusable packaging systems and one state’s approach to growing the reuse economy, repurposing materials, construction materials reuse, recycling market development, and increasing the supply of post-consumer plastics. The one-and-a-half-day Conference will be held on Nov 2 – 3. The Conference Agenda provides greater details about the sessions and schedule.
Opening the Conference is the keynote presentation by Jon Smieja of GreenBiz about How to Unlearn: An All-of-the-Above Circular Strategy. The Conference continues with Katy Hart of ReFED talking about A Roadmap for Food Waste Prevention and Alissa Westervelt of donateNYC talking about Creating Partnerships with Food Rescue Organizations. Following is Adoma Addo of the Center for Biological Diversity presenting about Waste Words: Consumer Perspectives on the Language of Waste Reduction, and Krishana Abrahim-Petrie of NEWMOA and Lisa Piering of Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency talking about Use by is Dated.
The first day continues with Karen Hagerman of Green Blue talking about Reusable Packaging Systems and Brooke Nash of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection presenting about Massachusetts is Moving Upstream to Grow the Reuse Economy. The day wraps up a session about Repurposing Materials & Construction Materials Reuse with Damon Carson of repurposedMaterials and Pam Howland of Build Reuse.
The second day begins with Kellie Driscoll, of Trex presenting about a Grassroots Movement for Building Partnerships, Susan Bush of Circular Matters talking about the Support for Market Development, and Resa Dimino of FFS and SignalFire Group discussing Recycled Content Standards: Achievable or Pipe Dream. The day wraps up with Marie Anne Champoux-Guimond, of Keurig Dr. Pepper Canada and Charles David Mathieu Poulin, of TC Transcontinental presenting Rethinking Plastic Packaging Recycling; and Adam Peer of the American Chemistry Council discussing More Volume, New Materials.