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Call for Abstracts: 2016 Summit for Recycling – Deadline Extended to December 11

2016 Summit for Recycling
June 12-14, 2016
DoubleTree by Hilton
743 Horizon Drive
Grand Junction, CO 81506
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Please distribute this call for abstracts widely to colleagues and contacts

Deadline Extended: December 11, 5:00pm

Submit Your Abstract: Click here
Be sure your proposal relates to the theme. Read more below about what we’re looking for.

Theme: “Innovate to Succeed: Navigating the New Era of Materials Management”

In a world of sustainability, what does our traditional recycling industry, which handles products at end-of-life, offer? Where do source reduction, reuse, repurposing and environmentally sound purchasing fit in? What challenges and opportunities present themselves as Design for Environment (DFE), Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), product stewardship, dematerialization and related initiatives change both the volume and composition of material entering the waste stream? How does the global market impact our decisions in what materials to manage and how? Welcome to the era of Responsible Materials Management!

One of the Colorado Association for Recycling’s primary objectives is to help its members to be aware of and adjust to changing market conditions. The 2016 Summit for Recycling will, therefore, present a program designed to examine ways in which recycling companies inside and outside of Colorado are innovating to stay ahead of the curve as the emerging materials management movement gathers momentum.

CAFR invites you to submit an abstract for a session that will offer our members alternatives at a time when traditional recycling models are under increasing economic pressure. Our objective is to provide educational sessions and workshops that are full of genuinely “outside the box” ideas for changing the way we operate. Along with networking opportunities and a rich exhibit hall experience, we want the 2016 Summit for Recycling program to provide a true turning point for our industry in Colorado.

Potential Topics & Session Models

Having thought hard about the materials management movement, we think we can classify the opportunities for our industry into four headings:

  • New Technology: What are the possibilities for increasing the efficiency of material processing equipment; improving collection systems to deliver more material for the same cost; incubating and commercializing technologies for recycling new or different materials?
  • Markets: Materials in the waste stream are different and the value of traditional materials is less than it was. What are the markets for these new materials? How is it possible to offset declining material prices in global markets? Are there ways to attract manufacturers that can use recycled materials to Colorado or to encourage local manufacturers to use recycled content in their products?
  • Business Models:What is the scope for regional cooperation to achieve scale in collection and processing operations? Are there opportunities for traditional recyclers in reusing or repurposing certain products otherwise destined for landfill?
  • Education:What happened to “FREE”? Businesses and residential customers may have to pay for (or pay more for) collection services. What do we have to do to educate customers about why this is happening and to convince them not to walk away from recycling?

We will look favorably on proposals that break away from traditional slide presentations, although we recognize that this year’s theme may lend itself to that type of proposal. Please, however, think hard about how to involve attendees in your proposed sessions or how to deliver a stimulating panel debate on a theme-related topic. Having attendees leave the Summit with concrete and tangible tools to improve their programs or processes is a high priority.

Our industry is facing very different circumstances to those of ten or even five years ago, and we urge you concentrate your proposal on how we can adjust our business models and operations to a world that will be increasingly dominated by the principles of materials management. Abstracts MUST relate to the overarching theme.

Submit Your Abstract:
Click here and fill out the details of your proposal. Abstracts are limited to 150 words or less.

Those whose proposals are selected and who wish to attend the Summit (other than for their own session) receive a 50% discount on one-day or full registration rates (does not apply to any Super Early-bird or Early-bird rates).

Audio/Visual Requirements: Presenters will be responsible for submitting any presentation materials one week prior to the Summit (June 3, 2016).

Submitters will be notified whether their proposal has been accepted no later than January 20, 2016.

If you have questions regarding the submission of your abstract, please contact Amy Randell at amy@cafr.org or 970-372-5615.

We look forward to seeing you at the 27th Annual CAFR Summit for Recycling in Grand Junction, Colorado, June 12-14, 2016!

This entry was posted on Monday, November 23rd, 2015.