(Grand Junction) – Managing recyclable waste has become more than collecting, diverting and repurposing of materials. The fact that recycling rates in Colorado remain lower than in many other states only forces us to reexamine the source of our materials and discover more environmentally sustainable solutions. The 2016 Summit for Recycling at the DoubleTree Hotel in Grand Junction, June 12-14, will focus on better understanding current material management systems and identifying innovative opportunities to decrease the amount of materials entering the waste stream.
This year’s keynote speaker, Bob Gedert, Director of the City of Austin Solid Waste Services Department, co-authored the Austin Resource Recovery Master Plan, which outlines the implementation roadmap of Austin’s approach toward zero waste. Gedert has 40 years of experience in recycling and solid waste operations. He led the City of Fresno from a 29 percent recycling diversion rate in 2003 to a 75 percent recycling diversion rate in 2008 by expanding the recycling and composting services. While the chief of recycling for the State of Indiana, Gedert wrote many state statutes supporting recycling. Gedert is nationally recognized amongst his peers in the National Recycling Coalition for his work maximizing cost efficiencies in trash collection systems through the implementation of zero waste programming. Gedert will speak at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, June 13.
The Colorado Association for Recycling’s annual Summit for Recycling brings together more than 200 of Colorado’s recycling professionals. Waste processors, manufacturers, government agencies, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, trade associations, consultants and individuals will attend to learn how limited resources, new technologies and human behavior are reshaping the recycling industry. The Summit is a dynamic conference and exhibition complete with educational sessions, panel discussions, a variety of presenters, two-day exhibit hall, site tours, recycling awards, silent auction, and networking events.
The 2016 Summit for Recycling is sponsored by Ball Corporation, Waste Management, Larimer County, Momentum Recycling, PaintCare, Pollution Prevention Advisory Board, Republic Services, Waste Connections of Colorado, Waste-Not Recycling, Western Disposal Services, CAFR Board of Directors, City of Loveland, Colorado Industrial Recycling, Electronic Recyclers International, I.T. Refresh, Power Screening, A1 Organics, Boulder County Resource Conservation Division, Eco-Cycle, EcoProducts, Gallegos Sanitation, Iron and Metals, Resource Recycling Systems, Alpine Bank, City and County of Denver/Denver Recycles, Gracestone, Inc., Mesa County Solid Waste, Pitkin County Solid Waste Center, 4 Rivers Equipment, Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado and High Country Conservation Center.