RCU Recycling Conference & Recycler of the Year Awards 2017

Join RCU Thursday, November 16th for this year's RCU America Recycles Day Conference and Recycler of the Year Awards.  We will be at Hogle Zoo for this event in the Rende Zoo room.  The address is 2600 Sunnyside Ave. South Salt Lake City, UT  84108.  

RCU America Recycles Day Conference & Luncheon

November 16th, 2017

Hogle Zoo, SLC, UT

Thursday, November 16th

9:45  am         Registration/ Check In 

10:00 am        - Welcome, RCU President, Brad Morley

10:15 am        - Ayaka EmotoIndependent Consultant for NRDC's Save The Food" Campaign, The Mission of the Save the Food Campaign.”  Anaka will discuss the issue of food waste.  Did you know, 40% of food is wasted in America.  In fact, 20% of the food we buy is never eaten.  Each of us tosses out nearly 300 lbs of food each year.  Food waste is a growing problem, Save the Food.com is an advertisement campaign created by the Natural Resources Defense Council, and administered by the Ad Council.

10:45 am        - Priyanka BakayaFounder – Renewlogy. “Converting Plastic Waste into Fuel”  Priyanka Bakaya is the Founder and CEO of Renewlogy, which is a leading firm committed to finding innovative solutions for plastic waste.  Ms. Bakaya has previously worked in energy research at Attero Recycling, as well as Silicon Valley firms Accel Partners and Globespan Capital.  Bakaya is a recognized leader  and she has been selected as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, a Cartier Women’s Initiative Laureate, a Lightspeed Venture Fellow and named to the Fortune 40 under 40 Ones to Watch List, and Forbes 30 under 30 List in Energy.  She graduated from MIT and Stanford with Honors.

11:15 am        Break and Networking

11:30 am        - Morgan Olsen BowermanWasatch Resource Recovery: “Turning Organics into Energy”  Wasatch Resource Recovery is Utah’s first and only anaerobic digester dedicated to food waste diversion.  The digester is scheduled to be operational in mid-2018.  When it opens, this facility will process organic waste which includes food scraps, liquid waste and manufacturing food waste.  The process will turn the organic matter into sustainable resources –– biogas and bio-based fertilizer.

12:00 pm        Lunch

12:45 pm     Keynote SpeakerDylan de ThomasVP of Industry Collaboration Recycling Partnership “US Recycling Markets and the   Recycling Partnership”  The Recycling Partnership, is a national recycling nonprofit formed in 2003. Their goal is to improve recycling in the United States.  Curbside recycling is the easiest way for Americans to recycle yet there is still much opportunity for improvement. More than half of U.S. communities have access to recycling programs yet participation averages at less than 50 percent. Mr. De Thomas will address these concerns in curbside recycling and detail how communities can increase participation.  He will also address current recycling markets in the US.

1:30 pm          Break and Networking

1:45 am          Recycling Market Updates and Standardized Curbside Recycling in Utah: Beau Peck, Director of Sales & Marketing, Interwest Paper (RCU Board Member) and Brad Mertz, RCU will provide an update on this program for Utah communities

2:00 pm          Utah RecycleMania Awards and2018 Kick-off

2:15 pm          RCU Thomas A. Martin, Recycler of the Year Awards 2017 This year’s winners will share information on their award winning programs and services

3:00 pm          Break and Networking

3:15 pm          RCU Recycler Introductions: Local Recyclers will give an update on their businesses and provide quick updates on recycling locally 

3:30 pm          - Conclusion


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