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2017 MRN Conference

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Preliminary Program

7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Registration Open

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Area

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Opening Keynote: The Fourth "R"

JD Lindeberg, President of RRS, will help us shift the 3 Rs paradigm by exposing the artificial barriers to more effective programs created by backward-facing regulatory policies and legacy technical systems. His presentation will highlight communities and programs around the nation that have changed the results by bringing a set of more creative, future-focused solutions to the effort.

9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
MRA Today

A brief overview of MRA metrics followed by a panel discussion around the typical and atypical steps taken to achieve compliance, the relevance of those metrics given the evolving waste stream and alternate metrics that might better address the waste management issues of the 21st century.

Moderator: Chaz Miller, Director of Policy/Advocacy, National Waste & Recycling Association


Note: The stage will be set for this conversation by a census of recycling programs in all counties and major municipalities to be completed by late May.

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Break and Exhibits Open

11:15 a.m. – Noon
Changing the Conversation

A panel of award-winning public relations professionals will share proven techniques recycling coordinators can use to shift attitudes and behavior among their community citizens, legislators and the next generation.  

Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch and Exhibits Open

MRN Awards & Annual Meeting

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Markets Madness

A panel of coordinators and vendors will discuss the methods they use to predict, create and respond to evolving and elusive materials markets.

Moderator: Melissa Filiaggi, Recycling Program Coordinator, Maryland Environmental Service


Note: The stage will be set for this conversation by a compilation and summary of markets reports to be presented by Jerry Powell of Resource Recycling via webinar on June 1.

2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Productive Partnerships
A panel of coordinators and vendors will share the development, structure and operation of public-private, private/private partnerships that produce above-average results.

3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Break and Exhibits Open

3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cool Coordinator Stories
An ignite style (5 minutes each) presentation by county/municipal recycling coordinators and vendors sharing a unique and/or compelling aspect of their program.

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Your Turn: Town Hall Conversation
Moderated discussion around the central themes and ideas of the day.

Moderator: JD Lindeberg, President of RRS

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.