Education & Events

For upcoming events, conferences, and webinars – check out the latest news below.

Upcoming MRN Events

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Upcoming Events

June 2020

MRN Covid Check-In #4

June 8 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT

​Join us as Siera Wigfield, Recycling Coordinator for Allegany County and Charlie Reighart, Recycling and Waste Prevention Manager for Baltimore County share their experience operating in the new normal imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. They'll discuss the impact on their operations, markets and customers...and explore any other issues or concerns raised by members of the audience. We hope you'll participate and share your questions and experience as well. *A free webinar brought to you by the Maryland Recycling Network.

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MRN Member Feature: Daryl Braithwaite, Public Works Director – City of Takoma Park

June 17 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am EDT

Join us as Daryl Braithwaite, Public Works Director for the City of Takoma Park takes us on a tour of the city’s waste management system. She’ll deliver the inside scoop on their curbside collection program which includes trash, recyclables, yard waste, food scraps and more. You’ll also hear about Takoma Park’s Waste Wizard, an app that helps citizens check if something can be recycled curbside, should be thrown out, brought to Public Works, or be safely disposed during the city’s…

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October 2020

2020 MRN/SWANA-MidAtlantic Annual Conference – NEW DATE!

October 2 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm EDT

Is it time for a reset? Have we persisted in doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result? Are there viable new or old alternatives? Join us Friday, October 2 as we ask thought leaders from throughout the industry (and ourselves) how we might do things differently…and get a better result. Check out REVISION 2020…maybe there is a more productive way to look at our options for 2020 and beyond. The conference offers: Technical sessions that…

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Other Industry Events

Webinars: 

Upcyclers Network Rapid Debrief Webinar Series: Recycled Market Development- Trends, Resources, Actions: During and Post Corona (see below for dates)

  • JUNE 2 – Market Trends and Actions: State of Material Supply Chains and Learning’s from South Carolina Recycling Market Program Corona Response
  • JUNE 17- Upcycling Startups: Maintaining and Furthering Corporate Pilot Partnerships and Funding
  • JULY 8 – Evolving Fiber Markets and Expanding Carton Recycling Access for Municipalities

Conferences: 

NERC: Reboot Recycling – October 20-21, 2020 (NEW DATE), Rocky Hill, CT – It’s time to get off the fence and register for NERC’s Spring ’20 Conference.  You only have until February 28 to take advantage of the early (discounted) registration rate. The Conference offers a great lineup of speakers and innovative topics to help us think out-of-the-box and reboot recycling!

Past Events

Click here for a recap of our 2019 Annual Conference

Click here for a recap of our 2018 Annual Conference

Click here for a recap of our 2017 Annual Conference

Click here for a recap of our 2016 Annual Conference

Click here for a recap of our 2015 Annual Conference

Click here for a recap of our 2014 Annual Conference

Click here for a recap of our 2013 Annual Conference

Click here to view a recap from Harvey Gershman’s October 2013 presentation “Costs: More or Less”

MRN Webinars

Missed a past webinar? Wish you could have been there? No problem! Check out these recordings and pdf’s of the slides.

MRN Markets Update – May 29, 2020

MRN Markets Update – May 29, 2020

What does the future hold for national and local market conditions and trends in the age of COVID? On May 29, 2020, Melissa Filiaggi, MRN President, and Manager, Recycling for the Maryland Environmental Service along with Joe Pickard, Chief Economist and Director of...

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COVID-19 Check-In: Recyclers’ Virtual Town Hall #2 Recap

COVID-19 Check-In: Recyclers’ Virtual Town Hall #2 Recap

On April 21, we gathered virtually for the second of our Recycler’s Town Halls to chat about how we continue to cope with the pandemic. We were joined by Michelle Blair, Recycling Coordinator for the City of Laurel, and Tony Drury, Operations Supervisor/Recycling...

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Coping with COVID-19 – Virtual Town Hall

Coping with COVID-19 – Virtual Town Hall

The current COVID-19 crisis has affected the recycling and solid waste industry in unique ways. While some employees may have the option of working from home, many solid waste employees don’t. After all, it’s difficult to work from home when your job requires the...

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Leverage the Loop!

Leverage the Loop!

On Tuesday, February 11, we listened in as Benjamin Weir, Business Development Manager at TerraCycle, shared how Loop delivers a fundamental change in product ownership and brings entirely new thinking to packaging design. Durability enables reusability, elevated design & new features.

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Take Back Control of Your Recycling Program

Take Back Control of Your Recycling Program

On this webinar, hear Dr. Tim Townsend, the Jones Edmunds Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Florida tackle the question, “How do we move away from focusing solely on tons recovered and measure the wider environmental benefits that come through considering the entire life cycle of the materials we use?”

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Leverage the 6Es

Leverage the 6Es

In the fall of 2017, consulting firm Eunomia Inc., along with the Italian Composting Association and bag manufacturer Novamont, and in collaboration with StuyTown, carried out a 12-week pilot program to investigate the best options for increasing residents’ engagement with the food scraps program by leveraging the 6Es.

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EPA Food Recovery Challenge

On this webinar, hear Dr. Tim Townsend, the Jones Edmunds Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Florida tackle the question, “How do we move away from focusing solely on tons recovered and measure the wider environmental benefits that come through considering the entire life cycle of the materials we use?”

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HOTEL|KITCHEN Baltimore Expansion Project

On this webinar, hear Dr. Tim Townsend, the Jones Edmunds Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Florida tackle the question, “How do we move away from focusing solely on tons recovered and measure the wider environmental benefits that come through considering the entire life cycle of the materials we use?”

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Recycling Rate of the Future

On this webinar, hear Dr. Tim Townsend, the Jones Edmunds Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Florida tackle the question, “How do we move away from focusing solely on tons recovered and measure the wider environmental benefits that come through considering the entire life cycle of the materials we use?”

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Responsible Appliance Disposal

Sally Hamlin, the EPA RAD Program Manager, explains the concerns over appliance disposal today and how RAD partners help by implementing best practices.

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If there’s a topic or speaker you’d like to see in one of our webinars, please click here to let us know.

Upcoming Events

Mon 08

MRN Covid Check-In #4

June 8 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT

Patrons & Sustaining Members

Special thanks to our Patrons and Sustaining Members whose contribution helps MRN continue its ongoing effort to promote the Three R’s in Maryland

Patrons

Infinity Recycling

Mariner Management & Marketing

MD/DE/DC Beverage Association

Waste Management

Sustaining

Exelon Corporation

Hometown Dumpster Rental

Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority

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