Education & Events

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April 2019

HOTEL|KITCHEN Baltimore Expansion Project

April 15, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:15 pm UTC+0

In the US, about 63 million tons of food are wasted each year, with 40% coming from consumer-facing business, including restaurants and hotels. In 2017, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the American Hotel and Lodging Association partnered to identify best practices and strategies for reducing food waste at 10 pilot projects. Based on the results, they launched HOTEL|KITCHEN, a free toolkit, training materials, and resources you can find at www.hotelkitchen.org. In 2018, WWF chose Baltimore, Maryland as one of two US cities with dedicated…

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May 2019

EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge

May 14, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm UTC+0

As part of EPA's Food Recovery Challenge, organizations pledge to improve their sustainable food management practices and report their results. The FRC is part of EPA's Sustainable Materials Management Program (SMM). Maryland firms, Sodexo and FoodBridge were among the 2019 challenge winners. Join us at 11:30am on Tuesday, May 14 to hear EPA Sustainability Coordinator Luke Wolfgang share the parameters of this innovative program and learn how area firms are helping meet a national goal to reduce food waste to…

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July 2019

A Cleaner World Starts With Us

July 9, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm UTC+0

Free webinar brought to you by the Maryland Recycling Network How2Recycle is a standardized labeling system that clearly communicates recycling instructions to the public. It involves a coalition of forward thinking brands who want their packaging to be recycled and are empowering consumers through smart packaging labels. Variation in recycling programs, unclear labeling, and inaccurate recyclability claims make proper recycling a challenge. The How2Recycle label was created to provide consistent and transparent on-package recycling information to consumers in North America.…

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September 2019

Leveraging the “6Es”

September 18, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm UTC+0

Consulting firm Eunomia Inc., along with the Italian Composting Association and bag manufacturer Novamont, in collaboration with StuyTown, carried out a 12-week pilot program in the fall of 2017 to investigate the best options for increasing residents’ engagement with the food scraps program by leveraging the 6Es. Join us on Wednesday, September 18 at 11:30am for this free webinar from the Maryland Recycling Network.Click here to register today!

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October 2019

Take Back Control of Your Recycling Program

October 15, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm UTC+0

It’s Time to Take Back Control of Your Recycling Program! Free webinar brought to you by the Maryland Recycling Network The phrases “back to basics” and “recycle light” are popping up throughout the recycling industry due to the disruption of global end markets, even though this thinking may be at odds with community diversion goals and consumer research regarding recycling expectations. Is it really time to pull back on the reins of recycling progress when we have opportunity in the…

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February 2020

Leverage the Loop!

February 11 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm EST

Loop is a global platform that enables consumer product good companies and retailers to shift from a disposable supply chain to a durable one. Join us at 11:30 am on Tuesday, February 11 to learn how manufacturers and retailers leverage Loop to drive sales of sustainable products. In this webinar, Benjamin Weir, Business Development Manager at TerraCycle, will share how Loop delivers a fundamental change in product ownership and brings entirely new thinking to packaging design. Durability enables reusability, elevated…

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March 2020

Coping with COVID-19 – Virtual Town Hall

March 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Please join us at 2:00pm EDT for a virtual town hall to share our concerns and suggestions for coping with COVID-19. This will be an open discussion in which all attendees are welcome to participate, or just listen in. Here are a few of the questions we'll explore: In general, what are you doing differently? How are you dealing with “social distance” in the field, in your facilities, in your office? What, if any, positions have you moved to “virtual”…

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April 2020

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

April 21 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EDT

Join us as Michelle Blair, Recycling Coordinator for the City of Laurel, and Tony Drury, Operations Supervisor/Recycling Coordinator for the Washington County Solid Waste Department share their experiences 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 experiences as well.Here are a few of the questions we’ll address:…

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May 2020

MRN Markets Update (Webinar)

May 29 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT

Join us to hear Melissa Filiaggi, MRN President, and Manager, Recycling for the Maryland Environmental Service along with Joe Pickard, Chief Economist and Director of Commodities for the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. share the current state of the markets for Maryland as well as likely prospects for the future. They'll look at national and local market conditions and trends in the age of COVID, helping you better respond to shifting prices and develop a materials management strategy that…

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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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Other Industry Events

Webinars: 

Upcyclers Network Rapid Debrief Webinar Series: Evolving Fiber Markets and Expanding Carton Recycling Access for Municipalities. July 8, 12 p.m. CT. Scott Bryne, Market Sustainability Manager US/Canada, Tetra Pak Inc. will review shifts in pulp and fiber markets as well as the status of the Carton Council’s municipal collection program to further market demand for cartons in the US.

AgSTAR’s Anaerobic Digestion Resource for Farms – July 14, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET. On-farm anaerobic digestion is a great way to process manure and other organics. Understanding the details about how to make it all work is vital to its success. The webinar will feature EPA’s—Anaerobic Digestion Project Development Handbooka new resource that outlines the details of setting up and operating an on-farm anaerobic digestion system

Teaching Practical Strategies for Reducing Wasted Food Through Community Events – August 5, 2 p.m. EST. ReCook Cafes, cooking workshops, and similar events are emerging as a fun and effective way to help residents learn about practical strategies for reducing wasted food. They also help to build and strengthen communities. This webinar will share the experiences in New York State and Vermont with planning and holding these kinds of events and the key results and lessons learned. This is a joint Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA) and Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) webinar.

Resource Recycling Presents “The New Normal” Webinar Series – Various dates in July & August: The online discussions will help guide recycling program decision-making as the sector moves through an unprecedented period of public agency budget cuts, social distancing requirements, uncertainties around the wider economy, and more. The hour-long webinar sessions are taking place on select Wednesdays at 2 p.m. Eastern starting July 8 and will be available for free. Registration is now open for all sessions.

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.

read more
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.

read more
EPA Food Recovery Challenge

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?”

read more

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?”

read more

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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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

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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

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Exelon Corporation

Hometown Dumpster Rental

Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority

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