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February 2020

Leverage the Loop!

February 11, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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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July 2020

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

July 22, 2020 @ 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

MRN Buy Recycled Webinar

October 13, 2020 @ 1:00 pm EDT

Be sure to join us as Richard Keller of the Baltimore County Bureau of Solid Waste Management, Recycling Division shares the significant benefits of buying recycled products. He’ll help us understand…  Why buying recycled is important Legislation and content standards Making a commitment to buy recycled Getting Started Examples of recycled products Price, Quality and Availability Specifications Testing Contracts, Cooperative Purchasing and Closed Loop Waste Prevention and Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Record Keeping and Evaluation Please invite your purchasing staff to…

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November 2020

Member Feature: Maria Myers, Recycling Manager at Carroll County MD DPW

November 18, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm EST

Image: Carroll County Board of Commissioners recognized Maria Myers, recycling manager, and Dwight Amoss, landfill manager, for their efforts to reduce the county's recycling contamination from 25% to 10% in a matter of months. (Carroll County Government) When asked what accomplishment she is most proud of in her position as recycling manager for Carroll County, MD, Maria Myers says increasing the recycling participation in the County while reducing the contamination rate from 26% to 10% is number one. Not bad…

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December 2020

Making the Math Work in 2021: An MRN Panel Discussion

December 15, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

The financial impact of Covid-19 will undoubtedly be felt through 2021 as state, county and municipal budgets feel the pinch of declining revenues. At the same time, our citizens will continue to expect to recycle via curbside or drop-off without interruption. Given this new abnormal, how can we make the math work for everyone?  We’ve put together a group of recycling professionals who will share their ideas, questions and concerns with each other and you. Our panelists include:   Michelle Blair…

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February 2021

EPR in Maryland: How Could It Work for Your Residential Recycling Program?

February 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST

Be sure to join us at Noon on Monday, February 8 to explore the ins and outs of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and take a look at new legislation designed to implement EPR for packaging and paper in Maryland. This webinar features a panel of industry professionals and the sponsoring legislator who will address the anticipated impact of EPR on Maryland’s local government and recycling industry. What is EPR? In brief, EPR, also known as Product Stewardship,places responsibility for end-of-life…

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Other Industry Events

Webinars:

Keep America Beautiful: Zero Waste Communities: A Vision for the Future – Thu, Feb 25, 2021, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST: Cities and towns across the United States have developed and launched comprehensive plans with clear timetables in their drive toward waste-free communities. They are now taking action to achieve these ambitious goals. These actions are also proving key to making our urban centers cleaner, healthier, more resilient. In this webinar, you’ll be learning how these municipalities are: Defining zero-waste, Creating an inclusive process for building a city-wide consensus,  Identifying key elements of a zero-waste plan, Securing measurable gains.

Conferences:

NERC Virtual Conference: Reframing Recycling in 2021 – March 30 – 31 (1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Eastern): The many challenges that recycling has faced over the past few years have created a fresh opportunity for us to take a look at our practices and strategies from new perspectives. The Northeast Recycling Council’s (NERC) Spring Conference—Reframing Recycling—will focus on what we have learned from past experience, and provide a forum for discussing the industry’s future.

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.

How Will You Make the Math Work in 2021?

How Will You Make the Math Work in 2021?

The financial impact of Covid-19 will undoubtedly be felt through 2021 as state, county and municipal budgets feel the pinch of declining revenues. At the same time, our citizens will continue to expect to recycle via curbside or drop-off without interruption. Given...

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Member Feature: Carroll County Recycling Manager Maria Myers

Member Feature: Carroll County Recycling Manager Maria Myers

On November 18, we sat down virtually with MRN member Maria Myers, Recycling Manager at Carroll County Maryland Department of Public Works to talk about the County’s recycling program including the ups (increasing the recycling participation in the County while...

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The benefits of buying recycled materials (webinar recap)

The benefits of buying recycled materials (webinar recap)

On October 13, Richard Keller of the Baltimore County Bureau of Solid Waste Management, Recycling Division shared the significant benefits of buying recycled products and offered tips on how to get started on a “buy recycled” program in your agency. One takeaway was...

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MRN Member Feature Webinar: Takoma Park MD

MRN Member Feature Webinar: Takoma Park MD

The Berkeley of the East and Waste Wizard MRN Member Daryl Braithwaite, Public Works Director for the City of Takoma Park, takes us on a tour of the city's waste management and recycling system. Known as the “The Berkeley of the East,” Takoma Park brings one of our...

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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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