Education & Events

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

Upcoming MRN Events

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April 2019

HOTEL|KITCHEN Baltimore Expansion Project

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

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

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

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

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

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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Other Industry Events

Webinars: 

EPA Webinar: Facts and Figures 2017—Assessing Trends in Materials Generation, Recycling, Composting, Combustion with Energy Recovery and Landfilling in the United States – February 20, 2020, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET: This webinar presents the latest information about trends in U.S. materials generation, recycling, composting, combustion with energy recovery and landfilling as described in EPA’s recently released Advancing Sustainable Materials Management (SMM): Facts and Figures 2017 report.

Workshops: 

NRC/KAB Recycling Market Development Workshop – February 11, 2020, Memphis, TN: Co-sponsored with US EPA, this workshop runs in advance of the KAB Feb 12-14 conference. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to learn, engage, network and be inspired by innovations in recycling and new developments in the recycling economy.

Increasing the Use of Recycled Content in Infrastructure Projects Workshop – April 15, 2020, Concord, NH: The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) and the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA), in partnership with NRRA, MRRA, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Transportation, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and Department of Transportation, and the New Hampshire Technology Transfer Center, are offering a one-day workshop about using recycled content in road and infrastructure projects.

Conferences: 

Keep America Beautiful 2020 National Conference – February 12-14, 2020, Memphis, TN: KAB’s National Conference is the premier annual educational, training and networking forum presented for the benefit of our National Affiliate Network, partners and sponsor organizations.

The International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management – March 22-25, 2020, Annapolis, MD: ICSW is the major international solid waste meeting in the US, attracting participants from 40 countries.

The Science of PFAS: Public Health & the Environment – March 31, 2020, Framingham, MA – The Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA) has partnered with the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC), the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM), the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC), and others to organize a regional science conference on PFAS.

Other: 

32nd Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup – Saturday, April 18: Volunteer by picking up trash. Choose from hundreds of events in Maryland, Virginia, and DC. Lead a cleanup at your own site. Register online and invite friends, family, and co-workers.

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.

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

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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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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Carton Opportunities

The Carton Council has assisted numerous communities and schools with adding cartons to recycling programs with the benefit of increasing recycling while teaching the next generation of recyclers.

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Electronics Recycling

Kitty McIlroy shares a brief overview of state programs, highlighting the differences between product stewardship and extended producer responsibility laws.

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