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Contact: Mary Ann Remolador,, 802-254-3636
Date: August 27, 2018

The Future of MRFs – A Regional Sustainable Materials Management Conference

The Northeast Recycling Council’s Fall 2018 Conference is just around the corner and will address some of the topics of greatest concern for Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs). Attendees and exhibitors from the Northeast and throughout the nation will gather at the Sheraton Hartford South Hotel in Rocky Hill, Connecticut on October 30 – 31, to participate in presentations and discussions that will delve into today’s issues affecting MRFs—the facilities that separate and bale recyclables for end markets.

The Conference will open with introductory remarks from Commissioner Rob Klee of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.  Following Mr. Klee will be a Keynote Panel including: Bob Cappadona of Casella Recycling, LLC, Susan Robinson of Waste Management, and Frank Chimera of Republic Services.  The panelists will talk about how they are dealing with the new restrictions on recyclables exported to China, operational adjustments made to MRFs to accommodate the market changes, battling high contamination levels in what gets recycled, contracting with municipalities for recycling services, and investments in MRFs. 

The event will continue with Eileen Berenyi of Governmental Advisory Associates, Michael Timpane of Resource Recycling Systems and Mitch Kessler of Kessler Consulting, Inc. discussing trends with MRFs and contracting for municipal recycling services.  Another noteworthy session will feature Gregory Anderson of New York City Department of Sanitation, Tom Outerbridge of Sims Municipal Recycling, and Jared Rhodes of Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation presenting about the recycling services contracts they have with municipalities and maintaining business relationships with them. And the last session of Day One will include Todd Ellis of Call2Recycle, Ryan Fogelman of Fire Rover, and Nat Egosi of RRT Design and Construction who will present on the causes of and issues with fires at MRFs and the technological advances for MRFs and related economics.

Day One will end with NERC presenting an Environmental Sustainability Leadership Award to an individual or organization for the impact they have made on sustainable materials management within the NERC 11-state region.

Day Two of the Conference will begin with a session about the growth of e-commerce and its effect on MRFs, which will be presented by Scott Byrne of Ameripen, Dennis Colley of the Fibre Box Association, and Brent Heist of Procter & Gamble

This session will be followed by Tim Devivo of Willimantic Waste, Chris Coady of the Recycling Partnership, and John Culbertson of MSW Consultants discussing strategies to engage the public and monitor contamination in what gets recycled.

Some of the things you can be sure to find at NERC’s Conference include:

  • An Agenda that includes topics identified by NERC’s audience as being the most critical industry issues. 
  • Presenters that are experts in understanding and implementing strategies for increasing the diversion of recyclable materials. 
  • Government and industry gathered for constructive dialogue.
  • A good mixture of sessions, networking time, and social events, that allow you to network with the presenters and attendees.
  • Affordable rates at a Hotel that incorporates green business practices into their operations—towel and linen program, recycling, energy efficiency, and the purchase of local foods. 

NERC's conferences provide attendees with opportunities to learn, share ideas, discuss the issues, and network with others. Frequent attendees include: businesses; federal, state, and municipal environmental officials; recycling trade associations; haulers, processors, and manufacturers; municipal recycling coordinators and facility operators; school and university recycling coordinators; environmental consultants and non-profit organizations; and public and private sector sustainability coordinators.

For more information, visit NERC’s web page or contact Mary Ann Remolador, NERC' Assistant Director and Events Organizer at 802.254.3636.

The Northeast Recycling Council, Inc. (NERC) is a multi-state non-profit organization that is committed to environmental and economic sustainability through responsible solid waste management. NERC conducts projects that influence policy and affect change through research, technical assistance, demonstration projects, and education.