Session Category Definitions
Business Management and Operations
Topics may include day-to-day activities and processes of the facility; business planning and finance; competitive and diversification strategies; growth, profits and productivity; legal issues; human resources and talent/workforce development; marketing and sales; leadership development; commodities hedging; securing and extending credit; buying and selling recyclable materials; insurance and customer service.
Environmental Compliance and Sustainability
Topics may include CERCLA (Superfund) and SREA (Superfund Recycling Equity Act); RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act); solid and hazardous wastes; chemical reporting; emissions; stormwater; spills; and existing and emerging substances of concerns such as PCBs, PFAs, energy efficiencies; refrigerants, vehicle airbags and batteries.
Federal, State and Local Issues, including Community Relations and Outreach
Topics may include environmental justice; zoning; gentrification; public relations; lobbying local elected officials; philanthropic endeavors; local partnerships and collaborations regarding recycling is essential; governmental relations; and advocacy.
Recycling Industry Commodities including Domestic and Global Trading
Topics specific to products that come out of a recycling facility that can be sold as products or feedstock; ferrous metals; nonferrous metals (aluminum, copper, lead, zinc, tin and precious metals); stainless steel and high-temperature alloys; plastics; recovered fiber (paper, corrugated, cartons); tires/rubber; electronics; glass; textiles; residential recyclers and materials recovery facilities; Basel Convention; OECD; import/export; and tariffs.
Safety and Security
Topics may include those focused on protecting the health and life of recycling facility employees, customers, visitors, contractors, drivers and the surrounding community; OSHA compliance; disaster preparedness; hazardous materials management; hazard recognition; safety culture; law enforcement; theft; cybersercurity; and infectious disease.
Technology and Innovation
Topics may include equipment and services used in recycled materials processing; robotics; sustainability; and reuse.
Topics may include and be focused on moving incoming materials, processed commodities and products; trucking; rail cars; barges and ocean shipping; logistics; driver training; and vehicle maintenance.