•  Connecticut's Voice for Sustainable Materials Management

  • 2018 Connecticut Recycling Conference

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  • The CT Recyclers Conference is an annual, day-long event featuring a robust discussion of key issues facing the recycling and materials management industries and markets in Connecticut, as well as the impacts on the many customers and stakeholders in the state.
  • When

    Wednesday, January 17, 2018

    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

  • Where

    The Aqua Turf Club

    556 Mulberry St, Plantsville, CT 06479

  • The CT Recyclers Conference is the singular event each year where municipalities, state officials, the business community and non-profit organizations in Connecticut come together in one setting to have a dialogue about the best ways to achieve our mutual goal of a 60% recycling rate statewide.

    You don’t want to miss it!
  • Panel I: Consumer Packaging Panel I: Consumer Packaging

    Connecticut's Task Force to Study Methods for Reducing Consumer Packaging that Generates Solid Waste recently completed its work investigating whether or not an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program should be implemented to address consumer packaging waste in Connecticut. The panel will review recommendations from the Task Force and further discuss how we, as consumers and taxpayers, can manage our appetite for more products delivered faster with our desire to decrease waste and disposal costs. 

         Fred Hurley

         Director, Newtown DPW 




         Chaz Miller

         Recycling expert and award-winning columnist 




         Victor Bell

         President, Environmental Packaging International




         Eric Brown

         Senior Council, Connecticut Business and Industry Association 

  • Recycling Markets Update With Chaz Miller Recycling Markets Update With Chaz Miller


    CRC is pleased to announce that Chaz Miller has been added to the 2018 CT Recycling Conference Agenda. Chaz will provide an update on the status of recycling markets, such as those for paper, plastics, metals and other commodities. He will look at the potential impact of China's import bans on unsorted paper and mixed plastics, which go into effect on January 1, 2018.  He will examine what has happened in response to the bans and likely events throughout the rest of the year.

    Chaz Miller has extensive experience in recycling and waste management.  He worked for EPA’s solid waste office doing recycling and other waste-related work, was Director of Recycling for the Glass Packaging Institute and has been Director, Policy/Advocacy, for the National Waste & Recycling Association.  He advocated on behalf of the recycling and waste industry on a variety of issues including market development, state recycling legislation, extended producer responsibility and organics management. He has testified at state and Congressional hearings. Chaz has been a keynoter and speaker at recycling and solid waste conferences in the United States, Canada, Japan and China. He was Chairman of the Board of the National Recycling Coalition and is a past President of the Maryland Recycling network. He writes “The Circular File”, an award-winning column for Waste 360.  He retired from full time work in mid-2017.

  • Panel II: Legislative Preview Panel II: Legislative Preview

    Each year, the CRC includes time on the agenda to have a dialogue with leading legislators on the Environment Committee to discuss key recycling and materials management issues expected in the upcoming legislative session. This year, the CRC is pleased to announce our legislative panelists for 2018. They are:


         Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr. 

         Co-Chair, Environment Committee





         Representative Mike Demicco

         Co-Chair, Environment Committee





         Senator Heather Somers

         Vice Chair, Environment Committee





         Representative Stephen Harding

         Ranking Member, Environment Committee 





         Representative Mary Mushinsky

         Member, Environment Committee 

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  • Keynote Event Keynote Event

    For the first time, the CT Capitol Report political team will debate before a live audience!

    Conference attendees will get insight into how several key materials management and recycling issues are viewed in Hartford. In addition, the team will discuss significant issues in the upcoming 2018 Legislative session and the impacts on the fall races for statewide and local offices. 
    Hosting this roundtable discussion will be Mr. Tom Dudchik from CT Capitol Report and panelists will include CT Capitol Report regulars: 
    • Senate Republican Senior Adviser, Chris Healy
    • Former Governor Malloy strategist, Roy Occhiogrosso
    • SEIU 1199 Communications Director, Jennifer Schneider; and
    • Principal at The Drury Group, Liz Kurantowicz  

    In addition, the gang will invite long-time State Representative and environmental champion, Mary Mushinsky, to join the team to discuss CT’s bottle bill.
  • Panel III: Connecticut's Food Waste Infrastructure Panel III: Connecticut's Food Waste Infrastructure

    With the EPA Food Hierarchy in mind, the panel will review the available options for managing food waste to achieve the highest and best use. Panelists will share their work and experience achieving their businesses goals as well as identifying opportunities on the horizon.

         Luc Dang

         Founder and CEO, Phood




         Wayne Pesce

         President, Connecticut Food Association




         Brian Paganini 

         VP & Managing Director, Quantum Biopower



         Sam King

         Blue Earth Compost 




         Heather Priest

         Wilton Public Schools

  • Panel IV:  The Bottle Bill Panel IV: The Bottle Bill

    Last year, CT's bottle redemption law was the subject of numerous bills before the General Assembly, ranging from elimination to expansion and just about everywhere in between. The panel will discuss whether or not the bottle bill in CT has achieved its original environmental intent as well as if it should be "modernized" to accommodate new challenges posed by a changing waste stream.

         Chuck Riegle 

         Vice President, TOMRA 




         Andrew Crowley

         Strategic Materials 




         Lou Burch

         Citizens Campaign for the Environment 




         Tom Gaffey

         Director of Recycling and Enforcement, MIRA

  • Sponsors

    Sponsorship opportunities are available 

    Contact CTRecyclers@Gmail.com

    A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors


  • Exhibitor Booths

    Exhibitor booths are available but limited to a first-come, first-served basis. 

    If you are interested in an exhibitor opportunity, please complete and return this exhibitor agreement to secure your spot.


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