28th Annual Recycling Conference & Trade Show

Keeping Cool in the Age of Climate Change: Impacts of Materials Management


PRECONFERENCE WORKSHOP: Evolving Our Industry as We Adapt to Climate Change

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Waste reduction, reuse and recycling reduce the need for virgin material extraction and therefore, embody a huge amount of greenhouse gas reduction. Through every step of the supply chain, the efforts of the New York State Association for Reduction Reuse, and Recycling (NYSAR3), its members, and others working in sustainable materials management (SMM) are reducing the climate change impacts of the materials economy.



28th Annual Recycling Conference & Trade Show

Keeping Cool in the Age of Climate Change: Impacts of Materials Management 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Welcome, Overview & Introductions - Welcome Presentation

Speaker: Kelli Timbrook, President, NYSAR3

Evolving Our Industry as We Adapt to Climate Change

Waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting reduce greenhouse gas emissions through more efficient use of resource and reduce virgin materials extraction. In this session we will hear from experts and facilitat a dialouge to examine the altest research on SMM and climate change, the evolution of our industry through emergin packaging and amrket trends, and envision how New York State can contribute to achieve SMM solutions that support climate goals.

Moderator: Gary Feinland, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation & Melissa Young, Syracuse University Center for Sustainably Community Solutions


- Nate Putnam, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation- Climate Change and Sustainable Materials Management
- Missy Hall, Pollution Prevention Institute- Evolving Our Industry As We Adapt to Climate Change
- David Allaway, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality- Life Cycle Thinking: New Opportunities for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions through Materials Management

Questions & Discussion

Packaging Effects on Climate Change

The waste stream is constantly changing in type and proportionl we're seeing less paper and more plastic, including multi-layer, flexible, film puches. What is packaging's impact on total waste generation? Up? Down? What are the potential environmental impacts of these material changes and how do we effectively communicate with the public and encourage less waste? Lets take a look!

Moderator: Gary Carrel, Erie County Environment and Planning

Fibre Box Association
The U.S. Corrugated Industry's Commitment to Sustainability
Speaker: Brian O'Banion, Fibre Box Association

Flexible Packaging
Packaging Effects on Climate Change: Flexibles
Speaker: Alison Keane, Flexibe Packaging Association

Reducing Take-Out Waste
Zero Wast Eduction at Large Events and Public-Facing Waste Receptacles
Speaker: Sarah Womer, Zero to Go

Break & Hardy Snack

Private Sector's Impact on Climate Change and Social Responsibilty

A growing number of businesses are embracing a wider corporate model that creates value for non-shareholding stakeholders, such as their employees, the local community, and the environment. NYSAR3 is please to present some private sector models of excellence in New York State where buisness is being used "as a source for good," from a sustainability perspective.

Moderator: Dale Cocca, Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency


- Patricia Donohue, Pollution Prevention Institute - Private Sector's Focus on Zero Waste to Landfill
- Amy Johnson, North American Breweries - North America Breweries, Rochester NY
- Bob Rossi, NYS Sustainable Business Council - Raising the Business Voice
- Kathy Curtis, Clean and Healthy New York - Climate, Health, and the Environment


Leaders of Today, Voices for Tomorrow

Moderator: Melissa Young, Syracuse University Center for Sustainable Community Solutions


- Heather Coton, Delaware North - Private Sector's Impact on Materials Management
- Lori Clark, Stonybrook University - Impacts of a Change from Dual Stream to Single Stream Recycling
- Alexandra Leader, Rochester Institute of Technology - Urban Mines: an alternative source of rare earth elements (presentation not available)
- Leidy Johnson Daza Nino, Santo Tomas, ColumbiaUse of Plastic Waste (HDPE, LDP, RR) for the Manufacturing of Products for the Construction Sector
- Madison Corbeil & Brad Hershenson, University of Albany - Rethinking Recycling

Movie Night: Bag It!

America use 60,000 plastic bags every five minutes - single-use disposable bags that we mindlessly throw away. But where is "away?" Where do the bags and other plastics end p, and at what cost to our environment, marine life and human health? Bag It follows "everyman" Jeb Berrier as he navigates our plastic world. Jeb is not a radical environmentalist, but an average American who decides to take a closer look at our cultural love affair with plastics.

Bonus Feature!
Syracuse University Center for Susatainable Community Solutions - Plastic-free Waterways Video Series!

28th Annual Conference & Trade Show

Keeping Cool in the Age of Climate Change: Impacts of Materials Management 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Speaker:  Kelli Timbrook, President, NYSAR

Organics Council Meeting

Plenary Session | Plastic Bags: The Truth is Out There

Over 100 US cities have enacted bans or fees, including several in NY State. Is this a sound poicy approach? What are the alternatives? What are the environmental impacts? What's ahead for NY? 

Moderator: Andrew Radin, Onondaga Resource Recovery Agency


- Jennie Romer, Esq., Plasticbaglaws.org
- Matt Seaholm, American Progressive Bag Alliance - presentation
- Steve Wolk, New Castle Sustainability Advisory Board - The Reusable Bag Initiative

Break in Exhibitit Hall & Textiles Commitee Meeting

Concurrent Session A

The Forecast in Materials Management's Impact on Climate Change
Moderator: Dan Lilkas-Rain, Bethlehem Recycling Coordinator

National Sword in China - Preparing for the Coming Storm
China’s announced importation ban on a range of secondary materials including most scrap plastics, mixed paper and textile materials – part of the policy dubbed the “National Sword” - will have far ranging impacts on market pricing and recycling/waste diversion efforts in the US and worldwide. This presentation will address the ban and the challenges it presents, and strategies for weathering the coming storm. 

Speakers: Andrea Calacro & Joyce Stearns, Casella China's National Sword

Polystyrene Bans
Hundreds of communities in the U.S. have passed bans on food service containers made from expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam, widely known by the trademarked name Styrofoam. These bans have become increasingly popular due to the human and environmental health issues posed by this material in the opinions of ban supporters, as well as the material’s lack of compostability, bio-degradability, and functional lack of recyclability in economically feasible ways. The newest and perhaps most wide-reaching ban is NYC’s, which will take effect on Nov. 13, 2017. This session will explore EPS bans with two experts who have extensive experience with EPS bans in NYC, MA and elsewhere, and discuss other alternatives to reducing the use of this controversial material in our communities.


- Clint Richmond, Sierra Club Solid Waste Committee - Sustainable Packaging
- Eric Goldstein, Natural Resources Defense Council - Presentation


Concurrent Session B

Taking Action on Climate Change - How Municipalities Are Utilizing Waste Reduction, Recycling and Composting to Decrease Their Carbon Footprint
Municipalities have a role to play in SMM and responding to climate change. This session will showcase municipal sustainability plans that address their impact through improved waste reduction, recycling and composting efforts. Tools and insight will be shared to help municipalities reach success in decreasing their carbon footprint in these areas and reducing their environmental impacts through green purchasing.

Moderator: Gary Feinland, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation


- Amanda LaValle, Ulster County Department of the Environment & Merlyn Akhtar, Ulster County Resource Recovery Facility
- Megan McDonald & Barbara Eckstrom, Tompkins County Recycling and Materials Management - Tompkins County: Municipal Sustainability and Materials Management
- Beth Meer, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation - State Sustainability: Resources for Municipal Climate Action

Lunch Sponsored by CRP Sanitation & Emerging Professionals Meeting

Concurrent Session A

In a Changing World, Where Does Glass Fit In?
This session highlights emerging issues in an often-challenging area: glass recovery! The Closed Loop Fund will put a spotlight on their new report exploring a new generation of glass processing equipment. Hear the latest on state BUDs and Part 360 impacts. And an international glass recovery firm will give their take on glass markets now and in the future, and how they’ve addressed challenges with material quality and marketing.

Moderator: Ann Fordock, Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency


- Ellen Martin, Closed Loop Fund - Glass Clean-up Systems in MRF's
- Kathy Prather, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
- William Kahl, TOMRA - Leading the Resource Revolution


Concurrent Session B

What's Hot in Materials Management's Impact in Climate Change? Pay As You Throw
Pay As You Throw (PAYT) is a usage-based billing method for solid waste disposal that creates a direct economic incentive to generate less waste and compost and recycle more.  The PAYT model has been implemented in thousands of U.S. communities already.  This session will provide an introduction to the topic, report on PAYT success stories, provide an example of statewide PAYT in Vermont, and offer the perspective of a NYS county that was an early adopter of PAYT.  The session will include presentations and plenty of time for discussion, so bring your questions and prepare to join the conversation.

Moderator: Maggie Clarke, Ph.D., Clarke Environmental


- Lisa Skumatz, SERA, Inc - PAYT: What's Hot in Materials Management's Impact on Climate Change
- Teresa A. Kuczynski, Addison County Solid Waste Management District, Vermont - Pay as You Throw in Addison County, Vermont
- Barb Eckstrom, Tompkins County Recycling and Materials Management - Pay As You Throw: A Financial Incentive for Successful Waste Diversion
- Steve Lisauskas & Paul Gardner, Waste Zero WasteZero: Making Real Progress on Waste Reduction

Break in Exhibit Hall

Concurrent Session A

Product Manufacturers' Role in a Warming World - EPR
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is a key waste reduction strategy in Europe and Canada. In the wake of over 100 EPR laws in the U.S, including several in NYS, manufacturers are increasingly playing a central role in the recovery of unwanted products and packaging, from pharmaceuticals to electronics. Time for updates and emerging trends.

Moderator: Peter Pettit, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Batteries (alkaline)
Battery Stewardship Update
Speaker: Todd Ellis, Call2Recycle 

Pharmaceutical stewardship in the U.S.
Speaker: Vivian Fuhrman, Product Stewardship Institute

NYS E-Waste Regulations
Speaker: Katie Kidalowski, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Concurrent Session B

Repair - Setting up a Repair Cafe
What if there was a way to fix broken but beloved objects and build community while enjoying a hot cup of coffee at the same time? A Repair Café does just that by bringing professional repairmen and women, hobbyists, and specialists together with community members who want to fix items rather than throw them in the garbage. Repair Cafes also offer a unique opportunity to engage communities in taking action to reduce carbon emissions from solid waste. During this session we will learn about the successes and challenges that communities have experienced in starting their own Repair Cafes. Experienced Repair Café organizers will also give tips and suggestions for getting a Repair Café started in your community.

Moderator: Marion Buckley, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation


- John Wackman and Dave West, Hudson Valley Repair Café Repair Cafe, What It Is
- Ed Schmitt, Syracuse Repair Café - Syracuse Repair Cafe
- Dave Harter, Your Fix-It Neighbor LLC knowledgefire: Neighborhood Learning Laboratory


College Research Poster Presentations & Exhibitor Meet & Greet

Reception in the Exhibit Hall Sponsored by TOMRA

Join us for delicious hors d’oeuvres and drinks in the exhibit hall while you mingle with the New York materials management network and learn about exciting new technologies and initiatives available to enhance your program and improve the state of reduction, reuse and recycling!

Ommegang Brewery Social Sponsored by Naturcycle

Delicious Belgian-style fries and beers await for you to cheers with old and new friends at the Ommegang Brewery! Dutch treat.

Bus transportation available! Meet at the main hotel lobby at 7:15pm. The bus will wait to reach capacity before leaving for the first trip. If you miss the first bus, don’t worry – it will be making multiple trips. The bus will make return trips at 9 and 10 pm.

28th Annual Recycling Conference & Trade Show

Keeping Cool in the Age of Climate Change: Impacts of Materials Management 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Plenary Session | Part 360 Update - Its' Finally Adopted!

The revisions to the Part 360 Solid Waste Management Facilities Regulations are finally adopted after years of evaluations, meetings and input.  Hear from the NYSDEC about the major provisions that have been changed, added and enhanced.  You’ll also have the opportunity to ask NYSDEC staff about requirements you’re interested in.

Moderator: Peter Pettit, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Speakers: Dave Vitale, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Revised Part 360 Series: Solid Waste Management Facility Regulations

Concurrent Session A

Twenty-five Years of Local Laws Impact on our Changing Climate
On September 1, 1992, all municipalities in New York State were required to have a local ordinance in place that established the source separation of recyclables for recycling.  It’s been 25 years.  Hear about the local laws in place from the perspectives of three of NYS’s municipalities and the challenges, changes and effects these laws have had on materials management and what we can expect for the future.

Moderator: Dianne Woske, Fulton County

Bethlehem Local Law
Speaker: Dan Lilkas-Rain, Town of Bethlehem

Tompkins Local Law
Mandatory Recycling in Tompkins County
Speakers: Nate Bates & Nancy Webster, Tompkins County Recycling and Materials Management

New York City Law
New York City and Sustainable Materials Management, a 25 year perspective
Speaker: Samantha MacBride, City of New York Department of Sanitation


Concurrent Session B

Its' All About the Carbon: Reducing Climate Impacts Through Organics Management
Carbon is a naturally abundant element that occurs in all organic compounds and can be found in all known forms of life. Carbon is inside every cell of every living thing, holding everything together through strong bonds. When those bonds break (through composting, digestion, combustion, etc.), energy is released and the carbon atom grabs onto other atoms (especially oxygen), creating carbon dioxide. The more carbon we use, the more carbon dioxide we make. We can’t stop carbon from behaving the way it does, but we can help people to change their behaviors and make good choices to help reduce climate impacts through organics management.

Moderator: Jean Bonhotal, Cornell Waste Management Institute

Compost Locally
Food Scrap Recycling Services & Finished Compost Products 
Speaker: Eileen Banyra, Community Compost Company

Reduce Wasted Food and Watch your Carbon Impact Dwindle
Speaker: Rich Schiafo, Hudson Valley Regional Council

Carbon Footprint of a University Compost Facility: A Case Study
Speaker: Mary Schwars, Cornell Waste Management Institute

Break in the Exhibit Hall Sponsored by CRP Sanitation

Concurrent Session A

Past Pre-Conference Updates and their Impacts on Climate Change
The most recent NYSARConferences have featured one-day workshops, intensive sessions on focused topics that begin the day before the conference. Exciting opportunities and activities have coalesced behind some of these pre-conference workshops. Come hear about our successes and ongoing activities including textiles reuse and recycling, plastics recycling and importance of reuse, food recovery, and compost use.

Moderator: Kelli Timbrook, Casella Organics

Speaker: Dan Lilkas-Rain, Town of Bethlehem

Speaker: Jean Bonhotal, Cornell Waste Management Institute & Gary Feinland, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Trex Recycling 
Speaker: Samara Norman, Trex & Gary Carrel, Erie County


Concurrent Session B

Going Above & Beyond: Developing Solar on Closed Landfills
The development of solar power on closed landfill facilities has become a promising opportunity to make use of the under-utilized open space created when a landfill is capped.  A solar on landfill project can create a "win-win" situation for the landfill owner, municipality, and solar developer. The solar market and incentives have opened new opportunities for development at these sites. This session will present the perspectives from three stakeholders; a developer/independent power producer who is financing and planning the project, an engineer with design experience on multiple solar power projects sited on landfills, as well as the NYSDEC's regulatory guidance on this topic.

Moderator: Drew Lent, Tetra Tech


- Sue Lasdin-Momberger, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation 
- Marc Miller, Soltage - Solar on Contaminated Lands - Turning Brownfields into Brightfields
- Rob Holmes, P.E., Cornerstone Environmental Group - Life on the edge. A Case Study for Installing Solar Panels on Landfill Slopes

Luncheon Sponsored by Casella Resource Solutions

Join us for the grand conference finale – celebrate the award-winning success of recyclers from around the state while you dine on a 
scrumptious buffet – we have everything from soup to nuts!

Annual NYSAR3 Members Meeting
Recycling Leadership Awards Presentations
Poster Contest Winners Award Ceremony
College Grant Awards Presentation

NYSAR3 Board Meeting