Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) Fall Conference, October 12 -14

  • 9 October 2021
  • Start time : 03:57 AM
  • End time : 03:57 AM
  • Event Host : Northeast Recycling Council (NERC)
Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) Fall Conference, 2021
Event Description

Join NERC to discuss environmental justice, reuse and recycling of solar panels, reuse and refurbishment of consumer goods, transportation issues and their impact on recycling markets, compostable packaging, and more. The Virtual Conference has been extended to three days—October 12–14 (1 p.m. – 5 p.m. daily, eastern).

RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts is a recycling assistance program funded by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and delivered under contract by the Center for EcoTechnology that helps businesses and institutions reduce waste and maximize recycling, reuse, and food recovery opportunities. 



NERC is a non-profit organization that conducts research, hands-on projects, training, and outreach on issues associated with source reduction, recycling, composting, environ­mentally preferable purchasing, and decreasing the toxicity of the solid waste stream. 

  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • Northeast Recycling Council (NERC)
  • Agenda
    • TUESDAY, October 12, 2021 (eastern time)

      Welcome & Presentation of NERC’s Environmental Leadership Awards – Lynn Rubinstein, Executive Director, NERC

      Keynote Address: Federal Recycling Policies & Environmental Justice Initiatives - Carlton Waterhouse, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Land & Emergency Management, US EPA
      Moderator: Josh Kelly, Materials Management Section Chief, Department of Environmental Conservation, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources & NERC's President

      Networking, Sponsor Exhibit Hall & Break

      Recycling Policies
      Moderator: Cathy Jamieson, Acting Director, Department of Environmental Conservation, Waste Management and Prevention Division


      Abbie Webb, Director of Sustainability, Casella Recycling - Leveraging Our Existing Recycling Infrastructure to Achieve EPR Goals
      Sydney Harris, Senior Associate for Policy & Programs, Product Stewardship Institute & Taylor Cass Talbott, Project Officer, Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) - A Seat at the Table: Creating Inclusive EPR Systems
      Miriam Gordon, Policy Director, UPSTREAM Solutions - Policies to Reduce & Reuse Single-Use Products & Packaging

      Networking, Sponsor Exhibit Hall & Break

      Front of House Food Scraps & Compostable Packaging – Panel Discussion
      Moderator: David Fridland, Sustainability Manager, Eco-Products


      Wendell Simonson, Marketing Director, Biodegradable Products Institute
      Toby Alves, Zero Waste Specialist, Eco-Products
      Debra Darby, Manager of Organics Sustainability Solutions, Tetra Tech
      Conor Miller, Founder and CEO, Black Earth Compost

      Networking & Sponsor Exhibit Hall

      WEDNESDAY, October 13, 2021 (eastern time)

      Welcome & Government Recycling Demand Champions Accomplishments - Lynn Rubinstein, Executive Director, NERC

      The Country’s Strongest Environmental Justice Law
      Moderator: Terri Goldberg, Executive Director, NEWMOA


      Dr. Nicky Sheats, Esq,, Director, Center for Urban Environment, John S. Watson Institute for Urban Policy & Research at Kean University & Board Member of the New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance
      Maria Lopez-Nunez, Director of Environmental Justice & Community Development, Ironbound Community Corporation – Role of a Community Organization in Developing NJ’s EJ Law
      Matthew Karmel, Environmental Lawyer, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP – Content of NJ's EJ Law

      Networking, Sponsor Exhibit Hall & Break

      Ocean Transportation Issues & Impacts on Recycling Markets - Bill Rooney, Vice President Strategic Development, Kuehne & Nagel, Inc.
      Moderator: Reagan Bissonnette, Executive Director, Northeast Resource Recovery Association

      Networking, Sponsor Exhibit Hall & Break

      Better than New? Reusing & Recycling Solar Panels
      Moderator: Joseph Ferrante, Jr., Attorney at Law


      Trevor de Young, Solar Panel Repurposing Expert, Good Point Recycling
      Emmanuel Nyaletey, Board of Director, Fair Trade Recycling
      Robin Ingenthron, CEO, Good Point Recycling

      Networking & Sponsor Exhibit Hall

      THURSDAY, October 14, 2021 (eastern time)

      Welcome – Lynn Rubinstein, Executive Director, NERC

      Keynote Address: Global Reuse Markets – Adam Minter, Journalist & Author
      Moderator: Megan Pryor, Environmental Specialist, Maine Department of Environmental Protection

      Networking, Sponsor Exhibit Hall & Break

      Empowering Communities Through Reuse, Repair & Upcycling
      Moderator – Megan Pryor, Environmental Specialist, Maine Department of Environmental Protection


      Mitra Gruwell, Owner, Discard Upcycling - Viking Textile Maker Hub
      Peter Mui, Founder, Fixit Clinic - Fix Locally, Act Globally

      Networking, Sponsor Exhibit Hall & Break

      Reuse & Environmental Justice
      Moderator: Sherill Baldwin, Environmental Analyst III, Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection


      Diane Cohen, Executive Director, Fingerlakes ReUse - ReUse & Environmental Justice
      Nancy Meyer, CEO/Executive Director, Community Forklift - Economic, Environmental & Social Justice Opportunities in Reused Materials

      Networking & Sponsor Exhibit Hall
  • Event type
    • Online/Webinar

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