New Mexico Recycling and Solid Waste Conference: Overcoming Challenges in a New Era
Hosted by the New Mexico Recycling Coalition and SWANA – NM Roadrunner Chapter
Register today! The “Early Bird” member rate of $350 is open now through August 22nd! Click here to learn more and to register
Tours take place on the afternoon of Monday, September 26th and are available to conference registrants at no additional cost.
The Recycling Tour includes a visit to Roadrunner Food Bank and the Friedman Recycling plant. As a non-profit that provides food assistance throughout the state, the Roadrunner Food Bank goes to great lengths to divert as many recyclable items from the landfill as possible. A tour of their facility will highlight the materials that they manage, including diversion of food waste, and the benefits of incorporating their recycling program into their normal operations. The Friedman Recycling plant is a state-of-the-art facility, utilizing all of the latest sorting technology and is designed to manage everything from single stream to source separated materials. Much of the state’s curbside material is delivered to this facility. Both facilities will give some great insight as to how conference attendees might want to manage their materials.
Solid Waste Tour
The Solid Waste tour will begin with a site visit to the Wagner/Caterpillar Facility as the first stop. Wagner is the Caterpillar dealer in the Albuquerque and surrounding area. Tour attendees will view some of Caterpillar’s newest heavy equipment and hear about the latest technology available for solid waste equipment. Wagner Equipment Co. in Albuquerque is the dealer for Caterpillar machinery, parts, and service. They provide a variety of Trimble Navigation and Caterpillar Accugrade guidance systems, both for sale and rent for solid waste equipment. The tour will continue to the Bernalillo County East Mountain Transfer Station, a large transfer station offering a wide-range of solid waste and recycling opportunities to residents.
Learn hands-on, practical erosion control techniques from the permaculture and erosion control expert, Jim Brooks of Soilutions in Albuquerque. This in-the-field, mini workshop will outline the basics of utilizing compost and mulch to manage water run-off, reduce erosion, encourage plant growth and help capture water where you want it. The applications can be used in settings ranging from slope stabilization and storm water management at solid waste or recycling facilities to personal landscaping and gardening. Furthermore, this type of erosion control utilizes wood chips and/or compost, two products that can be generated from “waste” materials in New Mexico. Workshop will be from 12-4:00 on September 26th at Tijeras Creek and Carlitos Springs, east of Albuquerque. Participants will need their own transportation, but carpooling will be facilitated. Participants will have the opportunity to work on site with shovels in hand. This learning opportunity will be outside so it’s important to dress accordingly.
The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is now accepting applications for 2016-2017 Recycling and Illegal Dumping (RAID) Act grants. Funds totaling $165,000 are available. Entities and are encouraged to apply for funding to address scrap tire management, illegal tire-dump abatement, and tire recycling projects, and are encouraged to partner with eligible entities.
Grant applications can be found on the NMED: Solid Waste Bureau website at http://bit.ly/1Xh9yF1. Applications are due no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, July 22nd, 2016. They may be submitted by e-mail, fax, mail, or in person at the NMED Solid Waste Bureau Office:
1190 S. St. Francis St.
Santa Fe, NM 87505.
This program featured a primer on behavior change strategies to influence recycling and reuse behavior, followed by case study presentations about outreach campaigns targeting waste reduction practices in greek houses and encouraging the use of refillable water bottles.
“Overcoming Challenges in a New Era”
September 26-28 Albuquerque Marriott Uptown
Register today! The “Super Early Bird” member rate of $300 is open now through May 1st! Click here to learn more and to register
Hosted By: NM Recycling Coalition and SWANA NM Roadrunner Chapter
We are excited to announce our keynote speaker for the 2016 conference: Michelle Leonard, a nationally recognized expert in solid waste planning, recycling and zero waste with over 30 years of experience, will discuss “Overcoming Challenges in a New Era.”
Ms. Leonard is the President of SWANA’s International Board of Directors. In this capacity she provides leadership and representation for the integrated solid waste industry. She is currently SCS Engineers’ Sustainable Material Management Leader for the Western US and an SCS Vice President. She is also a former president of the Women’s Environmental Council. We are thrilled to have Ms. Leonard share her knowledge with New Mexico.