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.