2020 Preliminary Agenda

This year’s sessions highlight the foundations of circular economies, options for communities and policies, collaborations among stakeholders and innovations in technology and processes.

Sunday, June 14

1:00PM - 3:00PM Policy Committee Planning Session 
3:00PM - 5:00PM Composting Council Quarterly Meeting
5:00PM - 7:00PM Welcome Reception in the Business Partner Showcase

 

Monday, June 15

8:00AM - 9:30AM

Breakfast

Opening Plenary
Circular Economy

9:45AM - 11:45AM

Concurrent Break-outs

  • Make Circularity Part of Your Business Model
    This session focuses on how materials used in your daily operations could be evaluated for circular design, recyclability and second-life potential. Explore how materials flow through your P&L and hear success stories of how businesses are approaching circular models.

    Who should attend: Businesses

  • Policy Solutions to Address Urban Challenges
    Low recycling markets have negative financial impacts and are causing some communities to consider shutting down recycling operations. Low recycling rates are also preventing businesses from moving to Colorado who want to use recycled materials. We have both a supply and demand problem. What lessons can be learned and how can we insulate against difficult markets? What policies can communities utilize that increase recycling and attract end markets?

  • Innovations in Recycling and Upcycling
    As the West ramps up its efforts to create new end markets for recyclables, learn what various organizations are doing to propel innovation in recycling and upcycling.

  • Organics Recycling: Turning a Natural Resource into the Solution
    Composting advances waste diversion and avoids landfill methane emissions. Applying compost improves soil health which conserves water and sequesters carbon. Learn how Colorado’s proposed Organics Management Plan aims to catalyze these benefits while technologies such as anaerobic digestion and compostable products fit into this natural solution.
12:00PM - 1:00PM Lunch
12:30PM - 1:30PM

Luncheon Plenary
Colorado Climate Action Plan

1:30PM - 2:30PM

Business Partner Showcase

2:30PM - 4:30PM

Concurrent Break-outs

  • Bridging the Gap Between Package Design and Recycling
    This session showcases how producers of packaging material examine full life-cycle analysis in their product design to ensure marketability for that material’s end of life.
  • Food Waste Recycling: A Look at Joint Efforts to Compost On-Site
    Several efforts are underway to convert food waste to compost. Learn about approaches to composting and ongoing efforts to augment capabilities through the use of bio-gesters.

  • Tap Into Grant Funding
    Learn how to find, write proposals and apply for grants. This session will focus on rural and urban grant funding opportunities and consider funding sources such as Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity grants and Front Range Waste Diversion Enterprise grants.

    Who should attend: Businesses, local governments

  • How to Build a Circular Economy Innovation Center in the West
    Colorado legislators are considering the establishment of a Recycling End Market Development Center to encourage innovation and more robust end-market businesses in the state. This session reviews the content of the bill and how similar innovation centers have been implemented. Participate in a hands-on workshop to explore how we can work together across the supply chain to build a center.

6:00PM - 9:00PM Recycling Awards Gala ($65) - Party-style fundraiser at the Renaissance. Dinner and entertainment provided. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

 

Tuesday, June 16

8:00AM - 9:00AM

Breakfast

Coffee Table Topics

9:15AM - 10:45AM

Concurrent Break-outs

  • Industry Collaboration to Move the Needle Toward Circularity
    Hear from industries, associations and trade groups about how multiple stakeholders are working together to create solutions for problem materials, innovate more sustainable products and systems and advocate for local and international change.

  • How Can the Metro-Denver Region Work Together to Increase Colorado’s Diversion Rate?
    The Denver Metro area is home to nearly 50% of the state’s population. This workshop builds upon a new collaborative regional effort to identify the greatest challenges and opportunities related to materials management within the Denver metro wasteshed. This session will identify one or more strategic opportunities for regional collaboration in 2020 to improve regional infrastructure, remove policy barriers, enhance markets and improve access to waste-related data.

    Who should attend: Municipal and county governments within the DRCOG boundary.

  • Reach and Teach Your Community to Recycle Properly
    This speed-learning session is designed to maximize knowledge to improve your community’s recycling. This session will break into small groups to focus on social marketing, signage, toolkits, school education and smart purchasing.

  • Policy Solutions to Address Rural Challenges 
    Low recycling markets have negative financial impacts and are causing some communities to consider shutting down recycling operations. Low recycling rates are also preventing businesses from moving to Colorado who want to use recycled materials. We have both a supply and demand problem. What lessons can be learned and how can we insulate against difficult markets? What policies can communities utilize that increase recycling and attract end markets?

11:30PM - 1:30PM

Luncheon Plenary
Greening the Government

1:30PM Drawing for Free 2021 Summit Registration
1:45PM - 3:45PM

Tours

  • Plastics Recycling
    Tour Denver-based plastics recycler Direct Polymers' post-industrial rigid plastics recycling operation. The facility is expanding its post-consumer processing capabilities and works with a variety of polymers, including PET, PET-G, LDPE, PS, PVC-Rigid, PVC-Flex, ABS, Polycarbonate, Nylon 6/66, Acrylic, and HDPE.
  • C&D Reuse
  • Zero Waste Operations