Call for Presentations: 2019 Summit for Recycling

Deadline for Proposals: Friday, April 12, 2019

Theme: “Now Is the Time”

The Summit brings together the state's recycling professionals and individuals dedicated to the principles of recycling. Through break-out sessions and plenaries, Summit attendees will explore advancements in infrastructure, end-market development and policies in waste reduction, recovery and diversion.

Summit for Recycling
June 9-11, 2019
Pueblo Convention Center

Recycle Colorado invites proposals that will offer original content and an interactive experience for our attendees. Along with networking opportunities and a rich exhibit hall experience, we want the 2019 Summit for Recycling program to speak to the business community, haulers, MRF operators, recyclers and the local governments and nonprofits that drive participation in waste diversion programs.

Session Models

We will give preferential consideration to proposals that break away from traditional slide presentations. We are looking for creative session formats that will involve the attendees in debate, discussion and dialogue. Having attendees leave the Summit with tangible tools to improve their programs or processes is a high priority.

Some format ideas you might consider:

  • Panel discussion about a new idea for a cutting edge technology or system
  • Case studies and first-hand “testimonials” that illustrate how diverse approaches were used for achieving a goal with discussion about which approaches worked best and why
  • Hands-on workshop that introduces entrepreneurs to sustainability
  • Examples of a program that DIDN’T work followed by roundtable discussions of how it might be made to work
  • Ways to develop networks or support systems for particular sectors of the business community


Proposals should be non-commercial in nature and appeal to a diverse and discriminating audience that has strong technical experience. Proposals that relate to the following topics will be given preference:

  1. Plastics: What are the solutions for plastics #3-#7? Plastic materials can be recycled in a variety of ways and the ease of recycling varies among polymer type, package design and product type. We are looking for current activities that are addressing this issue. What solutions are upcoming and what is available in Colorado?
  2. Multifamily Unit Recycling: Commercial properties are often the key to recycling success for communities. What can we do to be proactive in self-driving progress in the multi-family space and what does it mean to the bottom line to add recycling services?
  3. Construction and Demolition End Markets: Construction and demolition materials make up 20 to 80 percent of the waste going to Colorado landfills. What programs exist to increase C&D recycling? What new end-market material solutions are in the marketplace?
  4. Packaging: Packaging can be up to 30 percent of the material that goes to landfill and has become a focal point in recycling.  What is happening to reduce packaging and to redesign packaging to be more recyclable and how can big brands connect at the local level to help?

Submit Your Proposal

To submit your proposal, go to You will be asked to provide a 150-word abstract/executive summary and other presentation details.

Those whose proposals are selected and who wish to attend the Summit (other than for their own session) receive a 50% discount on one-day or full registration rates (does not apply to any super early-bird or early-bird rates).

Presenters will be responsible for submitting any presentation materials and audio/visual requirements by June 3, one week prior to the Summit. Submitters will be notified whether their proposal has been accepted no later than April 26, 2019.

If you have questions regarding the submission of your proposal, contact Laurie Johnson. For more information on the 2019 Summit, please visit

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