Events: upcoming conferences and webinars

2017 County Convention: WACO & WSAC annual conferences

  • Date: Nov. 14-17
  • Location: SeaTac, WA
  • Description:  The Washington Association of County Officials (WACO) and the Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC) have co-located their annual conferences creating the 2017 County Convention. This partnership is designed to provide our members, affiliates, partners, and supporters with a unique experience that will offer professional development and peer-to-peer networking.
  • Register: wsac.org/event
Recycling markets and impacts of the National Sword (AOR)
  • Date: Nov. 15, 11:30am-6pm Pacific
  • Location: McMenamins Edgefield, Troutdale, OR
  • Description: The Chinese government’s intention to stop accepting 24 categories of waste and recyclables as of Jan. 1, 2018 is causing speculation and concern in the markets and would have a profound effect on the ability to market various grades of plastics and mixed papers as we head into winter and our peak recycling months. China has been the primary consumer of these commonly collected recyclable materials recovered locally and globally: what does this mean for recycling programs, and how will we weather the storm? Learn more from industry and policy professionals as we discuss the impacts of the National Sword and the intended ban. This Association of Oregon Recyclers (AOR) forum will start with a networking lunch at 11:30am and conclude with a hosted happy hour from 5-6pm.
  • Register: oregonrecyclers.org/forum
Fall Policy Forum: China's ban and solid waste and recycling policy discussion (WSRA)
  • Date: Dec. 6, 8:30am-12:30pm Pacific
  • Location: City Council Chambers, Federal Way, WA
  • Description: Hear about the impacts of the China National Sword policy on our state's recycling infrastructure at the Washington State Recycling Association's (WSRA) Fall Policy Forum. Speakers will go over China's ban on 24 categories of waste and recyclables that is slated to begin Jan. 1, 2018. China is the primary buyer for many of these materials which include various grades of plastics and mixed papers. Already, export permit licenses are not being renewed and local brokers are having difficulty finding markets for various materials. Also, hear about bills that will be introduced and the impact they may have on the recycling and solid waste industry coming up in the Washington legislature's January 60-day session. Free and open to the public, please RSVP.
  • Register: www.wsra.net
China's Green Sword: impacts to state and local governments (SWANA, NWRA, CalRecycle)
  • Date: Dec. 8, 10-11:30am Pacific
  • Location: webinar
  • Description: In a July 18, 2017 filing with the World Trade Organization (WTO), China's Ministry of Environmental Protection announced that the country will prohibit the importation of some grades of recovered paper and plastic by the end of 2017. The WTO filing highlights China's efforts to clamp down on the quality of recovered material imports into the country. What is the impact of this filing, since China is a primary destination for materials from U.S. material recovery facilities (MRFs)? Join this webinar where we will discuss the impact of this "Green Sword" to State and Local Governments, with industry experts from the Solid Waste Association of America (SWANA), the National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) and CalRecycle – multiple dates to choose from: Oct. 26 and Dec. 8, 2017; Jan. 25, Feb. 22, March 22, and April 26, 2018.
  • Register: gotowebinar.com