Events: upcoming conferences and webinars

Building the circular economy for printed paper and packaging

  • Date: Feb. 21, 9-10am Pacific
  • Location: webinar
  • Description: This webinar from the Ontario Circular Economy Innovation Lab on the future of printed paper and packaging in a circular economy is free. Learn about the Lab's new vision and innovation pathways and the opportunities for Ontario. Hear expert speakers from Unilever Canada, IKEA Canada, Chantler Packaging Inc., Canada Fibers/Urban Resource Group, and The Natural Step Canada.
  • Registration: zoom.us/webinar/register
Eco-fees and Electronics - Are They a Match?
  • Date: Feb. 23, 10am-12pm Pacific
  • Location: webinar
  • Description: In this webinar from the U.S. EPA Region 3, the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC), the Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse (ERCC) and the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), learn more about eco-fees from U.S. and Canadian experts. Two presentations will be followed by an expert panel discussion and question and answer session to compare electronics recycling program funding methods used in California, Connecticut, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Canada, and to provide an explanation of the first industry-run, government-mandated eco-fee based paint stewardship program in the U.S.
  • Registration: epawebconferencing-events.acms.com
Battery take-back: a sustainable solution (PSI)
  • Date: March 2, 10-11:30am Pacific
  • Location: webinar
  • Description: In this webinar from the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), experts will share strategies for rural communities to increase both rechargeable and single-use battery recycling. The demand for batteries has significantly increased with the use of mobile products. When not properly disposed, household batteries are a threat to the environment and public health, and a waste of recyclable materials. Proper management is especially an issue in rural areas, where collection sites are inconvenient and awareness is limited. In the U.S., the manufacturer-funded national take-back program, Call2Recycle, provides free collection containers, prepaid shipping labels, and free recycling services to retailers, schools, libraries, and other municipal locations to promote the collection and recycling of rechargeable batteries.
  • Registration: www.productstewardship.us/event
ReFuel Your Fun campaign to promote refillable 1 lb. propane cylinders: a how-to webinar
  • Date: March 16, 10-11:30am Pacific
  • Location: webinar
  • Description: Local governments, parks, event venues and consumers are burdened with the cost and hassle of recycling 1 lb. propane cylinders: there's a refillable alternative! The California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) in partnership with California local governments and CalRecycle developed the ReFuel Your Fun Campaign to promote the use of refillables over disposables, recruiting 440 locations nationally to offer refillables including big-name retailers like Walmart, REI, Home Depot and West Marine. Now CPSC's sister organization, the National Stewardship Action Council (NSAC), is expanding this award-winning Campaign to give you tools to expand it into your region! Attendees will be provided fundamental recruitment materials to recruit retailers and propane dispensing locations and to promote refillables over disposables.
  • Registration: nsaction.us/product/nsac-webinar/
Workshop on Developing Packaging Reform in California
  • Date: March 22, 9:30am-4:30pm Pacific
  • Location: Sacramento, CA
  • Description: Please join CalRecycle as it begins its Packaging Reform policy model development process. The purpose of this workshop is to generate discussion and gather stakeholder ideas that will contribute to the development of a comprehensive, mandatory approach for the management of packaging materials. Development of this policy model was approved by Director Smithline at CalRecycle’s September 2016 public meeting. All information is available on CalRecycle’s Packaging Materials Management website.
  • Registration: www.calrecycle.ca.gov/ReduceWaste/Packaging/
All charged up: battery recycling (WSRA)
  • Date: March 30, 9:30am-2:30pm
  • Location: Tacoma, WA
  • Description: Come look at everything about battery recycling: how they are recycled, what happens to components, stewardship programs, battery recycling in Vermont, Canada and Europe, legislation, economics of recycling, and the toxicity of various chemistries at this Washington Recycles Every Day (WRED) event brought to you by the Washington State Recycling Association (WSRA). Includes multiple speakers, discussion on the future of alkaline battery recycling in Washington and a virtual tour of Battery Solutions' recycling facilities.
  • Registration: wsra.net
Washington State Recycling Association (WSRA) annual conference
  • Date: May 7-10, 2017
  • Location: Red Lion Hotel, Pasco, WA
  • Registration: wsra.net
Sustainable Oregon 2017
Recycling Council of British Columbia (RCBC) Annual Zero Waste Conference
  • Date: June 21-23, 2017
  • Location: Westin Resort, Whistler, BC
  • Registration: rcbcconference.ca
California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) annual conference
  • Date: Aug. 20-23, 2017
  • Location: Paradise Point, San Diego, CA
  • Register: crra.com/conference