Events: upcoming conferences and webinars

Washington State Recycling Association (WSRA) annual conference

San Francisco's groundbreaking new carpet regulation
  • Date: May 22, 11am Pacific
  • Location: webinar
  • Description: Hosted by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, this webinar's panel discussion will focus specifically on a new, first-of-its-kind regulation for carpet and the extensive investigation into current materials research and best practices that preceded it. Learn more about the City and County of San Francisco's sustainability and material health goals and how they are translating those into meaningful criteria for product purchasing. San Francisco staff will share lessons learned in defining criteria, determining what industry certifications and/or labels are available to demonstrate achievement in those areas, and ultimately, creating product lists.
  • Registration: c2ccertified.zoom.us/webinar/register
Make Every Drop Count: Global Best Practices in Used Motor Oil Stewardship
  • Date: May 25, 8am Pacific
  • Location: webinar
  • Description:  Vehicles worldwide generate more than 3.7 billion gallons of used motor oil each year. Both used oil and antifreeze are recyclable. The Used Oil Management Associations of Canada (UOMA) turns collected motor oil and antifreeze into 100 percent recycled-content products. Programs like UOMA in Canada and others in Europe have matured over the past 25 years, with the best programs reporting collection rates over 90 percent, at little to no cost. In this webinar from the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), speakers from two producer responsibility organizations, UOMA and Valorlub (Belgium), will share their experiences managing these evolving systems. In addition, Avista Oil, with re-refineries in Germany and the U.S. state of Georgia, will discuss the process and benefits of turning used oil into high quality re-refined oil.
  • Registration: www.productstewardship.us/events
Recycling Council of British Columbia (RCBC) Annual Zero Waste Conference
Global Best Practices for Drug Take-Back Programs
  • Date: June 7, 8am Pacific
  • Location: webinar
  • Description:  About one-third of the almost four billion prescriptions dispensed in the U.S. every year go unused and become waste. In addition, 7 out of 10 Americans who abuse prescription drugs get them from friends and family, often from medicine cabinets. When unwanted and expired drugs are flushed or thrown in the trash, they end up in waterways and contaminating drinking water sources. Drug take-back programs provide the public with a convenient way to safely dispose of leftover medications. In this webinar from the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) and the Health Products Stewardship Association, speakers from the US, Canada, France, and Sweden will discuss global best practices for drug take-back programs.
  • Registration: www.productstewardship.us/events
Exploring TreadWright and Tire Sustainability
  • Date: June 12, 10am Pacific
  • Location: webinar
  • Description:  The U.S. generates approximately 242 million scrap tires each year. An additional 67 million tires lie in stockpiles or illegal dumps, causing environmental threats and public health hazards like mosquito-borne illness and fire risk. Although there are tire recycling opportunities across North America, more than half the tires diverted from disposal are burned as tire-derived fuel (TDF). Although TDF produces energy, the process is more resource intensive than reuse or recycling scrap tires into new tires and other products, and is a missed opportunity to create additional recycling jobs. Hear from TreadWright, maker of remolded tires that uses 70% recycled material, costs 40% less than new tires, and is approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation. This PSI webinar will explore the technological innovation developed by TreadWright to achieve goals of sustainability, performance, and cost, as well as discuss how to support market development for higher end uses of scrap tires through procurement and other policies. We will also examine TreadWright’s role in advancing tire recycling in the U.S. Expert speakers include a tire trade association representative, who will discuss broad sustainability goals of tire repair, reuse/retread, and recycling, as well as a long-time TreadWright tire user, who will discuss user perspectives.
  • Registration: www.productstewardship.us/events
Sustainable Oregon 2018
California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) annual conference