Michigan Recycling Coalition sets 37th annual conference

LANSING—The Michigan Recycling Coalition’s 37th annual conference will be held May 14-16 at the Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel, 3200 Boardwalk Drive, Ann Arbor.

The event is the largest recycling and organics management conference and exhibition in the state.

With the title “Looking Back to Move Forward,” the conference provides three days of tours, training, educational sessions, though-provoking keynotes, and unparalleled networking opportunities for more than 400 Michigan professionals.

With sustainable, long-term funding to support alternatives to disposal available in Michigan for the first time ever, coming at the same time industry is managing challenging disruptions in the recycling marketplace, attendees will learn why recycling and productive organics management still has value for your business or community.

Attendees can meet with service providers, product manufacturers, and program managers in both the public and private sectors that can help you achieve your goals – all at one great event.

At this year’s conference, attendees will find a track of session from Michigan’s newly renamed Department of the Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy throughout the event, which will highlight the latest developments in materials management at the state level. The final day of the Conference, Thursday, May 16, will focus on a variety of market development topics.

Included will be a presentation on “The Business End of Recycling: Growing Local Markets,” by Matt Flechter, EGLE representatives to the Michigan Materials Marketplace. Attendees will learn about new opportunities, including available grants and tools, to develop local and regional markets for the materials Michigan’s materials recovery centers produce every day.

On April 4, EGLE announced $2 million in grant funding would be made available to grow recycling markets in Michigan, including research of new uses for recycled materials, commercialization of technologies to replace materials with recycled content, and increasing the demand of recycled materials in manufacturing and other industries.

Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality was renamed EGLE on April 22. EGLE is a Grand Sponsor of the recycling conference. Other EGLE sessions include the state of regulations covering composting, a discussion of the challenges of managing electronic waste, opportunities in a new recycling education campaign, and the state of regulations in county planning.

To register for the event or for more information, visit https://www.michiganrecycles.org/2019-annual-conference/.

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