NM Recycling and Solid Waste Conference

New Mexico Recycling & Solid Waste Conference: Local Actions for Global Markets
September 24-26, 2018
Albuquerque Marriott Uptown.

Jointly Hosted by The New Mexico Recycling Coalition & New Mexico SWANA Road - Roadrunner Chapter - Sept 24-26, 2018  Albuquerque. 

The Local Recycling Markets Interactive tour and the Social Marketing Workshop will occur on September 24th and the conference will take place on September 25th and 26th with keynote speakers, plenary sessions, breakout discussions, networking parties, exhibitors, recycling and solid waste awards...not to mention recycling lightning rounds, recycled art market, and more.

We have a great line-up of speakers and topics.  See the program at a glance HERE- 10 CEUs available for full conference attendance!

It's not too late to register!  Click HERE to register.


Hotel Information

Albuquerque Marriott Uptown is centrally located adjacent to Albuquerque's popular Uptown outdoor shopping mall, home to over numerous stores and restaurants.  The hotel is nearby the University of New Mexico and 9.9 miles from Albuquerque Airport.

We have secured the discounted room rate of $93++/night.  Rooms needed to be booked by September 7, 2018, however we still may be able to help you get a room.  Please email Sarah Pierpont at sarah@recyclenewmexico.com the dates you need and we'll see what can be done.  The discounted room block starts on 9/23/18 and ends on 9/26/18.


2018 Recycling Awards - Presented Tuesday, September 25th

The 2018 Recycling and Solid Waste awards will be announced during the Award Ceremony at the Albuquerque Marriott Uptown on September 25 at 4:45 as part of the 2018 Recycling and Solid Waste Conference: Local Actions for Global Markets.  We invite conference attendees to join us to help recognize New Mexico's 2018 winners!


Pre-Conference Tour and Workshop Opportunities -
Monday, Sept 24

Offsite Tour - Local Recycling Markets Interactive Tour

Chinese Markets: Who needs 'em?  New Mexico is home to a wide-range of resourceful recycling markets for common and hard-to-manage items, from wood pallets to food scraps to text books.  This interactive tour will take participants on-site to local markets to learn what items are accepted, how they're processed, how the market developed in New Mexico and how recyclers can feed into these existing markets.  The tour will include stops at Wood You Recycle! wood grinding yard, Fuego recycled art collective/school, Town Recycling, and more!  4 CEUs available!

Cost: $75 per person, includes group transportation and snacks

When: 1:00 - 5:00 on Monday, September 24 (new time so attendees can attend both this tour and the morning workshop!)

Where: Meet in the lobby of the Albuquerque Marriott Uptown (2101 Louisiana Blvd NE) at 12:45

Registration: At this link

More details coming soon!

Classroom Workshop - Social Marketing: Learn how to build an education and outreach campaign to advance recycling behavior change.

The NM Recycling Coalition has partnered with the Social Marketing Association of North America to bring you a training about social and behavior change. Multiple disciplines will be discussed but the focus will be on social marketing -- not to be confused with social media marketing like Facebook and Twitter. Social marketing uses commercial marketing principles to influence human behavior for societal good. Imagine an education and outreach campaign that is informed with research and tracked with metrics.

By understanding how our priority audience sees the behavior we are promoting, including the benefits it would bring and any barriers that may stand in the way, we can implement a campaign that is informed and effective. With research and pilot testing, a successful campaign “marketing mix” will include various messages, psychology-based communication tactics, and diverse channels and outreach strategies. Finally, continuously evaluating a social and behavior change campaign is important to make sure it has the desired impact.

This interactive 3 hour training will give you various tools, strategies and case studies to help advance behavior change for social good. Participants will try out some inexpensive research techniques and create an outline of a marketing plan for a topic of their choosing. 3 CEUs Available!

Speaker bio: Kelley Dennings, Founding President of the Social Marketing Association of North America
Kelley started her social and behavior change career in the recycling industry and then worked on forest conservation issues. She has conducted social marketing, social media, public relations and traditional advertising projects throughout her 20-year career. She recently finished her master’s degree in public health at the University of South Florida, where she became a certified social marketer. Kelley works with Action Research, a community-based social marketing agency. In her spare time, she enjoys taking pictures of water towers.

Cost: $50 per person

When: 9:00 am - noon on Monday, September 24  (new time so attendees can attend both this workshop and the afternoon tour!)

Where: Pecos Room - Albuquerque Marriott Uptown (2101 Louisiana Blvd NE)

Registration: At this link


Keynote Speaker Announced! Dylan De Thomas, Vice President of Industry Collaboration for The Recycling Partnership

National Sword. China's Scrap Ban. Challenging markets. Contamination. Dylan de Thomas of The Recycling Partnership offers a look at the state of recycling in the U.S. today, how we got here and what we can do on a national and local level to improve our model for recycling.

We are very excited to have Dylan De Tomas from The Recycling Partnership as a our keynote speaker.  Dylan works with the team at The Recycling Partnership to increase both the quantity and quality of the curbside collected recyclables across the U.S. Previous to joining the Partnership, he worked for Resource Recycling for a decade, directing and producing content for three publications and three conferences covering various aspects of the recycling industry. Now, when he isn’t indulging his hobby of recycling container photography he can be found with his family and an assortment of domestic animals at their home in Portland, Oregon.


Sponsor & Exhibitor Opportunities

Sponsoring and exhibiting at the 2018 Recycling & Solid Waste Conference is the best way to get your product or service in front of over 200 recyclers and solid waste professionals working in New Mexico.

Click HERE to download SPONSOR Information

Click HERE to download EXHIBITOR Information

Click HERE to register as a SPONSOR or EXHIBITOR


THANK YOU to our Generous Sponsors!!

ARCOA Electronics Recyclers



2016 Conference Presentations

To see the presentations from our last conference (September 26-28, 2016) please click here.