Special Training - Waste Diversion & Recycling

June 2 from 8am - 4:30pm at the Ventana Salon within the Albuquerque Museum located at 2000 Mountain Road NW.

The New Mexico Recycling Coalition is excited to host the one-day special training/annual meeting.  Attendees can earn 8 Continuing Education Units from the NM Environment Department: Solid Waste Bureau that can be used towards recertification as a recycling, compost, landfill or transfer station certified operator.

$150 for members and $225 for non-members.  Lunch provided!

Register Today HERE! 

Agenda For the Day

8:00  Registration, Coffee Networking
8:30 Welcome
9:00—11:00 Source Reduction Panel: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Rot

This morning panel discussion will focus on local case studies that highlight some of the “Rs” that precede recycling in the waste diversion hierarchy: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse and Rot!  Laura Rufin from Southwest Cheese will provide details related to how her organization changed their procurement operations to refuse waste before it enters their large manufacturing facility near Clovis; Amy Harmon from Soap & Supply refill and beauty bar in Santa Fe explains her company’s impact to reduce single-use plastics by offering customers refill options for soap and beauty products; Shelby Kaye, artist and founder of Broken Arrow Glass will present creative upcycling alternatives that reuse glass bottles from local businesses as part of their closed-loop upcycling system; Charlene Carr from NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences will take organics diversion one step beyond making compost to how to apply it for soil health as we learn the importance of “rot” in our source reduction explorations.  Attendees will learn from these case studies and identify source reduction opportunities that they can take back to their own communities.

11:00—12:00 Money Talk

The Recycling and Illegal Dumping (RAID) and the New Mexico Clean & Beautiful (NMCB) grants are both tied to the same funding mechanism and have provided over $1 million per year for tire recycling, recycling, illegal dumping abatement, beautification and waste diversion efforts in NM since 2006.  Learn how government and tribal entities can apply for these competitive grants and some of the effective statewide projects RAID & NMCB dollars have funded.

NM Environment Department: Solid Waste Bureau’s Outreach Manager, Genevieve Morgan, will dive deep into details of the RAID funding opportunity, how it works and exemplary projects completed via RAID.  Lucy Stanus, the Clean & Beautiful Program Coordinator with the NM Tourism Department will highlight projects completed throughout the state that align closely with her organizations goals.  Attendees will learn how, when and why to apply for these funding sources and the types of projects that closely align with the state’s waste diversion goals.

12:00—2:00 Networking/Working Lunch ~ Lunch provided by Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages

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2:00—3:00 Employee Recruitment & Retention in 2022

Finding qualified and willing workers is a struggle throughout all industries currently, including the waste management industry. Rafael Leos, the Deputy Director of South Central Solid Waste Authority out of Las Cruces will help attendees understand how the pandemic has redefined the workspace, and employee/employer relations. This work force wake up call is an opportunity to build programs from the ground up.  That is if, we can find and keep the staff to do the work.  In this session learn about the millennial and Gen Z mindset and how to embrace a new approach to regain staff stability.  Why does today’s younger workforce think differently and how can the waste diversion industry adapt innovative strategies to attract and retain workers.

3:00—4:00 Facilitated Breakout Groups
Small group facilitated discussions to identify where we want to be one year from now and what are the resources needed to get there — Sarah Pierpont, New Mexico Recycling Coalition

4:00—4:30 Discussion Harvest & Next Steps