New Mexico Recycling Coalition Recycling Professionals Annual Meeting - June 6th, 2024
Ventana Salon at the Albuquerque Museum, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Registration is now open! $175 for members and $225 for non-members. Click HERE to register today! 

Attendees can earn 8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) towards recertification as a recycling, compost, landfill or transfer station facility operator with the NM Environment Department.

This special event brings together recycling, solid waste, compost, and sustainable materials management professionals every other year to learn and strategies ways to improve recycling and waste diversion within the state. The 2024 training will take place on Thursday, June 6th at the Ventana Salon within the Albuquerque Museum.

The 2024 meeting will focus on circular economies and extended producer responsibility and how New Mexico can join other states in encouraging producers and manufacturers to share in the management of material throughout its entire lifecycle.  Attendees will learn what communities in New Mexico are doing to encourage product stewardship and will collaborate to identify specific needs for our state.

Eight continuing education units will be offered to attendees that can be applied towards their recertification with the New Mexico Environment Department: Solid Waste Bureau as certified recycling, compost, landfill or transfer station operators.

Lunch will be provided.

View the full agenda HERE

Speaker Highlights

Justin Stockdale (formerly with NM Recycling Coalition back in 2010 or so and a big part of setting up our state’s hub and spoke recycling system!) is now the Center for Hard to Recycle Material (CHaRM) and Zero Waste Hauling Director at Eco-Cycle, Inc. in Boulder, Colorado. Justin will discuss this unique, public drop off facility that accepts electronics, appliances, hard-to-recycle plastics, and over 20 more items for recycling and reuse. Attendees will learn how they find and sustain markets for their material and how policy can help in these efforts. The Center for Hard to Recycle Materials’ (CHaRM’s) system encourages consumers to be responsible for their waste as opposed to focusing on convenience, and residents seem to agree, with over 55,000 visits from the public each year.


Laurie Johnson is the founder and CEO of Circular Colorado, a nonprofit working on  waste diversion and end market creation in Colorado and the Director for the new Circular Economy Development Center in Colorado.  Prior to this, Laurie was the Chief Operating Officer for a local Colorado roll-off hauling company and served as the Executive Director for Recycle Colorado.  Outside of Colorado, Laurie served as VP of Client Services for Recyclebank, and she owned a retail product distribution business in Phoenix for eight years. She serves on multiple boards in Colorado including being a founding board member of the Front Range Waste Diversion Board.  Laurie holds a B.A. in Urban Affairs and an MBA in Sustainable Business.

The goal of Laurie's the presentation is to provide an overview of what Colorado’s Circular Economy Development Center (CEDC) is, how it came about, and how it goes about designing and executing circular solutions for materials.  The presenter will engage participants by walking them through an overview of the process of designing a circular solution that involves the circular model components from inception to execution.   A step-by-step process to create a circular solution will be supplied to the participants so they can apply it to their own project, region, or sector.


Megan Kaplon is the Circular Economy Program Coordinator within the City of Austin’s Resource Recovery Department. Megan champions sustainability by promoting reuse, repair, and other environmentally conscious behavioral changes. Megan's key responsibilities include overseeing the annual university move-out program, MoveOutATX, spearheading the City’s repair initiatives, and engaging with local circular businesses. She is a proud alum of the Texas State University Sustainability Studies master's program.


The City of Austin’s has a goal to reach zero waste by 2040. Their Circular Economy program is part of this zero waste goal and consists of numerous programs to promote sustainability and a circular economy in Austin. Megan will present highlights about the City’s MoveOutATX, which sets up donation stations and free furniture events during college move out times to promote reuse, Fix-It Austin repair events and sustainable procurement.  Attendees will learn the steps it takes to set up community-based reuse and repair events and how the City of Austin uses its procurement efforts to become a model for circularity.

Jacqueline Beam is the Sustainability Manager at Santa Fe County.  Jacqueline will discuss efforts leading up to the County's recent ordinance (2024-06) to ban single use plastic bags, expanded polystyrene takeout containers and other single use plastics in her presentation, "Policy Efforts in New Mexico: Santa Fe County Case Study."

Shirlene Sitton is the NM Environment Department: Solid Waste Bureau’ Chief and brings over 25 years of experience within the sustainable materials management and recycling fields. Shirlene will discuss, "Recycling and Source Reduction in New Mexico: Next Steps."

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Register Today!

Registration is now open! $175 for members and $225 for non-members. Click HERE to register today!