New Mexico Recycling & Solid Waste Conference:
Recovery, Redesign, Resiliency (R3)
September 20-22, 2021

SEE you there!

Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown
Jointly Hosted by The New Mexico Recycling Coalition &
New Mexico SWANA Roadrunner Chapter

After postponing our 2020 conference due to COVID, we are excited to see you at the 2021 IN-PERSON conference!

16 CEUs Available

16 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) available for full conference attendance!  With the 2020 and 2021 Recycling, Compost, Transfer Station and Landfill certified operator courses canceled due to COVID, many certified operators are wondering how to keep their certifications active.  Recertification requires 24 continuing education units.  NMRC's online training offers 8 CEUs and the conference can provide up to 16 more CEUs to reach the magic number of 24!  This requires attendees to attend the special organics training in the afternoon of Monday, September 20th, and stay until the conference ends at 4:45 on Wednesday, September 22nd. CEU forms will be available at the conference for attendees to submit to the New Mexico Environment Department: Solid Waste Bureau.


Register as an attendee or exhibitor or sponsor HERE.

A special organics diversion training takes place on the afternoon of Monday, September 20th and the conference itself will take place on September 21-22 with keynote speakers, plenary sessions, breakout discussions, networking parties, and the recycling and solid waste awards.

Download the conference agenda and program summary HERE

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Interested in sponsoring? Learn more HERE
Interested in exhibiting? Exhibitors will have great access to attendees with plentiful exhibitor hours and a central location for the exhibit hall. Exhibitor booths include an 8'x8' (a few 8'x10’ are available) Booth with Sidewall and Backwall Pipe and Drape, Booth ID Sign, One Table and Two Chairs, Recognition in the Program & Two Conference Registrations.  Register HERE.


The conference will take place at the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown located at 2600 Louisiana Blvd N.E.  The discounted room rate is $119 per night and must be booked through the conference group rate link by August 19th, 2021.  

Book your group rate for NM Recycling Coalition 2021 Conference HERE

Recycled Art Market

The Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival will celebrate its 22nd year in Santa Fe this November and is the country’s oldest and largest art market dedicated to recycled-material art!  Each year over 100 artists from across the state, region, and country get together to showcase their work at this popular event.  The New Mexico Recycling & Solid Waste Conference: Recover, Redesign, Resiliency will feature a recycled art market with a dozen or so of the vendors from the Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival on Wednesday, September 22nd from 10:00 – 11:15 for a mini-recycled art market.  Get inspired, get your holiday shopping done early, get crafty, and join the fun!!

COVID & Safety

As essential workers, we all know how to work hard and keep each other safe.  The upcoming conference is no exception!  The New Mexico Recycling & Solid Waste Conference and the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown are working together to ensure that we can safely gather in person at the conference in September when we all take reasonable precautions to protect and preserve each other’s health and well-being.  You can see all of the hotels new cleanliness efforts HERE.  In adherence to the most recent New Mexico DOH public health order, masks will be required to be worn inside public spaces in the hotel.

Recycling Awards

The NM Recycling Coalition and NM SWANA are excited to host in-person recycling and solid waste awards at 4:30 on Tuesday, September 21 at the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown as part of the NM Recycling & Solid Waste Conference.  Please join us in celebrating this year's winners!!

Keynote Speaker - Brenda Haney, Solid Waste Director City of Lubbock & National President of SWANA

Ms. Haney will present on "Lessons Learned in the Recycling Industry and Where Do we go From Here"

Ms. Haney is the solid waste director for the City of Lubbock, Texas and a Registered Professional Engineer, with over 25 of these years of experience working exclusively in solid waste management. As solid waste director for the City of Lubbock, she directs the activities of the solid waste department, including refuse collections, recycling programs, and landfill operations for both a municipal solid waste landfill and a construction and demolition debris facility. Prior to working for the City of Lubbock, Ms. Haney spent nearly 20 years with the City of Irving, Texas

Ms. Haney has a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University and serves as a Board Representative/Director - Texas Lone Star Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (TxSWANA) and is currently the President for the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA).

Ms. Haney states, “Working in West Texas, I know the southwest has unique challenges for waste management and access to recycling markets, so I look forward to speaking with my SWANA colleagues and recycling professionals in New Mexico and beyond!”


Our 2021 Conference Sponsors To Date Include the following.  Add your name to the list here!