WSRA’s 40th Annual Conference and Trade Show

November 1st – 4th, 2020 |  Hilton, Vancouver, WA

Conference Schedule of Events


** Please note, Schedule is not final and is subject to change.


Sunday, November 1st, 2020


10:00am to 3:00pm

11:00am to 4:00pm

Annual Golf Scramble “Weapons of Grass Destruction”


Networking Activities

5:00pm to 6:00pm First Time Attendee Meet and Greet
Whether you’re a first-time attendee, a student, new professional, or a new member of WSRA, come meet some of your fellow attendees!
6:00pm to 9:00pm Welcome Celebration Dinner, Golf Awards, and Trivia Night!
**Dinner included with Full Conference Registration and
with Monday Single Day Registration.


Monday, November 2nd, 2020

7:30am to 8:30am Networking Breakfast
8:30am to 9:30am

Opening Keynote Address: Kate Bailey, Eco-Cycle
9:45am to 10:15am
Exhibit Hall Grand Opening & Break – Silent Auction Opening
10:30am  to 11:45am

Breakout Session #1a:

“Legislation: What’s Happening In Olympia”

This session will focus mostly on Washington State legislation–progress on what passed in 2019 and 2020, and what’s expected to be seen in 2021.

Breakout Session #1b:

“Creative Strategies for Communicating and Demonstrating Waste Reduction in Action”

Changing the collective mindset about waste is a significant challenge! Presenters in this session will share with you their unique programs and experiences that help transform “waste” into “resources”.

Breakout Session #1c:

“Oregon’s Secondary MRF Study/ Washington Market Updates/ NextCycle”

Pacific Northwest recycling processors and end markets discuss current and projected market trends and capacity; we will explore the results of the Oregon’s secondary MRF study and how this research may impact Washington; and Bryce Hesterman with RRS dives into NextCycle, a program designed to recover, renew and revive recycling end markets.

12:00pm to 1:00pm
1:15pm to 2:30pm

Breakout Session #2a:

“Legislative: The Big Picture”

Where is legislation headed in Washington, Oregon, Califionia, B.C. – the World? How will Climate Change drive legislation? EPR, Basel Plastic Ban, Mexico’s proposed EPR plan, Bottle deposits.


Breakout Session #2b:

“Reduce, reuse, recycle, RESEARCH”

Learn how Washington and Oregon waste reduction educators are using various types of research to inform the development of recycling contamination reduction and waste prevention campaigns. Presenters from Oregon DEQ, Metro, Washington Department of Ecology, C+C and King County Consortium, will share research insights and discuss the messages and strategies they have developed to support behavior change and reach new audiences


Breakout Session #2c: 

“Working toward Zero Food Waste”

Food waste is a significant part of our waste stream and represents a significant waste of natural resources when we lose its value to the landfill. From commercial kitchens, to school cafeterias or the entire state of Washington, come hear how our partners are preventing the loss of food.

2:30pm to 3:00pm
Break in the Exhibit Hall
3:00pm to 5:00pm Tours – TDB

5:00pm to 8:30pm



Free Time
Dinner & Dialogue or Dinner On Your Own.   


Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020

7:30am to 8:30am 
Networking Breakfast
8:30am to 10:00am

Plenary Session  and  ROY Awards Presentations

Join our 2020 Recycler of the Year Award recipients
to discuss their accomplishments, challenges, and plans for recycling
success. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn from,
network with, and celebrate some of the best in the industry! 

10:00am to 10:30am 
Break with Exhibitors
10:30am  to 11:45am

Breakout Session #3a:

“Legislation: Is Washington ready for a bottle deposit law?”

Is Washington ready for a bottle bill? This session will explore arguments on both sides.

Breakout Session #3b:

“An EPR Model for Washington”

Extended Producer Responsibility exists in many forms. This session showcases an EPR model that was designed to ensure sustainable funding and increase the residential recycling rate in Washington State.

Breakout Session #3c:

“Shining a light on Rural Recycling”

Join us as we explore the challenges and advantages unique to rural recycling programs throughout Washington. Speakers from across the state will shine a light on their program’s successes and struggles.


12:00pm to 1:00pm

Lunch and WSRA Annual Meeting
The WSRA Board of Directors and staff will share highlights
of the past year’s activities and achievements, and give you a
sneak peek of what’s to come.
2:00pm to 3:15pm

Breakout Session #4a:

“Contamination Reduction 20/20”

Washington municipalities and organizations will divulge their contamination reduction strategies in an exciting and fast paced Pecha Kucha (20×20) style presentation! Join us for an information-download like no other.


Breakout Session #4b:

“Packaging Challenges and Industry’s Journey towards Sustainable Packaging”

The Sustainable Packaging Coalition, More Recycling, and The Recycling Partnership convene to present on the current challenges facing sustainable packaging. Speakers will discuss the role of plastics, alternative matierals, and how the Packaging Industry is looking at the road ahead.

 Breakout Session #4c:

“Surveying a Changing Situation/ Tools and Tips for a Cleaner Recycling Stream”

The Recycling Partnershp, Zero Waste Washington ,and Washington State Department of Ecology share their results and reports from surveying Pacific Northwest municipalities on past, present and future projections of recycling lists and changes to programs. In tandem, Waste Managment will highlight innovative new tools to reduce recycling contamination by working with businesses and multifamily customers.

3:15pm to 3:45pm Exhibit Hall Closing Celebration and Networking Social
3:45pm to 5:30pm Free Time
5:30pm to 7:00pm

Pre-Banquet Reception and Wine Pull  – Silent Auction Closing
Start off an evening of fun and celebration with hors d’oeuvres
and beverages with your fellow attendees. Participate in the Wine Pull
to support WSRA. For $20 you may “pull” a numbered cork from
the basket and win the bottle (ranging in value from $10 – $100) with the
corresponding number.
7:00pm to 8:45pm

Gala Award (Hall of Fame/Individual Awards Only), Banquet & Live Auction
Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of outstanding
Recyclers of the Year and honor longtime recyclers as they are
inducted into WSRA’s Recycling Hall of Fame. Get your bidding arm
ready to support WSRA as we continue to celebrate our 39th Annual
Conference and Trade Show! This is an evening not to miss.
Semi-formal attire is encouraged.**Additional tickets for guests/spouses can be purchased by
contacting WSRA Staff.** 
9:00pm to 12:00pm
Location TBA

President’s Reception

Join WSRA Board President Ron Jones for dancing and
fun following the banquet!

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020

8:30am to 9:30am

Networking Breakfast
9:00am to 10:00am

Closing Keynote Address: Megan Ponder, The Story of Plastic
10:00am to 11:00am Closing Remarks and Adjourn

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