2024 WSRA Annual Conference

On behalf of the Conference Committee, the WSRA Board of Directors, and all WSRA Volunteers, we are very excited to unveil many of the details of the 2024 WSRA Annual Conference!

First – we are definitely not “doing what we have always done” this year – pay extra close attention to the conference details, as many of the things you have known to “always be a certain way” have changed in 2024. Just a few of the changes to watch out for:

  • Our conference does not flow over a weekend at all this year! The welcome reception is a Tuesday evening, our closing Gala is on Thursday evening, and there is no programming on Friday morning.
  • Tours will be pre-conference this year! They will take place on Tuesday – leaving the hotel at 11:00am and returning in time for the Welcome Reception
  • Golf will also be pre-conference this year! It will take place on Tuesday and conclude in time for the Welcome Reception – and it’s going to be entirely different – it will be at an indoor golf experience – and you don’t even have to golf to join and have a great time!
  • Our educational offerings have expanded by over 30% – that’s right, there are more than 1/3 more sessions to participate in this year than ever before!
  • We are also offering “group registrations” for agencies. If your agency would like to pay for 10 registrations all at once and then assign names later to simplify payments and travel requests. You will then get the matching number of registration coupons so that individuals can register themselves and include the details. If you are interested, please contact the office at recycle@wsra.net.
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Hilton Vancouver
301 W 6th St.
Vancouver, WA 98660

Conference Pricing

Regular/Late Registration (after April 1st)

  • Member | $775
  • Non-Member | $875
  • Tour Registration | Available Until Sold Out
  • Welcome Reception Guest | $65
  • One Day Registration (Members Only, does not include Gala) | $475
  • One Day Registration (Members Only, Gala included) | $550
  • Gala Guest Registration | $225

Conference Housing

We are past our cut off date for hotel reservations. The Heathman. Lodge continues to offer the Government Rate, reservations need to be made by phone at 360.254.3100.

 

Meet Keynote Speaker Heidi Sanborn

Heidi Sanborn Heidi is the founding Director of both the California Product Stewardship Council, National Stewardship Action Council, and the Stewardship Action Foundation. With over 33 years’ experience being a leader in the solid waste industry, Heidi is the nation’s foremost expert on extended producer responsibility and circular economy.

Heidi has worked as a regulator, advocate, and consultant, aiding local governments in compliance with waste management laws. While serving as a regulator at CalRecycle, she was promoted to the position of Policy Advisor to the Chair and led the charge to get the goal of zero waste using product stewardship into the strategic plan. She has led the way organizing local governments to advance for making the producers have a fair share of the responsibility for the end-of-life impacts and costs of their products which pushed the California legislature to pass more Extended Producer Responsibility legislation than in any other state including paint, mercury thermostats, pharmaceuticals and sharps, and packaging with SB 54 in 2022. She is not only an expert in policy, but in program implementation and regularly keynotes at national and international conferences.

Heidi is a Board member of the California Foundation on the Environment and the Economy (CFEE) and started the “Recycling Challenge” study trips, which takes labor, business, local government and environmental leaders with elected officials to other states and countries to have solutions-oriented and nonpartisan dialogues. In her personal time, Heidi is an elected Board Member representing Ward 7 on the Sacramento Municipal Utility District Board. Ms. Sanborn is a self-described “utility geek”.

Conference Tours

We still have room on one tour!

Centralia Water Treatment Plant
One of the tours will visit the Centralia Wastewater Treatment Plant and see pre-treatment, composting, and sustainability practices!

Silent Auction

WSRA will once again be holding our silent auction. It is thank you to our amazing support from partners and conference participants that our silent auction generates funds that helps keep costs low (or free!) for our education and networking events throughout the year. Please be thinking now about what you might be able to contribute to the silent auction!

We will also again be holding a raffle – with the top prize being two round trip tickets on Alaska Airlines plus a one-week stay at a location that will be revealed in May! You won’t’ want to miss it!

Trashion Show

What would the WSRA Conference be without the Trashion Show?

Be on the lookout – we will need volunteers to model!

Thank You to Our 2024 Precious Metal Partners!

Upcoming Events:

Making The Honor Role With K-12 Waste Reduction Webinar

Date: May 29, 2024
Time: 10:00 AM PT
Location: Online via Zoom

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Our Precious Metal Partners

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Thank You Conference Sponsors