Session Descriptions

Sunday, August 13

Pre-Conference Workshop- Reducing Food Waste at Home

Monday, August 14

Food Waste Reduction Luncheon

Tennessee Materials Marketplace Launch

Awards Dinner

Tuesday, August 15

Breakfast with Decision Makers

Reducing Food Waste at Home

In line with the conference theme of using a holistic approach to reducing waste, we are pleased to offer a pre-conference workshop that will provide participants with practical information they can use in their personal lives.

Brook Powell with the TDEC Office of Sustainable Practices and Jenny Jackson with the Wilson Farmers CoOp will lead a hands on workshop to help attendees learn how to reduce food waste at home by using time honored practices including canning and freezing.  

All the ingredients, necessary equipment and jars will be provided and you will leave with an in-season product.  Learn how to can food in our workshop so you can repeat the process at home!  

The workshop is designed to be fun and informative and will be a great way to meet other conference attendees.  Separate registration required.

Food Waste Reduction Luncheon

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation in conjunction with project partners will be unveiling their new statewide Get Food Smart TN program! Learn how entities across Tennessee are coming together to reduce the amount of food that is wasted each year. Office of Sustainable Practices Director Lori Munkeboe and staff member Ashley Cabrera, along with special guests will be presenting the new initiative   Find out how you can be a part of this great new initiative, beginning in your own kitchen.

Tennessee Materials Marketplace

In an effort to provide new tools to business and industry to meet waste reduction goals and increase profitability, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation partnered with the US Business Council to develop a Tennessee Materials Marketplace.  What better place to unveil this opportunity than the TN Recycling Coalition Conference among peers who share the same goals and stewardship for the environment! Attendees will have a chance to create the first user profiles and actually post commodities to sell or trade.

Has your company conducted a waste audit?  What materials are costing your company for disposal? Have you thought of alternative uses for these materials? The Tennessee Materials Marketplace is a free resource hosted on the award-winning Materials Marketplace and this online tool will enable you to easily post available or wanted materials, identify reuse opportunities, and exchange underutilized materials. 

TRC Conference attendees will have unique access to explore the functionality of the platform and spend time with experienced users who will share their expertise on using the marketplace.  The session will be presented in two parts to provide both an overview of the system and time for a hands-on test drive with experiences users to share insider tips. 

A formal “Tennessee Materials Marketplace” session will serve as the closing plenary session on Monday afternoon.  Panelist include Pat Van Ryckeghem with GM who has successfully used the national marketplace, Lamont Price from the Department of Economic and Community Development explain how the platform can serve as a recruitment tool, Joseph Klatt from Ohio who launched a similar program, and Andy Mangum from USBC to describe the new Tennessee platform.

An informal “Meet the Materials Marketplace” in the afternoon will provide a time for attendees to network, ask questions, and actually test-drive the marketplace in a casual and relaxed setting.  Attendees can prepare for the session by bringing photos and descriptions of materials available or wanted.  Helpful information to include in the description includes material composition, quantity, frequency, and location.  

Awards Dinner

Each year the Tennessee Recycling Coalition honors outstanding individual and organizations for their contributions to advancing recycling and waste reduction in Tennessee.  The event will begin with thirty minutes of casual networking followed by a formal dinner and presentation of the Recycler of the Year Awards.  A ticket is required for this event.

Breakfast with Decision Makers

The TRC conference program will conclude on Tuesday morning with a special breakfast that brings together coalition members with key decision makers to encourage continued investment in recycling and waste reduction.  Invited panelists representing industry, local government, institutions, academia will discuss the factors that motivate them to support waste reduction activities in their organizations and the associated dividends from their investments.  Attendees will gain a greater understanding of the key elements in making a pitch to leadership and how to navigate the decision making process.

Working together to promote reuse and recycling activities in Tennessee.

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