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TRC 24th Annual Conference and Exhibition

  • 10 Feb 2013
  • 12:00 PM
  • 12 Feb 2013
  • 3:30 PM
  • Franklin Marriott Cool Springs


  • Same Day Registration. Includes one 2013 Individual Membership
  • Includes one 2013 Individual Membership

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Join professionals from across Tennessee and throughout the Southeast at the Tennessee Recycling Coalition's 24th Annual Conference and Exhibition.

Final Agenda

Sunday, February 10, 2013
12:00 p.m.
Registration Opens
12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Exhibitor Setup
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Recycle Art Workshop
(Separate Registration Required)
4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Happy Half Hour
4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. TRC Annual Membership Meeting
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Exhibitors’ Welcome Reception
8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Hospitality Room Open
Monday, February 11, 2013
7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Registration Open
8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Panel

Changes in Products and Packaging

Attend this panel discussion that will guide us through some of the latest innovations and changes that are taking place in the recyclability and sustainability of the products and packaging that we see on a daily basis. In addition, there will be an overview of the shifting roles of environmental standards, certifications, and product declarations that are important when dealing with products and packaging. 

10:15 to 11:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Beyond Bottles and Cans

There are those items that have traditionally been recycled for years and then there are items that have become more recyclable only recently. This session will provide you with more insight on recycling less traditional items such as cartons, 3-7 plastics, and Styrofoam. Come join us as we all learn about more items that can be recycled!

Local governments must determine if their recycling programs are efficient and effective and make good use of limited financial resources. Attend this panel to learn how Tennessee cities and counties are measuring the effectiveness of their recycling programs through benchmarking and internal program tracking.
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Lunch and Keynote Presentation

In the past seven years, Sustainability has rocketed from near obscurity to one of the most important and influential aspects of business and daily life. At its core, sustainability is about conducting our economy and our lives in a manner that meets our wants and needs and allows those that follow us to do the same. In the form of a question, it is -- can we keep our Source, our Supply, (our natural environment) in a healthy state?


When faced with a problem, we humans need Focus and we need Goals.  In the arena of Sustainability, that Focus is now Climate Change, or more specifically carbon emissions.  And the Goal?  Global GHG emissions must be cut by at least 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050, in order to safely avert catastrophic environmental conditions.


Why did this rocketing happen?

How are we doing on our Goal?

Who is leading the way?

How does Recycling fit in to this (and it does!)?

What's a leading recycling example and the impact?

1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

Institutional Recycling
Think about all the different places in the community that offer services to our citizens, such universities, hospitals, and state facilities. Along with providing an array of services, these types of public facilities can also offer recycling options as a way to alleviate their own internal waste and provide the opportunity for visitors to dispose of recyclables when visiting the facility. Come learn more about how different types of institutional programs are leading the way for recycling in Tennessee.  

Industrial Recycling
The process of recycling on an industrial level requires coordination, team work, and careful planning. Each industrial facility is creating different types of products, which poses a different set of challenges to capture material for recycling. During this session, we’ll hear from a few industrial programs in Tennessee on how they tackle recycling in their facilities and what strategies work best in striving towards their recycling goals. 

2:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Networking Break with Exhibitors
Auction Items on Display
2:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

Marketing, Branding, & Developing Strategic Messaging
In this day and age of constant contact it’s becoming increasingly important to know how to effectively communicate with different groups about your program in order to increase participation, awareness, and performance.  During this session we’ll learn more about developing a plan that will help guide you when thinking about your program’s key messages. We’ll also look into different methods to properly market and brand your programs to appeal to your target audiences. 

All About Grants
Presentation will cover the developing concepts for grants, basics of grant writing, reporting, tracking performance, and common errors.  At the end of the presentation, attendees should have a better understanding of what makes a good application stand out from the rest.  Concepts should not only apply to Division of Solid Waste Management Grants but can be applied to grant applications in general.

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. TRC Annual Auction
8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Hospitality Room Open
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Recycler of the Year Awards Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
9:30 a.m. Exhibitor Breakdown
9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Closing Session

Environmental Education

The Environmental Education session celebrates the creative strategies utilized by some Keep Tennessee Beautiful affiliate coordinators to advance recycling. Learn how to reach the community and how to connect with other resources and partners to get the message out effectively and economically.

11:00 a. m to 12:30 p.m. Board of Directors’ Meeting
12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Conference Workshop:The Power of Recycling and Social Media (Separate Registration)  (Lunch Provided)
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Recycling Day at the General Assembly


Working together to promote reuse and recycling activities in Tennessee.

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