What Now and What’s Next: Oregon’s Response to Global Recycling Market Changes
March 19, 2019 10:00am - 4:30pm
McMenamins Kennedy School Gymnasium
5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR 97211

AOR Member | $85; NonMember | $125
(includes lunch and networking event)

This forum will explore the impacts of the National Sword one year out and provide a clear picture of national recycling changes and how the West Coast has adapted comparative to the rest of the country. We'll drill down to local responses, and unique approaches to creating and keeping materials recycled. We'll end the day with an interactive group discussion on issues of contamination and how Oregon's recycling system be redeveloped in the future.

Resource Recycling staff, who have developed a timeline of events related to the market phenomenon known as the National Sword, will present a timeline and overview of the Chinese import policies that are reshaping materials recovery around the planet, including most recent restrictions set to take effect in July of this year and how U.S. stakeholders are responding.

Carl Peters, General Manager of Recology Portland will join us to discuss the local and regional changes their company has made involving their operations in California, Washington, and Oregon.

We will then have a panel addressing regional responses to market changes with speakers from around the state followed by a second panel exploring unique approaches to drive materials to local markets.

The day will culminate in an interactive group discussion about the future of Oregon recycling, and how our systems may need to adapt.