2023 Summer Forum


Recycling Contamination Reduction Technologies in Action
June 15, 8:45am - 4:00pm 
McMenamins Edgefield Blackberry Hall
2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale, OR 970601

June 16, 9:15am - 4:45pm
Meet at Oregon Convention Center

Join AOR for a two-day technology-focused forum and tours! Register for one or both days!

DAY 1: This day will be divided into two parts. The morning will be an AOR event, with breakfast and lunch provided in the price of registration. The afternoon will be a free event sponsored by DEQ.

Morning (8:45am - 1:30pm): AOR Member $110 | Nonmember $175

In the morning, we'll learn about technology and AI advancements in the waste industry and how these are helping to reduce contamination and improve recycling.

Confirmed speakers include representatives from AMP Robotics, Prairie Robotics, West Van MRF, Pioneer Recycling Systems, Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative, and Denton Plastics.

Afternoon (2:00pm - 4:00pm): FREE for all registrants. The afternoon will feature DEQ, who will facilitate an in-person with virtual option discussion, "Getting the Trash Out - RMA and Customer-Facing Contamination Reduction." This portion of the day is free, but does require registration for in-person or virtual attendance.

DAY 2 (9:15am - 5:00pm): TOURS ARE SOLD OUT!


June 15

Networking Breakfast   8:45am - 9:15am
AOR Welcome/Intro 9:20am - 9:30am
Jon Gertsmeier, 
AMP Robotics
The Big Picture of AI and MRF Technologies  9:30am - 10:00am
Greg Ryan,
Pioneer Recycling Systems
Benefits of Optical Sortation 10:00am - 10:30am
Eric Chambers, OBRC AI in Action 10:30am - 11:00am
Sam Dietrich, Prairie Robotics On-Route/Generator-Facing AI and Technology for Improving Recycling Outcomes 11:00am - 11:30am
Denton Plastics A look at the EcoLine: Making More Recyclable 11:30am - 12:00pm
Corey Grice, Digimarc
Digital Labeling Technologies 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Networking Lunch   12:30pm - 1:30pm
Break   1:30pm - 2:00pm
Arianne Sperry, DEQ Customer-Facing Contamination Outreach Session 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Happy Hour   4:30pm - 6:00pm

June 16 - AOR Members Only - SOLD OUT!

Metro (600 NE Grand)/Convention Center Meeting point 9:15am 9:30am
West Van MRF   10:15am 11:30am
Lunch Assembly Brewing/Pizza 12:15pm 1:30pm
Pioneer Recycling Systems 1 hour each group 2:00pm (group 1)
3:00 pm (group 2)
OBRC 1 hour each group 2:00pm (group 2)
3:00 pm (group 1)
Metro/Convention Center Return to Metro 4:45pm  


We are looking for sponsors for this forum. Visit our Events page to learn more about benefits and to sponsor!


Columbia Resource Company

Columbia Resource Company is a proud member of the Waste Connections family, which serves over six million customers nationwide. We are honored to serve the residents and businesses of the Vancouver and Washougal areas. Our three locations are: West Vancouver Materials Recovery Center, Central Transfer & Recycling, and Washougal Transfer Station. We provide safe, reliable, environmentally conscious residential and commercial trash and recycling services. Locally operated, we value the people, environment, and relationships we share in the community.



The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is a state agency whose job is to protect the quality of Oregon’s environment. DEQ’s mission is to be a leader in restoring, maintaining, and enhancing the quality of Oregon’s air, land, and water. Oregon’s 2050 Vision for Materials Management exemplifies how DEQ works collaboratively with Oregonians to address environmental challenges, such as pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, related to how we produce, use, and manage materials. In this vision: producers make products sustainably, so every option is a sustainable option; people live well and consume sustainably; and materials have the most useful life possible before and after discard.



EcoSort plays an important part in our area’s recovery of recyclable material. EcoSort is a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) designed to accommodate large quantities of items that can be recovered from the waste stream. EcoSort is open to the general public and waste haulers, accepting debris from construction sites and demolition projects when measured at 6 yards of material or more. This debris is sorted and prepped for recycling. EcoSort also receives demolition material from many construction/demolition companies and building contractors in the Eugene/Springfield area. 


Gresham Sanitary Service

Gresham Sanitary Service is a family-owned garbage and recycling company located in Gresham, Oregon. We are celebrating 75 years in business in 2023!


K.B. Recycling

K.B. Recycling is part of the Kahut Waste Services family of garbage companies, providing service throughout Northwest Oregon. 



The Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC) is the industry steward of Oregon's nationally recognized beverage container redemption program. We help keep Oregon beautiful by providing outstanding services to our partner distributors and retailers, and to the public for the recovery, reuse, and recycling of beverage containers. 




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