Governor Hutchinson has issued a proclamation that officially names today, Nov. 15, as America Recycles Day in Arkansas.
In his proclamation the Governor wrote, “Although there has been a significant increase in the amount of recycling in Arkansas to date, we must also continue to focus on other initiatives such as waste reduction, composting, the reuse of products and materials, and purchasing recycled products.”
America Recycles Day, a program of Keep America Beautiful, is celebrated on Nov. 15. Each year, the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) promotes America Recycles Day in Arkansas. This nationally recognized day is dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling.
In honor of this day, people all over the nation are encouraged to take the “I Recycle” pledge at AmericaRecyclesDay.org. In addition to taking the pledge, many will host recycling events, participate in existing events or get involved by showing their support on social media.
Each year November 15 is recognized as America Recycles Day – a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful. ARD reminds us that we can each do our part to reduce, reuse, recycle and buy recycled products. This is an opportunity have fun while promoting these ideas in your office and at home! America Recycles Day events are not limited to 11/15 so consider doing something fun in your office anytime. Here are some ideas:
Mark your calendar to attend the 26th Annual ARC Conference & Trade Show set for September 19-21, 2016 at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks in Eureka Springs, AR.
Meet Mr. Dan Hoy with the Bass Pro Shop based in Springfield, MO. We are honored to have Mr. Hoy as our 2016 Conference Keynote.
Ever wonder when driving over the Mississippi River Bridge into Memphis what was taking place inside that giant Pyramid? Well, we are about to find out, as well as about, Bass Pro’s recycling and sustainability programs throughout the Bass Pro family of operations.
The conservation ethic runs deep at Bass Pro Shops and permeates every aspect of business operations, including facility management. Mr. Hoy, Bass Pro Shops Director of Facilities, oversees facility operations for the company. In a career spanning 34 years at Bass Pro Shops he has had a hand in developing a comprehensive facility management program rooted in resource conservation and sustainable operations.
Preventive maintenance, live exhibits, environmental compliance, energy management, pollution prevention and waste management are key components of Bass Pro Shops’ facility management program. The company’s waste diversion efforts are recognized by USEPA’s Waste Wise program and by the Missouri Recycling Association as recycler of the year. Dan will share how Bass Pro Shops’ long standing commitment to conservation has been a cornerstone of the company’s success.
Other noted presenters from around the state and country will be on hand to participate in several breakout sessions (see sessions list below)
A Golf Tournament taking place at the Holiday Island Golf Course with registration starting at 9:30
AM with shotgun start at 10:00 AM.
School Recycling Workshop from: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM. Lunch will be furnished! Scroll to bottom for Agenda and Description of Workshop.
Tire Workshop (flyer) from: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. To register you must call Liz Hoover at ADEQ (501-862-0585)
Tour #1 will start boarding at 10:30 AM. The first stop will be at AERT’s manufacturing facility in Springdale. The second stop will be at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, returning to Eureka Springs around 5:00 PM. A box lunch will be served on this tour. (Sponsored by the Boston Mountain and the Benton County Solid Waste Management Districts)
Exhibitor setup will be between 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM.
Tour #2 – This will be short two-hour tour of the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge located just outside of Eureka Springs where you will see big cats rescued from around the country. Bus boarding begins at 1:30 PM at the hotel convention center.
After your golf tournament, school workshop, exhibitor setup or tour be sure to hop on the bus at the hotel for a short ride to the Rowdy Beaver for a Welcome Reception and some great fun, food and networking. (Sponsored by the AR Association of Regional Solid Waste Management District Directors)
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM.
Tour #3 – “Eureka After Dark”
For all of the late-nighters you will board the bus at the Rowdy Beaver beginning at 9:15 PM and return to the hotel around 11:15 PM. This tour includes many points of interest, including Penn Castle and Maplewood Manor. You may even see a ghost or two!
7:30 AM Continental Breakfast (Sponsored by McKee Foods Corp)
8:50 AM Welcome
9:00 AM Keynote
9:45 AM Exhibit Hall
Be sure to visit the Exhibit Hall for an opportunity to network with the exhibitors to learn about the product or services they provide or about any new product/service being introduced.
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
(A-1) Recycling Habits: What Attracts
Presenters: Brenda Pulley – Keep America Beautiful/Leslie Lukacs – SCS Engineers/ Adam Vehick – Balcones, Inc
(A-2) Renewable Resources: Focus on Technology and Usage
Presenters: Eric Boles – UofA/Others Invited
12 Noon – 1:30 PM
This is a time when we honor our outstanding recyclers in Arkansas.
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
(B-1) Green Partnership: New Connections for Old Problems
Presenters: John Sheerin – Rubber Manufacturers Assn/Anthony Cline – Carpet Recycling
(B-2) Zero Waste: A Focus on Hospitality
Presenters: Randy Wolfinbarger – Best Western Inn of the Ozarks/Paul Devlin – Holiday Inn/Robert Phelps – Keep AR Beautiful
3:15 PM – 5:00 PM
(C1) Food Recovery Roundtable (Panel Discussion)
Presenters: Cameron Caja & Satoko – UofA/Michelle Shope – AR Hunger Relief Alliance/EPA invited)
7:00 PM – Until Reception
7:30 AM – 8:00 AM – Exhibit Hall Opens/Registration
8:00 Breakfast Buffet with Speaker: Will Sagar – SERDC
9:15 AM – 9:30 AM – Exhibit Hall
9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
(D-1) Focus on Arkansas
Presenters: Becky Keogh – ADEQ (Reorganization Upates) Charles Miller – AEF
(D-2) Growing Green – Keeping it Local
Presenters: Cynthia Edwards – Dept of Agri/Others (invited)
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
(E-1) Plastics Update
Presenters: Stacy Fields – Dow Chemical Company/Sandi Childs – Assoc of Plastic Recyclers
12:15 PM Annual Meeting
For lodging, call the Best Western Inn Of The Ozarks direct at (479) 253-9768. Be sure to ask for the ARC Conference Block.
For Sponsorship Opportunities, Exhibitor and Attendee Registration click on the links below.
If you have not already registered to attend the Food Waste Workshop call today!
Directions to Sherwood Forest (Site of the Food Waste Workshop – 2016)
From I-30 (Little Rock) take JFK Blvd North and go appx 5 miles and turn left onto West Maryland Avenue. A Walmart will be on your left at the corner of JFK and West Maryland Avenue.
On West Maryland Avenue go 1 mile and the Sherwood Forest Event Center is on your right at 1111 West Maryland Avenue.
Join the Arkansas Recycling Coalition as we tackle a very important topic. On July 7, 2016 ARC will host our first attempt to bring Food Waste to the forefront. Arkansas is one of the leading states in the US in food production but falls behind in addressing food waste issues. Join us as we begin to address this very important topic.
Workshop speakers and registration information attached!
The deadline to register is – May 10, 2016. After that, call for seating availability.
The Summit will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center
8300 Wells Lake Road
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72916
The Summit will feature presentations on a commercial recycling company, a plastic recycling update, a sheltered workshop recycling/reuse store, a food manufacturer recycling program, and a program featuring tax credits, pollution prevention, and business assistance.
Lunch will be included.
Register now at http://www.recycleark.org or call 1-866-290-1429. You can also download the registration form at this link.
The registration fee is $30 for members and $55 for non-members. The registration deadline is May 10, 2016.
SWANA CEU Credits (3) will be offered to attendees.
The Summit will be held on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at
Virco Mfg. Corporation | 1701 Sturgis Road | Conway, Arkansas 72034
The Summit will feature presentations on cartridge recycling, tax credits, a waste district update, a joint venture recycling company update/markets, new pharmacy bottle recycling, and road construction/demolition recycling. Lunch will be included.
Register now by downloading our PDF registration form or call 1-866-290-1429. The registration fee is $30 for members and $55 for non-members. The registration deadline is March 23, 2016.
#1 Vista Lane
Hot Springs Village, AR 71909