2020 Call for Presentations NOW OPEN!

The Recycling Association of Minnesota and the Solid Waste Association of North America, Land of Lakes Chapter, are planning a very special 25th joint conference! More than 400 attendees are expected at the 2020 two-day conference and we want you to be a part of it.
If you would like to introduce the results of your research or recent project to a broad regional audience, or are looking for an opportunity to present your work to an audience of solid waste and recycling professionals from a five state area and beyond, we would like to hear from you!

Click here for more information and to submit your presentation



2019 Conference Presentations

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Day 1 Presentations | October 14, 2019 | 8:00am – 4:15pm

  • Joint Session: Minneapolis Bomb Squad Protocol & Lithium Battery Hazards – Presenters: Tim Warren, Call2Recycle; and SGT. Thomas Subject, Minneapolis Bomb Squad.
  • Joint Session: Sustainable Practices in Healthcare – Presenters: Dana Slade, Sustainability Director & Samantha McKeough, Sustainability Coordinator, HealthPartners
  • Recycling
    • Legislative Update – Presenters: Rep. Rick Hansen; Rep. John Persell; Rep. Jeff Brand; and Sen. Karla Bigham.
    • MN Recycling Markets Panel – Presenters: Tom Weber, Avon Plastics; Neil Satterness, Northern Metals; Dan VanKorn, Strategic Glass; and Peg Wander, Liberty Paper.
    • Minnesota Recycling Outreach Guide – REC – Presenter: Kayla Walsh, MPCA
    • Minnesota Recycling Education Programs – Presenter: Alita Kane, Recycling Partnership.
    • Infrastructure Innovations – Presenters: Jon Steiner, Polk County; Beau Sullivan, Rehrig; and Andrew Tri, MN DNR Wildlife.
    • Trend Setting in Recovery – from MRF to Market – Presenters: Bill Keegan, Dem-Con; Mark Bond, Sustana Fiber; and Jon Gertsmeier, AMP Robotics.
  • Solid Waste
    • Randy’s Environmental Tour – Presenter: Randy Fogelman, VP Strategic Partnerships, Fire Rover
    • Construction and Demolition Debris Landfill Rule Changes – Presenters: Cami Van Abel, PE, Terracon; Bart Schultz, Houston Engineering; and Roger Schroeder, Lyon County. 
    • Chronic Wasting Disease – Presenters: Cory Anderson, University of Minnesota; and Michelle Carstensen, MN DNR.
  • Hazardous Waste
    • U of M’s Fay Thompson Center for Environmental Management – TSD Facility Tour
    • MN Duty Officer – When to Call and What Happens Next – Presenter: Jason Moran, MPCA.
    • Change Management In A Large Scale Hospital – Presenter: Ray Gladkowski, CHMM, Mayo Clinic.
    • Compliance Resources & Guidance – Presenter: Josh Burman, MPCA.

Day 2 Presentations | October 15, 2019 | 8:00am – 4:30pm

Conference Pricing and Registration

Day 1 | October 14, 2019 | 8:00am – 4:15pm

Hazardous Waste
Solid Waste
$115 RAM or SWANA Member
$135 Non-Member

Welcome Reception hosted by Fire Rover | 4:30pm
All Attendees are welcome to join – complimentary!

Pre-register and receive a complimentary drink ticket

Dinner & Awards Banquet | 6:00pm
Join us for a dinner celebration, guest speaker and awards presentation.
RAM Member: $70
SWANA Member: $0Non-Member: $90

Day 2 | October 15, 2019 | 8:00am – 4:30pm

Keynote Speaker: Laura Bishop, MPCA Commissioner
Organics Recycling
Solid Waste

Early Bird Rate through September 10th:
$225 Member | $275 Non-Member

Rate starting September 11th:
275 Member | $325 Non-Member

Purchase both days and receive a discount!:
Early Bird Rate through September 10th:
$325 Member | $395 Non-Member

Rate starting September 11th:
$375 Member | $445 Non-Member

Conference Agenda

Agenda at a Glance – our condensed snapshot of both conference days

Detailed Agenda – all the details you need including speaker and presentation info

*agenda last updated: 10/12/19

Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)

Day 1 equals 9 contact hours and Day 2 equals 7 contact hours

Minnesota Department of Health

This conference agenda is pre-approved by Minnesota Department of Health to be an acceptable continuing education activity for Minnesota Registered Environmental Health Specialist / Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS) renewal. Day 1 equals 9 contact hours and Day 2 equals 7 contact hours.

Per Minnesota rule 4695.2600, the evening banquet/dinner does not qualify for contact hours.

Subp. 5.Contact hour.”Contact hour” means an instructional session of 50 consecutive minutes excluding coffee breaks, registration, meals (with or without speaker), or other social activities.

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

This conference is good for 16 contact hours towards a MPCA Type II or Type III solid waste landfill operator recertification. Day 1 will be worth 9 contact hours and Day 2 will be worth 7 contact hours.

Hotel Accommodations

Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
Reserve your room online or call (763) 536-8300 and reference the RAM/SWANA room block by Sept. 20. The room block rate is $143/night.

Exhibitor Information

2019 RAM/SWANA Exhibitor Packet

Exhibitor Map

Please contact Megan at Megan@DoGoodEvents.com with questions.

Sponsorship Opportunities

For sponsor information, click here >>> 2019 RAM/SWANA Sponsor Information

Need more info? Please contact Brita with RAM at brita@recycleminnesota.org

Ready to confirm your sponsorship? Please contact Lainey with Do Good Events at lainey@dogoodevents.com

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors!

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Thank you to our 2019 Exhibitors