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Alabama Recycling Coalition2024 Conference & Expo​

Tentative Agenda 


August 26-28, 2024 

The Lodge at Gulf State Park, a Hilton Hotel

21196 E Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 

(251) 540-4000


Monday, August 26

Registration Table Opens and Exhibitor Setup (12:30 pm)


2:00 pm  – Alabama Department of Environmental Management Grant Writing Workshop 

Join us for a concise session on managing ADEM grants. Learn how to effectively utilize funds, meet reporting requirements, and leverage events for community engagement. Whether you've received a grant or are seeking funding, this session provides essential guidance for maximizing your impact.


3:00 pm --  Opening Remarks & Welcome


3:30 pm -- Alabama Recycling Grant Fund Award Celebration

Join us for an exciting presentation by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) as they award over 2 million dollars in funding to support recycling infrastructure and programs across the state. Learn about impactful projects, engage with stakeholders, and celebrate efforts to advance recycling in Alabama. 


5:00 pm -- Celebration Reception 

Join us for a lively reception with exhibitors to celebrate Alabama's recycling achievements. Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks as we network and toast to the progress of recycling initiatives across the state. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with fellow advocates and celebrate our shared commitment to sustainability in Alabama. Enjoy dinner on your own with friends or customers.


Tuesday, August 27​​

Breakfast voucher provided for the Foodcraft Restaurant (7 am - 11 am) 
Registration Table Opens (8 am)

9:00 am – Welcome 

9:15 am - "Alabama Recycles Panel: Successes & Challenges Across the State"

Discover the diverse landscape of recycling programs across Alabama as we delve into the successes and challenges of recycling initiatives spanning the state. From urban centers to rural communities, learn how various programs are making a difference and explore opportunities for collaboration and improvement.

Refreshment Break with Exhibitors

10:30 am – “Growing Recycling from the Ground Up” Panel: The Recycling Partnership

Recycling is not one thing but a series of loosely connected but highly interdependent parts -- from store shelves to consumers to collection to processing to the recycler and the ultimate end markets. Delivering a robust recycling system requires each of those parts to be healthy and strong. In this session, we discuss the components of a robust recycling system with a firm eye on recyclers and end markets. What steps and policies could help grow Alabama's recycling system? Come to this session to dig in and plant some seeds.


Moderator: Dylan de Thomas, The Recycle Partnership VP of Public Policy & Government Affairs

Exhibitor Spotlight

12:00 pm -- Keynote Speaker & Lunch 

Lee Lawson, President and CEO of the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance

1:30 pm -- "Going the Extra Mile: Recycling Innovations Panel"

Join us as recycling experts share their experiences, insights, and successes in pushing the boundaries of sustainability. From groundbreaking initiatives to impactful projects, this discussion will empower you with ideas and motivation to make a difference in recycling efforts.

Exhibitor Break Down (after 2:30 pm)

Enjoy dinner on your own with friends or customers. 

6:30 pm -- Excursion Opportunity: Network on a Sunset Dolphin Cruise 

(details in progress) 

Wednesday, August 28

Breakfast voucher provided for the Foodcraft Restaurant (7 am - 11 am) 
Registration Table Opens (8 am)


8:00 am -- ARC Annual Membership Meeting

8:30 am -- Environmental Protection Agency

9:00 am -- Alabama Department of Environmental Management Regulatory Updates

10:00 am -- Keep Alabama Beautiful Updates & Grants


Exhibitor Door Prizes


11:00 am - 12:00 pm -- Excursion Opportunity to Baldwin County Recycling Facility 

All interested in touring will meet at the Baldwin County Facility  at 11:30 am. 

Address: 15140 Co Rd 49, Summerdale, AL 36580 / Phone: (251) 937-0249

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