2018 Tours & Workshops

Tours & Workshops

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Monday, March 19

9:00 - 3:30
Cost: $35
Collegiate Recyclers Coalition
Western Carolina UniverstiyThe CRC Workshop is an opportunity to hear from fellow colleagues about exciting innovations, new ideas, challenges, and lessons learned in the world of collegiate recycling. The morning program will feature student speakers, followed by roundtable discussions with collegiate recycling colleagues. This will be followed by lunch and tour of Western Carolina University.

Transportation will be provided from Harrahs, leaving at 8:00 a.m., and returning to the hotel at 3:30 p.m. For those who wish to drive directly to Western Carolina, directions and parking information will be provided.
9:00 - 11:00
Cost: $35
Zero Waste: The Cherokee Way
Harrah's Cherokee Hotel and the Cherokee Tribal MRF Harrahs Cherokee Casino Resort is located within the Qualla Boundary, a sovereign nation that operates inside the United States, governed by the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians. This unique place offers a different kind of glimpse into a closed loop system driven not by state or federal policies, but by deep and rich cultural values of waste reduction, recycling and care for the earth. During this tour we will see all of the sustainable practices taking place at the Harrahs resort including food waste and recycling collection, energy efficiency features, and other green hospitality programs. We will then visit the Harrahs Tribal Solid Waste facility that includes a comprehensive food waste and bio-solids composting program, recycling, special waste collection, and more.
1:00 - 5:00
Cost: $35
Chasing Paper - A Closed Loop Tour
Jackson Paper and Jackson County MRF Join us as we explore the closed loop system right here in the Carolinas. We are all familiar with the evolving ton: newspaper and magazines are disappearing while cardboard boxes are on the rise thanks to the growth of e-commerce. See how recyclers in North Carolina fit in to a closed loop system of turning old cardboard boxes into new ones.

We’ll start by visiting Jackson County’s exemplary recycling transfer station, where post-consumer old corrugated containers (OCC) and other recyclables are collected from residents and consolidated for efficient hauling. The tour will continue on to Jackson Paper in Sylva where some of that post-consumer OCC ends up. Established in 1995, Jackson Paper is the largest manufacturer of recycled paper in NC. The company uses more than 100,000 tons of OCC every year to make 100% recycled corrugated medium (the wavy layer) which is supplied to corrugated box makers throughout the United States. We will get a firsthand view of this process, plus a tour of the closed loop water system that allows the company to reuse the large quantities of water needed to make paper.
2:00 - 5:00
Cost: $25
Keep America Beautiful Workshop
Harrah's Conference Center Join the NC Keep America Beautiful Chapter as we showcase successful recycling programs driven by KAB’s efforts and resources. We will discuss KAB’s joint Convenience store recycling initiative and showcase progress at the KAB & NC levels, including what these efforts represents in the advancement of recycling on the go. We will also showcase KAB affiliate Catawba County and discuss how western North Carolina is staying beautiful even in the face of challenges. KAB will also provide and update on their rebranding, resources, and other business related items.

Tuesday, March 20

Time & Cost WorkshopLocationDescription
10:00 - Noon
Cost: $25
WORKSHOP: HHW CouncilHarrah's Conference CenterPaint is the #1 most common item brought to HHW drop off and collection programs. It is often perfectly useful and in some cases, completely unused and unopened! Many opportunities exist to reuse paint in your community at a lot cost with a high benefit. Join the HHW council to explore paint management options ranging from PosiShell, paint reuse swap shops, bulking methods, solidifying, and other aspects that programs utilize to reduce and deal with paint waste.
10:00 - Noon
Cost: $25
WORKSHOP: Healthcare Sustainability Council
Harrah's Conference CenterThe Healthcare Sustainability Workshop is aimed at helping healthcare professionals, recyclers, and supporters learn about the specific opportunity of reducing waste in a healthcare setting. The workshop will provide approaches, strategies, networking, and best practices for this unique industry.