2022 Tours & Workshops

May 12, 2022

Add a tour or workshop to your registration! Returning for 2022, we will offer two tours and four half-day workshops on Thursday that each focus on a different industry topic. Workshops include: Zero Waste Certified Training, Food Waste & Organics Diversion Program Development, Safety, and Recycling.


Las Vegas Livestock, LLC by the Combs Brothers

8:00 am - 1:00 pm
*Separate registration required

Las Vegas Livestock is the only permitted food scrap feeding facility in the state of Nevada and operated by 6th generation family members.  You will see how food waste is processed and fed to livestock.  LVL uses livestock to address two of society's issues: reducing waste and providing a sustainable, high quality protein.

$45– Limited Space Available (24 attendees max)

Things to note:
Facility is outside and rocky-clothes toed shoes are recommended, dress accordingly
Restrooms at facilities are porta potties
Photography is fine

Learn more about Las Vegas Livestock here

Republic Service’s Southern Nevada Recycling Center

***This tour is for international attendees only

9:00 am - 1:00 pm
*Separate registration required

Enjoy a tour of Republic Service’s Southern Nevada Recycling Center. Take a firsthand look at how the recycling process works from the tipping floor to the baled commodities. You’ll see how the materials are sorted and separated and prepared to be set to end markets to be repurposed as they are intended. In the learning center, you’ll see facts and figures of the recycling efforts specific to the local Las Vegas market. It’s a hands-on experience you won’t want to miss!

$45– Limited Space Available (24 attendees max)

Things to note:
Closed-toed shoes required.
Photography is fine


The Zero Waste Certified Training Course

8:30 am – 12:30 pm
*Separate registration required

Attendees will learn:

  • Why Zero Waste is the fastest, most cost-effective way communities can reduce climate change impacts, promote
    local sustainability, and create green jobs
  • How more than 250 U.S. municipalities are systematically pursuing high diversion and Zero Waste
  • What Zero Waste businesses – now in the thousands, are doing to help lead the way
  • How your community could move toward Zero Waste
  • Where to find the resources needed to further your own knowledge and practice of Zero Waste

This class is taught in a lively, interactive manner by Rick Anthony, a nationally renowned expert. The content is
designed to be easy to retain and the extensive resources are easy to access. It is valuable to municipal staff, haulers,
decision makers, advocates and all interested in Zero Waste. Certificates of Completion are awarded by Zero Waste
USA to students that pass the open book exam and turn in the evaluation.

Building on Foundational Safety

8:30 am – 12:30 pm
*Separate registration required

Safety is a No. 1 focus for the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) and the industry as a whole. In order to mitigate complex safety issues and build a solid foundation, we must work together and commit to having a safety first mindset. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to build upon foundational safety by implementing proven best practices and integrating technology that can help your program be more effective.

Presented by NWRA’s Safety Committee


Food Waste and Organics Diversion for All Waste Generators: Commercial, Residential, and Institutional

8:30 am – 12:30 pm
*Separate registration required

This is a comprehensive workshop that will guide the attendee in understanding all the important aspects of diverting food waste and organics from landfill.
The groundwork for the Workshop will include discussion of:

  • Environmental benefits of food scrap diversion
  • Feeding Hungry People
  • Laws and Regulations mandating food scrap diversion
    Healthy Soils

Non-Edible Food Scraps are generated in almost every building occupied. From homes to schools, to office buildings, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, and industrial facilities. This workshop will identify these locations and help the attendee learn about the processes of waste separation, collection, processing, and reporting.

Items to be covered include:

  • Waste characterization
  • Contamination
  • Health & Safety
  • Collection
  • Organics Processing options
  • Education of waste generators
  • Data collection and reporting
  • Tools and programs available to assist in waste diversion process

This workshop will help any municipality, business, educational institution, or commercial entity that generates food scraps and currently sends it to landfill or incineration. The process will be shown to be easy, concise, and compliant with all municipal or state regulations.

Crunching the Numbers: Understanding the Data and Realities in Materials Recovery

8:30 am – 12:30 pm
*Separate registration required

Should we “recycle everything, all the time” or “when in doubt, throw it out”? These are popular and frequently asked questions in our society.

Here are just some of the questions we’ll explore together in this workshop:

  • How much material is actually recycled every year—and how do we measure it?
  • What is reality when it comes to recycling?
  • What are the measurable benefits of recycling? And how do we know?
  • Are there situations when recycling may be bad?
  • What can we do to enhance the quality and quantity of recycled materials?

Join us as we take a provocative and interactive look at recycling in an attempt to address some of these questions. Using current science and data, various topics will be explored to discuss what we know about recycling, what we can do to measure better and what insights are hiding in the data.

Presented by EREF

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