The Illinois Recycling Foundation is proud to bring businesses involved in reuse, recycling and
composting together with government, educators and environmentalists for a two day in-person conference on August 30 and 31, 2022 in Joliet, Illinois!

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Schedule of Events

August 30 August 31
8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Conference Registration & Exhibitor Set-up

Arrival Light Refreshment, Coffee, Tea

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Conference Registration

Hot Breakfast Buffet in Exhibitor Hall

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Guided Tour of Campus Environmental Features 9:15- 10:15 a.m. Textile Recycling Tracking;
Paint: Now and with EPR;
Education for Residents & Students
10:00 – 11:15 a.m. Opening Plenary and Keynote Address 10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Mini Break—Visit Exhibitors
11:30a.m. – 12:30p.m. Social Justice/Environmental Justice & Recycling Sites; Reuse Markets (non-textile);
C&D & Carpet Markets & Updates
11:00 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m. Scrap Metal Markets; Batteries; PFAs
12:45 – 1:45 p.m. Awards Lunch and Annual Meeting 12:15 p.m. Box Lunch and Board Bus for Tour
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Curbside Market Update & Commercial Glass;
Electronics Recycling Commercial & Residential;
Campus Sustainability Challenges
12:30 – 4:00 p.m. Tours
3:15 – 4:15 p.m.  Certification Efforts;
Legislative Challenges;
IEPA Inspections for Permitted vs Non-Permitted Sites
4:30- 5:30 p.m. Packaging EPR Efforts; Compost Markets & Food Scraps; Polystyrene Recycling Options
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Silent Auction, Social Event at Heroes West
Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsoring or exhibiting is the most effective way to build
recognition for your business or program. As a sponsor or exhibitor,
your support will assist in ensuring a highly successful conference,
while enabling you to market your company or organization to 200
anticipated attendees throughout Illinois and the Midwest.

Each sponsorship level provides a multitude of benefits that allow
you to showcase your organization, products and services, with great
opportunities to interact with attendees. Exhibitor information and
sponsorship levels include the following:

Platinum Sponsor
Double Booth in preferred location
Up to 20 Full Conference Registrations
Full Page Program Ad, On-Site Signage
Premiere Website Listing, Newsletter
feature, and social media recognition
Gold Sponsor
Booth in preferred location,
Up to 10 Full Conference Registrations
Half Page Program Ad, On-Site Signage
Premiere Website Listing, Newsletter,
and social media recognition
Silver Sponsor
Exhibit Booth
Up to 3 Full Conference Registrations
Quarter Page Ad in Program, On-Site
Signage, Premiere Website Listing,
Newsletter, and social media recognition
Bronze Sponsor
Exhibit Booth and One Full Conference
Registration, Business Card Program Ad,
On-Site Signage, Newsletter, and social
media recognition
$10,000 $5,000 $2,500 $1,500
Silent Auction
Up to 2 Conference Registrations,
Program Listing, On-Site Signage
Website, Newsletter, and social media
Awards Luncheon
Up to 2 Conference Registrations,
Program Listing, On-Site Signage
Website, Newsletter, and social media
Hot Breakfast
A Full Conference Registration,
Program Listing, On-Site Signage
Website, Newsletter, and social media
Box Lunch & Tours
A Full Conference Registration,
Program Listing, On-Site Signage
Website, Newsletter, and social media
$3,000 $2,750 SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
Exhibitor Opportunities
On or After August 1: $500 Member; $650 Non-Member Member Rate applies to any current member in good standing of IRF. Basic exhibitor fees are all-inclusive and entitle one company representative from your organization to attend sessions, receive conference registration materials, meals, and a listing in the exhibitor section of the conference program. Registration for extra booth staff is available.]
Attendee Information
[Attendees will be offered presentations from respected and notable professionals on a variety of topics impacting the reuse, recycling and composting sectors in Illinois and around the globe. Deluxe Registration Includes Full Conference Registration, meals and choice of Tour. $ 200 Member; $ 275 Non-Member Late Fee A $30 late fee will be charged for registration after August 15, 2022.

National Recycling Coalition President,
Bob Gedert

Bob Gedert is the current President of the National Recycling Coalition and a Cincinnati-based
consultant with 40+ years of experience in guiding communities toward sustainable materials management through a systems approach, bridging recycling best practices and sustainability toward local circular economies. He has experience in building local economic development practices with zero waste goals through private-public partnerships that utilize local markets for recyclables through innovative entrepreneurships and collaborative business networks.

Previously, Bob served as department director of Austin Resource Recovery, leading the city toward zero waste goals through the city provided services of recycling collection, trash collection, household hazardous waste collection, yard and food waste collection, storm debris collection street sweeping, and litter abatement. In addition to his tenure at Austin, he has served in the leadership of resource recovery in many communities including the City of Fresno, CA as chief of recycling operations; the Counties of Auglaize and Highland in Ohio; the City of Cincinnati in Ohio and communities across Indiana as Chief of Source Reduction and Recycling with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

Pre-Event Tour


August 31 Tours, Noon – 4 p.m.

Event Site

Featuring the first LEED Greenhouse in the nation, two buildings with geothermal systems to reduce energy use, EV Charging and an abundance of efficiency features, as well as a native fen and being adjacent to a Forest Preserve, Joliet Junior College is within a mile of Route 80. Hotels are adjacent to the property, with a casino a few minutes down the street.

Event Brochure

Download the PDF: 2022-Conference-Hotel-Brochure-8-22