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9:00 AM– 4 PM   Tour of GDB Recycled Paint Manufacturing Facility (includes bus from hotel and lunch)

6:00 PM     Early Welcome Reception



9:00 AM – 10:00 AM     Conference Registration & Exhibitor Set Up

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM     Arrival Light Refreshment, Coffee, Tea

10:00 AM – 11:15 PM     Welcome and Plenary Session

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM    Concurrent Sessions

12:45 AM – 1:45 PM     Awards Lunch and Annual Meeting

2:00 AM – 3:00 PM    Concurrent Sessions 2

3:15 PM  – 4:15 PM     Concurrent Sessions 3

5:00 PM      Exhibit Hall Closed

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM     Silent Auction, Social Event at Medici



8:30 AM – 10:00 AM    Conference Registration

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM    Hot Breakfast Buffet in Exhibit Hall

8:30 AM – Noon     Exhibit Hall Open

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM    Concurrent Sessions 5

10:45 AM—11:00 AM    Mini Break—Visit Exhibitors

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM     Concurrent Sessions 6

12:15 PM      Box Lunch and Board Bus for Tour

12:30 PM – 4:00 PM    Choice of Tours – Midwest Fiber/Rose Rock Industries Bus Tour and Campus Sustainability Walking Tour



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 300 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 – $7,500

Limit 1 – 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 – $5,000

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 – $2,500

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 – $1,500

Exhibit Booth and One Full Conference

Registration, Business Card Program Ad, On-Site Signage, Newsletter, and social media recognition


Gift Sponsor – $850

Provide gifts for attendees with your logo

Includes 1 full registration and listing in conference brochure and newsletter

Monday Evening – $1,200

Limit 2 – Up to 2 Conference Registrations, Program Listing, On-Site Signage Website, Newsletter, and social media recognition


Tuesday Dinner & Silent Auction – $2,200

(Proceeds fund scholarship program)

Limit 2 – Up to 3 Conference Registrations, Program Listing, On-Site Signage Website, Newsletter, and social media recognition


Awards Luncheon – $1,400

Limit 2 – Up to 2 Conference Registrations, Program Listing, On-Site Signage Website, Newsletter, and social media recognition


Hot Breakfast – $1,800

Limit 1  – A Full Conference Registration,

Program Listing, On-Site Signage Website, Newsletter, and social media recognition

Box Lunch & Tours – $1,300

Limit 2 – A Full Conference Registration,

Program Listing, On-Site Signage Website, Newsletter, and social media recognition



Before May 15:              $625 Member

$675 Non-Member

On or After May 15:      $750 Member

$800 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.


Offering 11 hours of Booth Time

Introductions at Silent Auction


Tuesday, June 13, 2023
9:00 am – 9:45 am


Wednesday, June 14, 2023
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Opportunity to Donate to Auction for additional promotion opportunity


Participating in the Silent Auction is a great way to maximize face time with conference attendees.

Auction items are valued at $25 or more. The item(s) you donate will be placed at your booth during exhibit hours with the final auction during the Tuesday evening dinner.

Auction sheets will be provided.

Silent Auction proceeds go toward educational initiatives and the IRF scholarship fund.



Advertisements in the conference program can be purchased for an additional fee:

Art must be camera ready and received by May 15.


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.


Attendee Registration

Includes Full Conference Registration, Tours, and Evening Social Events

$ 250 Member

$ 325 Non-Member

Late Fee

A $30 late fee will be charged for registration after May 31, 2023


Payment options include on-line registration through our website using credit cards.

Checks are also accepted. Please mail a week in advance to allow for postal time. Website:

Mail to:

IRF—Attention Conference
P.O. Box 411
Geneva, IL 60134


Alec Cooley, Busch Systems & NRC Board Member

Michelle Metzler, Recycling Partnership

Garth Hickle, RRS Signalfire Group


Session Topics Include

  • Market Updates on Curbside Recyclables
  • EPR Legislation on Paint
  • Packaging EPR Efforts
  • Educating Residents & Students
  • C&D and Carpet Markets
  • Electronics: Commercial & Residential
  • Compost Markets & Food Scrap
  • Food Service #6 Ban Effort & Recycling
  • Battery Issues & Possible Solutions
  • Latest update on PFAs
  • Reuse Markets (non-textile)
  • Campus Sustainability Challenges
  • EPA Inspections
  • Textile Recycling and Tracking
  • Scrap Metal Markets

Session Schedule

Monday, June 12
9:00 AM  Bus Tour to GDB International Paint Recycling Facility
6:00 PM Early Welcome Reception
Tuesday, June 13
9:00 AM    Registration Opens
10:00 – 11:15 AM Welcome & Plenary Session
11:15 AM Exhibit Hall Opens
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Curbside Material Markets & Glass
Sustainability Efforts for Corporations & Colleges
Bans & Fees
12:45 – 1:45 PM Awards Luncheon and Annual Meeting
2:00 – 3:00 PM Packaging EPR Efforts
Electronics Update
PFAS: Latest Update
3:15 – 4:15 PM Curbside Education
Recycling Difficult Items – Batteries
5:30 PM Silent Auction and Social Event at Medici Restaurant
Wednesday, June 14
8:00 AM Registration Opens
Hot Breakfast Buffet Opens
Exhibit Hall Opens
9:15 – 10:15 AM Items Lurking in Your Basement
Hard to Recycle Plastics
Textiles & Mattress Recycling
10:45 – 11:00 AM Break – Visit Exhibits
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Meds and Sharps
C & D and Carpet Markets
What to Expect When You Get Inspected
Noon Box Lunch
12:30 – 4:00 PM Bus Tour to Midwest Fiber and Rose Rock Industries
Walking Campus Sustainability Tour



GDB Paint Recycling Tour

Campus Compost Walking Tour

Midwest Fiber with Robotics MRF and Rose Rock Plastics Recycling Tour

Concurrent Sessions and tours are subject to change.



Illinois State University

Bone Student Center

200 N. University St.

Normal, IL  61761

Parking is available for $1 per hour.


Hotel Near Conference Center                                  

Hyatt Place Bloomington/Normal

200 Broadway Ave                            

Normal, IL  61761



This hotel is in the heart of Normal, near the train station, featuring EV charging and many sustainability features. This is a short walk to the Bone Center at Illinois State University where the conference is being held.

Parking is Free for Hotel Guests

Parking at ISU Bone Student Center is a $1 per hour.


Map of immediate area