2019 Partners Conference
September 15 - 17, 2019 | Holiday Inn Canton 
| Canton, Ohio

The 2019 Partners Conference was held in Canton, Ohio, September 15 to 17, 2019!


Click here to view photos from the conference. 

Click here to learn about the food scrap landfill diversion efforts funded by ReWorks from the conference! 

2018 AOR Conference

September 18, 2018 | Mid-Ohio Food Bank | Columbus, Ohio

2017 Partners Conference

June 4-6, 2017 | Hyatt Regency | Columbus, Ohio


  • Conference Program (click here)

  • Participant Survey (click here)

  • Speaker Biographies (see Conference Program)

  • Speaker PowerPoints (available PPTs are linked in the Agenda below)


Monday, June 5, 2017 | Sessions

Opening Plenary Session: We're All Connected

Plenary Discussion: What Needs to Happen to "Close the Loop"?

  • Kristin Hall, Sustainability Manager, City of Cleveland - An Informed and Engaged Public

  • Susan Mooney, Materials Management Branch Chief, US EPA Region 5 - Voluntary and/or Regulatory Policies

  • Rick Penner, President, Emerge Knowledge, Re-TRAC Connect - The Ability to Track and Report Impact Data

Technical Breakout: Best Management Practices for Waste and Recycling

Education Breakout: Down and Dirty, Hands-On Compost Education

  • Kathleen Rocco, Cuyahoga Solid Waste Management District - Compost Education

Technical Breakout: The Growing Role of Web 2.0 in Materials Management

Education Breakout: Tap Into Interactive School Projects

Closing Plenary Discussion: The Partners Moving One City Closer to Zero Waste

  • Larry Long, Bexley Green Team

  • Mayor Ben Kessler

  • Michael Greenberg, GT Environmental Inc 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 | Tours

  • The Ohio State University: A behind the scenes tour about "The Shoe's" zero waste activities that diverted 95 tons in 2016.

  • MidOhio Food Bank: This nonprofit collects and distributes 66.5 million pounds of rescued food through 650 member agencies annually. 

  • Kurtz Brothers, Inc: An innovative organics recycler in Central Ohio.


2016 AOR Conference

October 24-25, 2016 | Mohican State Park | Perrysville, Ohio


October 24, 2016 | Tours

  • Milliron Recycling

  • Willig Tire Recycling

  • Malabar Farm State Park

October 25, 2016 | Sessions

Keynote Address 

Bob Gedert, National Recycling Coalition

Plenary Session: Team Development

Breakout Session: Dealing with Hard-to-Recycle Materials

Breakout Session: Putting Safety First 

Lunch Keynote 

Breakout Session: Closing the Loop with Material Matchmakers

Breakout Session: Engaging Stakeholders through Communication Strategies

General Session: Consensus-Building


2015 Partners Conference

June 29-30, 2015 | Crown Plaza | Dayton, Ohio


Opening Plenary Session

Breakout SessionIncreasing Participation by Getting the Message Out


Breakout SessionSustainable Solutions for Waste Management


Breakout SessionEnhancing Education Programs

Lunch Keynote Session


Breakout SessionZero Waste in Action


Breakout SessionRaising Standards Through Industry Certification


Breakout Session

  • Options for Organics: Opportunities and Challenges

Closing Plenary Session

  • Bringing it all together: Improving Program Performance and Participation with Best Management Practices