2023 Annual Meeting and Event

There’s no better time to visit Western North Carolina than in the fall when leaves are exploding with color. The weather is still warm yet offers an evening crispness long forgotten from the hot, humid summer months. This year, the SERDC Symposium and Annual Membership Meeting will take place in Asheville, NC, just steps from the famed Biltmore Estate, minutes from an eclectic downtown and right beside the Blue Ridge Parkway.

This year's Symposium aims to foster collaboration, innovation, and knowledge exchange within the recycling community. It serves as a platform for professionals to stay updated on industry trends, build partnerships, and contribute to the sustainable development of recycling practices. In addition, our 2023 Champions of the Southeast award winners will be announced and the SERDC membership will be able to get an update on this year’s work as well as vote in the 2024 Board of Directors.

Members Non-members

7/1 to 8/25            $250               $350

8/25 to 10/1  $300 $400

10/2 to 10/18 $375 $475

Wed Reception/ Exhibit hall only
$100 $150

Exhibitors (includes one registration)
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Members: $750 Non-members: $1500

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Agenda (updated 9/26)

Tuesday, October 17

Off-site evening gathering 5-7 ish pm:

Hi-Wire Brewing Big Top Location
2A Huntsman Pl
Asheville, NC 28803 United States

Join us just a few blocks from the hotel for a casual social gathering.  Not only will you get to say hi to old and new friends, it's $3 Flagship pint night!

Wednesday, October 18 
(Learn more about tours- separate registration)
9:15 am- 1 pm: Sierra Nevada Brewing Mills River Facility Sustainability Tour $40

1:15 pm- 3:30 pm: Sonoco Recycling MRF/Wicked Weed Brewing Tour $25

4:00 pm – 7:00 PM Exhibitor Welcoming Reception 

Sponsored by:

Thursday, October

8:00 AM                    Registration opens

8:30-   9:05 AM  Welcome/Keynote- Restoring Confidence in Recycling  (NCDEQ Secretary: Elizabeth Biser)

​9:10- 10:00 AM  Session 1-Panel on Demand​- KW Plastics, Unifi, Pratt Recycling, Keurig Dr.Pepper

Recent media stories have painted recycling as ineffective and failing to become consumer products. Our panels from the manufacturing section will share where their materials go on their way to use in manufacturing and their outlook for the ability to accept more material, if it’s recovered.

10:00- 10:30 AM  Break/Exhibitor time

​10:30- 11:45 AM  Session 2- Restoring Faith in Recycling Working Session

Come ready to engage in a collaborative working session to identify top needs to restore faith in recycling in the Southeast. Public perception is not the same as the industry reality so how can SERDC bridge that gap for its members and drive a much-needed impact? Join Marissa Segundo, award-winning communications strategist, and nearly 20-year industry veteran, as we break down barriers and harness the economic benefits of recycling and recovery, together.

​11:45 AM- 12:55 PM  Champions of the SE Awards Luncheon (view finalists)

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​12:55- 1:15 PM SERDC Annual Members Business Meeting

1:15- 2:00 PM Session 3- Legislative panel- Material Management

2:00- 2:45 PM Session 4- Engaging Legislators

Alex Miller with Government Affairs and Will Sagar will share techniques for effectively communicating with elected officials.

2:45- 3:00 PM Break/Exhibit Area

3:00- 3:30 PM Session 5- How EPR stands to impact recycling

AMERIPEN Executive Director Dan Felton will give an update on packaging extended producer responsibility (EPR) developments in the U.S. as four states are now implementing full laws, another two are implementing groundwork laws and many other states and the federal government are continuing to consider legislative proposals. It's a new era for public policy for packaging recovery and recycling in the U.S., including in the Southeast!

3:30- 4:00 PM Conclusion and Final Dialog

Friday, October 20

8:30-12:00 pm Biltmore Estate Sustainability Tour and all day gardens and grounds, starts at $150

Go on a behind-the-scenes tour of one of most famous properties in the Southeast to learn about how the Estate handles all kinds of waste throughout their property.  More information.

DoubleTree by Hilton in Asheville, NC

Room Block October 16-19 available   $169/night plus taxes and fees

Free Parking  No Resort Fees

The block is limited and closes Sept. 17, so book now to get this rate.

If you want to extend your stay in order to do a Biltmore tour or explore the area, the hotel has offered shoulder dates 2 nights before and after the contracted block BUT it must be booked directly with the hotel front desk to get the group rate. They are only offered on a first come first serve basis. Make a reservation for the blocked dates using the link below then call them at (828) 274-1800 to extend your stay.

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