Join us for our 10-Year Anniversary Conference

We are excited to host our 10-Year Anniversary Conference this spring for our collector and partner network to share learnings and celebrate our collective achievements together! In addition to education and information sessions, we will be organizing tours to Recycle BC’s Centre for Material Intelligence, Merlin Plastics, GFL Richmond and Urban Impact.

This is an in-person event to facilitate education, information sharing, and networking opportunities. We look forward to seeing you.

Event Details

May 29-31, 2024 @ Anvil Centre, New Westminster BC  

This conference is open to our collectors and partners. There is no registration fee to attend this conference. (Schedule subject to change)

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

8:00 a.m.
to 1:30 p.m.

Check-in at the Anvil Centre for morning and afternoon tours

9:00 a.m.
to 12:30 p.m.

Morning tours

12:00 p.m.
to 1:00 p.m.

Check-in at the Anvil Centre for afternoon tours only

1:00 p.m.
to 4:30 p.m.

 Afternoon tours

Thursday, May 30, 2024

7:30 a.m.
to 9:00 a.m.

 Registration and Breakfast

9:00 a.m.
to 9:20 a.m.

 Opening Prayer by Musqueam Band Member | Conference Welcome by Recycle BC’s Executive Director, Tamara Burns 

9:20 a.m.
to 9:45 a.m.

 Opening Address: David Suzuki, Grandfather, Award-Winning Scientist, Environmental Activist, Broadcaster

9:45 a.m.
to 10:30 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Robyn Collver, Recycle BC Board of Directors, former Senior Vice-President, Risk and Regulatory Affairs for the Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited 

Topic: BC’s journey as an experienced leader in the changing landscape of packaging and paper EPR in North America, the important role our partners play and how we are moving forward focused on continuous improvement.

10:30 a.m.
to 11:00 a.m.

 Networking break

11:00 a.m.
to 12:00 p.m.

Recycle BC 10-year Recap and Update

Program and partner achievements, growth and innovations.

12:00 p.m.
to 1:00 p.m.


Data Café Officially Opens (for the afternoon)

1:00 p.m.
to 2:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Examining The Relationship Between High Quality Material and End-Markets

Panelists: Regional District of Central Okanagan; Capital Regional District; GFL Richmond; Recycle BC

Topic: Journeying through the lifecycle of collected material and the importance of low contamination rates to produce high quality material for end-markets. 

2:00 p.m.
to 2:30 p.m.

Guest Speaker: Sam Dietrich, Chief Executive Officer, Prairie Robotics

Topic: Artificial Intelligence in Recycling

2:30 p.m.
to 2:45 p.m.


2:45 p.m.
to 3:45 p.m.


Topic: Flexible packaging and the PRFLEX initiative.

3:45 p.m.
to 4:00 p.m.

Can You Recycle This?

Topic: Conference attendees bring samples of PPP they don’t know what to do with and we have experts on hand to talk about materials. 

4:00 p.m.
to 5:00 p.m.


5:00 p.m.
to 8:00 p.m.

Blue Star Awards and Dinner

Day 2 — Friday, May 31, 2024

8:00 a.m.
to 9:15 a.m.


9:15 a.m.
to 10:15 a.m.

Keynote Presentation: Cher Mereweather, Managing Director of Canada Plastics Pact

Topic: Exploring the global approach to plastics management beyond British Columbia and Canada and updates on Canada Plastics Pact activities moving forward and how they relate at the provincial level.

10:15 a.m.
to 10:30 a.m.

Presentation: Colleen McKee, Manager, Marketing and Communications, Recycle BC

Topic: Recycle BC’s Promotion and Education Campaigns.

10:30 a.m.
to 11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m.
to 12:00 p.m.

Guest Speaker: Kevin Andrews, Vice President of Operations, Merlin Plastics

Topic: The changing landscape of plastics and how local end markets are managing those changes.

12:00 p.m.
to 12:05 p.m.

Brief Remarks by Parliamentary Secretary for Environment, Aman Singh 

12:00 p.m.
to 12:20 p.m.

Closing Remarks by the Honourable George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

12:20 p.m.
to 1:30 p.m.


1:30 p.m.

Conference ends

Conference Accommodation

The Inn at the Quay is our hotel partner for the conference.

If the hotel has rooms available, conference attendees can still receive a reduced rate by calling the hotel reservations desk at 604-520-1776 or toll free 1-800-663-2001. The Anvil Centre is centrally located with easy access from ferry terminals, airport, all highways and easily accessible by SkyTrain.