Recycle BC 10-Year Anniversary Partner Conference - Recycle BC

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. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

8:45 a.m.
Check-in at the Anvil Centre for morning and afternoon tours

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

12:45 p.m.
Check-in at the Anvil Centre for afternoon tours only

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

6:00 p.m.
Evening reception (TBC)
at the Anvil Centre

Thursday, May 30, 2024

7:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Registration open

7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

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

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: The changing landscape of packaging and paper EPR in North America. Particularly, what the packaging and paper EPR activity has been across Canada in various provinces/territories, and in US; how BC is a leader (only possible by the work all our collection and post-collection partners do); our 10-years of experience; national integration opportunities (as appropriate) and a note on what’s ahead: new higher targets and expectations in BC and any national collaborations.

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.

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.

6:30 p.m. to 9:00 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; a look at how all the Plastics Pacts are aligned, insights from the first in-person meeting of the plastics pact network in South Africa and updates on Canada Plastics Pact activities moving forward (e.g. Roadmap 2.0 as it relates to recycling) and how it connects at the provincial level.

10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Presentation: Colleen McKee, Manager, Marketing and Communications, Recycle BC

Topic: Recycle BC’s Promotion and Education Campaigns 

10:45 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 12:15 p.m.
Closing Remarks by the Honourable George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy 

12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

1:15 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. 

Blue Star Awards

Once again, Recycle BC will be awarding the Blue Star Awards, first awarded in 2019, to share recognition with those who best exemplify Recycle BC’s values while providing outstanding contribution to Recycle BC’s success.  

If you would like to nominate a partner who exemplified one or more of our values of innovation, knowledge, trust, service and integrity, please submit your nomination here: 


Please contact us if you have questions about the conference, travel or accommodations: