“League of Extraordinary Recyclers – Knocking out Waste” – Recycling Council of Alberta Conference
Jasper was the place to be for superhero recyclers the last week of September. Over 300 people travelled to the Jasper Park Lodge to experience this premier annual waste reduction event.
The conference kicked off Wednesday morning with horseback riding in the beautiful Jasper National Park scenery, as well as the opportunity to experience the famous Jasper Park Lodge golf course. Then Wednesday afternoon, delegates chose from a variety of tours, including the Jasper Wastewater Treatment Plant and Jasper Recycling Program, Planetarium, and Historic Walking Tour. Following the tours, technical content kicked off with a special opening session on the issues associated with waste management in disaster situations. This interactive session was then followed by the feature BBQ and Dialogue with the DAOs, giving attendees the opportunity to ask representatives from Alberta’s DAOs questions about their programs.
Then, conference participants jumped into the first of the fun events for which the RCA has become known. Interactive events revolved around training exercises that would be required to become recycling superheroes. As always, teams got very competitive, producing some remarkable and hilarious performances.
Thursday brought the first full day of conference sessions, including examples of Waste Reduction Heroes, and the opening keynote duo of Scott Parent and his amazing daughter, Thalassa. This set a reflective and inspiring tone for the remainder of the conference, leading into an afternoon of sessions on textiles, organics and plastics.
To top off this very full day, delegates transitioned into their superhero personas for the Extraordinary Recyclers Banquet. Led again by MC-extraordinaire Donovan Workun, aka The Penguin, everyone enjoyed an amazing meal, Rs of Excellence Awards, Sponsor Tribute, and dancing to the energetic tunes of the Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
Friday morning began with the wide-ranging session Zero Waste Warriors, and our perennial favourite keynote, Jerry Powell, who never fails to deliver a relevant and thought-provoking presentation. After a full program of sessions, displays, networking and fun, everyone left Jasper feeling inspired, informed and rewarded.
A very special thank you to all the amazing sponsors who made this event possible. Your continued support is very appreciated. And of course we need to recognize the many volunteers who helped deliver this fabulous event. We look forward to seeing you all in Lake Louise in 2017 (October 11th-13th).