Titanium Sponsor

Ball Corporation

Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsor

Momentum Recycling

Silver Sponsor

Waste Management

Host Committee

A special thank you to the Summit for Recycling Host Committee:

EverGreen ZeroWaste

Town of Snowmass Village

Save the Date

2019 Summit for Recycling
June 9-11
Pueblo, CO

Lodging & Conference Center

Westin Snowmass Resort
100 Elbert Lane
Snowmass Village, CO 81615

The extended room block at $135/night at the Westin is almost at capacity. Call the hotel directly (970-923-8200) for availabiity or check alternate online travel sites.

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Summit for Recycling

The Colorado Association for Recycling’s annual recycling Summit is a dynamic conference and exhibition that brings together the state's recycling professionals and individuals dedicated to the principles of recycling, waste prevention and composting. The agenda is complete with educational sessions, a variety of presenters, business partner showcase, site tours, recycling awards, silent auction, and fun networking events. The 2018 Summit is the 29th year of the conference!

2018 Summit for Recycling
June 3-5, 2018
Westin Snowmass Resort

"Who needs China's markets? Creating solutions in Colorado"

Summit round tables identify actionable solutions to recycling challenges

The 2018 Summit for Recycling coordinated twelve round tables that each focused on a specific aspect of recycling. CAFR uses round tables as a method to convene stakeholders on regional and topical issues for the purpose of advancing infrastructure, end markets and state and local policies in waste reduction, recovery and diversion. Read about the outcomes


Daniel J. Domonoske
Executive Vice President of Potential Industries, Inc.

Dan has more than 30 years of experience in recycling. Dan lived in China for a year, was part of a joint venture that owned and operated a newsprint and tissue mill in China and has travelled to China extensively in the last 20 years. With Potential Industries, Dan has been in the business of closing the loop through all aspects of recycling including sorting-processing at their regional Material Recovery Facility (MRF), municipal operating and marketing contracts, trans-loading, exporting, transfer station and traditional recycling. Dan has a BS in Economics, a Masters in International Business Management and a PhD in Environmental Policy. As a skier and former CO resident, Dan is no stranger to Colorado or to the Snowmass area. Dan will address the real impact of what's going on in China and what Colorado needs to do to adjust and to attract end markets

Who needs China's markets? Creating solutions in Colorado

In 2016 China imported 45 million tons of scrap metal, waste paper and plastic, together worth more than $18 billion. But that trend may soon change.

China announced in 2013 "Operation Green Fence", a campaign to block imports of illegal and low-quality waste through improved inspections of container ships. In February 2017 Chinese customs officials announced "National Sword," an initiative aimed at reducing illegal shipments of industrial and electronic waste. Most recently China announced that imports of recyclables – those that are not outright banned by a separate restriction – will need to meet increased quality standards. Incoming loads will be allowed no more than 0.5 percent contamination.

The potential upheaval in global markets presents an opportunity for the U.S. and Colorado recyclers to improve their material quality and to create local markets that will boost our local economies.

Through focused round-table sessions, 2018 Summit for Recycling attendees will be actively involved in creating solutions in Colorado. We will explore advancements in infrastructure, end-market development, and policies in waste reduction, recovery, and diversion.

What attendees had to say about last year's conference:

I was very surprised at the large quantity of information and how much I learned.

This is my 10th year attending the Summit and this was easily one of the best conferences! Great content in the presentation.

Great Conference! I learned a lot and made some great contacts.