Conference Location

Fort Harrison State Park Inn and Garrison Conference Center, 6002 N Post Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46216

Registration Fees

   MON Only  TUES Only  MON/TUES
 Member  $195  $195  $275
 Nonmember  $275  $275  $355
Fees increase $50 on September 16


Room Block #1

Tru by Hilton Indianapolis Lawrence, 5660 Lawrence Village Parkway, Indianapolis IN 46216

Fee | $129 | Expires 9/1/2023


Room Block #2

Fort Harrison Inn, 5830 N Post Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46216

Fee | $129.99 - $199.99 | Expires 9/8/2023

Group Code: 1002AI


Silent Auction



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Monday, October 2

9:00 am 

Educator Roundtable 
Have a problem student during your lessons? Need to know how to get adults to attend programs? Bring your questions and come help solve issues during our educator roundtable. Other educators will inspire you as we discuss our current educational lessons, what we have planned for the future, and tips on how we plan to lead our counties into a greener world!
Facilitator: Mindy Gleason, Northwest Indiana SWMD

10:30 am 


10:45 am 


Garbage Pizza
Have you ever wondered how much space cardboard, plastic or paper take up in the landfill? This is a fun way to learn math and science at the same time!
“Grow a Heart, Grinch!”
Using a reused water bottle and a balloon, we will help the Grinch grow his heart. We will also enjoy a “bad banana with a greasy black peel” (i.e. anaerobic decomposition) extension.
Pumpkin Chuckin’
Using the engineering process, we will see who can build a catapult that will fling a “pumpkin” the farthest.
Amy Sieferman, Hendricks County Recycling District

12:15 PM


1:00 PM

Marketing Videos 101
Learn how to use Canva, which is a free and user-friendly tool, to turn your photos and video clips into social media gold. This 2-hour session will give you a fundamental understanding of how to set up your branding guidelines, import and edit photos and videos, and create fun and compelling videos for your social media and website channels.
Rachel Gibson, The Corydon Group

3:00 pm 

Tour RecycleForce
RecycleForce is a 501(c)3 that is committed to reducing crime through employment and job training, while improving the environment through electronics recycling. Since 2006, RecycleForce has safely recycled more than 65 million pounds of electronic waste while providing job training to thousands of returning citizens. We will carpool over to their 1255 Roosevelt Ave, Indianapolis facility for a tour and then carpool a few blocks away to their new facility at 9th and Sherman to see their new facility which they plan to move into in mid October 2023.

5:00 PM

Free Time

8:00 PM

Social Event
Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza, 9165 Otis Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46216
Appetizers provided. All other food and drink must be purchased. 

Sponsored by: 

Tuesday, October 3

7:30 AM


8:00 AM

Vendor Presentations

8:30 AM

Indiana's Public Access Counselor
A Refresher on Public Records and Meetings: this course will provide an overview of legal requirements to ensure compliance with the Indiana records laws and the Open Door Law.
Luke Britt

9:15 AM

Vendor Visits

9:30 am 

Making Sure Your Facility is in Compliance
Learn what OSHA regulations might apply to your solid waste district and how to insure you are in compliance.
Tom McGlasson, Monroe County Solid Waste Management District

10:15 AM

Vendor Visits

10:30 AM

Recycling Partnership
The Recycling Partnership works with communities and recycling facilities, including materials recovery facilities, processors, and secondary processors, across the U.S. to improve recycling access, collections, operations, and processing through a variety of grant and technical assistance opportunities. Join us for this session to learn about the different lines of grant funding available to help advance recycling and how easy it to apply for assistance.

11:20 AM

IDEM Emergency Response Program
The Office of Land Quality’s (OLQ) Emergency Response program responds to incidents involving spills to soil or waters of the state. Responders in the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s (IDEM) four regional offices work closely with local, federal, and other state responders to protect Indiana’s environmental resources.
Bryan Smith, IDEM

12:05 PM


Sponsored by: 

1:30 PM

Working with your Board and Citizen's Advisory Committee
Solid waste districts are similar, but all seem to do things a little differently. Join Sandy Whitehead, Director of the Dearborn County Solid Waste Management District, and Joe Wynia, Citizen's Advisory Committee Chairperson for Monroe County, to hear suggestions for meeting packets, frequency of meetings, Citizen's Advisory Committee participation, and related policies.

2:15 PM


2:45 PM

Director’s Roundtable
Do you have a burning question about: Districts with a landfill, HHW full-time collection, HHW Toxaway days (special days), and Reuse areas? Select a table based on a topic that interests you. Want to discuss more than one? We will switch after 20 minutes so attendees will discuss a different topic.
Facilitator: Marianne Peters, Marshall County Solid Waste Management District

3:30 PM

Silent Auction Checkout

4:00 PM

End of Retreat

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