This event is hosted jointly by the Iowa Recycling Association and  Iowa Society of Solid Waste Operations.



Iowa Recycling Association (IRA) and Iowa Society of Solid Waste Operations (ISOSWO) invite you to submit an abstract for the 2019 Iowa Recycling and Solid Waste Management Conference by Friday, May 31, 2019.  Submit your abstract here. (Google Form)
The Iowa Recycling and Solid Waste Management Conference and Trade Show is a premier event providing exceptional educational programs, networking and trade show opportunities to recycling and solid waste management professionals from across the Midwest.  The conference curriculum addresses a broad array of issues and provides a balanced program that meets the various skill and interest levels of the conference audience.
Technical Focus for Tracks
The conference education sessions are divided into three concurrent tracks; typically, solid waste management, recycling and education, and best practices and professional development tracks. The following are topics desired, but please feel free to submit a presentation topic that is not listed or does not fit into one of the identified tracks.  

Solid Waste Management TrackRecycling & Education TrackBest Practices and Professional Development Track
Community Recycling Programs 
Conflict Resolution
Landfill Design and Construction
Ideal Recycler Recognition Programs
Developing and Interpreting Data for Decision Making
Solid Waste Planning
Pay-As-You-Throw Strategies
Communication Strategies
Pollution Prevention
Repair and Reuse Programs
Financial Planning
SafetyRethinking Recycling Metrics (Evolving Ton)
Leadership/Management Development
Storm Water BMP’s Case Studies
Strategies and Approaches Addressing Contamination
Leading Across Generations
Organics ManagementPollution Prevention Best Practices
Developing Requests for Information, Bids, Proposals and Qualifications
Collection Efficiencies and ApproachesEnergy Conservation and Utilization
Social Equity in Environmental Issues
Transfer Station Operations and Economies
Composting and Biological Treatment
Recruiting, Hiring, Training and Retaining Employees
Landfill Gas Management
Recycling Practices for Business and Industry
Policy Development and Evaluation


Why Should You Submit an Abstract?
This is an opportunity to share your knowledge with professionals in the solid waste management and recycling industries. Presenting at the Iowa Recycling and Solid Waste Management Conference enhances your professional development, enables you to share with your peers, gains you recognition in the industry, and provides you an opportunity to learn from your colleagues.

Abstract Guidelines
Click on the link below to submit your presentation. You will be asked to fill in contact information, past speaking experience, brief biography and an abstract (200 words/1500 characters or less). Abstracts must be submitted online and received by Friday, May 31, 2019. 

Submit your abstract here. (Google Form)

Speaker Reimbursement
Please review the conference's Speaker Compensation Policy regarding any financial compensation. If you require financial assistance in order to speak at the conference, please complete the Speaker Reimbursement Request form (Google Form) for consideration.  

Session Schedule
Presentations will have a duration of 25 or 50 minutes. Each session may have one or multiple presenters or may be in a panel format.  Sessions are planned for Tuesday October 1, 10 a.m.-noon, 1:30-4:30 p.m. and Wednesday October 2, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Please indicate as part of your submittal if you are NOT available for a specific date or time.

Review Process
Speakers are required to submit an abstract. While previous speaking experience is an advantage, new presenters are strongly encouraged to submit. Each submission will be reviewed by a panel which will focus on: 
1. Innovation of topic or project 
2. Relevance to the respective audience 
3. Overall merit of the abstract: clarity of description, creativity of presentation and scope of objectives

Presenters will be notified by June 14, 2019.

If you have questions regarding the submission of your abstract contact: 
Jeff Phillips, ISOSWO Conference Education Co-Chair, 515-256-8814,
Christine Collier, IRA Conference Education Co-Chair, 515-631-6161,

For information regarding the 2019 Iowa Recycling and Solid Waste Management Conference and Trade Show, visit or contact Shannon Meister at 515-681-1026,