Maine's 21st annual Recycling and Solid Waste Conference will be held on Monday and Tuesday, April 28 and 29, at the Samoset Resort in Rockport.

Keynote speakers include Dr. Paul Mayewski, director of UMaine's Climate Change Institute and one of the world's leading experts on climate change; Dr. John Warner, chief technology officer with Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry; Dr. Paul Connett, author of "The Zero Waste Solution: Untrashing the Planet One Community at a Time"; Matt Prindiville, associate director of Upstream; and Melissa Walsh Innes, deputy director of Recycling Reinvented.

The annual conference brings together experts from across the spectrum of the solid waste and materials management industry. Numerous workshops offer information for municipal officials on how to improve solid waste management programs, reduce costs and protect the environment. Topics range from workplace safety to green product design, paint recycling to composting food scraps, textiles re-use to achieving zero waste, managing disaster debris to recovering plastics. The Exhibit Hall will feature equipment and service providers.

Key topics this year include actions taken by Maine municipalities to significantly reduce their solid waste management costs; emerging solid waste conversion technologies that recover value from waste; diverting food scraps from disposal to composting and other uses; and policy approaches and practical strategies to decrease waste, increase recycling, and reduce disposal costs.

The conference is organized by the Maine Resource Recovery Association. MRRA's mission is to foster professional solid waste management practices by facilitating communication between anyone and everyone interested in environmentally sound solid waste management and resource recovery.

The agenda and registration information along with the option to register online are available at

For more information, contact MRRA Program Coordinator John Albertini at 942-6772 or