The room was full for the Annual Meeting of the C&D Recycling Association March 10 despite concerns about a possible approaching virus. And the attendees seem to have felt they got their money’s worth, as surveys of participants afterward gave the event high marks.
The meeting started with economist Ed Sullivan, Vice President with the Portland Cement Association, giving a cautious economic forecast. Before the CDRA meeting, Sullivan had been very optimistic about the economy through at least the end of the year. With the virus looming, Sullivan said that it remains to be seen what effect it will have, and that effect will depend on how long the economy is shut down. (For an update on his forecast, go to the PCA website.)
An End Markets Panel provided attendees information on this most important link in the recycling process. Paul Kuhar, Champion Waste & Recycling, Tom Vaughn, DTG, and Tim Townsend, University of Florida, covered a wide range of products during their talks. All the speakers’ presentations are available to CDRA members at www.cdrecycling.org.
As always, a highlight of the meeting was the awards ceremony, where long-time CDRA board member and supporter John Kurtz, Kurtz Brothers, Independence, OH, was inducted into the C&D Hall of Fame. John’s company has been truly innovative over the years in C&D recycling, and Kurtz Brothers has been generous supporting charitable organizations in its local community.
C&D Recycler of the year was DTG, and the award was accepted by CEO Tom Vaughn. The company has installed several innovative management techniques to retain workers and increase profitability.
Brandon Lapsys, Komptech, who has worked tirelessly for the CDRA’s Marketing/Membership Committee among other efforts was honored as CDRA Member of the Year.
That evening a fundraiser was held that netted more than $20,000 for the CDRA’s research and advocacy efforts. In addition to the presentations from the meeting, pictures of the entire event are available at www.cdrecycling.org.