PA Recyclers Announce FilmFest Winning Videos, Conference Success

The Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania was thrilled with the success of the 21st Annual PROP Conference, and based on the evaluations so were the attendees and exhibitors.
            Nearly 250 recycling and organics professionals from across the United States and Canada converged on The Erie Bayfront Convention Center in the Northwest corner of the Commonwealth the last week of July for four days to discuss recycling and organics issues, network and renew friendships.
            According to Becky Miller, PROP Fiscal Manager, the conference was “very successful,” noting that attendees, exhibitors and speakers enjoyed the opportunity to network and discuss solutions to the challenges facing the industry with other recycling and organics professionals from across the Keystone State.
            Comments from attendees included, “This was one of the most informative conference programs I have attended in over 20 years of professional service.” Another added, “Good mix of topics; something for everyone.”
            The 2011 PROP Recycling FilmFest winning video, “Recycle Bin,” also won the 2010 Lone Star Emmy Award for Music Composition/Arrangement (Lone Star Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, October 16, 2010.) 
            First Place Winner, the City of Allen, Texas, will receive a $100 prize and certificate. There were over a dozen entries for this year’s exciting FilmFest. The winning video was shown at the Wednesday Luncheon for all attendees and exhibitors. 
            The runner-up 2011 FilmFest winner was "Recycle Man" from West Chester East High School, West Chester, Pa.
            There were exhibitors in attendance from Michigan, Wisconsin, Connecticut and Ontario. Many of the exhibitors have participated in at least one previous PROP Conference, offering a variety of experienced professionals and a variety of solutions to recycling’s latest challenges.
            With PROP’s emphasis on education, nationally renowned Professional Certification Classes were offered during the four day conference, taught by experts from across Pennsylvania. Plenary session speakers included John C. Dernbach, Distinguished Professor of Law at Widener University Law Center, who spoke on his White Paper, “Next Generation Recycling & Waste Reduction: Building on the Success of Pennsylvania’s 1988 Legislation.” 
            For the Tuesday Opening Lunch presentation, Mark Lichtenstein, National Recycling Coalition President was the Keynote Speaker on the topic, “Untapped Potential of Recycling, and Sustainable Materials Management.”
            In 2012, the PROP Conference will move to the Lancaster Convention Center in Lancaster, PA. Plans are underway for the 22nd Conference of the Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania in Lancaster from July 25 – 27, 2012.
            If interested in PROP, please visit the PROP website or call us at 1-800-769-7767 or 814-742-7777.


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