AISWMD Retreat and Annual Business Meeting

  • 05 Oct 2021
  • 9:00 AM (CDT)
  • 06 Oct 2021
  • 4:00 PM (CDT)
  • Fair Oaks Farms, 856 N 600 E, Fair Oaks, IN 47943


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:

Registration is closed

AISWMD Retreat and Annual Business Meeting

Registration Fees: Member ($215), Nonmember ($375), TUES Workshops ($25), TUES Tour ($25)
Fees increase September 18

Do you have too many of the same reusable bags? Bring three bags and participate in the AISWMD Bag Swap. You'll go home with three new bags! 

Times listed below are Central Time. 

Tuesday, OCTOBER 5, 2021

 9:00 am  Registration
 9:30 am Running Your District Mini Workshop Sessions
  1. How to put out a request for bids and what to include to get the services you want
  2. How to build a good working relationship with your board
  3. Management tips to help you in everyday situations
 11:30 am     

Lunch on your own

 1:30 pm           Explore Fair Oaks | Sustainability Tour
Fair Oaks Farms a guided tour of the Dairy Farm expanding and detailing the latest innovations in CNG and nutrient recovery. This will provide information in how it relates to environmental benefits. 
 2:30 pm Free Time
  • Explore the area and enjoy dinner
Places to Explore
 8:00 pm

Play games, make 'smores or build your own trail mix but remember to bring your own refreshments!

Wednesday, OCTOBER 6, 2021

7:30 AM Registration & Breakfast 
8:15 AM IDEM
8:30 AM   Annual Business Meeting
8:55 AM AISWMD Partner Updates
9:15 AM Success Stories
Hear from the panelists about successful reuse programs and effective education techniques in a post-pandemic world. 
Marianne Peters, Marshall County Solid Waste Management District
Tom McGlasson, Monroe County SWMD
Sacha Gee-Burns, LaPorte County SWMD
10:30 AM Break with Exhibitors/Check out
Surprise Guests
11:00 AM

Grant Writing
Are you in the middle of your Recycling grant application and wish you had someone to just look over it and make suggestions? This is your perfect opportunity! Allison Taylor and Deanna Gardner from IDEM will be here to help you add finishing touches to your application. Bring your grant on paper or your laptop and get the help you need to write a winning application!
Deanna Garner, IDEM

11:45 AM Lunch with Guest Speaker
IRC Master Recycler, Allyson Mitchell
The Indiana Recycling Coalition’s Master Recycler Program is an online education platform with a series of learning modules on waste reduction, reuse, recycling, composting, sustainable product design, the circular economy, and a variety of other topics. Each module will utilize a variety of media to dynamically educate participants about each topic in 5-15 minutes, while also engaging them with polls, quiz questions, and interactive features to ensure learning retention and encourage positive behavior change. This free program is intended to be a valuable tool for solid waste management districts, teachers and educators, community groups, and employers seeking to inform and inspire action at the individual level.

The IRC plans to develop a module focused on SWMDs and their role in Indiana. We look forward to working with the AISWMD and individual SWMDs to develop that module. Being able to share this program at the AISWMD retreat is a great help in getting us engaged to do just that!
12:30 PM    Visit Exhibitors/Silent Auction 
Stretch those legs after lunch. 
12:45 PM  HHW Panel
Is household hazardous waste (HHW) something your District already collects, or something that is being considered? Join our HHW panel consisting of directors Lenn Detweiler of Hendricks County and Leslie Taljaard with Hamilton County, as well as industry specialists Jim Parker from NuGenesis and Steve Gallardo from Heritage Environmental to discuss permanent facilities versus event collections, usable HHW and other pertinent HHW questions that time allows.
 12:45 PM
2:20 PM
Education Session
Microplastics presented by Sacha Gee-Burns, LaPorte County
In this lesson, students develop their understanding of how plastic can have a negative impact on the environment. The context of this lesson is investigating the amount of microplastics that students use every day in personal hygiene products end up in the food chain. uses birdseed with plastic beads mixed in and items like tongs and spoons to replicate the way animals eat. Students try not to get any plastic into their containers as they work in groups.
Little Free Library presented by Karla Coffey, Johnson County
A new program that focusses on Little Free Libraries and adding books that are donated to those libraries.
E-Waste: When to Pull the Plug presented by Stefanie Hoffmeier, Dearborn County
This lesson creates awareness of Indiana’s statewide E-waste program. Students will gain an awareness for the hazardous materials, as well as the valuable resources that can be found inside electronics. Students will perform an assessment of the electronics they use in their home and at school. At the end of the lesson, students will have a chance to take apart various electronics to see firsthand the natural resources that the electronics contain.
Mondo Art presented by Patricia Colbert, Posey County Participants will participate in a hands-on art project constructing sculptures out of reuse objects.
1:35 PM  Updates from the 2021 Session
This course will explore the current state of the law as it relates to virtual meetings and proper posting of notices. Topics include public health emergency related considerations of meetings, executive sessions, public hearings and notices.
Luke Britt, Public Access Counselor
2:20 PM  Break with Exhibitors/Final Bids on Silent Auction
2:45 PM  Value of Partnerships
How to make your district indispensable to your county by partnering with government organizations, nonprofits, and community groups.
Jessie Biggerman, Johnson County SWMD
Debbie Hackman, Jackson County SWMD
Steve Johnson, Steve Johnson Products
Jen Rankin, Wabash County SWMD
3:30 PM Wrap up & Distribute Silent Auction
4:00 PM  Adjourn


Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Fair Oaks Farms, 708 N 600 E, Fair Oaks, IN 47943.

To reserve click below or call (219) 394-2100 and request the AISWMD Retreat room block. Please reserve by September 4. 



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MASK POLICY: AISWMD has made the decision to follow current CDC guidelines, stating masks are recommended for attendees who are fully vaccinated or unvaccinated, and that those who are unvaccinated continue to practice social distancing. Should CDC, Indiana or local guidelines change prior to or during the conference, AISWMD guidelines will adjust accordingly and be communicated to attendees.

All attendees are encouraged to remain considerate of fellow attendees’ health and comfort levels. If you are feeling sick and/or believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 or any of its variants, we ask that you please stay home and contact AISWMD staff immediately.

If you have specific needs and/or concerns regarding COVID-19, please reach out to AISWMD staff directly at

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