Arkansas Recycling Coalition Conference
What is ARC?
ARC stands for the Arkansas Recycling Coalition and is located in Maumelle, AR. ARC is a nonprofit organization that strives to unite large and small companies, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and individuals in a common effort to promote reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle as the primary means of sustainable waste management in Arkansas. Founded in 1989, ARC is committed to assisting others in improving their recycling programs, opportunities, skills and techniques through education, special studies, research, and knowledge. Visit https://recycleark.org/ for more information on how you can be involved.
What is the Annual Recycling Conference & Tradeshow?
For 32 years The Arkansas Recycling Coalition has been hosting a conference for organizations and communities to come together to share, learn and focus on sustainability and recycling efforts in their communities. The conference involves sponsored sporting events, sustainability awards for the current year, networking opportunities, educational breakout sessions, and exhibit halls for businesses and organizations to showcase what they offer. Some highlights of this year’s conference include the sponsored golf tournament, the sponsored corn hole tournament, and the exhibition showcase. The golf tournament took place at Coronado Golf Course in the Hot Springs Village and featured 4 person teams. The winner got to take home a champion trophy and of course, bragging rights. The exhibit hall is a great place to be during the conference as it is full of networking, new products and services, and learning. Some exhibitors include Arkansas Energy & Environment, Cram-A-Lot, Rehrig Pacific Company, Patriot Recycling, and more.
Annual Cornhole Tournament
The cornhole tournament has taken place the last 3 years and has been sponsored by Eco Solutions. A more casual environment, participants can sign up to play and are placed in a single elimination bracket. Alan Bates with Eco Solutions, who organizes the cornhole tournament said “Three years ago while attending the conference, we felt that adding a cornhole Tournament during the initial reception night would add an extra social element and participation. The conference committee accepted our invitation to host the event which was a big hit in 2022. Due to the popularity of the game of cornhole and last year’s tournament, this year’s event grew in participation by 300% with approximately 40 – 50 attendees participating as players and or observers.”
Congratulations to our 2023 Winners! Champions Lily Hull and Brandon Myers, Runner up: Alan Spangler and George Boatright.
About Hot Springs Arkansas
For the past several years the conference has been in Hot Springs Arkansas leaving participants with several things to see and do. Hot Springs is of course known for their steaming hot natural springs and some of the freshest water in the United States. Hot springs is home to Hot Springs National Park, Garvan Woodland Gardens, Mountain Tower, Bathhouse Row, and more. The mountain tower gives you a view of downtown Hot Springs and the Ouachita Mountain Range and takes you 216 feet in the air. Bathhouse Row, in downtown, features several historic bath houses where you can experience spa-like baths from the natural spring water. There are several historic restaurants both casual and upscale and many local shops for all your souvenir needs. For more information visit https://www.hotsprings.org/