The 20th anniversary of America Recycles Day on November 15 provided an ideal backdrop for the 2017 State of Recycling Forum, a joint program of ISRI and Keep America Beautiful.
The program attracted more than 50 attendees to ISRI’s offices in Washington, D.C., for discussions on the theme “Plastics: Improving Quality, Driving Demand.” The event featured four panel sessions, each with multiple speakers, as well as opening remarks from Barry Breen, acting assistant administrator of the U.S. EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management.
The four panel sessions kicked off with one on the “Current State of Plastics Recycling,” with speakers ISRI President Robin Wiener and Steve Alexander, president of the Association of Plastic Recyclers, and moderator Jerry Powell of Resource Recycling.
The second panel examined “Innovations Within Plastics Recycling,” with moderator Monique Oxender of Keurig/Green Mountain sharing the stage with speakers Melanie Condon of Unilever, Felix Hottenstein of MSS, and Ron Sherga of EcoStrate SFS (2017 ISRI Design for Recycling® Award Winner).
“Engaging Consumers in Recycling and Buying Recycled Content” was the theme of the third panel session, featuring speakers Julia Ensor of the Federal Trade Commission, Rachelle Reeder of The Ad Council, and Nina Goodrich of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, with moderator Valerie Davis of EnviroMedia.
The fourth and final panel session—which was closed to the press--examined “Community Recycling Perspectives,” with moderator Craig Cookson of the American Chemistry Council leading the discussion with speakers Bridget Anderson of the New York City Department of Sanitation, Annie White of the Washington, D.C., Department of Public Works, and Tom Outerbridge of Sims Municipal Recycling.