Regional Approaches to Fuel Local Circular Economies: Great Lakes Region

June 18, 2020, 11:00a-12:00p ET
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Leaders in cities, regions and private companies are interested in implementing circular economy concepts, but how do you begin to change linear systems of production to close the loop? Join us for a discussion of how to use data and best practices to engage key stakeholders and implement a collective action plan to make the push toward a circular reality.

Mark Fisher, CEO of The Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR), will explore what is happening in the Great Lakes region in terms of waste flow trends, value capture efforts, barriers to circularity, and what is needed to drive change within a major economic region of North America.

Walter Willis, executive director of the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, IL (SWALCO), will speak about the multi-municipal authority, its recycling progress, and circular economy planning process.

Susan Graff, vice president of global corporate sustainability at RRS, will share data-driven approaches to take circular economy theory to practice, leveraging value chain partnerships to drive local recycling improvement and end market development for recycled material.

RRSers Participating:

Susan Graff, RRS Vice President

Susan Graff
RRS Vice President



 


Recycling Operations During COVID-19

June 10, 2020, 1:00p-2:30p ET
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The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) will host a webinar to discuss recycling operations during COVID-19. Focus will be put on the changes to the recycling processing business, from markets to plant procedures to supply chains. CDC information and PPE reviews, as well as novel procedures and best practices will be shared. Additionally, the panel will discuss wild commodity swings, supply chain disruptions, and future outlooks. This webinar is free to members and non-members.

Panelists include:

  • Peter Keller, VP of Recycling and Sustainability, Republic Services
  • Michael Timpane, VP of Process Optimization and Material Recovery, RRS
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    RRSer participating:

    Michael Timpane, RRS Vice President

    Michael Timpane
    RRS Vice President



     


    Packaging Sustainability’s New Paradigm: Perspectives on Plastic Neutrality

    June 8, 2020, 12:30p-1:30p ET
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    Join RRS to explore plastic neutrality, an exciting concept in packaging sustainability that centers around measuring, reducing, and offsetting brands’ unique plastic footprints. Learn how plastic credits work, why brands find them valuable, and how they can be effective in alleviating our ocean plastic epidemic. You will hear from organizations that are utilizing this system right now: rePurpose Global, a plastic credit platform coordinating and connecting participants; Vita Coco, a growing consumer brand taking action and funding the effort; and Waste Ventures India, the boots on the ground who are utilizing plastic offset financing to create a tangible, quantifiable impact on eliminating plastic waste from nature.

    Panelists:

  • Anne Johnson, VP Global Corporate Sustainability, RRS
  • Svanika Balasubramanian, Cofounder and CEO, rePurpose Global
  • Daniella Labat, Manager – PR, Experiential and Partnerships, Vita Coco
  • Sahithi Bhupathiraiu, manager – Urban Waste Management, Waste Ventures India
  • Marisa Adler, Senior Consultant, RRS (Moderator)
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    RRSers Participating:

    Anne Johnson, RRS Vice President

    Anne Johnson
    RRS Vice President

    Marisa Adler, RRS Sr Consultant

    Marisa Adler
    RRS Sr Consultant


     


    Maximizing Value of Unsold Inventory

    NOTE: Open to RILA Members Only
    May 15, 2020, 1:00p – 3:00p ET

     

    The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) is hosting a cross-functional panel of industry experts and thought leaders on Maximizing Value of Unsold Inventory. Topics will include strategic inventory management strategies, including retaining merchandise for future sale, liquidation, donation and resulting tax considerations, repurposing and recycling, merchandise destruction or disposal and potential for customs duties refunds for destroyed merchandise. RRSer Marisa Adler will share tips and insights on options to repurpose or recycle merchandise.

     

    Panelists include:
    • Tom Enright, VP of Supply Chain Research, Gartner
    • Brian Plott, Director of Reverse Supply Chain, Best Buy
    • Shari Rudolph, Chief Development Officer, Good 360
    • Jacklyn Allen, Director Corporate Sustainability, Guess?, Inc.
    • Lisa Davis, Sustainability Manager, IKEA
    • Alexandra Minkovich, Partner, Baker McKenzie
    • Marisa Adler, Senor Consultant, RRS
    • Vince Scheerer, VP of Business Development, National Programs, U.S. Ecology
    • Dave Corn, EVP, Comstock and Holt
    RRSer participating:
    Marisa Adler, RRS Sr Consultant

    Marisa Adler
    RRS Sr Consultant


     


    Envision 2020



    On May 6-7, 2020, The Michigan Recycling Coalition (MRC) hosted a two-day virtual event featuring five educational sessions and a couple of cool virtual networking opportunities. RRS participated in two sessions – the recordings are available below.

    Resources for Recycling Resiliency During COVID-19
    RRS teamed up with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) and the MRC to bring you a session about the implications of the pandemic on recycling and organics recovery. Learn about the impact on local and regional markets, how facilities and ensuring the safety of employees and clients, and available resources for municipalities and small businesses.

    Speakers Include:

      • Matt Flechter, EGLE
      • Tony Smykla, MIOSHA
      • Wendy Fought, Emmet County
      • JD Lindeberg, RRS
      • Marty Seaman, RRS
      • Lars Dannberg, UP Paper
      • John Parris II, Great Lakes Tissue
      • Eadaoin Quinn, EFS-Plastics
      • Scott DeFife, GPI

    Watch the recording: Resources for Recycling Resiliency

    Benchmarking Materials Management for Progress
    In this session, RRS and EGLE discussed how the state of Michigan is shifting to materials management by sharing information on a major data benchmarking initiative that will integrate reporting, measurement, and planning systems and benefit county and local governments and the EGLE program. Additionally, learn about a developing grant opportunity intended to support county materials management, as well as the latest update on tools to build the materials management program of the future.

    Speakers Include:

      • Christina Miller, EGLE
      • Anna Lynott, RRS

    Watch the recording: Benchmarking Materials Management

    RRSers Participating:

    JD Lindeberg, RRS President

    JD Lindeberg
    RRS President

    Marissa Segundo Image

    Marissa Segundo
    RRS Consultant

    Anna Lynott, RRS Senior Consultant

    Anna Lynott
    RRS Senior Consultant



    Recycling Markets Outlook Forum



     

    On April 30th, the NRC, EPA, and Renew by RRS hosted a free interactive webinar to discuss recent developments and how they impact recycling markets. This webinar featured topics including the recycling value chain, specific commodity types, how the recycling industry is working through barriers in these uncertain times.

    Watch the recorded webinar now: NRC Webinar

    Speakers included:
    • Dave Keeling, NRC
    • Marty Seaman, RRS
    • Nathan Wittstruck, EPA
    • Bill Moore, Moore & Associates
    • Nina Butler, More Recycling
    • Joel Morales, Jr., IHS Markit
    • Scott DeFife, Glass Packaging Institute
    • Joe Pickard, ISRI
    RRSers Participating:
    Marty Seaman image

    Marty Seaman
    RRS Exec VP

    Marissa Segundo Image

    Marissa Segundo
    RRS Consultant



    Recycling Resilience: MRF and Collection Safety During COVID-19





    On April 23rd, the Carolina Recycling Association, North Carolina DEACS, South Carolina DHEC, and Renew by RRS partnered on this webinar to discuss what is on everyone’s mind right now: health and safety. You may have asked in recent weeks; Is what I am doing safe? Are my employees as protected as possible while providing recycling collection and other essential services?

    View the recording: Recycling Resilience

    Speakers Included:

    • Mary McClellan, CRA
    • Marissa Segundo, RRS
    • Sandy Skolochenko, NC DEACS
    • Alexandra Miller, SC DHEC
    • Tracy Nestor, Republic Services
    • Laura Merrell, James Madison University

    RRSer Participating:

    Marissa Segundo Image

    Marissa Segundo
    RRS Consultant



    SPC Impact 2020 VIRTUAL



    SPC is hosting several webinars featuring some of the speakers that were slated to speak at the in-person event (that has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak).Check out the line up here: SPC Impact Virtual

     

    On April 14th RRS Senior Consultant Matt Todd presented The Impacts of MRF Technology on Packaging Recovery.
    Packaging is a primary target for recovery from the residential sector. MRF Technology is quickly advancing to aid improved recovery and provide a better understanding of the material stream. Come to this session to get an overview of artificial intelligence and machine learning and how these advancements are positively impacting the recycling industry.

     

    Watch the recorded webinar here: Impacts of MRF Technology


    RRSer Participating:

    Matt Todd, RRS Sr. Consultant

    Matt Todd
    RRS Sr. Consultant



    South Carolina: Business Resources and Recycling Markets Webinar



    On April 2, the South Carolina Department of Commerce and their partners discussed resources available for South Carolina businesses and recycling markets during the COVID-19 pandemic including low-interest federal disaster loans. Additionally, information was presented on the recycling industry, national and local recycling overviews, plus insights from the paper, plastics, metal, and glass sectors.

    Watch the recorded webinar here (note: registration information is required to watch the playback): Recycling in SC

    RRSers Participating:

    Marty Seaman image

    Marty Seaman
    RRS Exec VP

    Marissa Segundo Image

    Marissa Segundo
    RRS Consultant