SWANA/ISRI MRF Summit
November 18-19, 2020
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 3:15 p.m. EST
SWANA CEU: 1
Technology providers and MRF operators will share how innovative technologies, including robotics and artificial intelligence (AI), are driving improvements to MRF efficiency and productivity. Learn what tools and equipment are available now to generate high-quality material at a lower cost at your MRF.
- Michael Timpane, RRS
- Brent Hildebrand, GFL Environmental
Rob Writz, AMP Robotics
Will Herzog, Machinex
NYSAR Annual Conference
November 17-19, 2020
Textile waste in the US has increased 78% in less than 20 years, while the entire waste stream only grew 10%. This growing stream of textile waste is largely an untapped resource with enormous potential for recovery through reuse and recycling. Resource Recycling Systems (RRS) published a white paper this summer, Textile Recovery in the U.S.: A Roadmap to Circularity that examines the current state of textile recovery and offers insights into needed solutions. In this session, the paper’s lead author, Marisa Adler, will highlight her company’s research and present an overview of textile waste and recovery in this country. Abi Kammerzell from H&M U.S. will share H&M’s circularity initiatives (activities and investments), goals, and accomplishments, both domestic and global. Cyndi Rhoades, Founder of Worn Again Technologies, will present on their textile to textile recycling technology and what needs to be in place to enable commercialization and scaling. Annie Gullingsrud from Eon will present the vision of Connected Products and the CircularID Protocol and how they can enable quicker, more efficient textile identification, recovery and circularity.
- Marisa Adler, RRS
- Cyndi Rhoades, Worn Again Technologies
- Abigail Kammerzell, H&M
- Annie Gullingsrud, Eon
The latest on market price trends for fiber, plastic, and metal, followed by an update on Packaging EPR proposals in NYS and beyond.
- Resa Dimino, RRS
- Bob Cappadona, Casella Recycling
- Susan Robinson, Waste Management
- Todd Kaminsky, NYS Senator
Updates on key emerging EPR developments in New York State, including proposed changes to the state’s E-Waste law, next steps for implementing the new Paint Stewardship law, and legislative proposals to establish carpet and mattress EPR.
- Resa Dimino, RRS
- Marjaneh Zarrehparvar, PaintCare, Inc.
- Marie Clarke, International Sleep Products Association
ISRI/ISEC Fire & Battery Webinar
November 10, 2020, 2:00p-4:00p
Fire and Battery Theme
- Presentation – Industry Fires / Li-Ion Battery Issues
- Report out on industry fire issues and programming from ISRI’s fire working group
Speakers include Michael Timpane of RRS.
Washington State Recycling Association Annual Conference
November 1-3, 2020
Secondary MRFs – What to Know
Monday, Nov 2, 10:00a-11:15a (PT)
Pacific Northwest recycling processors and industry experts discuss current and projected market trends and capacity; the pros and cons of secondary Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) operations and how such a facility would work in the Pacific Northwest; and Juri Freeman with RRS dives into NextCycle, a program designed to recover, renew and revive recycling end markets.
- Shannon Jones, Washington State Dept of Ecology (Moderator)
- Juri Freeman, RRS
- Dave Claugus, Pioneer Recycling Services
- Him Holmes, 4R Sustainability
Shining a Light on Rural Recovery
Tuesday, Nov 3, 8:30a-9:45a (PT)
Join us as we explore the challenges and advantages unique to rural recycling programs throughout Washington and beyond. Experts from Washington state and Michigan will shine a light on their program’s successes and struggles, including changes and challenges during COVID times. Although this session will highlight rural programs, we will be covering information useful to all.
- Sam Wilder, Wilder Environmental Consulting (moderator)
- Rory Wintersteen, Lincoln County Public Works Department
- Nikyta Palmisani, Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District
- Elisa Seltzer, RRS
Paper & Plastic Recycling Conference
Original Air Dates: Oct 20-23
Closing the Circle: This session features a series of executive interviews exploring how manufacturers and recyclers can work together most effectively to identify solutions to the myriad of obstacles surrounding increased recyclability.
- Susan Graff, RRS
- JP Mascaro, JP Mascaro & Sons
- Fabio Peyer, Amcor
- Linda Roman, Kraft-Heinz
Improving the Recycling Supply Chain: Despite good intentions, infrastructure must be available to capture recyclable materials. This responsibility doesn’t fall to one sector. It should be shared among the entire value chain. This informative session will highlight how this was done in the past and examine how the supply chain can be improved today.
- John Caturano, Nestle Waters North America
- Michael Timpane, RRS
- Scott Mouw, The Recycling Partnership
- Maite Quinn, Closed Loop Partners
Accelerating the Growth of Domestic Markets: We need to accelerate the growth of domestic end markets for recycled-content manufacturing. At the same time, supply chains are facing disruption because of the lack of feedstock. This session highlights examples of feedstock shortages, private business end-market development and state-sponsored end-market development.
- Anne Johnson, RRS
- Marc Lower, Continuus Materials
- Julie Zaniewski, Dow
Northeast Recycling Coalition Fall Conference
Addressing Fiber Recovery From Residences
Original Air Date: Oct 20, 2020
- Bret Biggers, Economist & Liaison for Paper Division, ISRI
- New Strategies for Corrugated Packaging – Rachel Kenyon, Senior Vice President, Fibre Box Association
- Untapped Resource: Urban E-commerce Packaging – David Refkin, Affiliate Senior Consultant, Resource Recycling Systems (RRS)
Recycling Association of Minnesota Webinar
Supplying Recycled Feedstock for Essential Manufacturing During COVID-19
Original Air Date: Oct 15, 2020
Recycling has taken quite a few hits in recent history. After years of exporting our materials to China, quality bans have restricted that end market. Now, the COVID-19 pandemic hits the world and wreaks additional havoc on already strained markets. What has emerged is the fact that recycling is essential not only to the environment, but to our economy. Recycled materials feed recycled-content manufacturing, and by working to develop local end markets, states can see improved job opportunities, reductions in transportation costs, and some insulations against commodity volatility. Join RRS to learn about the state of commodities during COVID-19, how equipment adaptations have enabled more material recovery, and hear examples of successful circular economies. This webinar will discuss the state of commodities during COVID-19, equipment adaptation, resurgence of paper mills and a case study from Emmet County, MI.
- Jon Gertsmeier, National Sales Director, AMP Robotics
- Kris Kaar, Senior Consultant RRS & Representative Carton Council
- Andi Shepherd-Tolzdorf, Director of Public Works, Emmet County Michigan
- Michael Timpane, Vice President of Process Optimization and Material Recovery, RRS
- Lindsey Walker, Market Development, Commercial Accounts and Recycling Outreach, Emmet County Michigan
Colorado NextCycle Pitch Session
Original Air Date: Oct 8, 2020
Watch Recording: https://youtu.be/Bv-4fIpuSjk
Watch as teams present a five-minute video pitching their recycling end market ideas to an audience of investors, community leaders, government officials, media, and a judging panel of industry experts. Following each team’s presentation, the judging panel will ask questions live.
The virtual pitch session is the culmination of the teams’ work with the Colorado NextCycle program – a business incubator designed to improve the end markets for recovered commodities and organic materials in Colorado.
- Alice Havill, VP, Colorado Impact Fund
- Bridget Croke, Director, Closed Loop Partners
- JD Lindeberg, President, RRS
- Patrick Tierney, Regional Manager, Cleantech Open
The Teams and their end market ideas:
- 1-UP Materials: manufacture 100% upcycled building materials using mixed waste plastic, low value glass, and aseptic/gable-top cartons. HQ: Newport, RI
- Foamcycle: Drop-off stations to collect and densify expanded polystyrene or foam packaging to create recycled picture frames. HQ: August, NJ
- SANA Packaging: Develop cannabis packaging using plant-based hemp plastic, reclaimed ocean plastic, and other sustainable materials. HQ: Denver, CO
- Timber Age Systems: Develop small scale manufacturing for cross laminated timber utilizing previously unused/unwanted local timber. HQ: Durango, CO
George Recycling Coalition 29th Annual Conference
Original Air Date: Oct 6-7, 2020
Watch Recording: https://vimeo.com/showcase/7669264
Recycling is essential as a feedstock for manufacturing including basic goods and emergency supplies. This isn’t the time to ease off or back away – it’s a time to get serious about recycling.
- David Biderman, Solid Waste Association of North America
- Suki Janssen, Athens-Clarke County
- Kimberly White, Keep Cobb Beautiful
- Tom Hockin, Brightmark
- Kara Pochira, APR
- Scott DeFife, Glass Packaging Institute/Glass Packaging Coalition
- Parker Pruett, Redwave Solutions
- Derek Riker, Haulin’ Glass
- Malena A. Gauss, Lammergeier Glass Recycling
- Stephanie Busch, Georgia Recycling Coalition
- Rob Taylor, The Recycling Partnership
- Hal Risher, WestRock
- Susan Graff, RRS
- Kurt Schmitz, Pratt
- April Carlock, Greif
- Tonya Randell, More Recycling
- Jason Johnson, North Fulton Metals
- Scott Breen, Can Manufacturer’s Association
- Melissa Radiwon, RRS (host)
Original Air Date: Sep 29, 2020
Watch Recording: https://youtu.be/m9S9zPmJZ2A
There is a new initiative positioned to be the catalyst of entrepreneurial spirit and public-private collaboration that will drive Michigan toward its 45% recycling goal: NextCycle Michigan. This program is focused on developing a circular economy, creating a robust recycled materials supply chain, and supporting recycled-content manufacturers in Michigan.
- Robert Jackson, EGLE
- Matt Flechter, EGLE
- Dan Radomski, Centrepolis Accelerator
- Kerrin O’Brien, Michigan Recycling Coalition
- Jim Frey & Team, RRS
Single-Use Plastics & Circular Economy Influencing Global Packaging Policy
Original Air Date: Sep 24, 2020
Watch Recording: https://youtu.be/emjkCG_lsPI
Countries around the world are implementing policies that reflect the growing risk around single-use plastic and packaging. New regulations are being enacted that ban, tax, or require designated producers to ensure the collection and recovery of packaging materials. The focus on the circular economy is also resulting in policies that support reuse, recycled, or compostable packaging. The event included conversations on policy and regulation from the US, Europe, and selected regions around the world.
• Ursula Denison, Duales System Deutschland GmbH (DSD)
• Garth Hickle, Independent Consultant
• Resa Dimino, RRS
• Anne Johnson, RRS (moderator)
Sustainable Oregon 2020
Small Programs with Big Benefits: Small Towns, Tourists, and the Unexpected!
Sep 29, 2020
When budgets are small and one person with a ton of energy and some great ideas has to make it work, it takes partnerships, skills, and creativity to build and sustain recycling programs in rural areas, at tourist destinations, and for ginormous events – especially unexpected ones. Four panelists will share their successes and the challenges faced to develop programs and keep them working.
- David Skakel, Program Coordinator, Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program
- Elisa Seltzer, Senior Consultant, Resource Recycling Systems (RRS)
- David McCall, Solid Waste Program Manager, Tillamook County
- Aimee Thompson, Recycling Coordinator, Thompson Sanitary Service
- Charlotte Becker (moderator)
Lake County (IL) Circular Economy Workshop
Sep 24, 2020
SWALCO is excited to invite you to the first Circular Economy Workshop for Lake County! This workshop will be presented online in partnership with RRS on September 24th, 2020 from 9 am CDT to 12 pm. The Workshop will also formally kick off SWALCO’s strategic reuse partnership with Rheaply and will provide information on how to begin participating in a countywide reuse program initially targeted at businesses and institutions.
The goals of the Workshop will be to provide you with a deeper understanding of the circular economy model, how it is already working in Lake County, and how we can work together to strengthen it. We are inviting the leaders of business, the waste industry, the recycling and composting industry, local, state and federal government, non-profit organizations, local chambers of commerce, and primary and secondary schools to participate in this Workshop. However, this webinar is only the beginning of this effort, concrete steps that you and your organization can take to build a stronger circular economy in Lake County will be presented in partnership with Resource Recycling Systems (RRS) and Rheaply. We hope as a team we can inspire change and offer viable solutions to help Lake County kickstart Circular Economy principles within our community.
WasteExpo Together Online
Textile Recovery: From Reuse, Renewal and Recommerce to Recycling
Sep 17, 2020, 1:30p-2:30p
Register for On Demand Access to All Sessions: https://www.wasteexpo.com/togetheronline/en/home.html
Textile waste has experienced unprecedented growth over the past 20 years. It is now the fastest-growing material category in the municipal solid waste stream, having increased 78 percent by weight since 2000. This session discusses the nature and impacts of that growth, posits a systems-view on solutions and explores emerging business models aimed at extending the value life of a garment and advancing fiber-to-fiber recycling.
Nicole Bassett, Co-founder, The Renewal Workshop
Peter Majeranowski, President & Co-Founder, Tyton BioSciences
Hilde van Duijn, Project Manager, Fibersort Interreg NWE Project
Rachel Kibbe, Director of Circularity, Retrievr and Founder, National Recycling Consortium for Fashion
Marisa Adler, Senior Consultant, RRS
3BL Association Webinar: Access Experts on the Plastics Crisis
*Members Only Webinar
Sep 10, 2020
New evidence points to microplastics showing up in more places than our beaches and waterways, including in our air, water and food chain. The tangibility of the plastics crisis has made it the environmental issue with the most traction amongst consumers, more than climate change. How is the plastics crisis a business risk and what role can companies have in the coming years to address this lingering issue?
Anne Johnson, Principal and Vice President at RRS (Resource Recycling Systems) will help attendees understand why the problem is growing, what regulation could mean for business and how any company with a footprint in plastics has a role to play in solving this crisis.
The Journey Toward Flexible Plastic Packaging Recovery
Original Air Date: Sep 2, 2020
Watch Recording: https://youtu.be/W9_Zz0zb3Hs
Flexible plastic packaging (FPP) – plastic films, wraps, bags, and pouches – is one of the fastest growing consumer packaging formats with approximately 12 billion pounds consumed annually in the U.S. FPP is used to protect products, increase shelf life, and reduce shipping damage, but, it has been a challenge to recycle.
A recent research pilot – sponsored through a co-investment from manufacturers, brands, and trade associations via Materials Recovery for the Future (MRFF) – confirmed that FPP can be sorted and recycled at material recovery facilities (MRFs) using adjustments and upgrades to existing sorting technologies. Not only is the FPP sorted into the new rFlex bale, the pilot indicated that sorting FPP achieved cleaner/higher quality paper bales.
This webinar featured discussions on why the sponsors and REMADE came together to research FPP recovery, recent MRF test results from ongoing RRS monitoring, FPP sorting value for the MRF, rFlex end markets, as well as the choices brand owners have for packaging and why flexible packaging recycling is important to their business growth and corporate commitments.
• Brent Heist, MRFF Steering Committee Co-Chair; Section Head-Packaging Sustainability, Procter & Gamble
• Susan Graff, MRFF Research Director; VP Global Corporate Sustainability, RRS
• Beth Coddington, MRFF Research Project Manager; Senior Consultant, RRS
• Joseph Mascaro Sr., Director of Recycling and Sustainability, J.P. Mascaro & Sons
• Anne Johnson, VP Global Corporate Sustainability, RRS
• Melissa Radiwon, Marketing Director, RRS (moderator)
Recycle Colorado Annual Conference
Aug 25-26, 2020
RRSer Resa Dimino was the keynote speaker on August 26th and discuss extended producer responsibility (EPR) models and what a framework could look like for Western States.
More information on Recycle Colorado: https://www.recyclecolorado.org/
Minnesota Association of Recycling Managers Workshop
Aug 13, 2020
RRSer Marisa Adler joined the virtual workshop to discuss textile recovery, the recently published Textile Recovery in the US report, and what actions cities, counties, and states could take to support circularity of textiles.
More information on Minnesota ARM: http://www.mnarm.org/home
Textile Recovery: Taking Action to Create Circularity
Original Air Date: Aug 4, 2020
Watch Webinar Recording on the RRS YouTube Channel: Textile Recovery
Textile waste in the US has increased 78% in less than 20 years, while the entire waste stream only grew 10%. But this isn’t breaking news – we’ve known the challenges of textile recovery for some time and minimal has changed. So what now? On August 4th, RRS was joined by Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART), Worn Again Technologies, and re:newcell, to review the current state of textile recovery and its limitations, highlight the fiber composition struggle and potential sorting technologies, as well as identify components to an effective textile recovery system and the action items we need to take right now.
The Future of Glass Recycling in South Central Texas
Original Air Date: July 15, 2020
Watch Webinar Recording: Glass Texas
The Glass Recycling Coalition (GRC),the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG), and the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR) hosted a 2.5-hour virtual workshop focused on glass recycling in South Central Texas. The workshop covered topics including existing glass collection and recycling infrastructure, successful glass recycling programs, and how the South Central Texas region can accelerate glass recycling in a cost effective manner with efforts that fit the region’s unique needs.
- Christopher Moken, AACOG
- Scott DeFife, GRC/GPI
- Bruce Magnuson, Waste Management
- Josephine Valencia, City of San Antonio, TX
- Rachel Hering, Keep Texas Beautiful
- Bill Clark, Strategic Materials
- Rose King, Glass King
- Helen Lee, City of Alexandria, VA
- Jordan Fengel, STAR (moderator)
The GRC is a client of RRS.
Textile Circularity: The Missing Links Webinar
Original Air Date: July 8, 2020
Watch recorded webinar: Textile Circularity
This webinar shared key findings from RRS’ new white paper Textile Recovery in the US: A Roadmap to Circularity, discussed two industry initiatives attempting to solve for the missing links in textile circularity, and outlined how retail collaborators can get involved.
- Marisa Adler, RRS
- Karla Magruder, Fabrikology
- Alice Hartley, Gap Inc.
- Rachel Kibbe, Retrievr & National Recycling Consortium for Fashion
Regional Approaches to Fuel Local Circular Economies: Great Lakes Region
Original air date: June 18, 2020
Watch recorded webinar on RRS YouTube channel: Regional Circular Economies
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? This webinar discussed 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)
- Walter Willis, Executive Director, Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, IL (SWALCO)
- Susan Graff, Vice President of Global Corporate Sustainability, RRS
- Melissa Radiwon, Marketing Director, RRS (moderator)
Recycling Operations During COVID-19
Original air date: June 10, 2020
Watch recorded webinar from NWRA (registration required): NWRA Webinar
The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) hosted a webinar to discuss recycling operations during COVID-19. The panel discussed operational best practices, volume impacts across lines of business, changes in material characteristics, contract and program implications, commodity considerations, managing operations through rapid and variable change, and what the “new normal” may look like post COVID-19.
- Peter Keller, VP of Recycling and Sustainability, Republic Services
- Michael Timpane, VP of Process Optimization and Material Recovery, RRS
Packaging Sustainability’s New Paradigm: Perspectives on Plastic Neutrality
Original air date: June 8, 2020
Watch recorded webinar on RRS YouTube channel: Plastic Neutrality
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.
- 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)
Maximizing Value of Unsold Inventory
- 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
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.
- Matt Flechter, EGLE
- Tony Smykla, MIOSHA
- Wendy Fought, Emmet County
- JD Lindeberg, RRS
- Lars Dannberg, UP Paper
- John Parris II, Great Lakes Tissue
- Eadaoin Quinn, EFS-Plastics
- Scott DeFife, GPI
- Marissa Segundo, RRS (moderator)
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.
- Christina Miller, EGLE
- Anna Lynott, RRS
Watch the recording: Benchmarking Materials Management
Recycling Markets Outlook Forum
Original air date: April 30, 2020
Watch the recorded webinar now: NRC Webinar
- 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
- Marissa Segundo, RRS (moderator)
Recycling Resilience: MRF and Collection Safety During COVID-19
Original air date: April 23, 2020
View the recording: Recycling Resilience
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?
- Mary McClellan, CRA
- Marissa Segundo, RRS
- Sandy Skolochenko, NC DEACS
- Alexandra Miller, SC DHEC
- Tracy Nestor, Republic Services
- Laura Merrell, James Madison University
- Marissa Segundo, RRS (moderator)
SPC Impact 2020 VIRTUAL
Original air date: April 14, 2020
Watch the recorded webinar here: Impacts of MRF Technology
On April 14th RRS Senior Consultant Matt Todd presented The Impacts of MRF Technology on Packaging Recovery.
South Carolina: Business Resources and Recycling Markets Webinar
Original air date: April 2, 2020
Watch the recorded webinar here (note: registration information is required to watch the playback): Recycling in SC
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.