Contamination in Recycling
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Time: 12:00PM Pacific (2PM Central, 3PM Eastern)
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In his New York Times opinion piece, John Tierney concluded that recycling is “wasteful….costly and ineffectual.” We know this isn’t true, but we also know there’s room for improvement. With that in mind, our next webcast will deconstruct a familiar but critical issue—contamination—to examine how much material is lost in the recycling process so that we can design better systems that don’t lose so much. Contamination of materials is one problem that has numerous impacts on stakeholders invested in recycling - including consumers and environmentalists.
The webcast will explain the difference between the contamination that happens when curbside recycling bins are filled with items that shouldn’t be there, and the contamination that results when material is improperly sorted. We will look at three research studies that examined materials after they were sorted and quantified how much material was improperly sorted.
Join the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, NAPCOR, and the American Forest and Paper Association as they discuss the effects contamination has on recycling and utilization of materials. Single stream versus mixed waste, including the economics of differing systems will also be addressed. CRI’s Susan Collins will moderate the panel of experts.
Resa Dimino - Director of Public Policy, NAPCOR
Resa is the Director of Public Policy for the National Association for PET Container Resources and has more than 20 years of experience in recycling policy, programs and business development. At NAPCOR she focuses on policy issues that are in accordance with NAPCOR’s mission: promoting and protecting the PET package, and increasing the collection of postconsumer PET packaging as integral to its sustainable attributes.
Peter Spendelow – Natural Resource Specialist, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Peter has worked on solid waste and recycling issues for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality since 1985, beginning with implementation of Oregon's 1983 Recycling Opportunity Act, and most recently helping to develop and pass legislation in 2015 implementing Oregon's Materials Management program. Peter has also overseen Oregon's seven waste composition studies and two recycling composition studies since 1992. Other areas of work include the Oregon Bottle Bill, plastics recycling, used oil recycling, and solid waste and recycling policy development and interpretation.
Brain Hawkinson – Executive Director, Recovered Fiber, American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA)
Brian is executive director, Recovered Fiber, at the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA). In this capacity, he manages issues and programs that promote increased paper recovery for recycling. He is a former adjunct faculty member at The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management and is a past member of the board of directors of the National Recycling Coalition. Brian holds a BBA from James Madison University and an MBA from the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech.
Please join us on December 16, 2015 to delve into the topics of mixed waste processing and material flows, including recycling composition from commingled recycling facilities.
For questions, please contact Fatemeh Bagheri: firstname.lastname@example.org