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WRED - Brokers, Ports, and Operation Sword: Where do your recyclables go?
Murrey's Disposal
4822 70th Ave E
Fife, Washington 98424
Thursday, June 22, 2017, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM PDT
Category: WRED


What happens to your recyclables after they leave your hands and get sorted at a MRF? Who brokers the material and who is buying? How does it get from point A to B and what are the biggest challenges? Come learn from industry experts about what it takes to move recyclables to end-users abroad. We’ll gain a better understanding of the challenges exporters face and how green fence number two (National Sword 2017) is affecting exports. The day will be capped off with an up-close tour of the Port of Tacoma.

Murrey's Disposal Company
4822 70th Ave E, Fife, WA 98424

REGISTRATION: This event is sold out and registration is now closed. We thank you for your interest! Please join us for a future WRED Event!
Members $75
Non-Members $95
Students $35


Up to 21 days prior: All but $20 administrative fee
7 days to 20 days prior: 50% of fees refunded
Within 7 days: No refunds.

See who is already registered HERE 

FEATURED SPEAKERS: Head shots and Bios Coming Soon!

Bob Kovich - Jordan Trading

Bob Kovich has been involved in recycling for 33 years in the Pacific Northwest and Texas. He has spent time managing operations from a supervisor level to a regional level and also spent time sourcing tons for plants. However the vast majority of his years have been involved in market development and marketing of paper and rigid containers throughout the United States, Mexico, Central and South America. The last 20 years were more focused on marketing paper only, and selling to Asia and China. Bob presently works for Jordan Trading, out of Lakewood, Washington as an export broker. Jordan Trading buys tons throughout the United States, the U.K. and South America and sell to China, Asia, domestically, and into Europe, Mexico, Central and South America.

 Steve Frank - Pioneer Recycling Services


Steve Frank owns and operates two MRF’s with locations in Clackamas, Oregon and Tacoma, Washington processing 220,000 tons per year of recyclables He is a seasoned leader with over 30 years’ experience with Weyerhaeuser Co.  He has an extensive back ground in Recycling, Pulp, and Container board Packaging and Engineered Wood Products industry segments. Steve has successfully led teams in manufacturing, supply chain optimization, global sales and marketing, new business development, business turn around, and acquisition /integration/divestiture of businesses. Steve has a BS in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering from University Of Washington. 

 Alexa Berthelson - Full Container Recovery 

Alexa Berthelson co-operates Full Container Recovery (FCR), in Tacoma, Washington. Founded over 20 years ago by her father, Steve Berthelson. FCR prides themselves in diverting over 1.5 million gallons from the waste water system, 800 tons of glass, and 900+ tons of plastics from landfills each year. While Alexa spends most of time managing daily operations her expertise and knowledge in the recovery and recycling of all product packaging including aluminum cans, cartons, glass, plastic, cardboard and point of sale material is vast. Alexa manages all customer accounts, sales, marketing, new business development and provides no cost evaluations to determine recycling needs and identify the most cost effective collection methods for customers ranging from Western to Eastern Washington. 

 Leslie Barstow - Port of Tacoma - Head shot and bio coming soon.
Victor Mo 


Thank you to our event sponsors:

Full Container Recovery 


Sponsorship Opportunities are available for this event! If Interested, please contact Anne Piacentino at apiacentino@wsra.net or 206-244-0311


Contact: Amanda Bretz, abretz@wsra.net, 206-244-0311