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Upcoming Workshop Goes Upstream to Tell the Story of Retail Packaging

Monday, August 11, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Upcoming Workshop Goes Upstream to Tell

the Story of Retail Packaging

Tukwila, WA, August 8, 2014 – A majority of the packaging in mixed recycling and compost streams are food related packaging. The Washington State Recycling Association (WSRA), a nonprofit organization representing the state’s diverse recycling industry, presents their upcoming Washington Recycles Every Day (WRED) event, “Upstream! The Story of Retail Packaging.” This business networking educational workshop will take place on Thursday, August 28 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at Bunzl Distribution Center, 4501 West Valley Hwy E in Sumner, WA.

At this event, WSRA will go where recyclers have never gone before -- upstream! -- to understand the reasons why some packaging is sourced, how consumer behaviors drive the types of plastics and packaging used, and how some retailers, manufacturers and policymakers are working to change the norms and standards of the future.

Attendees will get two behind-the-scenes tours, including the warehouse at Bunzl, the world's largest packaging distributor, and a look into the packaging involved in the Deli, Produce and Bakery departments of supermarket chain, Haggen. This jam-packed day also includes a Show & Tell of the vast array of packaging on “Any Given Day at the Local Grocery Store,” networking lunch and presentations from individuals at varying levels of the supply chain.

Speakers and presentations include:

It’s Complicated!  
How does a compost processor work upstream with a packaging supplier to ensure products they are selling do not muck up the stream? Learn about the unique journey as it has been experienced by two WSRA members and co-presenters. 
                  Speakers: Nicole Bartruff, Vice President of Packaging, Willis Marketing Inc., and
                  Susan Thoman, Vice President of Corporate Development, Cedar Grove Composting

Markets and the Packaging Supply Chain
Discuss ‘The What, Who, Why of Packaging Supply Chains’ & the reasons behind packaging design and functionality. 
                  Speaker: Phil Bjornson, Sales Professional, Bunzl 

Steps to Sustainability
Discuss the steps they are taking to focus on sustainability within the Haggen/Top Foods Supermarkets. As well as what they look for in packaging for the deli and bakery departments. 
                   Speaker: Cheryl-Ann Jones, Director of Food Service, Haggen

Manufacturing Pioneering for a New End of Life Story
                   Speaker: Terry Grill, Director of Sustainability for the Americas, Sealed Air/Cryovac 

This event is open to the public and includes lunch, topic discussions and networking opportunities with leaders in Washington’s recycling industry. Students and professors in the environmental science fields, as well as young environmental professionals are highly encouraged to participate. Registration costs are as follows: WSRA members $65, Non-members $85, students with a valid student ID $40. 

WSRA is currently seeking Presenting, Gold and Silver sponsors for this event. If you are interested in sponsoring, please contact Lindsay at or call (206) 244-0311.

To register for this event, please go to or call the WSRA office at (206) 244-0311.

The Washington State Recycling Association, formed in 1976, provides leadership, networking, advocacy and education to foster the expansion, diversity and economic vitality of recycling in support of sustainable resource management. WSRA “Washington Recycles Every Day” (WRED) events provide business connections and education throughout the local recycling industry. Additional events are planned around the state during the summer. Contact Washington State Recycling Association, 206-244-0311,
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