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August 2016 WRED Event
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Ready for Primetime: 

Sustainability in Shipping

August 11, 2016
Steilacoom, WA

Thank you to Ronald Jones Photography and Cascadia Consulting for the photos!


On Thursday, August 11 over 60 attendees joined us at the idyllic Town Hall of Steilacoom in historic Steilacoom, WA for, " Ready for Primetime: Sustainability in Shipping".  Attendees began the day enjoying the beautiful weather and views in downtown Steilacoom. Mayor Ron Lucas, welcomed everyone to his beautiful municipality and kicked off the day. Our event’s emcees and WSRA Board Members, Ron Jones and Jack Bradbury introduced our speakers, starting with Amity Lumper and Christine Duffy with Cascadia Consulting. Amity and Christine gave a fascinating overview of global Packaging Waste Trends and Case Studies. 

Minal Mistry with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality was up next to dive into the lifecycle analysis and sustainable materials management in regards to e-packaging. 

Minal’s presentation gave a fascinating look at all of the associated environmental impact of the e-shopping culture. 


Dave Claugus with Pioneer Recycling brought the MRF perspective to the table with his presentation: Sorting of Cardboard from Residential Co-Mingled Recyclables. Dave’s presentation offered great visuals on how cardboard is sorted within a MRF and the downsides of plastic film within the curbside stream. After sorting, Pioneer is able to sell the sorted cardboard to WestRock’s Tacoma Mill for processing, where it is made into new products. James Moody with WestRock, joined us next to highlight the “Sustainable Paper Solutions” WestRock has to offer. 

Broadening the conversation further, UPS’s Wendy Ramsey presented next highlighting the extensive sustainability practices of the United Parcel Service, including their fleet’s alternative fuel usage and their Eco Responsible Packaging program where they work directly with businesses to educate and encourage them to use most sustainable options for shipping.

Next, Amazon’s Terese Kietzer and Dr. Kim Houchens presented on Frustration Free Packaging program and Amazon’s internal  
recycling practices giving a fascinating insight into one of the largest companies and operations in the world. 

Lively question and answer periods followed each speaker and made for fantastic discussion during networking breaks. Before wrapping up the presentation portion, WSRA board member, Lisa Sepanski and Executive Director, Anne Baunach presented Amazon’s Sustainability Team with their 2014 Recycler of the Year Award for Innovation.

Following the brief awards ceremony, attendees enjoyed a delicious lunch and beverages, at a local restaurant while getting to enjoy the sunshine and beautiful views. Attendees then took a short ride via school bus for a behind-the-scenes tour of Amazon’s Dupont Fulfillment Center. They were guided by knowledgeable and energetic staff who answered questions and helped explain the inner workings of the facility.

One attendee said that the tour was “One of my favorite all time WRED Tours”. While another attendee said that it was “an amazing opportunity to get inside and really understand how Amazon works to limit waste and to see how far their innovation has come.” Overall, attendees had extremely positive feedback about the tour and the event as a whole.  



Packaging Waste Trends & Case Studies
Amity Lumper and Christine Duffy, Cascadia  Consulting

Materials Management and e-Packaging

Minal Mistry, OR DEQ

Sorting of Cardboard from Residential Co-Mingled Recyclables
Dave Claugus, Pioneer Recycling

Sustainable Paper Solutions
View the Video From James' Presentation HERE

James Moody, WestRock

Sustainability at UPS
Wendy Ramsey, UPS

Find out more about Amazon's Sustainability



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