|August 2016 WRED Event|
Ready for Primetime:
Sustainability in Shipping
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
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