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WRED - All Charged Up: Exploring Battery Recycling
Tacoma Community College
6501 South 19th Street
Tacoma, WA 98466

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Thursday, March 30, 2017, 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM PDT
Category: WRED

With an all-star line-up of speakers from across the nation and locally, we’ll look at everything about battery recycling: how batteries are recycled, what happens to components, stewardship programs, battery recycling in Vermont, Canada and Europe, legislation, economics of recycling, and the toxicity of various chemistries.  We will then harness all the brainpower in the room to focus on future of alkaline battery recycling in Washington and what it will take to make that a reality! With a virtual tour of Battery Solutions' recycling facilities this is a must attend event. 

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Tacoma Community College
6501 South 19th Street, Tacoma, WA 98466
Information Technology Building (#16), Room #106 - View Event Venue Map
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Members $75
Non-Members $95
Students $35

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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


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Gold Sponsors: 




Carl Smith, LEED AP, CEO & President,  Call2Recycle Inc. 

Mr. Smith heads Call2Recycle, North America’s most successful consumer battery recycling program. As CEO / President, he oversees the organization’s strategy, its education efforts, and its stakeholder relationships. He is known for his deep understanding of product stewardship and its impact on markets.

Mr. Smith has extensive experience in strategic marketing, general management, and environmental leadership. He has held senior positions in marketing with Fortune 500 companies, headed environmental organizations, and with major health care companies. Along with advanced degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in public policy, he also has considerable experience in Washington D.C. including on Capitol Hill.

Rick Gilbert, Kitsap County

Rick has worked in the hazardous waste industry for 23 years, the last 15 with Kitsap County, where he is currently Program Analyst for their Solid Waste Division. He has experience with all aspects of HHW/CESQG operations. Rick participates in various product stewardship initiatives, both implemented (LightRecycle WA), and proposed (paint).
Rick is married with two sons: Ian (15) and Colin (11). In his free time he likes to cook, drink wine, pretend to write stuff and listen to records on his old Philips 212 turntable.

Kathy Bruce, Vice President, Retriev

Kathy Bruce manages Retriev’s primary lithium and lithium ion battery recycling facility in British Columbia. She possesses over 30 years experience in the metals industry and ensures Retriev is in compliance with all regulations in Canada, as well as the United States.

With over 24 years of experience in lithium battery recycling, Kathy is well respected in the industry and speaks at international symposiums and conferences to educate industries on new technologies, regulations and recycling solutions. From international sales and eduction programs, to overseeing the Canadian operation, Kathy is an integral part of Retriev’s management team.

Doug Smith, Director, Commercial Sales Support, Battery Solutions
Doug joined Battery Solutions in 2000 and brings with him more than 20 years of sales, design and management experience. Doug is responsible for establishing pricing, monitoring metals markets, managing processing partner relationships and works closely with sales and operations to achieve mutual goals. Prior to joining Battery Solutions, he owned a printing company.

Melissa Kelley, Director of Communications, Battery Solutions
Melissa joined Battery Solutions in 2014 and brings with her more than 9 years of experience in communications and public relations for various industries. She is responsible for communicating why it is important to recycle batteries, the benefits of recycling batteries and how to successfully recycle batteries. She also is responsible for developing and marketing products and services and managing media relationships.

Paul Johnson, Director of Environmental Affairs, Kinsbursky Brothers
Paul Johnson has 27 years  of experience in the Hazardous waste management and transportation industry.  He has previously held positions with Greenfield Environmental, Laidlaw and American Ecology. His past responsibilities have included TSD acceptance,  off-site emergency response, DRMO field services and off-site remediation oversite.  Paul has been with KBI for 20 years and is directly responsible for permitting and TSD operations. 

Contact: Anne Piacentino, [email protected], 206-244-0311