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WRED: The Paper Chase - The Ins and Outs of Paper Recycling
Lacey Community Center
6729 Pacific Ave SE
Olympia, Washington 98503
United States
Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 9:00 AM - 3:15 PM PDT
Category: WRED

WRED Event:
The Paper Chase -
The Ins and Outs of Paper Recycling

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 | 9:00 AM - 3:15 PM
Coffee and Check in starting at 8:30 AM
Lacey Community Center | 6729 Pacific Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98503

This WRED event is a complete overview of the ins and outs of paper recycling.  Learn about the various types of paper mills located in Washington state, the mechanics of how paper is recycled, the types of paper that are accepted for recycling, and why certain materials are contaminants at one type of paper mill and not at the other. The panel of experts will provide an overview of challenges involved with recycling paper, including a description of the regulatory landscape, the impacts of the China National Sword policies, the new economics of paper recycling, and how local mills are adapting to these changes. Coming full circle, we will also discuss how to create domestic demand to ensure a sustainable market for recycled paper. Register today!

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ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSEDWe are able to take walk-in registrations at the event. If you will be a walk-in, please RSVP to Anne Piacentino, [email protected] so we have your information for billing.  

  • WSRA Members: $100
  • Non-Members: $120
  • Students: $60

Cancellation Policy

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

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Event Agenda

  • 8:30 AM - Check In and Networking
  • 9:00 AM - Opening Remarks
  • 9:15 AM - International Perspective - China, the National Sword and Paper Markets 
    • Dan Leif, Managing Editor, Resource Recycling Magazine
  • 9:45 AM - Local Perspective - Washington's Paper Mills
    • Eric Elliott, Recycling Coordinator and Compost Technician, Seattle University
  • 10:00 AM - Networking Break
  • 10:15 AM - Paper Recycling Operations 
    • Patrick Hartnett, OCC Supervisor, WestRock
    • Jay Simmons, Process Engineer / New Product Development Manager, NORPAC
    • Annika Wallendahl, PE, Operations Manager & Senior Scientist, SoundEarth Strategies
  • 12:00 PM - Lunch
  • 1:00 PM - Buying Fiber for Paper Mills
    • Charley Hathaway, Principle Owner, Northwest Procurement Solutions, LLC. 
  • 1:15 PM - MRF Perspective on Paper Sorting and Markets
    • Dave Claugus, Vice President, Pioneer Recycling Services 
  • 2:00 PM - Networking Break
  • 2:15 PM - Panel Discussion - New Technologies, New Messaging, New Markets, and Words of Advice
    • All Speakers
    • Terry Webber, Executive Director, Packaging, American Forestry & Paper Association
  • 3:00 PM - Closing Remarks
  • 3:15 PM - Adjourn

Meet Your Presenters 

 Dave Claugus, Vice President, Pioneer Recycling Services - Dave has worked in many aspects of the recycling industry including residential buyback, wastepaper collection & processing, document destruction, electronic waste collection and processing, composting, and commingled single-stream processing over the past 33 years. Prior to assuming his current position, Dave owned and managed E-Waste Recovery Systems, an e-waste collections and processing business and worked with Weyerhaeuser Recycling as their Western Regional Manager with responsibility for ten facilities. Additionally, Dave has prior experience as a business owner after successfully starting and selling two different recycling businesses. Dave has a B.A. in Economics from UC Santa Barbara and a M.B.A. from UCLA’s Anderson School of Business. 

 Eric Elliott, Recycling Coordinator and Compost Technician, Seattle University -As a Graduate Student in the Albers School of Business and Economics at Seattle University, Eric has conducted interviews and other research about paper mills and paper recycling in the Pacific Northwest. In his role as Recycling Coordinator and Compost Technician at the university, he supports facilities operations by managing an on-site composting facility, surplus disposal, and recycling and composting education efforts on campus. With his help in 2018, Seattle University placed 6th in the nation-wide Recyclemania competition, produced almost 100 tons of landscaping mulch and compost from food waste generated on campus, and reached a 73% waste diversion rate. 

Charley Hathaway, Principle Owner, Northwest Procurement Solutions, LLC.

Patrick Hartnett, OCC Supervisor, WestRock
Patrick Hartnett is the OCC Supervisor at the WestRock Mill in Tacoma, WA; and a graduate from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a BS in Chemical Engineering. He began his current role in Tacoma he worked as a Process Engineer in the Pulp Mill and completed WestRock’s Early Career Development Program where he has experience as a Process Control Engineer at the Mahrt Mill in Cottonton, AL; Process Optimization Engineer at the Tacoma Mill; and as a Process Engineer at the St. Paul Mill in Minnesota, developing and running a full-scale mill trial studying the effects of polyethylene and polylactic acid resins on stock preparation of a recycle mill. 

Dan Leif, Managing Editor, Resource Recycling Magazine
Dan Leif is the managing editor of Resource Recycling, Inc., a Portland, OR-based company that publishes recycling trade journals and produces national recycling conferences (including the upcoming Resource Recycling Conference, to be held Oct. 22-24 in St. Louis). Dan has held editorial roles at various trade magazines over the past decade. He joined Resource Recycling in 2013.

Jay Simmons, Process Engineer / New Product Development Manager, NORPAC

Jay has worked for NORPAC for over 42 years. He started in the Research & Development department working on recycle and paper making technologies supporting new product development for the Fine Paper and Newsprint business sectors. During the late 80’s he was a key technical resource on the design and startup team for the new NORPAC Deink Facility which started up in 1991. Additional leadoff projects for the Deink Facility included development of NORPAC raw material quality measurement practices and reporting criteria. Over the many years of managing; raw material purchases, quality, strategies, process improvement projects, cost reduction, quality improvement. New responsibilities include; new product development, specifically new products in the packaging sector, while supporting transition of raw material strategies, process improvements & projects.

Annika WallendahlPE, Operations Manager & Senior Scientist,
SoundEarth Strategies
Annika is the Operations Manager and a Senior Scientist with SoundEarth Strategies, a Seattle-based environmental consulting firm. She specializes in assisting industrial facilities with air and wastewater permitting, environmental compliance reporting, and sustainability planning and projects. Prior to joining SoundEarth, Annika spent 7 years as the environmental manager at a pulp and paper mill in Washington State. Annika is a licensed environmental engineer and licensed geologist in Washington State. Annika holds a B.S. degree from Montana State University and a M.S. degree from Abo Akademi University in Finland.

Terry Webber, Executive Director, Packaging, American Forestry & Paper Association
Terry Webber serves as Executive Director of Packaging at the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA). He leads the AF&PA Packaging Sectors, which includes containerboard and paperboard producers. He previously led the state and local government advocacy program, and joined the association in 2011 as the western regional manager for state government affairs.


Prior to joining AF&PA, Webber was a postgraduate legal fellow for the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a legal extern for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Enforcement Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. He also has an extensive background in Oregon politics, as campaign staff for former NBA player Chris Dudley’s 2010 run for Oregon Governor and as senior staff for the House Republican Caucus.


Webber holds an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University as well as a law degree from the University of Southern California, where he was on the Southern California Law Review. He is a member of the State Bars of California and Oregon. He resides in Portland, Oregon with his wife Allison and son Emile.



Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event.  Click HERE for the levels and contact Anne Piacentino if you are interested, at [email protected] or 206-244-0311.