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Zero Waste WA Plastics Summit
Monday, September 25, 2017, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM PDT
Category: Member and Partner Events

You are invited to a one-day forum highlighting current knowledge of plastics, from microplastics in marine waters to plastics recycling challenges.

 Plastics are everywhere and their impacts and management are a growing concern:  plastic single-use food serviceware, new flexible packaging displacing traditional recyclables for food and in e-commerce, low value plastics in the recycling stream,  curbside recycling contamination, lack of markets, marine debris and micro plastics to name a few! Tackling these challenges will take innovation.  Many efforts are going on around the pacific NW and nationally.


The goal of the Plastics Summit is to present technical, scientific,  and up-to-date information about current issues, challenges and opportunities regarding plastics.  The day brings together local and national scientific researchers, agency staff, industry reps, K-12 teachers, students, elected officials, and interested public in a cross-sector dialogue.  The organizing themes of the day will be three topics of current concern and interest:

  • Packaging:   Current trends, hot topics, barriers and challenges for flexible packaging, and innovations by businesses.  Confirmed speakers include Nina Goodrich, Sustainable Packaging Coalition; David McLain, Printpack; and Sego Jackson, City of Seattle.
  • Plastics Composition/Contamination Issues:  Recyclability issues, compostability, bioproducts, additives.  Confirmed speakers include Karl Englund, WSU; Katie Pelch, The Endocrine Disruption Exchange; Bill Orts, Western Reg. Research Center, USDA-ARS; and Susan Thoman, Compost Manufacturing Alliance
  • Microplastics in regional waters:  Microplastics research results in the Pacific NW.  Confirmed speakers include Peter Ross, Vancouver Aquarium; Peter Hodum, University of Puget Sound; Julie Masura, UW Tacoma; Kathy Conn, US Geologic Survey. 

The keynote presenters will be:

•  Nina Goodrich, Director of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition & Executive Director of GreenBlue. Nina leads research and promotes principles of sustainable materials management for packaging innovation.

•  Dr. Peter Ross, Vancouver Aquarium.  Peter has been one of the lead researchers on toxic chemicals in orcas and has recently been studying microfibers in the marine environment.


Date: Monday, September 25, 2017

Time:  9 am to 4 pm

Where: Tukwila Community Center

Cost: $45 general advanced registration, $25 non-profit/educator/student/volunteer/community member, $60 at the door

Register: http://plasticssummit.brownpapertickets.com/

Registration includes healthy snacks and lunch.

Planning Committee:

The Planning Committee includes:  Sego Jackson and Pat Kaufman, Seattle Public Utilities; Kris Beatty and Lisa Sepanski, King County; Alli Kingfisher, WA State Department of Ecology; Sydney Harris and Anya Savrasov, US Environmental Protection Agency; Hannah Johnson, HumanEco Design & Consulting; Marie Novak, Cascadia Consulting; Katie Pelch, The Endocrine Disruption Exchange; and Heather Trim and Eva Dale, Zero Waste Washington.