Road to Zero Waste


Wednesday, March 7, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Location TBD

Moderator: TBD

This session examines challenges and solutions for handling plastics in the waste stream.

Are You Thinking of Banning Polystyrene in Your Town? Let's Talk!

This presentation will discuss the onset, challenges and results of adopting a ban on the use of Polystyrene for take-out and to-go orders at all food establishments including restaurants, grocery stores, caterers, farmers markets, fast food establishments, mini-marts, etc. The ban also includes cutlery provided only upon request by the customer.

Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize challenges/obstacles to implementing a ban
  • Address community concerns about a ban
  • New and successful ways to market the ban


Kim Braun, Environmental Programs & Operations Manager, Culver City Public Works, California

Kim Braun

Kim Braun is responsible for the waste, recycling and organics collections program city wide, the 500-ton-per-day transfer station and stormwater projects and programs. Ms. Braun more recently served as the Resource Recovery & Recycling Manager for the City of Santa Monica and has served in that capacity since 2009. The City provides waste, recycling and organics waste collection services for approximately 93,000 residents and 3500 commercial accounts, bulky item collection, citywide street sweeping, pressure washing and household hazardous waste curbside collection services. Ms. Braun began her Santa Monica career as the materials recovery superintendent with the Solid Waste Management Division in 1997. Prior to relocating to Santa Monica, Ms. Braun worked for the Mercer County Improvement Authority (MCIA) in Trenton, New Jersey, as the director of operations. Ms. Braun was responsible for the daily operations of a 1200-ton-per-day transfer station and county-wide recycling programs for 100,000 single-family residences. Ms. Braun is an active member in both SWANA and SoCal SWANA serving as the Sustainable Materials Management Technical Division Past Director for SWANA, as well as a Public Board Member for SoCal SWANA. Ms. Braun received her Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a Master’s degree from the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C.

Fueling Solutions to Plastic Waste

Only nine percent of plastic waste in the U.S. is currently recycled. This presents enormous opportunities for innovation. In this presentation, we will highlight a number of case studies we’ve rolled out for capturing plastic waste and giving it value:

  1. Collecting thin films
  2. Capturing ocean plastics
  3. Collecting MRF residuals
  4. Capturing plastics from the back-end of biomass processes

In each of these instances, we have been able to create new high value fuels from these waste streams.

Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Deploy solutions for thin film plastics in their communities
  • Offer a solution for waste aggregators to find a higher value for their plastics
  • Present a solution for coastal communities and those near polluted waterways


Priyanka Bakaya, CEO and Founder, PK Clean

Priyanka Bakaya

Priyanka Bakaya is the Founder and CEO at Renewlogy, a firm dedicated to renewing all types of waste. Ms. Bakaya has worked at venture capital firms Accel Partners and Globespan Capital, as well as with DFJ-backed Attero Recycling. She has been selected as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, a Lightspeed Venture Fellow and a laureate for the Cartier Women’s Global Initiative. She has been named to the Fortune 40 under 40 Ones to Watch List, and Forbes 30 under 30 List in Energy. Ms. Bakaya is a graduate of MIT Sloan and Stanford University with Honors.

Your Full Conference Registration Includes:

One (1) ticket to Opening Reception

One (1) ticket to the Chapter Networking Event

Access to technical sessions

Exhibit Hall Access

Conference proceedings