China’s Effect on Recycling in North America [1 CEU]

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Plaza Ballroom DEF

Moderator: David Biderman, SWANA CEO and Executive Director

Recycling Bales

China’s waste import restrictions are having a significant impact in the United States and Canada. In this panel discussion, learn how government officials and the private sector are responding to this new challenge to recycling programs and operations.


Brent Bell, President, Waste Management Recycle America

Brent Bell

Brent Bell has been in the waste industry for more than 20 years. He started at USA Waste in 1997 and worked at the corporate offices during the USA/Waste Management merger in the late 1990s. Mr. Bell moved to the recycling group a few years later and helped form Recycle America Alliance, a subsidiary of Waste Management, designed to attract regional recycling processors to join the “alliance”. Mr. Bell has held positions in WM Recycling from business partner to business development and is the President of WM Recycle America, responsible for Operations of more than 100 facilities and sales/marketing of 10M tons of recyclables. Mr. Bell received a Bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1995 from the Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Ronald Vance, Chief of the Resource Conservation Branch in the Office of Land and Emergency Management, U.S. EPA

Ronald Vance

Ronald Vance oversees efforts related to materials measurement, sustainable packaging, green sports, and greening the federal government. Mr. Vance has more than 16 years of experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating measurement of materials management related efforts. Before joining EPA, Mr. Vance worked in consulting, non-profit, state government, and local government. Mr. Vance holds a M.S. in Environmental Science and Management from Duquesne University and a B.S. in Biology from Wake Forest University.

Pat McLaughlin, Division Director, King County Solid Waste Division, Washington
Pat McLaughlin

Pat D. McLaughlin serves at King County’s Director of Solid Waste providing the nation’s 13th largest county with innovative, efficient, and environmentally responsible solutions for managing unwanted resources, often referred to as garbage. His 30+ years of public/private global experience cuts across a diverse set of industries including music, guns, liquor, and now waste/resource management. Mr. McLaughlin's high energy approach to leadership seeks to honor three basic principles: focus on the right things, work as a team, and get the right results. He earned his degree in Business Administration and is Green Belt certified in Lean/6-Sigma.

Patrick Peck, Director, South Central Solid Waste Authority, Las Cruces, New Mexico

Patrick Peck

Patrick L. Peck has 20 years of experience in solid waste management primarily in the Western United States and Mexico and holds a degree in Agricultural Business Management, from Cal Poly Pomona. He has operational experience in aspects of the industry including, landfill management, transfer station operation, recycling and hauling. His awards and recognition include the 2013 SWANA Integrated Solid Waste Management Systems Excellence Award, 2011 NMRC Recycler of the Year, 2010 IAAP Executive of the year, 2010 NMRC Solid Waste Authority Recycling Program of the Year, NMED Green Zia, SWANA Gold Award (Landfill) SWANA Bronze Award (Transfer Station).