China’s Effect on Recycling in North America

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location TBD

Moderator: David Biderman, SWANA CEO and Executive Director

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

Ron Vance oversees efforts related to materials measurement, sustainable packaging, and sustainability in sports. He has nearly 20 years of experience in developing, implementing and evaluating materials management programs. Before joining EPA, Ron worked in consulting, non-profit, state government and local government. He holds a Master’s degree in environmental science and management from Duquesne University and a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Wake Forest University.

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

Pat McLaughlin

Biography forthcoming.

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