MRF Summit Dialogue Sessions
Facing the Music: Are We All Listening to Different Tunes? (Part 1) [1 CEU]
Dialogue Sessions with Brand-Owners, Municipalities, MRF Professionals and End Users
Wednesday, August 22
9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
There are challenges faced up and down the recycling stream. Environmentally-conscious brands want (need) to be fully recyclable which holding down material and design costs. Municipalities are eager to please taxpayers with effective and affordable recycling programs. MRF professionals are eager to improve access to materials and meet contract expectations, reduce contamination, improve product quality, and remain profitable. And end-users are eager to raise the quality and consistency of recycled commodities they purchase. Where do we draw the line between wishful recycling and reality?
In breakout sessions, groups of brand-owners, municipalities, MRF professionals and end-users will “face the music” together as we look at challenges from each other’s perspectives and, perhaps, propose innovative solutions.
Open to all MRF Summit and WASTECON® attendees.
Breakout 1: Upfront Solutions
Moderator: Maite Quinn, Business Development and Marketing Manager, Sims Municipal Recycling
Creating product packaging that is recyclable given today’s common recycling processes
Breakout 2: Policy Solutions
Moderators: Susan Robinson, Federal Public Affairs Director, Waste Management
Mitch Kessler, Principal, Kessler Consulting
Reconciling Public and Policy Demands—balancing political demands to avoid landfilling with customer demand for higher product quality
Breakout 3: Operational Solutions
Moderator: Michael Timpane, Vice President, Resource Recycling Systems
Reconciling an increasing need for quality input material, the processing demand, and the end-user requirements for increased output quality while remaining profitable and sustainable