MRF Summit Keynote Panel

The Changing Market for Recyclable Materials (1 CEU)

Wednesday, August 22
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Delta A

Moderator: Arturo Santiago, Editor, MSW Management Magazine

For years, China has been a needed pressure relief valve for commodities markets offering western recycled materials. Indeed, Material Recovery Facilities and recycling programs developed around what markets would accept. At one time, about 40%—over 19 million tons—of recycled paper was exported to China and often these were lower grades of paper not affordably recycled domestically. But times are changing. China and other international markets are placing a priority on environmental improvement and demanding levels of product quality that many MRFs and other suppliers find challenging to attain. Panelists in this program will provide an overview of new policies in place in China and discuss how these policies are affecting present and future of recycling.

Open to all MRF Summit and WASTECON® attendees.


David Biderman, Executive Director and CEO, SWANA

David Biderman

David Biderman is the Executive Director and CEO of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), and has been a leader in the waste industry for more than 20 years. Mr. Biderman joined SWANA in April 2015 after 18 years with the National Waste & Recycling Association, where he was their General Counsel, Vice President for Government Affairs and Safety Director. Mr. Biderman is the former industry lobbyist in New York City and is very passionate about safety. Mr. Biderman was the recipient of Preco’s Safety in Motion award for 2016, given to an individual who is making a difference on safety. He has provided safety and compliance training to thousands of workers throughout the United States and Canada. Prior to entering the waste industry, Mr. Biderman was an attorney at the Washington DC law firm Steptoe & Johnson, where he specialized in environmental and transportation law. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Johns Hopkins University.

Robin Wiener, President, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc.

Robin Wiener

Robin K. Wiener leads the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI), in Washington DC, which represents approximately 1,600 private for-profit companies in approximately 36 countries. She joined ISRI in 1989, directing environmental compliance activities and was appointed executive director in 1997—and then President in March 2000. Ms. Wiener was appointed to the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Steel (ITAC-12) by the Secretary of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative. She also serves as Chairwoman on the NMVTIS Advisory Board. Ms. Wiener currently serves on the Boards of SERI and the National Recycling Coalition. She is a Past Chair of NAM, is a member of the Key Industry Associations Committee (KIAC) of ASAE, and is a member of the U.S. Chamber Committee of 100. She is also a director of the International Environment Council of the Bureau of International Recycling in Brussels, a member of BIR’s E-Scrap Steering Committee, and serves on the Steering Committee of Electronics Recycling Asia and on the Jason Learning Board. Ms. Wiener earned a J.D. degree cum laude (Georgetown University Law Center), her B.S.E. degree in chemical engineering (University of Pennsylvania), and is co-author of the RCRA Compliance and Enforcement Manual (Shepard’s McGraw-Hill, 1994) as part of its Environmental Law Series.

Stephen Sikra, Associate Director, Corporate Research and Development, Procter & Gamble

Stephen Sikra

Stephen Sikra is Associate Director, Corporate R&D, at the Procter & Gamble company. He is responsible for P&G’s global solid waste strategy and driving end-of-life innovations. His 27-year history at P&G includes management roles in process and package development, product supply operations, materials science innovations, and end-of-life solutions for P&G products and packages. Mr. Sikra is a champion for plastic recycling and a collaborative partner with many companies, trade organizations, and NGOs. To help drive recovery and recycling, he has strong affiliations with the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), The Recycling Partnership, the Closed Loop Fund (CLF), Closed Loop Oceans (CLO), the Flexible Film Recycling Group (FFRG), the Materials Recovery For the Future project (MMRF), the Solid Waste Working Group of Consumer Goods Forum, and the Trash Free Seas Alliance of Ocean Conservancy.

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