Outreach Director Of Product Policy Institute To Open SWANA’s Recycling Conference

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is pleased to announce that Heidi Sanborn, National Outreach Director for the Product Policy Institute (PPI), has been named as the keynote speaker for SWANA’s 2010 Thinking Outside the Blue Box Conference.

At PPI, Ms. Sanborn works towards the Institute’s mission to prevent waste and promote sustainable production and consumption practices by organizing local governments and communities to press for state-by-state Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) framework policies. As the national outreach director, her responsibilities include increasing awareness and implementation of producer responsibility policy.

Ms. Sanborn will focus her keynote presentation on the necessity of taking action to reduce the lifecycle impacts of products and packaging to reduce public costs and impacts on public health and the environment. She will also discuss the nexus between managing waste to become feedstock for new products and the development of infrastructure in the United States to manage materials wisely and create green jobs.

Ms. Sanborn’s presentation will open SWANA’s 2010 Thinking Outside the Blue Box Conference on Monday, February 8, 2010. The two-day conference, dedicated solely to recycling and special waste issues, will be held at the Embassy Suites in Charlotte-Concord, North Carolina, February 8-9, 2010, in conjunction with SWANA’s Winter Training Center. For more information about either of these events, please visit


The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is an organization of more than 10,000 public and private sector professionals committed to advancing from solid waste management to resource management through their shared emphasis on education, advocacy and research. For more than 60 years, SWANA has been the leading association in the solid waste management field. SWANA serves industry professionals through technical conferences, certifications, publications and a large offering of technical training courses.

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