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Phasing-out Plastic Pollution through Legislation

Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Time: 11:00AM Pacific (8 AM Hawaii, 1 PM Central, 2 PM Eastern)

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Join our July 31, 2019, special webcast on plastic. What to do about bags, bottles, butts, balloons and straws? Learn what states from coast to coast are proposing to address plastic pollution, including bans of single use plastics and other legislation. Industries respond with their own goals and plans, like the Plastics Pact in the UK.

This webinar will answer the following questions:

  • How many states have passed laws addressing plastic bag waste?
  • What are the details of Vermont’s new plastic packaging law?
  • How are legislators in California tackling plastic waste from tiny toiletries and other single use plastics?
  • What are the details of Connecticut’s new plastic bag law?
  • What is the G20 doing to stop marine plastic waste?
  • How will the UK Plastics Pact reduce the total amount of plastic packaging?
  • We’ll also cover plastic pollution updates from various states in the US, as well as the NFL and more…

Susan V. Collins, President of CRI, will moderate a panel of experts including:

Paul Burns, Executive Director, Vermont PIRG

Sarah Lakeman, Sustainable Maine Project Director, Natural Resources Council of Maine  

Additional experts to be announced!
Please don’t miss this webinar on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 and your chance to learn all about plastics legislation and get YOUR questions answered.


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In his New York Times opinion piece, John Tierney concluded that recycling is  “wasteful….costly and ineffectual.” We know this isn’t true, but we also know there’s room for improvement. With that in mind, our next webcast will deconstruct a familiar but critical issue—contamination—to examine how much material is lost in the recycling process so that we can design better systems that don’t lose so much. Contamination of materials is one problem that has numerous impacts on stakeholders invested in recycling - including consumers and environmentalists.
The webcast will explain the difference between the contamination that happens when curbside recycling bins are filled with items that shouldn’t be there, and the contamination that results when material is improperly sorted. We will look at three research studies that examined materials after they were sorted and quantified how much material was improperly sorted. 
Join the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, NAPCOR, and the American Forest and Paper Association as they discuss the effects contamination has on recycling and utilization of materials. Single stream versus mixed waste, including the economics of differing systems will also be addressed.

CRI’s Susan Collins will moderate the panel of experts.

Panel Includes:

Resa Dimino - Director of Public Policy, NAPCOR

Resa is the Director of Public Policy for the National Association for PET Container Resources and has more than 20 years of experience in recycling policy, programs and business development. At NAPCOR she focuses on policy issues that are in accordance with NAPCOR’s mission: promoting and protecting the PET package, and increasing the collection of postconsumer PET packaging as integral to its sustainable attributes. 

Peter Spendelow – Natural Resource Specialist, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Peter has worked on solid waste and recycling issues for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality since 1985, beginning with implementation of Oregon's 1983 Recycling Opportunity Act, and most recently helping to develop and pass legislation in 2015 implementing Oregon's Materials Management program. Peter has also overseen Oregon's seven waste composition studies and two recycling composition studies since 1992. Other areas of work include the Oregon Bottle Bill, plastics recycling, used oil recycling, and solid waste and recycling policy development and interpretation.

Brian Hawkinson – Executive Director, Recovered Fiber, American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA)

Brian is executive director, Recovered Fiber, at the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA). In this capacity, he manages issues and programs that promote increased paper recovery for recycling. He is a former adjunct faculty member at The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management and is a past member of the board of directors of the National Recycling Coalition.
Brian holds a BBA from James Madison University and an MBA from the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech.


For additional information on CRI's webinars, please contact
Fatemeh Bagheri - fbagheri@container-recycling.org

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