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Updates to Beverage Container Deposit Laws

Date: Thursday, December 7, 2023
Time: 11:00AM – 12:30PM Pacific
(8:00 – 9:30AM Hawaii, 12:00 – 1:30PM Mountain, 1:00 – 2:30PM Central, 2:00 – 3:30PM Eastern)

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Join our information-packed webinar on Updates to Beverage Container Deposit Laws to gain the latest insights into:

•  Bottle bill legislative activity in California, Hawaii, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, and Iowa; and
•  National bottle bill activity, including the recently introduced Break Free from Plastic Act, along with CRI’s testimony in Washington DC

Plus get your questions answered by bottle bill experts!

CRI President Susan V. Collins will be moderating and speaking on this webinar, along with other bottle bill experts from various states, including:

•    Sarah Nichols, Sustainable Maine Director, National Resource Council of Maine (NCRM)
•    Wendy Pratt, Managing Director, Crowe LLP; and Tommy Abeyta, Consulting Manager, Crowe LLP
•    And more!

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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.


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