PSI Packaging Call Series - Call 2

PSI Packaging Call Series

Call #2: Goals for increasing material recovery and barriers to achieving them

Wednesday, July 25th

12:00 - 2:00 PM ET / 9:00 - 11:00 AM PT

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Many companies, industry associations, and government agencies have announced specific goals related to the reduction, collection, reuse, recycling, and recycled content pertaining to packaging and printed materials. The purpose of this call is to learn about each group's publicly stated goals, how they arrived at their goals, how they plan to achieve those goals, and the barriers that each group perceives is preventing it from being successful. During the last part of the call, we will seek to develop a high-level consensus on joint goals. Prior to the call, PSI will provide participants with a summary of the baseline status, goals, and major perceived barriers for key stakeholders. We will also provide presentations and relevant supplemental materials, as well as a draft goal statement.

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Scott Cassel, CEO/Founder, Product Stewardship Institute
Scott Cassel is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI). Prior to founding the Institute in 2000, Scott served seven years as the Director of Waste Policy and Planning for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. He is a founding Board Member and past-President of the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association, whose mission is to reduce the toxicity of the municipal waste stream. He is also a founding Board Member of the Global Product Stewardship Council, which harmonizes product stewardship programs internationally. Scott has worked on product and waste management issues for the past 30 years, for a start-up solid waste management company, a non-profit statewide environmental group, and several other government agencies, including the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. He is author of a comprehensive book chapter on product stewardship in the 2008 Handbook on Household Hazardous Waste. He was also a syndicated newspaper columnist in Massachusetts, and a former columnist for the Boston Business Journal. Scott has a master's degree in environmental policy and dispute resolution from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an undergraduate degree in Geology and Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ryan Modlin, Owens-Illinois
Ryan Modlin is Vice President, North American Government Affairs. Ryan joined O-I in March, 2011. Ryan is an experienced government affairs executive with broad experience in various federal and state level government relations. Areas of focus include: energy, government funding, manufacturing, tax, and trade. Results producing professional with a proven 15 year record of accomplishment in government and business legislative strategy. Ryan is a senior lobbyist for O-I and is responsible for O-I's outreach to the Administration and the United States Congress. Ryan coordinates and oversees the government affairs initiatives in North America and guides O-I's efforts in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico through the complex process of conveying the company's message to lawmakers on issues ranging from the importance of recycling glass, environmental sustainability, energy use and efficiency, and innovation leadership through research and development. Ryan also represents O-I in various government affairs activities including working with non-governmental organizations, industry and trade associations and other constituencies to develop support for O-I’s government affairs priorities.

Prior to his current position with O-I, Ryan was responsible for Government Affairs at the National Association of Manufacturers in Washington, D.C., where he led the associations lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill on issues important to the industrial and manufacturing sectors, developed in-depth knowledge on issues before the U.S. Congress, including: energy, infrastructure, tax, and trade policy. Ryan is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Michigan State University School of Law.

Beth Schmitt, Alcoa
Beth is Director of Recycling for Alcoa’s rolled products group, where she drives marketing, communications, and public policy programs to increase the North American aluminum can recycling rate to the industry goal of 75% by 2015. In her 21 years with Alcoa, she has managed a variety of roles including environmental communications, marketing communications, new product development, and commercial management for global can sheet and litho sheet customers ranging from Coca-Cola to Kodak. Beth has represented Alcoa and aluminum packaging in a variety of policy forums, including the Coalition of Northeastern Governors and the North American Metal Packaging Alliance. She has served as chair of the Aluminum Association Can Committee. Currently, she serves on The Sustainability Consortium steering committee and is a board member of the Southeast Recycling Development Council and and is a board member of the Southeast Recycling Development Council and the Curbside Value Partnership. Beth has a degree in Journalism from the University of Tennessee, and is a graduate of the UT College of Business Executive Education Graduate program. She and her husband, Neil, live in Knoxville and have two daughters, Meg and Sarah.

Cathy Foley, American Forest & Paper Association

Cathy serves as Group Vice-President of the Paper Sectors and Statistics. She joined the association as a Manager for Bleached Paperboard in 1993, and as she assumed increased responsibilities, was promoted to Vice President of the Paper Group in 2001. She provides overall direction for the Association as a member of the Senior Leadership Team.Cathy leads the Association’s efforts for the paper product, recycling, and statistics groups. The activities include programs such as market access at the state, federal and international level, and promotion of products, recycling initiatives, forum, and the AF&PA statistics program. Her experience also includes various positions within S.D. Warren Paper Company. Cathy has a bachelor of science degree from Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts as well as a graduate PhD degree in microbiology from Harvard University.

Elisabeth Comere, Tetra Pak/Carton Council

Elisabeth Comere serves as Director for Environment & Government affairs at Tetra Pak US & Canada. Tetra Pak is the world leader in packaging and food processing solutions. She joined the company in 2006 as Environment Manager for Europe where she helped define and drive Tetra Pak's environment strategy and contributed shaping recycling for cartons in Europe. Since 2010, she is based in the US, focusing on advancing the Tetra Pak's commitment to sustainability and recycling in the US and Canada. She is a founding member and board member of AMERIPEN, a member of the SPC and of PAC NEXT Leadership Committee. She is also actively contributing in the roll-out of the recycling strategy developed by the Carton Council in the US and Canada. Prior to this, she served as a political adviser to a Member of the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, and headed the environment department of the Food & Drink Industry group in Europe. She was educated in France, the UK and Belgium. She graduated as lawyer from Law School of Bordeaux University (France) and earned an Environmental Sciences Master from Brussels University (Belgium).

Jim Wood, Steel Recycling Institute

For more than seventeen years, Jim Woods has led the environmental communications efforts for the North American steel industry. As Director of Public and Education Relations, Jim initiates high-visibility awareness campaigns targeted at facilitating the steel recycling process and increasing the volume of steel scrap that is recycled through our nation's vast recycling infrastructure. Jim has served as the editor for The Recycling Magnet, a national newsletter with a circulation of more than 40,000. Jim has also developed the Steel Recycling Website, which includes the ability to locate more than 30,000 local steel recycling options online, as well as the Institute's kids web site ROSCOE's Recycle Room. Jim also oversees the development and advancement of the Institute's SteelCycles education curricula for grades pre-k through 12. Jim joined the Steel Recycling Institute directly out of college in 1995. Prior to joining the steel recycling team, Jim earned a B.A. in Communications from the Pennsylvania State University, and later earned a M.S. in communications and information systems from Robert Morris University.

Steve Navedo, Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers

Steve has held management positions within the plastic recycling and reclamation industry for twenty-five years. He has managed resin sales activity at Pure Tech for more than fifteen years; and is responsible for establishing and maintaining product quality standards and control; as well as, regulatory compliance with all FDA approvals for Pure Tech and its new sister company opening later this year, Perpetual Recycling Solutions. Steve has extensive experience in the commercial and technical integration of recycled PET into the beverage and food packaging market. He has served for over thirteen years on APR’s Executive Committee, and is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors and the Technical Committee. Steve has collaborated on a number of industry sustainability ventures to include a comprehensive and nationwide study of stadium and venue recycling strategies, and Global Green’s BEAR Report on Beverage Container Recycling. Prior to joining Pure Tech, Steve conducted general and environmental law in private practice. He holds a JD from Pace University School of Law, with an Environmental Law concentration and is a member of the New Jersey State Bar. Steve earned his undergraduate degree from Fordham University in New York and is an ex-Army Air Defense Artillery Officer.

Garth Hickle, MN Pollution Control Agency
Garth Hickle is the product stewardship team leader with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). He has been with the MPCA since 1996 working on product stewardship for various products including packaging, electronics and carpet. Prior to that he worked as a lobbyist on environmental and energy issues and at the Minnesota State Senate. He is the Chair of the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials Product Stewardship Task Force. He was named a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow in 2001 to pursue research in international product stewardship policy. He has published articles in Corporate Environmental Strategy, Pollution Prevention Review, Environmental Quality Management, Resource Recycling and The Environmental Forum. He holds a B.A. from the College of Wooster, a M.S.E.L. from Vermont Law School and a M.A. from Hamline University and is Doctoral Candidate in Industrial Ecology and Sustainability at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Bill Smith, City of Tacoma, WA
Bill Smith is currently the Senior Environmental Specialist for the City of Tacoma’s Environmental Services Division and has been involved with Solid Waste and resource conservation issues for over 18 years. Bill is responsible for planning and implementing many of the City’s resource conservation and sustainability programs and represents Environmental Services on the City’s green building, green purchasing and sustainability initiatives. Bill serves on the steering committee of the Northwest Product Stewardship Council and is chair of the Council’s packaging subcommittee and co-chair of the materials management committee of the EPA Region 9 and 10 Western Climate Change Initiative. Bill co-authored the recent report entitled "Analyzing Product Stewardship Policies for Packaging and Printed Paper in Washington State” and was a local government representative to the national stakeholder dialogues on packaging convened by EPA in 2010 and has been invited to participate in several national dialogues on packaging product stewardship. Bill holds a master’s degree in Environment and the Community from Antioch University in Seattle and was a recipient of the EPA National Notable Achievement Award in 2009 for his work on the West Coast Climate Forum.

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