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Alternatives to Recycling – Reuse, New Materials, Industrialization

Workshop Date - April 6, 2021 (Online Workshop) | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Eastern Standard Time

Confirmed workshop speakers:

Susan Graff, Resource Recycling Systems
Math Lambalk, Avantium
Christopher Layton, Eastman Chemical Company

Workshop Agenda:

10:00 am | Facilitated Networking

10:30 am | Innovations to Recycle Films and Flexible Plastic Packaging
Approximately 12 billion pounds of flexible plastic packaging (FPP) are consumed annually in the US. But recycling and reintroducing this material back into the marketplace requires a comprehensive approach. The Materials Recovery for the Future (MRFF) project brought together manufacturers, brand owners, trade associations, recycling experts, and others to collaborate through a shared vision and focused research to recover rather than landfill FPP. A pilot study conducted at a material recovery facility demonstrated proof-of-concept for a scalable solution to recycle FPP, improve the quality of paper bales, and develop a new rFlex bale for use in building materials and consumer products.

Susan Graff | Partner, VP of Global Corporate Sustainability, Resource Recycling Systems

11:15 am | Driving the Commercial Reality of Biopolyester
With increasing awareness on the fossil industry, consumers and brand owners are driving the demand for renewable packaging. PET consist for 30% of monoethylene glycol (MEG), largely produced from fossil resources. Avantium has scaled a means of making MEG from sugars in a 1-step, high efficiency process which is competitive with fossil MEG. The 1-step process nature exploits the elemental composition similarity of sugar and MEG and drives its cost-efficiency. With the demoplant opening in 2019, Avantium has made notable commercial scaleup progress. The presentation focuses on comparing Avantium’s and incumbent technologies and showing the latest promising application validation results.

Math Lambalk | Business Development Manager, Avantium

12:00 pm | It's Time to Get Real about EPR
Houston, we have a problem. Everybody wants recycled content for their plastic packaging, but there’s not enough to go around. And what is available is more expensive than first-generation plastics because fossil fuels are plentiful and cheap, and creating a system for gathering and processing discarded plastics to use as feedstocks for recycled content is expensive. This is where Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) policies come in. EPR can generate funding to cover the cost of the infrastructure needed to keep plastics out of landfills and oceans and keep fossil feedstocks in the ground. But how does it work really? Who pays into the program? How do you make it fair for all concerned – the producers, the brands and the consumers? This panel, which includes a representative from a waste management company, a plastics producer and recycler, and a policymaker, will cover EPR 101 and give a case study of the program that’s working very well in California.

Christopher J. Layton | Director of Sustainability, Specialty Plastics, Eastman Chemical Company

12:30 - 1:15 pm | Facilitated Networking 

1:15 pm - 3:45 pm | The second half of this workshop will focus more closely on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). 

Stay tuned! More details coming soon.