ACC Blog Summit Launches Conversation on Recycling

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The American Chemistry Council launched its second blog summit “Too Valuable To Waste” on April 21. The blog will highlight the importance of recycling and education surrounding reducing and reusing in today’s world.

The summit is a conversation between bloggers and readers and will address the important questions surrounding the current state of recycling, its future and consumer education. According to the ACC, the blog is designed to promote an exchange that will help to advance awareness, understanding and potential solutions for the challenges facing us. You can follow the blog and contribute to the conversation by simply responding to the articles posted. The first week’s topic is the current state of recycling and how the economic recession is affecting recycling programs.

The blog features professionals in the recycling industry, including Earth911’s Assistant Editor Amanda Wills. Here’s a rundown on some of the participants:

Sharon Kneiss, America Chemistry Council

As Vice President, Kneiss oversees the Products Divisions, which includes the Chemical Products and Technology Division, the Plastics Division and the Chlorine Chemistry Division. These groups provide strategic planning, advocacy, market-specific outreach and promotion, technical management and administrative services for specific chemical and market sectors. Kneiss has almost 30 years experience in the policy and regulatory area, with a majority of it in the chemical industry. Kneiss received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton and her master’s degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

Amanda Wills, Earth911.com

Amanda is the Assistant Editor for Earth911.com. Although she hails from Tennessee, she considers herself a “citizen of the world” as she loves to travel and experience new cultures. Her studies abroad include Spanish culture in Malaga, Spain and Latin American journalism in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Amanda has a degree in journalism and electronic media from the University of Tennessee. She has served as editor-in-chief for the Tennessee Journalist as well as worked in the editorial department for a major magazine in New York. Amanda now lives in sunny Phoenix and enjoys practicing an eco-friendly lifestyle. At Earth911, she works in content development, writing and editing.

Anne Johnson, GreenBlue

Anne Johnson joined GreenBlue in 2005 as a Program Director. During her tenure at GreenBlue, most of her time has been dedicated towards leading one of GreenBlue’s projects, the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, an industry working group of almost 200 companies dedicated to realizing a more robust environmental vision for packaging. Trained as an engineer and scientist with a background in management and sustainability consulting, she has more than 15 years of experience in materials, industrial processes, environmental management and systems evaluation of products and packaging.

Bill Carteaux, Society of the Plastics Industry

SPI President Bill Carteaux began his tenure at the Society of the Plastics Industry in March 2005. He came to SPI from Demag Plastics Group, where he was named president and chief executive officer of the Americas and co-executive managing director of Global Business in 2002. Carteaux previously served as the company’s vice president of sales and marketing. Carteaux currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Council of Manufacturing Associations at the National Association of Manufacturers and was recently invited to serve on the Apprenticeship Advisory Committee at the Department of Labor by Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

Billy Jones, Salvage America

Often called “RecycleBill,” Jones is a pioneer in the blogging movement and founder of a group of bloggers in Greensboro, N.C. who gained the attention of the Los Angeles Times who renamed his hometown, Blogsboro in 2004. His StreetPlane, made from junk he picked-up off the side of the road, gets 100 miles per gallon of regular gasoline. Jones is also an author, and 100 percent of the royalties from his book sales go to green causes. Currently, Jones is the general manager of a privately owned, local recycling center called Salvage America in Greensboro, N.C. and hopes to someday build houses for the homeless from recycled plastic bags others throw away.

Jeff Wooster, Dow Chemical

Wooster is currently responsible for market focused sustainable packaging initiatives within the Plastics Business at Dow. He is passionate about sustainability and serves as the lead Dow representative on Wal-Mart’s Packaging Sustainable Value Network, the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, the American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Division Packaging Team, and the Flexible Packaging Association’s Sustainability Task Force. Wooster holds 42 U.S. and foreign patents, has published more than 35 technical papers and is a frequently invited guest speaker on the subjects of sustainability and sustainable packaging.

John Frederick, Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania

John Frederick is executive director with the Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania (PROP) and is active in the National Recycling Coalition’s Recycling Organization Council. Prior to his time at PROP, he was director of the curbside recycling program in Blair County and the City of Altoona, Pa. Earlier in his career he taught high school Earth and Environmental Science for 13 years. He is an honors graduate of Penn State University with a B.S. in Geography and has done graduate work in Geography, Geologic Science and Earth Science Education. John has had a particular interest in plastic recycling that grew out of his early frustrations as a curbside program manager and continued through his time with a state recycling association.

Patty Moore, Moore Recycling

Patricia Moore is an internationally recognized authority in post-consumer plastic collection and recycling. Moore has been involved in the recycling field since 1983 and established Moore Recycling Associates Inc. in 1989. Moore Recycling provides technical and strategic assistance to the Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council, including the development and management of a Plastic Bag Recycling website and information service. Moore received her Master of Science Degree in 1990 from Antioch/New England Graduate School in Resource Management and Administration, a program of the Environmental Studies Department.

Rachelle Strauss, MyZeroWaste.com

Rachelle Strauss lives with her husband and daughter in semi rural England. Following the 2004 devastating flash flooding in Boscastle, she set up her local Freecycle group to help divert usable items from the landfill. The group now has over 40,000 members and has been split into several, more localized groups. In 2008, she and her family created My Zero Waste, which chronicles their journey towards reducing their landfill waste. They now put out less than 100gms of waste per week; most of which is non recyclable plastic. Their website has a popular following with over 70,000 visitors a month tracking their progress from all over the world. They endeavor to show the ‘average family’ how to reduce their waste by making better consumer choices, choosing products with recyclable packaging, creative reuse of items and composting.

Blair Pollock, Orange County, N.C.

Blair Pollock is the solid waste planner for Orange County N.C. He initiated publicly operated recycling programs in Orange County beginning in 1987. Pollock holds a Masters in City and Regional Planning from UNC Chapel Hill and has been involved in environmental work in the public, private and nonprofit sectors for more than thirty years. In an interview with The Chapel Hill News, Pollock pointed out that most people equate waste reduction with recycling. “While recycling is important, reducing what we consume in the first place and reusing where we can are also important components of our success,” he said. “Industry continues to produce lighter weight containers, paper stock and packaging which also contribute to the reduction.”

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