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Wednesday November 9

9:00 am- 10:15 am:  What makes a well-designed EPR program?
There have been more and more states moving towards shifting the financial obligations of packaging recovery and recycling onto the producer.  What makes a good policy, who should be at the table, and what items constitute a necessity towards reclamation into feedstocks?  


Shannon Crawford
Director of Recycling and Environmental Policy for WM

Cheryl T. Coleman
Vice President of Sustainability for The Institute for Scrap Recycling Industries

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

Megan Daum
Vice President, Sustainability for American Beverage Association

Maia Corbitt
President of Texans for Clean Water

10:15 am- 10:45 am:  Break and exhibit hall networking

10:45 am- 12:00 pm:  Recycled Commodities update
From record highs to the recent plummet.  What is going on with markets and what should we expect as the world keeps swinging?


James (Jim) V. Nordmeyer
Vice President of Global Sustainability for Owens-Illinois, Inc.

Kurt Schmitz
Senior Vice President Southern Region for Pratt Recycling, Inc.

Chaz Miller
Semi-retired, 40-year veteran of the waste and recycling industry, National Waste & Recycling Association

Bret Biggers
Senior Economist for The Institute for Scrap Recycling Industries

12:00 pm- 1:15 pm:  Lunch and exhibit networking

1:15 pm- 1:35 pm:  Funding Recycling Opportunities/EPA update
Recycling is on everyone’s radar these days. Learn about the current status of EPA funding opportunities and how to apply.

Barbara Alfano
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 4 PCB & Sustainability Section

1:35 pm- 3:00 pm:  States Panel
Manufacturers in the Southeast consume more recovered material than the region’s local governments capture. The recycling offices in the states’ environmental offices support the local programs and provide leadership for program improvement. This session features the state agency leaders for recycling programs. They will share their efforts to improve material management, featuring successes and occasional struggles.


Rick Kelsey, ALKaren Moore, FLGary Logsdon, KY
Jennifer Milner, MSWendy Worley, NCRichard Chesley, SC
Amy Katcher, TNSanjay Thirunagari, VA 

:00 pm- 3:15 pm:  Afternoon break and final exhibit hall networking

3:15pm- 4:00 pm:  SERDC Annual Member Meeting
Learn about the organization’s accomplishment in the YTD report and SERDC members are invited to vote in the new Board of Directors for 2023.

4:00 pm- 7:00 pm:  Reception and Dinner at Pratt 
Continue the conversation around drinks and dinner before you head back to your hotel or home. 


9:00 am:  Shuttle leaves from Courtyard/Hampton Inn hotels
Please make sure you are on the list to be transported from the hotel to the tour site and back if needed.

10:00 am- 1:00 pm:  Tour of Pratt Recycling MRF- Conyers, GA
Visit the state-of-the-art Materials Recovery Facility and learn more about the campus where Pratt Industries utilizes a closed loop process, including an onsite gasification plant, paper mill, and the box manufacturing plant. Safety equipment will be provided and no open toed shoes permitted.  Casual attire is recommended.  Lunch will be provided

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