2021 Recycling Revisted Webinar Series

Through the generous support of ISRI and MACHINEX, the webinars are free of charge to all attendees and the recording will be posted to the serdc.org website.

  • Wednesday May 26th: Paper
  • Tuesday, July 20th: Plastic
  • Wednesday, Aug 18th: Glass

  • Wednesday, Sept 1st: Metal
  • Wednesday, Oct 6th: Other Recyclables and Emerging Markets

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Webinar #2: PLastic

JULY 20, 2021 at 11 am EST

Single use plastics, particularly for packaging and household goods, have made it to the forefront of national news outlets. Federal and state legislation is taking a serious look at the impact of plastics and how damaging it can be if mismanaged. Throw in import bans, truck driver shortages and the push to a carbon-neutral environment, how we intend to manage plastic has reached peak priority.

The recycled plastics market has seen more volatility than most markets, to the point where now, natural HDPE is selling at a rate per pound greater than used beverage cans. Is this due to brand commitments, supply chain shortages or part of something new? 


Steve Alexander
President and CEO for The Association of Plastic Recyclers 

Steve is President and CEO of the Association of Plastic Recyclers, a Washington, DC based trade association whose members represent more than 95% of the processing capacity for postconsumer plastics in North America.

Alexander is also the president of Resource Recycling, Inc., a publishing and conference management firm. 

Previously, Mr. Alexander spent over 20 years representing corporate and association clients on Capitol Hill and in State Houses across the country, including 10 years with Eastman Kodak Company, where he specialized in environment, technology and appropriations issues.

Stephanie Baker
Director of Market Development for KW Plastics

Stephanie strives to live in a world where we don’t have to 
talk about what, where, or how to recycle plastic. In the meantime, she gets to talk a lot.

As the Director of Market Development for KW Plastics Recycling Division, Stephanie speaks to the economic advantages and opportunities for plastics recycling. A hometown girl from KW Plastics’ headquarter operations in Troy, Alabama,

Stephanie represents the world’s largest plastics recycler of HDPE and PP in projects surrounding sustainability, packaging design and increasing quality supply throughout North America.

Brent Heist
Director of the Global Packaging Sustainability team at Procter & Gamble

Brent is Director of the Global Packaging Sustainability team at Procter & Gamble. He is located in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Brent holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston and an MBA from Xavier University. In his twenty-eight years at Procter & Gamble Brent has worked in Process Development, Products Research and most recently Packaging Development spanning several of P&G’s business units.

Webinar #1: Paper

May 26, 2021 at 11 am EST

Kicking off the 2021 SERDC Webinar Series, we explore how market conditions have changed the face of paper feedstocks, from industry advancements in processing to changes in the supply stream.  SERDC Board Member, Susan Robinson of Waste Management is moderating this engaging dive into the new normal for paper.  

Unfortunately, there were some technical issues with the presentation given by Dave Cawein and some questions were asked during the webinar that were not able to be answered.  We've gathered those responses from Dave below:

Question:  What % of the furnish in Green Bay is Mixed Paper now. Ultimately (or a range, depending on the markets), what % of Mixed Paper will you use?
Dave:  Currently, we are using a negligible about of mixed paper. Once our production folks are satisfied with production parameters we will begin raising the mixed paper percentage. Ultimately we expect to reach something around 30% .

Question:  What is the range of %OCC vs wood in the Arkansas mill?
Dave:  This can vary depending on the grade (liner vs. medium) and basis weight. Generally the range is around 50-50.

Question: Please repeat his findings on breaking 500 bales?
We completed three bale studies. One at our GB mill, one at our Arkansas mill with an additional study at our Arkansas mill to prove/disprove ability of probing bales (wand) to determine contaminants. On study three, the probe while performing accurately the majority of time, missed significantly enough on too many bales for me to be comfortable using it as a determiner for supplier bale quality.

Bale studies at our mills revealed the majority of suppliers in compliance with OCC grade 11 specifications. Bales at our Arkansas mill showed more wax and bales at our GB mill showed more plastic and plastic film. Not really surprising. Arkansas receives more grocery bales and GB receives more mrf tons.


Chaz Miller
CEO, Miller Recycling Associates

Chaz Miller’s career in waste and recycling spanned four decades with stints at the US EPA Office of Solid Waste, the Glass Packaging Institute and the National Waste and Recycling Association. He testified at Congressional and state hearings and spoke at conferences throughout North America. He an ex officio member of the Board of the Northeast Recycling Council.

Retired from full time work, he consults, writes a blog for Waste360 and speaks at conferences. He chaired the Montgomery County Aiming for Zero Waste Task Force. Chaz is a recipient of the National Recycling Coalition’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Brian Hawkinson
Executive Director of Recovered Fiber, American Forest & Paper Association


Brian Hawkinson is AF&PA Executive Director, Recovered Fiber. In this role, he manages issues and programs that promote increased paper recycling and maintain member company access to recovered fiber for use in manufacturing new pulp, paper and paperboard.

Before joining AF&PA, he held leadership positions with: Hawkinson Group, LLC, where he assisted AF&PA in establishing the Paper+Packaging Board; DDC Advocacy; Public Affairs Council, and, United Way of America.

Brian is a member of the board of directors of The Recycling Partnership and a past member of the board of directors of the National Recycling Coalition.

Dave Cawein 
Divisional VP and General Manager, Green Bay Packaging

David began with Green Bay Packaging Inc.(GBP), in 1976 as a forester. His woods experience includes 9 years as Vice President & Gen. Mgr. of GBP’s Fiber Resource Div.(Woodlands), 15 years as Vice President & Gen. Mgr. of GBP’s Pinecrest Lbr. Div.(sawmill).

David has 13 years of paper mill experience at GBP’s Arkansas Kraft Division including Asst. to The Pulp Mill Supt., Linerboard Sales Rep., Secondary Fiber Procurement Mgr. and Secondary Fiber Supt.

Since 2017 David has been the Vice President of Secondary Fiber Procurement, managing OCC procurement for GBP’s linerboard mills.

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