FREE INDUSTRY WEBINAR September 22 | Advanced Recycling: Upcycling End of Life Plastics

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 / 1:30 – 2:45 PM ET

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Presenter: Lauren Versagli, Corporate Development, Plastic Energy Ltd.

Plastic Energy has developed a solution to address low-value mixed plastics that cannot be mechanically recycled.

The Thermal Anaerobic Conversion (TAC) produces recycled oil (TACOIL) from end-of-life plastics. The TACOIL is then used as a new feedstock for the (petro)chemical industry to generate recycled plastics by replacing virgin oil with TACOIL. This has led to the value-chain validation of the circularity of the Plastic2Plastic process by the ISCC+ to produce the Certified Circular Polymers.

After explaining the technical and industry experience to reach an optimal product and efficient operations, the presentation will stress some real-life Plastic2Plastic applications developed with the value-chain for food grade packaging, advancing the circular economy.

Lauren Versagli


Presenter Biography

Lauren is responsible for corporate development at Plastic Energy with a focus on North America.

She brings a strong background from the chemical industry and a track record of success in building teams and delivering collaborative solutions. Her core responsibilities include defining the company’s strategy and developing partnerships across the value chain that result in circular projects for plastic waste.

Prior to joining Plastic Energy, Lauren worked at Hach as a global business unit manager and for more than 10 years at the Dow Chemical Company in the US and Europe. Her core responsibilities while working at Dow were in the water treatment business where she held various roles from production engineering, to technical service, to sales and marketing. Later she was responsible for regional business development and the company’s 2025 sustainability goals in the Benelux.

Lauren received her MBA from IMD in Switzerland and her BS in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University in the USA.

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FREE INDUSTRY WEBINAR August 18 | Fire Incidents and Prevention Strategies for Recycling Facilities

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 / 1:30 – 2:45 PM ET

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Presenter: Ryan FogelmanJD/MBA, V.P., Fire Elimination Solutions

This webinar will present an overview of fire safety risks, concerns and situations at MRFs, transfers stations, scrap metal operations, hazardous material recycling operations and Waste To Energy plants.

The webinar will also include discussion on trends in fire incidents in our industry due to contaminants in the waste stream (e.g. batteries, electronics).  Results of data collection efforts will be released that focus on reported waste and recycling facility fires in the US and Canada since 2016 as well as the latest technology around early thermal detection and fire elimination in these facilities.

Ryan Fogelman, JD/MBA

Ryan Fogelman, JD/MBA


Presenter Biography

Ryan Fogelman, J.D., MBA, is vice president of strategic partnerships for Fire Rover. Fogelman is focused on bringing innovative safety solutions to market, and two of his solutions have won the distinguished Edison Innovation Award for Industrial Safety and Consumer Products.

He has been compiling and publishing the “The Reported Waste & Recycling Facility Fire In The US/CAN” since February 2016, the “Waste & Recycling Facility Fire Annual Report” and speaks regularly on the topic of the scope of fire problems facing the waste and recycling industries, detection solutions, proper fire planning and early stage fire risk mitigation.

Please email any questions directly to Ryan Fogelman prior to the webinar using the email address provided on the Webinar Registration webpage.

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FREE INDUSTRY WEBINAR July 21 | Use of Biochar in Soil Restoration, Landscaping and Green Infrastructure

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 / 1:30 – 2:45 PM ET

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  • Tom Miles, Executive Director, U.S. Biochar Initiative
  • Mark Highland, President, Organic Mechanics Soil Company
  • Chuck Hegberg, V.P. off Business Development at Ecotone, Inc./ Owner, Infinite Solutions

Biochar is a charcoal-like substance made by thermally treating organic material from urban, agricultural and forestry wastes (also called biomass) in a controlled process called pyrolysis.

Three experts in the production and use of biochar will discuss and provide examples of the conversion of urban organic residues to biochar for use in urban landscaping, restoration of urban soils and green infrastructure.

Tom Miles
Tom Miles

Tom is a biomass energy engineering consultant from Portland, Oregon. With more than 40 years in the design and development of systems for conversion of industrial and urban wood residues, and agricultural residues including crop straws and manures, he finds biochars to be useful for nutrient and residue management.

Tom chairs the International Biochar Initiative and the U.S. Biochar Initiative.

Mark Highland
Mark Highland

Mark received his B.S. degree in Environmental Horticulture from the University of Florida. Later he focused his M.S. degree studies in the Longwood Graduate Program on compost and potting soil. After the Longwood Graduate Program, Mark started The Organic Mechanic Soil Company, LLC in 2006.

Mark has served as a consultant for the EPA and Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and recently received the Young Professional Award from the Perennial Plant Association.

Chuck Hegberg
Mark Highland

Chuck is the Vice President, Business Development for Ecotone, an ecological restoration design/build firm and owner of Infinite Solutions, a mid-Atlantic biochar sales and implementation company focusing on urban systems. He has 30 Years of Experience in the Environmental and Engineering Consulting and Construction Industry.

Chuck served as past chair for the USBI Biochar 2018 Conference held in Wilmington, DE and a board member of the U.S. Biochar Initiative.

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FREE INDUSTRY WEBINAR June16 | Sustainable Materials Management at Universities

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 / 1:30 – 2:45 PM ET

Presenter: Jack DeBell, University of Colorado (retired) / NRC Coalition Campus Council

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The NRC has long-supported university campus recycling, first hosting caucuses of campus program managers in 1992, then supporting a technical council in 1995. Recently, the NRC appointed a Campus Council to meet the need for stronger linkages between higher ed and the SMM industry. Degree programs, career services, applied research / technology transfer, and relationships with recycling leaders are examples of the opportunities the Campus Council develops between on-campus and off-campus groups.

Jack DeBell will provide an update of recent activities and accomplishments- focusing on opportunities in which the audience can immediately engage.

Jack DeBell


Presenter Biography

Jack DeBell recently retired from the University of Colorado’s recycling program after more than thirty years.  His accomplishments include helped co-founding the College and University Recycling Council, leading an internship program for students interested in recycling careers, publishing a Decision Makers Guide to Recycling, and advancing C.U.’s zero waste plan.  He was recognized with the University’s highest staff honor, the Robert Sterns Award, in 1997.

He’s as active as ever: connecting higher ed and the sustainable management industry. His current work with the National Recycling Coalition and the Zero Waste International Alliance is rapidly advancing applied research, scholarships, training, and career placement for the challenges ahead.

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FREE INDUSTRY WEBINAR May 28 | Recycled Paper Commodities Markets Update

Thursday, May 28, 2020 / 1:30 – 2:45 PM ET

Presenter: Megan Workman, Price Reporter/Editor, Fastmarkets RISI

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Megan Workman

Megan Workman

Paper recycling markets industry expert, Megan Workman, will provide an update on recycled paper in the U.S., and will include updates on collection, markets, and recent challenges, including China’s import restrictions. The session will also include a discussion on the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Presenter Biography

Megan Workman is the Price Reporter and Editor of Fastmarkets RISI, a position she had held since August 2018.  Her responsibilities include interviewing various CEOs at top industry companies, and visiting numerous mills, and recycling and paper recyclingconverting plants globally.  Prior to Fastmarkets RISI, Megan was the Associate Editor for the Recycling Today Media Group where she wrote, edited and interviewed for Recycling Today magazine and its sister publications, Construction & Demolition Recycling magazine and Storage & Destruction Business magazine. Megan was also a reporter for a local biweekly newspaper and a business journal.

Meghan is a graduate of Ohio University with Bachelor of Science Degree in Magazine Journalism.

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FREE INDUSTRY WEBINAR April 21 | Recycled Plastics Commodities Markets Update

Tuesday April 21, 2020 / 1:30 – 2:45 PM EST

Presenter: Kate Eagles, Program Director,  Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR)

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Kate Engles

Kate Eagles

Plastics recycling industry expert, Kate Eagles, will provide an update on recycled plastics in the U.S., to include updates on collection, markets, and recent challenges. The session will also include brief descriptions of APR’s programs that directly pertain to plastics recycling, as well as recent activities and communications on the impacts of the Coronavirus.

Presenter Biography

Kate Eagles serves as Program Director for the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), the international trade association representing the plastics recycling industry. Her focus includes addressing container and component designs that adversely impact the U.S. plastic recycling stream, as defined through the APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability; recycled plastics’ market development; and recycled material collection and markets analyses.platics

Kate has worked in plastics recycling since 2005, including 10 years at the plastics recycling consultancy, Moore Recycling Associates. During this time, she served in various management and communication roles for the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR), the trade association for the PET plastic packaging industry in North America. Specific focus areas included the recycled PET supply chain, the domestic PET reclamation industry, recycled plastic material markets, and related analyses and reporting.

Before making the move to plastics recycling, Kate worked in a variety of food and beverage marketing and public relations roles; she brings this communications interest to her work in plastics recycling with articles published in Resource Recycling, Recycling Today, and SPE Thermoforming Quarterly magazines. Kate lives and works in northern California.

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FREE INDUSTRY WEBINAR March 31 | Recycled Metals Commodities Markets Update

Tuesday March 31, 2020 / 1:30 – 2:45 PM EST

Presenter: Joseph Pickard, Chief Economist and Director of Commodities, The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc.

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Joseph Pickard

Joe Pickard

Industry expert, Joe Pickard, will provide an update of the metal commodities markets with a focus on recycled scrap metal, and the impact of China’s import restrictions and the U.S. / China trade negotiations.

About the Presenter:

Joe Pickard serves as the Chief Economist and Director of Commodities at The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc., where he’s conducted research and analysis on commodity and scrap market developments and the key economic role that recycling plays both in the U.S. and abroad since 2010.

Pickard regularly provides economic and recycling market updates to ISRI members, industry associations, policymakers, the press, and other external audiences. In that capacity, Pickard is regularly interviewed by major print and other media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Economist, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, PBS Frontline, 60 Minutes, ABC News, and more than 30 U.S. radio stations.

As a current member of Industry Trade Advisory Committee No. 5, he serves as an advisor on scrap-related trade issues to the U.S. Commerce Department and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Pickard also serves as the general delegate to the Bureau of International Recycling’s Committee on Stainless Steel and Special Alloys.

Pickard previously served as the economist for the International Copper Study Group in Lisbon, Portugal and as a research analyst at Slayton & Associates in Alexandria, Virginia. He previously worked in the research and environment departments at nonprofit organizations including the Urban Institute and the Pew Charitable Trusts. He is a current member of the American Economic Association, National Association for Business Economics, and the National Economists Club.

Pickard holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Virginia Tech, a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Loyola University Maryland, and also studied George Mason University and K.U. Leuven (Belgium).

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FREE INDUSTRY WEBINAR February 18 | Advancing Circular Economies in Plastics – Plastics are a Regenerating Hydrocarbon Reserve

Tuesday February 18, 2020 / 1:30 – 2:45 PM EST

Presenter: Christopher J. Faulkner, Ph.D., Vice President, Project Management & Technology, Agilyx

Where: On your computer in the comfort of your office

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Christopher J. Faulkner, Ph.D.

Chris Faulkner, Ph.D.

The dynamics of the current recycling industry are very complex. Recycling programs are typically very localized and fragmented, exposed to significant commodity value fluctuations, but most importantly, they are not designed to capture the majority of plastics. As a result, only the best high-quality plastic waste is recovered from the waste and recycling streams stranding more than 75% of the remaining waste plastic with no recycling option.

This webinar will discuss how the fundamental vision of viewing plastics as an above ground hydrocarbon reserve drives the innovation and commercialization of circular pathways: be it plastic to plastic, plastic to base chemicals or plastic to low carbon fuels.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Chris Faulkner brings over 14 years of technical and organizational expertise on the engineering, process, analytics and administrative fronts to deliver products and operating assets. He has held engineering, scientist and management positions in the renewable energy and chemicals industry sectors with a focus on sustainability and stewardship.

Dr. Faulkner has a proven track record of commercializing innovations and successful project management. He is an inventor of novel polymer composite materials and has led the certification and commercialization of the international product launch of a 5 kWe combined heat and power fuel cell system. Dr. Faulkner brings technical, commercialization, innovation, project management and business acumen to the advancement of the Agilyx Solutions platform of superior materials management and chemical recycling.

Dr. Faulkner holds a doctorate in Chemical Engineering from Vanderbilt University.

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FREE INDUSTRY WEBINAR January 21 | Advancing Circular Economies in Electronics – The Battery Challenge

Tuesday January 21, 2020 / 1:30 – 2:45 PM EST

Presenter: Carole Mars, PhD, Director, Innovation and Technical Development, The Sustainability Consortium (TSC), Arizona State University

Topic:  Electronics Recovery Industry

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Creating a true circular economy for electronic equipment relies on the ability to reuse or recycle all components in a given product. Batteries are a key component in and a key barrier to creating circularity in electronics. This issue is relevant not only for the traditional consumer electronics industry, but all industries that rely on power storage. In this webinar, we will look at why batteries of all sizes present a significant challenge to circularity and some of the efforts underway to mitigate their impact.

Dr. Carole Mars is Director, Technical Development and Innovation for The Sustainability Consortium. She is responsible for The Sustainability Insight System (THESIS) Key Performance Indicators for manufactured goods supply chains and leading further research into their sustainability.

Dr. Mars founded the Circular Innovation Hub at the Consortium to coordinate and expand work in the TSC Innovation project portfolio focused on how to create a socially and environmentally responsible circular economy. Her research is focused on the consumer electronics and battery industries, with an emphasis on product fate and end-of-life management. She also serves as the Technical Advisor to the Responsible Battery Coalition.

Prior to joining the Consortium, Dr. Mars worked as a process engineer in the semiconductor equipment manufacturing industry. Dr. Mars earned her Ph.D. at Pennsylvania State University, in surface analytical chemistry and her bachelor of science in chemistry at the University of Arizona.

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FREE INDUSTRY WEBINAR December 17 | Evolution of a Wastewater Treatment Plant to a Food Waste to Energy Facility for the Cogeneration of Heat and Energy

Tuesday December 17, 2019 / 1:30 – 2:45 PM EST –

Presenter: Thomas W. Darby, Manager, Hermitage Municipal Authority; Superintendent, WPC Dept. City of Hermitage, PA

This webinar will focus on a case study of the evolution of a wastewater treatment plant to a food waste to energy facility for the cogeneration of heat and energy.  Introduction of food waste into the wastewater treatment process has resulted in a higher capture rate of energy value while decreasing landfilling for food waste generators. All this is being done while still functioning as a typical wastewater treatment plant and meeting all permit effluent limits.

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Thomas W. Darby

Thomas W. Darby

Thomas W. Darby
is the Manager of Hermitage Municipal Authority and the Superintendent of the Water Pollution Control Department of the City of Hermitage, PA.

Thomas is a Graduate of Youngstown College of Business and attended Penn State University.

His previous work experience includes Northwest Engineering and he currently offers consulting services for the food waste to energy industry.

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