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July 27 | End-of-Life Options for Wind Turbine Blades

Engineering Analyst, Aubryn Copperman , will will review wind turbine blade end-of-life options that are currently in use or under development and present estimates of the quantity of composite blade material that will need to be handled in the near future.

Tuesday June 29, 2021/1:30 – 2:45PM ET

Presenter – Auburn Co0perman, Ph.D., Engineering Analyst, National Wind Technology Center

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Presenter Biography

Aubryn Cooperman, Ph.D.


Aubryn Cooperman is an engineering analyst at the National Wind Technology Center, part of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. She specializes in technoeconomic analysis of wind energy systems in all phases of their life cycle, from design and installation to decommissioning.

Aubryn holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from the University of California, Davis, where her research focused on active control of wind turbine blades.



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Megan Workman

June 29 | SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS MANAGEMENT WEBINAR – Recycled Paper Commodities Markets Update


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

Tuesday June 29, 2021/1:30 – 2:45PM ET

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

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Megan Workman

Megan Workman

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 converting 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.



May 26 | SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS MANAGEMENT WEBINAR – Conducting All Aspects of Triple Bottom Line for Recycling – EVEN the Social!

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Lisa A. Skumatz, Ph.D.,  Principal, Skumatz Economic Research Associates, Inc., discusses how the Triple Bottom Line approach (TBL) enhances assessment of recycling programs.

The Triple Bottom Line (TBL) approach enhances assessment of recycling programs, projects, and policies by adding two additional criteria to the usual financial benefit-cost analysis (BCA) – Environmental and Social impacts.  More and more sustainable communities (and businesses) are doing it.

Or are they?

And, how can we measure the social impacts in a defensible and systematic way?  A nationally-renowned economist and policy analyst in the field of integrated solid waste management will provide an understanding of TBL and its advantages, practical analysis methods and real-world examples of TBL in zero waste programs.

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Lisa A. Skumatz, PhD

Lisa A. Skumatz, Ph.D.

Presenter Biography

Dr. Skumatz is an economist and Principal of Skumatz Economic Research Associates (SERA). She has a nationwide reputation in integrated planning, program evaluation, rates and revenue options, economic and policy analysis, outreach/engagement, and scenario analysis/forecasting work conducted for solid waste clients at the local, county, state, and national level.  Dr. Skumatz conducted early work in commercial programs and food waste strategies.  Her interests include both quantitative and policy issues and focuses on how facilities and programs work in the real world.

To keep this real-world focus, Dr. Skumatz maintains SERA’s comprehensive in-house database of programs, policies, costs, performance, and other data from more than 1,300 communities across the US; data on all US PAYT communities; a library of benchmarking case studies; inventories of solid waste initiatives and programs in all 50 states and internationally, and detailed spreadsheet models for residential / commercial collection, MRFs, and compost sites; PAYT; waste comps; and ISWMP models. She has conducted work across the US and internationally and has the unique distinction of winning National Lifetime Achievement awards from both SWANA and the NRC.

Dr. Skumatz has taught solid waste integrated planning and evaluation workshops in California, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, the UK and elsewhere. She has published more than 150 articles in solid waste.  She is currently Chairs the National Recycling Coalition’s Board of Directors and is a member of numerous national, state and local civic, environmental, professional economic, and waste management and recycling organizations, having served on many of their Boards of Directors. She worked for a city solid waste utility, and has also served as an elected official in Colorado.

Contact information:  Email    |      Website



Tuesday, April 27, 2021


David Keeling, Regional Sales Manager for the East Coast, ARCA Recycling, discusses the process used to recycle appliances.

When an appliance stops working and cannot be repaired, most people can simply place it at the curb or let the delivery crew take the old one when the new appliance is installed. As recycling professionals, we need to think through the appliance recycling process to determine what system is best for our constituents, our community and the environment.

This webinar will discuss the process used to recycle appliances in most areas of the country and the components that need to be properly managed by the company processing the appliances from your program.
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Presenter Biography

David Keeling

David Keeling is the Regional Sales Manager for the East Coast with ARCA Recycling, better known as Appliance Recycling Centers of America. ARCA Recycling has been the leader in appliance recycling for 40 years. The company is based in Edina, MN and has 18 processing facilities around the country.

Prior to joining ARCA Recycling, Mr. Keeling worked as the Director, Recycling for the Steel Recycling Institute (SRI), a business unit of American Iron and Steel Institute. Prior to his departure in August of 2019, Mr. Keeling had been with the SRI in various positions since 1990.  Before joining the S.R.I., Mr. Keeling worked in various positions at Central Steel and Wire in Chicago, IL.

Mr. Keeling currently serves on the Board of Director of the National Recycling Coalition (NRC). He served as the President of the NRC from April 2018 until October 2020. He also currently serves as a member of the Wisconsin Council on Recycling which is a governor appointed citizen advisory board on recycling. He served as Chair of the council from 2018 until March of 2021.

Mr. Keeling has been a member of every viable state recycling organization in the country and continues to be a member of multiple state recycling organizations across the country. He is serving his fourth term as a board member of the Illinois Recycling Foundation.

Mr. Keeling is a LEED Accredited Professional in the United States Green Building Council and has been a member of every USGBC chapter throughout the country and continues to maintain his membership in several USGBC chapters. He is the former Executive Director of the Midwest Steel Framing Alliance.

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April 22 | Insights into Circularity

Insights in Circularity
Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center
President, Bob Bylone
Hosts a Live, One-on-One Conversation with
Engineered Plastics, LLC
President, Kurt Duska

Thursday – April 22, 2021 – 1:30 pm


Kurt Duska

Kurt Duska, President, Engineered Plastics, LLC

Kurt Duska has been in the plastics industry for over 40 years as a contract manufacturer. On a flight, a seat mate who worked for a medical company said she “wished she could recycle their used IV bags at hospitals”. With no experience in recycling Kurt received a grant from the PA DEP and purchased an Erema recycling system. Twelve years later Kurt has run a recycling trial with the Cleveland Clinic as well as developed sustainability programs for multiple fortune 100 manufacturing companies.

Kurt is the founder of Engineered Plastics, LLC with 4 facilities, totaling 320,000 square feet and 250 employees. His experience covers medical, food, telecommunication and consumer products. He represents Engineered Plastics Recycling Solutions as a consultant in new business develop, program design and technical solutions.

Kurt holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering/Business from Gannon University

Recycling Highlights

  • 2008 – Awarded PA DEP Grant for $500,000 to purchase recycling equipment. Purchased advanced densifier/pelletizer recycling system.
  • 2008 – Awarded Environmental Company of the year by the NWPA SBDC
  • 2009 – Started a medical plastic recycling program at the Cleveland Clinic
  • 2010 – Became a founding member of the HPRC Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council. This group consisted of WM and ten of the largest medical manufacturers in the US. The group developed packaging/product design guidelines and recycling processes to improve hospital recycling rates
  • 2011 – Awarded PA Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence
  • 2012 – Started second recycling facility in Sanford, NC
  • Serves as Judge for business plans and products at the Gannon SBDC and Ben Franklin
  • Member of the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center

Bob Bylone

Bob Bylone

Robert (Bob) J. Bylone, President, Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center (RMC)

Bob Bylone leads a state-wide team to bring markets development assistance to an extensive list of stakeholders including entrepreneurs, manufacturers, recycled material processors, recycling programs, haulers, and agency officials.

Building and supporting Pennsylvania’s $22.6B recycling marketplace, RMC outreach includes feedstock supply connectivity, applied research and commercialization assistance, technology acceleration, and service as a concierge to technical and business growth information. The RMC bridges relationships between economic development and recycled materials supply.

With nearly 30-years in the industry, Bob has experience at Penn State University in water/wastewater training and research; as a County Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator; Copperhead Chemical Company as a project/environmental, health, and safety engineer; and at Junkins Engineering as a project engineer. Bob has experience with projects completed in over 25 states and 30 industry sectors.

Bob is a US Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional, is trained as an ISO 14001 auditor, and is certified as a senior level recycling professional through the Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania (PROP).

Bob holds Master and Bachelor degrees in Environmental Engineering from Penn State University.



Begins Tuesday, April 6 | Learn Conversational Spanish (Deadline to sign-up is April 2)


In conjunction with Penn State Harrisburg Office of Continuing Education,
the RMC brings you conversational Spanish.

Taught by Jeff Thoms and designed for beginner learners, this 10-week course is perfect for individuals who have no prior Spanish speaking knowledge. With two sessions per week, virtual classes will consist of interactive learning, situational role-plays, and practical business, workforce, and recycling industry conversation.

Invest $300 and 20 hours in you!
Classes meet virtually Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Classes begin Tuesday, April 6, 2021 | Deadline to sign-up is Friday April 2, 2021

Download the printable PDF

Jeff Thoms


Jeff Thoms graduated in 1995 from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, PA with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a minor in Classical Languages. It was in graduate school that Thoms became fluent in Spanish, taking classes, visiting various places in Latin America on vacation and on mission trips, and attending an immersion program in Douglaston, Queens, NY.

In 2000 Thoms graduated from the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, OH with a Master of Arts in Theology, and a Master of Divinity. Thoms has worked as a freelance, Spanish interpreter locally for a number of years, assisting in legal, medical, social work, and corporate meetings.
Thoms enjoys teaching Conversational Spanish in a relaxed, laid-back setting.

Sean De Vries

March 23 | SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS MANAGEMENT WEBINAR – Environmental Management Systems for the Electronics Recycling Industry

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

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Industry expert, Sean De Vries, will provide in-depth information about the revised R2 Standard (R2v3) and its application.

Presenter Biography

Sean De Vries

Sean De Vries

Sean De Vries was appointed by SERI ( the Sustainable Electronics Recycling International) to the position of R2 Director in October, 2018. Among his responsibilities, Sean works with the R2 Technical Advisory Committee and leads the R2 Standard development process. He also provides guidance for the application and implementation of the standard and educate various stakeholder groups. Sean brings considerable experience in standards development and oversight for the electronics reuse and recycling industry.

Prior to joining SERI, Sean was the Director of the Recycler Qualification Office (RQO), an organization established to audit and approve reuse and recycling organizations prior to use under the industry-led end-of-life electronics recycling programs across Canada. He also led the development process for the Electronics Reuse and Refurbishing Program (ERRP) and the Recycler Qualification Program (RQP). Sean was also active in the development and implementation of the provincial electronics stewardship programs and served as the inaugural Chair of the Board of Directors for the four not-for-profit stewardship organizations. Sean holds a diploma in Environmental Engineering Technology from Georgian College, Barrie, Ontario.

February 23 | SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS MANAGEMENT WEBINAR-Recycled Metals Commodities Markets Update

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Industry expert, Joe Pickard, will provide an update that will include the metal commodities markets with a focus on recycled scrap metal, the impact of the COVID19 pandemic, China’s import restrictions and current shipping issues.

Presenter Biography

Joseph Pickard

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.

Previously, Pickard 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.

Pickard 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).



Sustainable Materials Management Webinar Series 2020 – 2021

NextCycle – An Innovative Pathway to Elevated Material Recovery and Recycled-content Manufacturing.

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To create a true circular economy, you need to have the full value chain working together: manufacture/production, consumer, collection/recovery, material sorting/processing, end market, and repurposed/new production.

Easier said than done, right?


  • NextCycle OverviewMatt Naud, Associate Senior Consultant, RRS
  • State Program PerspectiveKendra Appelman-Eastvedt, RREO Program Administrator, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE)
  • Participant PerspectiveLou Troiano, President, FoamCycle

There is an innovative approach that does not push the full responsibility to municipalities, but instead involves public, private, non-profit, university, and impact investors.

NextCycle is an innovative pathway that elevates material recovery and recycled-content manufacturing ideas to vetted, shovel-ready projects. NextCycle has been successfully implemented for two cycles in Colorado, and now Michigan has expanded upon the program and initiated a multi-focus approach. The program connects the idea-generators with mentors and experts to develop business plans, data to understand region-specific industry and economics, and potential investors to make the ideas a reality. By creating a competitive opportunity for teams to develop their ideas into projects ripe for investment and implementation, states, residents, and businesses win through leveraging private investment, spurring end market development, supporting infrastructure improvement, ensuring equitable impact, as well as accelerating environmental and economic progress.

Presenter Biographies

Matthew Naud

Matthew Naud

Matthew Naud
joined RRS in 2019 as an associate senior consultant. Matthew was the first environmental coordinator for the city of Ann Arbor, Mich. in 2001 and has 28 years of public sector sustainability, climate adaptation, and emergency management consulting experience, as well as four years of academic and industry molecular biology research experience. He has direct experience building sustainability into the culture of an organization and working with universities to identify policy relevant data for city planning efforts.

He has played a formative and leadership role in several national networks of city sustainability staff including the Urban Sustainability Director’s Network. Matthew also has 11 years of environment and emergency management experience with federal and state clients.

He was recently reappointed to a three-year term on the USEPA Board of Scientific Counselors Sustainable and Healthy Communities Subcommittee.


Kendra Appelman-Eastvedt

Kendra Appelman-Eastvedt

Kendra Appelman-Eastvedt
is the Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity (RREO) Program Administrator for the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) and works in the Sustainability Unit where she oversees a team of grant monitors. The RREO program offers statewide funding opportunities to Colorado recyclers and is tasked with the dual mission of diverting waste and creating jobs.

Following extensive experience in the financial services industry and higher education administration, Kendra earned a Master’s Degree in political science from Colorado State University, Fort Collins.

Her studies focused on American environmental policy, public administration, and American politics.



Lou Troiano

Lou Troiano

Lou Troiano
is the President of Foam Cycle. With 23 years of waste and recycling industry sales experience, Lou founded Foam Cycle; an early stage recycling company pioneering a unique closed loop foam recycling system, to help solve the “foam problem”.

Foam packaging and food service foam (aka Styrofoam) are one of the most plentiful, yet least recycled plastics in existence today. Foam Cycle systems can be found operating successfully in several states throughout the country, tackling a global issue on a local level.

As a participant in the NextCycle Colorado Program, Lou was able to utilize the resources provided to further refine the Foam Cycle mission, in removing the myths and stigmas attached to foam recycling by establishing a new model that can be scaled across the country.

December 22 | SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS MANAGEMENT WEBINAR – Asphalt Industry Efforts in Recycling

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

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Presenter: J. Richard Willis, Ph.D., V.P., Engineering Research and Technology, National Asphalt Paving Association (NAPA)

While most people think of glass, paper, aluminum and steel when they hear the word recycle, all of those materials only account for 75% of what the asphalt industry recycles on an annual basis.

For the past 60 years, the asphalt industry has been researching and implementing technology, standards, and materials which allow it to advance its recycling efforts. The webinar will update the audience on the current state of the knowledge regarding its three most recycled materials: reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP), recycled asphalt shingles (RAS), and recycled tire rubber (RTR). Additionally, the audience will briefly hear about recent efforts to incorporate waste plastics into asphalt mixtures.

J. Richard Willis, Ph.D.


Presenter Biography

J. Richard Willis, NAPA’s Vice President for Engineering Research and Technology, serves as their expert on mix design, recycled materials, life-cycle cost analysis, and pavement design.

Richard serves as the staff liaison for NAPA’s Committee for Asphalt Research and Technology; Council for Engineering, Research, and Sustainability; Workforce Development Committee; and Pavement Economics Committee Life-Cycle Cost Analysis Task Force. He is also a co-host of NAPA’s “Pave It Black” podcast. Richard has a passion for teaching and regularly travels throughout the country to educate people on NAPA’s initiatives and priorities.

Before joining NAPA, Richard worked as an associate research professor at the National Center for Asphalt Technology at Auburn University (NCAT). While at NCAT, he conducted research on topics related to recycled materials, sustainability, laboratory mixture characterization, and life-cycle assessment. He served as the principal investigator on National Cooperative Highway Research Program project 9-55 on the use of recycled asphalt shingles in asphalt mixtures with warm mix and led many asphalt industry research projects on pavement vehicle interaction.

Richard holds B.S. degrees in Physical Science from Freed-Hardeman University and Civil Engineering from Auburn University. He also holds M.S. and Ph.D degrees from Auburn University.