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

Recycled Metals Commodities Markets Update

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.

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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).

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Sustainable Materials Management Webinar Series 2020 – 2021

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

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.

SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS MANAGEMENT WEBINAR December 22 | 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.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020 / 1:30 – 2:45 PM ET

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Presenter: Curt Spivey, President, Cascade Eco Minerals

Solar power technologies offer a number of environmental benefits, such as the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and waste over fuel-based energy sources.

As this fast-growing industry evolves, recycling and sustainable materials management of end-of life equipment, particularly solar panels, are becoming and ever-increasing concern. An expert in the solar power equipment reuse and recycling industry will discuss technologies and processes available to help the Solar Industry advance the Circular Economy.

Curt Spivey


Presenter Biography

Curt Spivey is the President of Cascade Eco Minerals, the leading specialty glass processor and newest division of industry giant Dlubak Glass.

With over 25 years of experience in electronic processing and green technology, Curt has worked as an expert consultant for many nationwide recycling processors as well as utilized his extensive engineering experience to design and install e-waste processing systems throughout the recycling industry.

Curt’s current position with Cascade Eco Minerals has allowed him to advance the options for ethical processing within the solar industry by creating a unique remineralization and enrichment process that allows for a complete recycling of the Solar module back into raw materials for manufacturing.

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November 20 | Insights into Circularity – Live One-on-One Conversation

Insights in Circularity
Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center
President / CEO,  Bob Bylone
Hosts a Live, One-on-One Conversation with
Vice President of Business Development and Growth, Bob Anderson

Friday, November 20 – 1:30 pm


Bob Anderson

Bob Anderson


Bob Anderson, Vice President of Business Development and Growth at Retrievr, has worked in the solid waste industry for over 33 years. He is responsible for developing and executing Retrievr’s national growth plan, focusing on municipal and hauler relationships.Bob came most recently from ReCommunity Recycling / FCR.

During his 12-year stewardship of the Mid-Atlantic region, processing more than tripled to over 530,000 tons per year. Bob managed some of the largest municipal contracts in the company, including the City of Philadelphia and Camden County, NJ.

Bob started his career at Browning-Ferris Industries (BFI) selling commercial waste services, where he managed a 90,000 household residential system before spending several years in M&A for BFI and Allied Waste after Allied’s successful acquisition of BFI in 1999.

Bob serves on the Board of Directors for the PA Recycling Markets Center in an executive capacity as Secretary and the Association of NJ Recyclers (ANJR). He was appointed by the Mayor of Philadelphia to serve on the Solid Waste and Recycling Advisory Committee, and he is a past Board Member of Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania.

Bob received his Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University.

Bob Bylone

Bob Bylone


Robert (Bob) J. Bylone, President and Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center (RMC), 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, bridging 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.



SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS MANAGEMENT WEBINAR October 29 | Compostable Products and the Circular Economy

Thursday, October 29, 2020 / 1:30 – 2:45 PM ET

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Presenter: Rhodes Yepsen, Executive Director, The Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI)

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

The Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) is North America’s leading certifier of compostable products and packaging, with over 300 Member companies, and 10,000 products listed in our database.

This webinar will discuss BPI’s strategic approach to working with businesses that have an increasing desire to operate within the circular economy. Critical factors when redesigning products that are reusable, recyclable, or compostable include having clear definitions and standards as well as having compostable products related to food waste diversion and composting programs.


Rhodes Yepsen

Rhodes Yepsen


Presenter Biography

Rhodes Yepsen is Executive Director of the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI), a non-profit advocating for the scalable diversion of organic waste to composting, by verifying that products and packaging will break down in a professionally managed composting facility, without harming the quality of the compost.

BPI is North America’s leading certifier of compostable products and packaging.

Yepsen has served on the Board of USCC, is an advisor to several sustainable packaging groups, and was an editor and writer at BioCycle magazine.

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SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS MANAGEMENT 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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Ryan Fogelman, JD/MBA

SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS MANAGEMENT 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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SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS MANAGEMENT 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 MilesTom 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 HighlandMark 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 HighlandChuck 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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SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS MANAGEMENT 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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