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Megan Workman

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

Where: On your computer in the comfort of your office

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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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Kate Engles

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)

Where: On your computer in the comfort of your office

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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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Joseph Pickard

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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Christopher J. Faulkner, Ph.D.

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

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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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Carol Mars, PhD

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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Thomas Darby

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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RMC News

Recycling Means Business in Pennsylvania

RMC News


November 16, 2019

HARRISBURG, PA – In recognition of America Recycles Day, November 15, and selected through a nationwide invitational process, the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center (RMC) accepted the call to participate in the first Environmental Protection Agency 2019 America Recycles Innovation Fair, Washington, D.C. Supporting “Made in PA,” the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center showcased 25 Pennsylvania manufacturers’ recycled content products as follows:

Recycled Glass Products

  • AeroAggregates of North America, LLC
  • CAP Glass, Inc.
  • Cougles Recycling, Inc.

Recycled Plastics Products

  • Advance Drainage Systems, Inc.
  • Casual Living Unlimited, LLC
  • EcoStrate SFS, Inc.
  • Engineered Plastics, Inc.
  • HydroBlox Technologies, Inc.
  • MCS Industries, Inc.
  • Nursery Supplies, Inc.
  • Rehrig Pacific Company
  • Santana Products
  • Trex Company, Inc.
  • Ultra-Poly Corporation
  • Waste Not Technologies, LLC

Recycled Cardboard & Paper Products

  • American Eagle Paper Mills
  • Armstrong World Industries
  • Erie Energy Products, Inc.
  • Henry Molded Products, Inc.
  • Newman & Company, Inc.
  • PittMoss, LLC

Recycled Tire Rubber Products

  • Mahantango Enterprises, Inc.
  • Regupol America, LLC

Recycled Wallboard Products

  • USA Gypsum

Recycled Organics – Compost

  • AgRecycle, Inc.


At the RMC display, Andrew R. Wheeler, EPA Administrator, was able to spend a few minutes reviewing the Pennsylvania product showcase. During the Innovation Fair, RMC representatives were able to inform attendees that “Recycling Means Business” in Pennsylvania. This is demonstrated through the estimated $22.6 billion contributed annually in gross state product to the economy from the recycling marketplace; 66,000 people directly employed in recycling and recycling related businesses; and about 110,000 other jobs supported because of recycling, totaling 176,000 Pennsylvania jobs.


About the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center (RMC)

The Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center (RMC) is an independent, Pennsylvania non-profit corporation with mission to reduce or eliminate barriers that lead to new expanded use of Pennsylvania’s recycled materials. The RMC team brings markets development assistance to a near endless list of stakeholders including entrepreneurs, manufacturers, recycled material processors, collection programs, haulers, and governmental agencies. In operation since 2005 and with funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the RMC has an affiliation with Penn State and is headquartered at Penn State Harrisburg with an office in Pittsburgh. Core areas of RMC outreach include feedstock conversion pairing, applied research and commercialization assistance; technology acceleration; and service as a concierge to technical and business growth information. Building and supporting Pennsylvania’s $22.6B recycling marketplace, the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center bridges relationships between economic development and recycled materials supply. Expediting time-to-market of recycled-content products and processes, RMC creates circular economy in Pennsylvania.


Robert J. Bylone, Jr., Executive Director, President, Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center

717.948.6660 / Email Bob Bylone /

FREE INDUSTRY WEBINAR November 19 | A New York State Perspective on Specialty Waste Management & the Life-Cycle of Paint

Tuesday November 19, 2019 / 1:30 – 2:45 PM EST

“Repurposing” is the taking a byproduct or waste material and giving it a second life so that it can be used for a different purpose. This webinar features the owner and founder of America’s largest “industrial thrift store” whose presentation will be equal parts magic show, game show, preschool class, and science class.

Presenter: Sarah Battaglia, Founder and CEO, Olive Ridley™ Paints
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NOTE: Attendance of this webinar is eligible for AIA and GCBI continuing education credits

Sarah Battaglia, Founder and CEO, Olive Ridley™ Paints

Sarah Battaglia, founder and CEO, is an experienced environmental consultant specializing in all facets of hazardous waste, including compliance, transportation & disposal and municipal collection programs. In 2017, Battaglia launched Olive Ridley™ Paints with a mission to provide businesses, organizations and individuals with premium recycled-content paint.

Prior to establishing Olive Ridley™, Battaglia worked several years in a business development capacity for Hazman, a household hazardous waste drop-off center in Tonawanda, NY. In this role, Battaglia planned waste management events throughout Western New York and worked with a wide range of customers to create customized recycling solutions.

Battaglia is a certified Architectural Coatings Technologist by the Master Painters Institute. She is also certified in Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response. Battaglia’s current professional and business affiliations include Launch NY; Canisius Women’s Business Center; UB NYSERDA Directed Energy Program; WNY Sustainable Business Roundtable; Product Stewardship Institute; and U.S. Green Building Council.

Battaglia holds an MBA from Canisius College and a B.A. in Communication Design from SUNY Buffalo.

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FREE WEBINAR October 29 | Repurposing Discarded Materials

Presenter: Damon Carson, Founder & President,  repurposedMATERIALS

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Topic Subject Matter – Repurposing

Damon Carson, Founder & President of repurposedMATERIALS

Damon Carson is the Founder & President of repurposedMATERIALS.  Damon educates and entertains audiences across America with a presentations on “repurposing” that is equal parts magic show, game show, preschool class, and science class.  His “repurposing” mission/concept have been featured in the likes of the Chicago Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, and The Denver Post.  His company has locations in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, and Philadelphia.

To date repurposedMATERIALS has helped a number of organizations through including the US Army, Denver Broncos, City of Chicago, Nestles, BNSF Railroad, Oklahoma State University, Purina, US National Forest Service, Campbells Soup, State of Wyoming, Paramount Pictures, and many, many more!

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Deconstruction & Reuse Conference | Oct 28-30 | Pittsburgh, PA

  • Learn how construction and demolition waste can be turned into economic opportunities.
  • Speakers ranging from Community Development, Architecture, Preservation, Advocacy, Reuse Operations, and Deconstruction.
  • Full Conference and Daily Registration Packages available: