Annual state of recycling briefing focuses on design for recycling

The State of Recycling, hosted by the Congressional Recycling Caucus, is held every year in conjunction with America Recycles Day, November 15.

“For ISRI, whose missions it is to promote safe, economically sustainable, and environmentally responsible recycling, America Recycles Day provides a unique opportunity every year to gather the attention of Congress on issues of critical importance to recycling’s future,” said ISRI President Robin Wiener, who moderated the event. “This year, our focus is on the concept of Design for Recycling. More than 30 years ago, ISRI started the Design for Recycling initiative to encourage manufacturers to consider the ultimate destiny of their products during the design-stage of a product’s development. This concept continues to be highly relevant today, as stakeholders throughout the recycling supply chain in the U.S. and around the globe are working hard to better manage material flow amidst ever changing supply and demand for recycled commodities.”

The event featured opening remarks from House Recycling Caucus Co-Chair John Shimkus (R-IL). Additional speakers included: David Tulauskas, Chief Sustainability Officer, Nestlé Waters; Joel Heilman, LyondellBasell; Mark Ohleyer, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Clearwater Paper Corporation; Erica Logan, Regulatory Senior Principal Engineer, North America Environmental Affairs & Producer Responsibility, Dell Computer Corporation; and Adam Gendell, Associate Director, SPC Green/Blue.

“ISRI feels very strongly about the need to recognize the proactive steps made by those manufacturers that have actively incorporated DFR principles into their products and their manufacturing processes,” said Wiener as she recognized Nestlé Waters North America and Dell as past winners of ISRI’s Design for Recycling Award.


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