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Strides Toward Sorting and Recycling Flexible Packaging: Materials Recovery for the Future

Meeting Description:

While flexible plastic packaging has many positive attributes – highly efficient, great product protection, and low environmental impact, its recovery has been one of its weak points.  Join industry leaders from Nestlé Purina Pet Care and Nestlé USA, as well as Resource Recycling Systems to learn more about on-going research to sort and capture flexible packaging.  Recently released, the Phase I report, "Flexible Packaging Sortation at Material Recovery Facilities" demonstrates that with adequate screening and optical sorting capacity, flexible plastic packaging can be efficiently captured in a single-stream materials recovery facility.  Speakers will share their motivations for joining the research collaborative, review technical findings, and highlight where they see the project going in 2017.   


Date: Thu, Oct 27, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): The Sustainable Packaging Coalition
 Presenter Information
Walter Peterson
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Walter Peterson is the Manager, Packaging Innovation and Sustainability at Nestlé USA.  The Packaging Engineering function at Nestlé USA falls under the Technical and Production team at Nestle.  Prior to joining Nestlé in 2006, Walter was in a variety of packaging roles in manufacturing, sales and product development both in the U.S. and abroad.  Walter holds at B.S. Degree in Industrial Technology-Packaging Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Stout and an M.B.A. from California State University-Bakersfield.   

Diane Herndon
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Diane Herndon works with expert teams across Purina in the US to improve and communicate the sustainability of the company. She works with purchasing teams and non-governmental groups to track Purina’s priority supply chains and invest in projects that add value to agricultural systems.  She works with the operations teams as they implement energy, greenhouse gas, water and waste reduction projects.  Package recycling is an important area for Purina as a way to connect with consumers.  With Packaging colleagues, Diane developed an online pet food package recycling tool, is incorporating How2Recycle labels onto pet food and litter packages and she is currently working with a cross-industry group to find ways to recycle flexible plastic pet food bags through community recyclers.  She is also working with a brand team and the on-line store to pilot a carbon neutral shipping program for online orders.   


Susan Graff
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Susan Graff is Principal and Vice President of Global Corporate Sustainability at RRS.  She is responsible for corporate materials recovery and sustainability programs, and leads collaborative projects to recover plastics and other commodity recyclables. Prior to RRS, Susan was Principal of ERS Global, a sustainability consultancy serving the Fortune 200 with corporate sustainability strategies and reporting. She is a former senior official at US EPA, where she was responsible for waste management, environmental risk assessment and public/private partnership programs.  Susan holds a Master of Science in Technology and Science Policy from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Western Illinois University.