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PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Mary Ann Remolador, maryann@nerc.org, 802-254-3636
Date: July 7, 2020

Virtual Forum About Northeast Glass Markets

The focus of the Northeast Glass Forum will be markets for recycled non-bottle bill glass. A virtual event, the Forum will be held from 1 – 5 pm EST on September 1 and 2.  The Forum will focus on glass market issues specific to the Northeast, and feature as guest speakers glass professionals, glass processors, and glass product manufacturers.

Kicking off the Forum will be a keynote address by Scott Defife, President of the Glass Packaging Institute.  Mr. Defife will focus on the state of glass markets in the US and how different communities are bolstering their glass recycling collection programs. Following Defife’s address will be a session about why glass recycling remains important; Megan Pryor of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and Chair of NERC’s Glass Committee, and Jim Nordmeyer, VP, Global Sustainability of Owens-Illinois, will present.

The Forum will continue with Patrick Grasso, Principal of Urban Mining NE; Herb Northrop, Chief Operations Officer of Aero Aggregates; and Reagan Bissonnette, Executive Director of the Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA), who will discuss alternative markets for non-bottle bill glass.  A session about the economics of recycling and transporting glass will finish the first day, featuring Joseph Sardone, General Manager of Oak Ridge Waste & Recycling, and Matt McKinney, Major Account Manager of Waste Management-Recycle America.

The second day of the Forum will begin with a discussion about preparing glass for recyclers and knowing the needs of the end markets with Francois Ierfino, Director of Purchasing & Sales of 2M Resources Corp. and Curt Bucey, Executive VP & CCO of Strategic Materials.  A session about strategies & technologies for cleaning, handling, & transporting glass will follow with Carlos Manchado Atienza, Regional Director Americas of TOMRA Sorting, Inc.; Cynthia Andela, President of Andela Products; and Mark Neitzey, Director of Sales of VAN DYK Recycling Solutions.  The Forum will close with Ava Labuzetta, Pollution Prevention Engineer, New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (P2I), leading a discussion about strategies for moving glass recycling forward in the northeast.

For more information about the Forum, Contact Mary Ann Remolador, Assistant Director, Northeast Recycling Council.