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Judith Vanderkay
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AMERIPEN Annual Meeting, June 26-28 in Arlington, Va.,
To Feature Tour of Single-Stream Recycling Facility

Deadline for Special Hotel Rate Is May 28

WAKEFIELD, Mass. May 21, 2013 The American Institute for Packaging and the Environment (AMERIPEN) has announced the program for its 2013 Annual Meeting, which will be held in Arlington, Virginia, June 26-28.  A highlight of the event is the opportunity to take a guided tour of the Prince George’s County single-stream recycling facility, part of the county’s award-winning diversion program.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet AMERIPEN’s new Executive Director, Donna Dempsey.

Attendance is open to AMERIPEN member companies and invited technical advisors.  New members may attend this meeting and fully participate in all AMERIPEN activities if they join the organization by May 24, 2013.  Companies interested in AMERIPEN’s activity are urged to join now so that they can participate in this event and influence the future of packaging and the environment.

Members in good standing have opportunities to provide input prior to the meeting.  Registration and additional event-related information, including accommodations at the Crowne Plaza Washington National Airport, are available online.  The deadline to reserve hotel rooms at the event’s special discounted rate is May 28, and event registration will close on June 7.

“AMERIPEN is about to turn a corner into a new phase, and we invite companies and thought leaders in the packaging value chain to get involved and help shape this industry’s future.  With a new Executive Director coming on board and upcoming publication of research significant to this industry, we are poised to make a difference,” said AMERIPEN President Gail Tavill.  ”Our Annual Meeting is the venue where we will set our course for this new phase and welcome new members to the table to help create that strategy.”

In addition to the optional recycling facility tour, the meeting program will include a President’s Report, updates on the substantive progress made on the group’s initiatives, a review of AMERIPEN collaborations with other groups, government affairs discussions, project team meetings, the election of officers, and ample opportunities for networking.  The output of this meeting will set the agenda for AMERIPEN activity in the coming year.

AMERIPEN welcomes companies that support the philosophy of a collaborative trade and industry organization, active and cooperative issue resolution, and material and packaging system neutrality.  Voting Membership is open to all packaging value chain economic operators.

About AMERIPEN

AMERIPEN advocates for packaging policy developments in North America and focuses on measures that are environmentally and economically sound, as well as socially responsible.  The organization, with a material-neutral approach, encourages science-based decision-making on packaging initiatives and provides a point of view and guidance to policy-makers and thought leaders on the value and role of packaging.

AMERIPEN welcomes companies that support the philosophy of a collaborative trade and industry organization, active and cooperative issue resolution, and material and packaging system neutrality. More information is available at www.AMERIPEN.org.

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