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Judith Vanderkay
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AMERIPEN Annual Meeting to Build on Recent Momentum to Advance Packaging Recovery Policy

WAKEFIELD, Mass. May 14, 2014 Building on the momentum created by its landmark studies on packaging recovery, The American Institute for Packaging and the Environment (AMERIPEN) has announced the program for its 2014 Annual Meeting, which will be held June 24-27 in Arlington, Virginia. The meeting is open to all current members and the Technical Advisory Group. Any new companies joining by mid-June are also welcome to attend.

In order to continue the recovery and recycling work arising from AMERIPEN’s 100 Cities and Financial Platform studies, working group sessions will focus on the implementation of used packaging recovery plans. Following a tour of a waste-to-energy facility, additional insights and learning will come from the blue-ribbon speakers and panels that have been scheduled:

  • Trends in Sustainability and What They Mean for Packaging, presented by Tony Kingsbury, Founder & President of TKingsbury Consulting
  • Perspectives from State and Local Government Recycling Leaders, a panel discussion including Cynthia Dunn, Senior Specialist, Product Stewardship, CalRecycle (invited); Sarah Kite-Reeves, Director, Recycling Services, Rhode Island Recovery Corporation; and Phil Breese, Recycling Director of the City of Philadelphia
  • The Journey: Making Recycling Matter, presented by Brenda Pulley, Senior Vice President, Recycling Initiatives, for Keep America Beautiful
  • The Ever Changing Waste Stream, presented by Susan Robinson, Federal Public Affairs, Waste Management; and Anne Johnson, Principal, Vice President Sustainability, Resource Recycling Systems

Further, a number of related initiatives will be introduced during the meetings. These include steps to advance policy to increase recycling, and a preview of the updated AMERIPEN website. Executive Director Donna Dempsey stated, “I’m particularly excited about the possibilities we now have to further demonstrate both the sustainable value of packaging and what we’ve learned that can help state and municipal governments to increase their packaging recycling and recovery rates, and do so with maximum efficiency.”

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 science-based, material-neutral approach, encourages informed decision-making on packaging and the environment by policy-makers and thought leaders.

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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