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2018 Board of Directors Nominees
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2018 Board of Directors Nominees
Scott Byrne

Scott Byrne, Tetra Pak

Scott Byrne serves as the U.S. & Canada’s Environmental Specialist at Tetra Pak, the world leader in packaging and food processing solutions. With his extensive background in all aspects of environmental management and sustainability, Byrne helps ensure that Tetra Pak is on the cutting edge of sustainability initiatives.

Prior to joining Tetra Pak, Byrne was a sustainability specialist at Cass Information Systems in Jacksonville, Florida, where he was responsible for growing the environmental services offered by the firm’s solid waste management division. In this role, Scott helped forward-looking communities and property groups not only comply with environmental regulations, but also assess waste streams and equipment needs to increase waste diversion. In addition, Byrne led the design of property-level recycling programs, sustainability strategies, and spearheaded education and outreach for multifamily and commercial properties.

Byrne holds a master’s degree in environmental management and sustainability from the Stuart School of Business, Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, as well as a Juris Doctor from the Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Florida Bar. Byrne received his bachelor’s degree in business economics and public policy from Indiana University, Kelley School of Business, in Bloomington, Indiana.


What is the biggest challenge facing the packaging industry?

The biggest challenge facing the packaging industry is the growing disconnect between the consumer’s demand for enhanced packaging performance and demand for simple environmental outcomes. Shifting patterns of consumption paired with innovative packaging use cases and materials have brought economic and convince gains to large swaths of the public. At the same time, these gains have created an increased awareness of the impact packaging can have on the environment if not properly handled at its end-of-life.

These challenges are often compounded by a lack of public education surrounding both the use and benefit of packaging and the true impact that packaging has on the environmental performance of a product. Increased shelf life, reduce food waste and decreased damage in e-commerce channels are more difficult concepts to understand compared to the messages being sent out that packaging is a detriment to the environment, or that if something cannot be recycled it is automatically the wrong choice of material.


What contribution will you bring to AMERIPEN and its membership as a member of the Board?

With the growth and maturation of several industry groups focused on waste, recycling and packaging, AMERIPEN must define its value proposition to the industry. As a founding member of AMERIPEN, Tetra Pak has been a strong supporter of ensuring the organization is poised for growth and remains relevant. In addition, my involvement in the Legislative Affairs Committee and my work to refine AMERIPEN’s statements and positioning has aided in not only defining what AMERIPEN stands for, but also to help announce what positions we will proactively support.

Leading recycling organizations, including The Recycling Partnership and Closed Loop Fund have shown that progress can be made by investing in residential recycling infrastructure. I believe AMERIPEN can leverage and support this work by being the go-to voice for policy that supports these organization and that supports the growth of access to recycling outside of single family residential programs. To this end, I would bring to the Board my current perspective from the packaging industry, as well as my past experiences working with haulers, intermediaries and property groups to find solutions to increase access to and participation in recycling. Finally, I would also bring added perspective with my legal background and from my connections in the recycling industry and with numerous CPGs that we work with each and every day.


Mariagiovanna Vetere

Mariagiovanna Vetere, NatureWorks LLC

As NatureWorks Global Public Affairs Manager, I represent the company on public and legislative affairs. My responsibilities include product cradle-to-cradle options, feedstock sustainability aspects, and interfacing with relevant industry associations and external stakeholders. I manages an extensive network and relationships with the Plastics industry associations, Brand Owners associations and NGOs; I have practical experience in how EU directives set at the Brussels level translate into actions at the EU country level.    

I bring a strong background well suited to this space, having spent the last 10 years at Corepla, the Italian consortium for Plastics Packaging Collection, Recycling and Recovery where I built a solid experience in Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for Packaging. I have previous experience with consulting company KPMG where I was involved in Business Process Reengineering projects. I hold a master’s degree in economics.


NatureWorks is an advanced materials company offering a broad portfolio of renewably-sourced polymers and chemicals to the packaging, polymers, fibers, and chemicals markets. With performance and economics that compete with oil-based plastics and fibers, naturally advanced Ingeo™ polymers are valued for their unique functional properties and used in products from coffee capsules and electronics to diapers and wipes. Creating performance through chemistry, Vercet™ lactide-based solutions help innovators realize significant, measurable performance and cost advantages in products such as CASE (coatings, adhesives, sealants, and elastomers), toners, and surfactants. NatureWorks is jointly owned by Thailand’s largest ASEAN leading integrated petrochemical and refining company, PTT Global Chemical, and Cargill, which provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. | follow NatureWorks on Twitter @natureworks


What is the biggest challenge facing the packaging industry?

Today packaging industry is challenged by legislators, by NGOs and by consumers; all of them asking for more sustainability, more performance and … less packaging. It’s difficult to respond to respond but we have experience and knowledge to promote an appropriate strategy.   


What contribution will you bring to AMERIPEN and its membership as a member of the Board?

I worked for more than 10 years in Packaging industry focusing on EPR, I was involved in many European projects on packaging sustainability and today represent a company leading in the biomaterials space. I can bring expertise and knowledge useful to face the challenges we are going to face as industry. 



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