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Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Web Academy Webinar: Managing “Recycling” Contamination: What Works and What is a Waste

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Thursday, December 17, 2015 from 1:00pm - 2:30pm EST / 10:00-11:30 am PST

This webinar builds on previous webinars where we discussed how to recycle right with tactics and tools to improve residential recycling. This webinar will take a look at how to effectively minimize contamination in the recycling stream.
Join us to hear what needs to be done to clean up your recycling from a private recycling company, a municipal district and a state regulator. We all know the importance of developing a clean recycling product for the end markets, but the quality of the end product is dependent on the quality of the recycling stream arriving from businesses and households. With more materials allowed in the recycling container, confusion has increased. Learn what can be done to reduce the contamination and developing winning strategies that will leave everyone happy.

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picture, Bob, CappadonaBob Cappadona, Vice President Recycling, Casella Recycling

Mr. Cappadona serves as Vice President, Casella Recycling and came to Casella in 1999 with the acquisition of FCR, Inc. He has managed various commercial packaging plants and MRF’s over the past 26 years, including Facility Manager for Casella’s largest and most technologically advanced Materials Recovery Facility located in Charlestown, Massachusetts. The Charlestown Facility serves the Boston market, processing over 210,000 tons per year of Zero-Sort®, and source separated recyclables. He manages all portions of Casella Recycling including:  new business, facility design, construction, and start up. He is responsible for developing the overall design of the building and processing equipment through careful review of the work of the engineering staff.

Bob continually meets with current and potential equipment vendors to improve current designs and identify new processing techniques and equipment. He works with the end users of the products to develop techniques for capturing new materials or improving the quality of the existing materials. This is accomplished through the review of the facility performance measures and frequent discussions with each of the facility managers. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Mass of Lowell.

picture, Tom, MoreauTom Moreau, General Manager, Chittenden Solid Waste District, Vermont

For the past 21 years, Tom has been the general manager of the Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD) in Vermont comprised of 18 member municipalities, 165,000 population and an annual budget of approximately $10 million. CSWD oversees the collection and disposal of approximately 120,000 tons per year of solid waste generated within the Chittenden County. CSWD operates a number of diversified solid waste programs including Drop-Off centers, a single stream Materials Recovery Facility (44,000 tons/year), a hazardous waste collection facility with a mobile outreach unit, a tire and appliance collection facility, a clean wood collection program, and a compost facility. 

Prior to coming to CSWD, Tom was with the City of Burlington for the previous 20 years where he managed the City’s wastewater system of three treatment plants and 25 pump stations and solid waste program with two landfills and a curbside recycling collection program.

picture, Heather, CashwellHeather Cashwell, Education & Outreach Coordinator, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality

Heather Cashwell is the Education and Outreach Coordinator for recycling programs at the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality. In this role, she works with communities, businesses and non-profits on public outreach strategies aimed at increasing recycling participation, decreasing contamination, and creating a recycling ethic. Heather manages the State’s three public education campaigns: Recycle Guys, and Recycle More NC and also focuses on away from home recycling initiatives. 

Before coming to the State, Heather worked for the Town of Cary and ran community education programs for recycling, litter prevention, and water conservation.

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