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Advanced Recycling: Limitations and Potential Solutions
Many retailers are looking to reduce plastic waste and increase recycling rates to support more circular plastic value chains. However, municipal recycling programs generally cannot handle many types of plastic packaging and durable goods such as films, multi-laminate flexible packaging, non-wovens, and textiles. This has created a need for comprehensive solutions to plastic recycling. One potential solution is advanced recycling, sometimes referred to as chemical or molecular recycling. This webinar will explore the potential and the drawbacks of advanced recycling as a solution to the processing of hard to recycle plastic waste streams. Join this “Ask Me Anything” style webinar to hear our experts' insights on this important topic and the questions you should be asking about advanced recycling.

Attendees will learn:
• The diverse landscape of advanced recycling technologies
• The potential of advanced recycling technologies to advance a circular economy for plastics
• Key risks and current limitations facing the advanced recycling industry
• Considerations for recyclability and recycled content claims

Aug 26, 2021 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Anne Johnson
Principal and Vice President Global Corporate Sustainability @Resource Recycling Systems
Anne is a Principal and Vice President at RRS and co-leads the Global Corporate Sustainability Practice area. She has more than 25 years of experience working on sustainable packaging design and recovery issues, as well as corporate sustainability. She recently established RRS Asia and is doing similar work in Southeast Asia. Her previous positions as founder and Executive Director of GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition and consultant at McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry have added to her expertise in life cycle thinking, sustainability in packaging, recycling technologies and sustainable materials management. Anne is currently on the Board of Directors for Keep America Beautiful and is the Chair of the Governor’s Plastic Waste Prevention Advisory Council for the State of Virginia.
Paula Luu
Director @Closed Loop Partners
Paula is a Director at Closed Loop Partners, an impact investment firm and innovation center focused on the development of the circular economy. Her work focuses on evaluating new technologies, materials, and markets to drive investment towards viable, safe, and circular solutions and to accelerate their commercialization. She currently leads the firm’s research in advanced plastics recycling.
Bill Hoffman, Ph.D.
UL Corporate Fellow and Research Scientist, Advisory Services @UL
William F. Hoffman III (Bill) works on new program development and standards supporting those programs, including circular economy, product circularity, and site waste diversion. The goal is to provide a technical basis for measuring the circularity of products and sites by analyzing the environmental impact of supply chains while assuring companies are using environmentally progressive manufacturing methods. In 2014 Bill was elected a member of the William Henry Merrill Society, a UL Corporate Fellow. Before UL, Bill managed the Chicago Waste to Profit Network which was responsible for diverting 40,000 tons of material from local landfills and saving 30,000 tons of CO2. Before that, Bill was in Motorola Corporate Research where he developed specifications and design guidelines for the chemical content and sustainability of products. Bill also led the semiconductor packaging team for the first LCA of a computer workstation. He holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry and BS in Chemistry.