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We are proposing to provide an update to our Statewide Dialogue from last years conference with a unique panel that has the potential to draw the interest of all conference attendees. Tri-CED Community Recycling has brought together representatives from different facets of the recycling industry - hauler, processor, marketing, and policy development - to address the issue of declining markets and underdeveloped domestic infrastructure due to fallout from China’s National Sword policy. This is an opportunity to have those who make policy engage directly with those in our industry that are on the front lines and facing the impacts from the National Sword crisis. A real solution must be found, soon, and the only way to achieve that is to open clear and direct dialogue with Sacramento.
Mark is the organization's lead advocate and oversees the operation of both Californians Against Waste and Californians Against Waste Foundation. Mark joined the organization in 1987 and was appointed the Executive Director in 1994. Mark is recognized as one of the environmental community's leading experts on waste prevention and recycling policies. Over the past 20 years, Mark has helped draft many of California's solid waste and recycling laws. Mark has served on numerous local, state and national environmental advisory boards and commissions.
Mark is going to speak on the legislative side of the recycling crisis and will explain the process of what it takes to pass bills. He will also provide his insight on how we can work with the governor's office, the state assembly and the senate.
Ms. Collins has been the President of the Container Recycling Institute since 2009. She leads the Institute’s research projects and works with environmental organizations, businesses, and governments around the world to educate on the benefits of packaging recycling. Prior to CRI, Ms. Collins was a consultant. She. has served on the Boards of the CRRA and NRC, and has degrees in Manufacturing Engineering and an MBA.
Ms. Collins has testified before eleven state legislatures and has been heard on National Public Radio, BBC radio, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Resource Recycling, and others.
Susan will speak to the redemption center crisis a year after the RePlanet closure. She will review legislation that has passed and legislation that has failed to pass within that year and what needs to be done to ensure that the Bottle Bill does not fail in California.
Alex Oseguera is Waste Management’s Director of Government Affairs for the State of California.. Alex brings over twenty-seven (27) years of progressive solid waste and recycling experience with Waste Management including national and international assignments. He joined the company in 1991, serving in several capacities that include the management of day-to-day operations for 17 hauling business units, 10 transfer stations, 3 landfills and 5 material recovery facilities. Alex’s experience includes the management of 60 municipal contracts in Northern California and Nevada and he currently leads WM’s efforts pertaining to legislative and regulatory affairs in the State of California.
Alex Oseguera has strong insights into what is affecting the recycling and solid waste industry from a hands-on and in the field viewpoint. He will share his perspective of what Waste Management has faced during the crisis in recycling markets.
Jeff Donlevy is the General Manager of Ming’s Recycling Corporation, a family operated business since 1989. Ming's Recycling is a state certified recycler, state certified processor, and brokers of material throughout North America. He is very concerned with the fate of California’s CRV program with the large number of centers that have closed due to lower material values and local regulations, adding to the problem of too many CRV containers ending up in curbside bins, resulting in decreased capture of CRV material and quality issues for MRF’s.
Jeff will be speaking on the issues he is facing as a collector and broker and will provide his insight on what he thinks are the solutions.