The panel addressed recycling in North American cities, and how to improve the collection and processing of recyclables at the municipal level. Additionally, it will provide insights into the opportunities and trends for recycling within waste management in the North American context.

While recycling rates on average have tripled across the United States since the late 1980s (from 8 to 24 per cent) at the same time, according to the matrix of sustainable waste management published by the Earth Engineering Center of Columbia University, the United States belonged to the group of high wealth countries with a relatively low degree of sustainable waste management (as measured by GDP per capita on a PPP basis and their rates of recycling, composting and waste-to-energy). This indicates great room for improvement in managing solid waste sustainably and recycling is part of that equation.

The focus of this panel is to draw out experiences from industry, government and the academia that discuss the role of recycling as part of a sustainable waste management solution.

  • Katrina Mitchell

    Co-Founder of Be Waste Wise

    Katrina Mitchell is the Co-Founder of Be Waste Wise and a Strategist, Planner and Researcher at Katr...
  • Anne Germain

    Chief Operating Officer & Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA)

    Anne Germain has over 30 years in the industry that includes extensive background in analysis of ind...
  • Brian Tippetts

    Vice President, Solid Waste Association of North America

    Brian Tippetts is the International Vice President of the Solid Waste Association of North America (...
  • Kate Vasquez

    Senior Consultant at Gershman

    Ms. Kate Vasquez is a Senior Consultant at Gershman, Brickner & Bratton Inc. (GBB). She has over...
  • Samantha MacBride

    Dr. Samantha MacBride is the Author of Recycling Reconsidered: the Present Failure and Future Promis...
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