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Zero Waste WA Plastics Summit
Monday, September 25, 2017, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM PDT
Category: Member and Partner Events

You are invited to a one-day forum highlighting current knowledge of plastics, from microplastics in marine waters to plastics recycling challenges.

 Plastics are everywhere and their impacts and management are a growing concern:  plastic single-use food serviceware, new flexible packaging displacing traditional recyclables for food and in e-commerce, low value plastics in the recycling stream,  curbside recycling contamination, lack of markets, marine debris and micro plastics to name a few! Tackling these challenges will take innovation.  Many efforts are going on around the pacific NW and nationally.

Overview

The goal of the Plastics Summit is to present technical, scientific,  and up-to-date information about current issues, challenges and opportunities regarding plastics.  The day brings together local and national scientific researchers, agency staff, industry reps, K-12 teachers, students, elected officials, and interested public in a cross-sector dialogue.  The organizing themes of the day will be three topics of current concern and interest:

  • Packaging:   Current trends, hot topics, barriers and challenges for flexible packaging, and innovations by businesses.  Confirmed speakers include Nina Goodrich, Sustainable Packaging Coalition; David McLain, Printpack; and Sego Jackson, City of Seattle.
  • Plastics Composition/Contamination Issues:  Recyclability issues, compostability, bioproducts, additives.  Confirmed speakers include Karl Englund, WSU; Katie Pelch, The Endocrine Disruption Exchange; Bill Orts, Western Reg. Research Center, USDA-ARS; and Susan Thoman, Compost Manufacturing Alliance
  • Microplastics in regional waters:  Microplastics research results in the Pacific NW.  Confirmed speakers include Peter Ross, Vancouver Aquarium; Peter Hodum, University of Puget Sound; Julie Masura, UW Tacoma; Kathy Conn, US Geologic Survey. 

The keynote presenters will be:

•  Nina Goodrich, Director of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition & Executive Director of GreenBlue. Nina leads research and promotes principles of sustainable materials management for packaging innovation.

•  Dr. Peter Ross, Vancouver Aquarium.  Peter has been one of the lead researchers on toxic chemicals in orcas and has recently been studying microfibers in the marine environment.

Details: 

Date: Monday, September 25, 2017

Time:  9 am to 4 pm

Where: Tukwila Community Center

Cost: $45 general advanced registration, $25 non-profit/educator/student/volunteer/community member, $60 at the door

Register: http://plasticssummit.brownpapertickets.com/

Registration includes healthy snacks and lunch.

Planning Committee:

The Planning Committee includes:  Sego Jackson and Pat Kaufman, Seattle Public Utilities; Kris Beatty and Lisa Sepanski, King County; Alli Kingfisher, WA State Department of Ecology; Sydney Harris and Anya Savrasov, US Environmental Protection Agency; Hannah Johnson, HumanEco Design & Consulting; Marie Novak, Cascadia Consulting; Katie Pelch, The Endocrine Disruption Exchange; and Heather Trim and Eva Dale, Zero Waste Washington.