Environmental Roundtable: The Future of Recycling and Act 101

By Sustainable Business Network of Greater Phila (other events)

Thursday, June 29 2017 4:00 PM 6:00 PM

Join the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (SBN) and the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) for a roundtable discussion about the future of recycling in Pennsylvania. Hear from top experts about the state of the recycling industry, the environmental and financial impact of Pennsylvania recycling programs, and challenges to sustaining and growing recycling in Pennsylvania. Share your thoughts on questions like:

  • Is it time to update or overhaul Act 101, the state's mandatory recycling law?
  • How can we make it easier for consumers to know what materials to recycle?
  • Is single stream still the way to go or is increasing contamination a threat?
  • How do we fix the e-waste recycling program and the Covered Device Recycling Act?
  • Given changes in consumer behavior and the markets for recyclable commodities, should mandatory recycling programs be focusing on a narrower variety of materials?
  • How do we encourage more recycling in small businesses without imposing prohibitive costs?

Following the roundtable, attendees are invited to network with members of SBN and PRC and their guests while enjoying local snacks and beverages.

Moderator: David Hess, Director of Policy and Communications, Crisci Associates; Former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection


  • Prof. John C. Dernbach, Commonwealth Professor of Environmental Law and Sustainability, Director, Environmental Law and Sustainability Center, Widener University, Commonwealth Law School
  • Nancy J. Fromnick, Chester County Recycling Coordinator, Chester County Solid Waste Authority
  • Fern Gookin, Director of Sustainability, Revolution Recovery LLC, Philadelphia
  • Larry Holley, Manager, Division of Waste Minimization and Planning, PA Department of Environmental Protection
  • Justin Stockdale, PRC Western Regional Director
  • John G. Waffenschmidt,Vice President of Environmental Science and Community Affairs, Covanta Energy

****************************************************************************************************************************The Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (SBN) is a non-profit membership organization working to build a thriving, local and sustainable economy in the region. SBN’s 400 members are locally-owned businesses committed to doing well through environmentally and/or socially-focused enterprises. Through their products, services, and/or internal practices, SBN’s members exemplify how business can be a force for good. 

Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) is Pennsylvania’s oldest grassroots environmental organization. Since 1939 we have worked to protect the Commonwealth’s resources for future generations through environmental education, recycling and waste diversion programs, anti-litter campaigns and much more. Navigate the pages below to find more about PRC’s history and current projects and programs.

Program generously sponsored by Branton Strategies.

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