Penton's Waste360 Recycling Summit Examines the $500 Billion Global Recycling Industry

Tackles Sustainability and Diversion with Starbucks Coffee Company, City of Chicago and Mars, Incorporated

Aug 13, 2015, 10:00 ET from Penton

NEW YORK, Aug. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Penton's Waste360 Recycling Summit ( produced in collaboration with the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA), will examine the future of recycling September 9-11, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Chicago.

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The Summit's robust conference program was developed by NWRA, which provides leadership, advocacy, research, education and safety expertise for the waste and recycling industries. The program will offer more than 15 educational sessions covering a wide range of issues, including single stream recycling, organics, conversion technologies and much more. To register, visit:

"There is a great demand for a forum that offers an information exchange on the recycling industry. We're creating this first-ever Summit by bringing together innovative companies such as Machinex, Wastequip and Republic Services that are leading the way in recycling practices with the recycling industry," said Mark Hickey, vice president, Penton's Waste360 Recycling Summit, which also produces WasteExpo, and The Global Waste Management Symposium.    

"In developing our educational programming for the Summit, our goal has been to make sustainability and diversion business practices more prevalent throughout the United States in order to build on the environmental progress made by America's recycling industry," commented Sheila Alkire, NWRA's director of education. "The real-world examples and best practices shared by these speakers will be a powerful tool for conference attendees as they take their recycling strategies to the next level."

Sustainability is becoming a key concern for Fortune 500 companies down to the small single facility. Today, almost 400 million pounds–or approximately 96% of Starbucks purchases–are grown sustainably, in a way that protects nature and improves farmers' livelihoods. Mars Chocolate has invested $30 million in cocoa sustainability investments annually since 2011, and plans to continue to match that investment throughout the rest of the decade. And two years after the City of Chicago implemented a roadmap for a more livable, competitive, and sustainable city, it has improved citywide energy efficiency by 5%, reduced municipal fossil fuel consumption by 10% and decrease water use by 2% (14 million gallons per day) annually.

The waste and recycling industry seeks to understand how to work with sustainability officers to make these programs successful. On Thursday, September 10 at 8 a.m. the "Customer Sustainability Panel" will discuss the sustainability programs offered by Starbucks Coffee Company, the City of Chicago and Mars, Incorporated. The session will cover what is working and is not working, long-term strategies and how the waste and recycling industry can partner to achieve successful results. Panelists include: Jim Hanna, Director of Environmental Impact, Starbucks Coffee Company; Kimberly Worthington, Deputy Commissioner, City of Chicago; and Rachel Goldstein, Global Sustainability Director, Mars, Incorporated. This session will be moderated by Sharon Kneiss, President and CEO, NWRA.

States and local governments are ramping up their goals to divert more materials from disposal. Several states have enacted new laws requiring recovery levels that would have seem impossible a decade ago. On Friday, September 11 at 8 a.m. at the "Diversion Panel" industry experts will peer into their crystal ball and predict the impact of higher diversion goals on our industry. Panelists include: Amity Lumper, Principal, Cascadia Consulting Group; Anne Johnson, Principal and Vice President, Resource Recycling; and Barnes Johnson, Director of the Office of Resource and Recovery, EPA.

Media interested in obtaining media credentials to attend the Waste360 Recycling Summit, contact Meredith Fortunato,

For more information on the Waste360 Recycling Summit or to register, please visit or follow WasteExpo on Twitter at @Waste360.  

About NWRA
The National Waste & Recycling Association is the leading organization providing leadership, advocacy, research, education and safety expertise for the waste and recycling industries. NWRA advocates at the Federal, State and Local levels on all issues of importance to our member companies as they provide safe, economically sustainable and environmentally sound services to communities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. For more information about how innovation in the waste and recycling industry is helping solve today's environmental challenges, visit:

About Penton's Waste360 Group
Penton's Waste360 Group harnesses the power of its many properties to serve the solid waste and recycling industry. The industry widely consumes this content in the form of websites, live events, online learning and digital opportunities and more and includes:, WasteExpo, The Global Waste Management Symposium, The Healthcare Waste Conference, the Waste360 Recycling Summit, and topical and timely e-newsletters. For more information, visit

About Penton
Penton drives performance for more than eighteen million professionals each and every day. They rely on us to deliver: Insights, information, data & workflow tools to inform critical business decisions; networking & community to engage them with industry peers & partners; and marketing services to advance their business performance & deliver ROI.

Penton is a growth company with a track-record of strong performance and success and is backed by its co-owners: MidOcean Partners and U.S. Equity Partners II, an investment fund sponsored by Wasserstein & Co., LP.

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Media Contacts:
Samantha Kops                                                            
Horn Group for Penton                                       
(646) 202-9756                                                   

Meredith Fortunato
Marketing Director, Waste360 Recycling Summit

Jessica Mayorga
National Waste & Recycling Association
(202) 364-3706