Recycling and Sustainability Leaders to speak at SPI summit.

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SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association announced that Jeannette Garcia, from IBM Almaden Research Facility, Hugo Contreras of the Nature Conservancy, and Monique Oxender, chief sustainability officer at Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. will speak at the Re|focus Recycling Summit & Expo, hosted by SPI on April 25-27. Re|focus will feature total of 5 educational tracks: Engineering, Supply Chain Management, Recycling Technology, Sustainability & Global Trends, and Regulation & Compliance.



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Recycling and Sustainability Leaders to Speak at SPI's Re|focus Recycling Summit & Expo



IBM, Keurig, Walmart, SC Johnson, The Nature Conservancy, BASF, Dow, DuPont and PepsiCo among companies featured in robust educational lineup



SPI – The Plastics Industry Trade Association announced today that Jeannette Garcia, from IBM Almaden Research Facility, Hugo Contreras of the Nature Conservancy and Monique Oxender, chief sustainability officer at Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. will speak in separate sessions at the Re|focus Recycling Summit & Expo, hosted by SPI on April 25-27 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla. The addition of IBM’s Garcia, the Nature Conservancy’s Contreras and Keurig’s Oxender further solidifies the event’s objective to bring the full manufacturing supply chain together to discuss how the industry can advance recycling and sustainability goals for plastics.



“The Re|focus conference program includes multiple tracks and represents the full supply chain, allowing for material suppliers, equipment providers, designers, plastics processors, brand owners and recyclers to better understand each other’s challenges and overcome them together,” said SPI’s President and CEO William R. Carteaux. “Re|focus is bringing all the key players together for a bigger dialogue around moving recycling and sustainability forward.”



Re|focus will feature a total of five educational tracks: Engineering (which is produced by SPE’s Sustainability Division), Supply Chain Management, Recycling Technology, Sustainability & Global Trends and Regulation & Compliance. The educational program also includes End Market-focused sessions focused on the automotive, packaging, healthcare and building and construction industries. Thought leaders from SC Johnson, Walmart and, now, IBM And Keurig will deliver keynote presentations throughout the conference.



“Manufacturers have really responded to the call to come together to address ways to advance the industry’s environmental goals. We are very pleased with the high-quality of speakers focused on sustainability and recycling,” noted Kim Holmes, SPI’s senior director of recycling & diversion.



SPI has also received significant support from industry partners, including the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), American Chemistry Council (ACC), Vinyl Institute, Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC), Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA), Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI), ANIPAC and GreenBlue.



In addition to its educational program, Re|focus will also offer attendees an expo floor featuring solution providers from leading recycling and sustainability companies to help attendees take their environmental goals from aspirational to operational.



More information on Re|focus is available at www.refocussummit.org. Early bird registration discounts are available through January 29.



Founded in 1937, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association promotes growth in the $427 billion U.S. plastics industry. Representing nearly one million American workers in the third largest U.S. manufacturing industry, SPI delivers legislative and regulatory advocacy, market research, industry promotion and the fostering of business relationships and zero waste strategies. SPI also owns and produces the international NPE trade show. All profits from NPE are reinvested into SPI’s industry services. Find SPI online at www.plasticsindustry.org and www.inthehopper.org.



"From resin suppliers and equipment makers to processors and brand owners,



SPI is proud to represent all facets of the U.S. plastics industry," said William R. Carteaux, president and CEO, SPI. "Our most recent economic reports show that the plastics industry as a whole is resilient, and has come through the recession significantly better than other U.S. manufacturing sectors."



Contact:

Jacob Barron

202-974-5249

JBarron@plasticsindustry.org

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