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Plastics Industry Association

plasticsindustry.org

Founded Year

1937

Stage

Grant | Alive

Total Raised

$200K

Last Raised

$200K | 3 yrs ago

About Plastics Industry Association

Plastics Industry Association aims to make its members and the industry more globally competitive while advancing recycling and sustainability practices.

Headquarters Location

1425 K St NW Suite 500

Washington, DC, 20005,

United States

202-974-5200

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Plastic Industry Association makes leadership changes

Nov 30, 2022

Images courtesy Plastics Industry Association Plastic Industry Association makes leadership changes Matthew Glaser has been named senior director of industry engagement and Camille Gallo has been named director of communications. November 30, 2022 The Plastics Industry Association, Washington, has announced the appointment of two leadership positions within its organization, naming Matthew Glaser as senior director of industry engagement and Camille Gallo as director of communications, effective immediately. Glaser will serve as director for the association’s processors council, responsible for managing all activities of the council and enhancing member benefits while integrating broader association strategy regarding advocacy, communication, engagement and sustainability into those activities. The council, one of three councils representing the association’s primary constituent groups, is the main point of engagement for plastics industry processors and converters serving industry segments and end markets, including flexible and rigid packaging as well as transportation and other durable applications. “We are fortunate to have Matt join our industry engagement team here at [the association],” says Ashley Hood-Morley, vice president of industry engagement. “Matt comes to us with an extensive association management background and vast experience leading committees, developing educational programs and growing membership. We are excited to have his expertise enhance our total member experience.”   Glaser joins the association after working for the American Petroleum Institute , where he served as senior program manager for global business development. Glaser’s wide-ranging career also includes executive positions with the National Association of Chemical Distributors, and education and leadership posts at several other Washington-based associations. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor's degree in government and politics, Glaser also has a master's degree in management from the University of Maryland Global Campus. Gallo will be the association’s primary link with those seeking information, statements and interviews, including all Washington press offices, media covering state and local governments, and the trade press. “We sought a communications director with a strong background in strategic communications and found that person in Camille," says Stephanie Strategos Polis, vice president of communications. “Camille has worked within and alongside the media, giving her a true insider’s perspective. Her seasoned experience combined with her extensive knowledge makes her an incredible addition to our communications team.”   Gallo joins the association after her former position with the National Republican Congressional Committee, where she was deputy director of media affairs and strategic communications, advising campaigns on daily messaging, rapid response, crisis mitigation and various communication strategies. Gallo also served as an on-the-record spokesperson, handling media requests from the national and local press. Her varied career also includes roles as communications director in the United States House of Representatives, at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and as a segment producer for Fox News. Gallo is a graduate of Drew University and has a bachelor's degree in political science. CheckSammy receives $15M investment The tech-driven sustainability and waste hauler says it will use funds to better divert materials for customers of all sizes. November 30, 2022 CheckSammy, a Surrey, British Columbia-based material and recycling hauler with a U.S. headquarters in Dallas, has announced a $15 million strategic investment it says it will use to bolster its tech stack and better divert materials for customers of all sizes. The equity investment was provided by Zero Infinity Partners, New York, and a term debt facility was provided by a pair of Toronto-based companies in FirePower Capital and PaceZero Capital Partners. CheckSammy says it cost-effectively diverts materials from landfills and toward sustainable outcomes through an asset-light digital marketplace of haulers, partners and service providers across North America. The company offers on-demand and subscription-based services. As a result of the strategic investment, Zero Infinity Partners founder and Managing Partner John Kwaak will join the CheckSammy board of directors as an observer. CheckSammy says it brings increased transparency to bulk material removal and sustainability by leveraging data to empower fiscally and environmentally responsible decision making. The company claims a network of more than 5,000 drivers and 25,000 reverse recycling carriers that provide same-day removal services and subscription-based options that combat common challenges like speed, space, sorting and logistics. “Business owners and facility managers have long needed an ‘easy button’ for waste management and sustainability services to quickly, yet smartly, free up space,” CheckSammy co-founder and CEO Sam Scoten says. “This strategic investment in our technology reinforces our ability to bring greater visibility and convenience to the process, help customers better reach their sustainability goals and reduce their carbon footprint. We provide detailed data on where and how much waste is redirected along with documented proof of the outcome.” CheckSammy says it uses an extensive database of disposal facilities and track-and-trace technology to provide custom logistics, disposal, material diversion and recycling services across industries, including commercial; shopping malls and retail; industrial; cities and municipalities; apartment communities; hospitals and nursing homes; hospitality; colleges and universities; airports; stadiums and venues; and residential homes. Scoten says, “We are the single-source solution, whether it’s donating textiles from a residential property manager, recycling cardboard for a major retailer, servicing a municipality or converting restaurant food waste into eco-friendly biogas for use as fuel, electricity production or heating.” Partner, Private Debt at FirePower Capital Trevor Simpson says, “We’re energized by the potential for CheckSammy to accelerate their growth and support the demand in an industry that is long overdue for disruption.” Domtar has announced its President and CEO John Williams will retire June 30, 2023, after 14 years in the position. Steve Henry, current senior vice president of packaging, has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer, effective immediately, and will succeed Williams as CEO upon his retirement. Williams has served as president and CEO of the Fort Mill, South Carolina-based paper manufacturer since 2009, growing its presence in pulp, engineered materials, thermal paper and containerboard markets, according to Domtar. “He joined the company during a recession and has navigated ever-changing industry dynamics and economic fluctuations to transform Domtar into the strong pulp, paper and packaging company that it is today,” Henry says of Williams. “I am honored to build on his legacy and continue serving our stakeholders.” Henry is a 27-year veteran of the forest products and paper industries, and held various roles and corporate positions at Georgia-Pacific, Weyerhaeuser and International Paper before joining Domtar in 2011. He served as mill manager in multiple locations during his career at Domtar, and his most recent assignment has been to lead the company’s entry into the packaging business, which includes Domtar’s $350 million conversion of its Kingsport, Tennessee, paper mill to produce 600,000 tons per year of 100-percent-recycled containerboard. The project is expected to start up by the end of the year. “Steve has been a smart and dependable leader during his career at Domtar,” Williams says. “I have relied on his expertise over the years, most recently as he engineered Domtar’s entry into the packaging business.” Domtar will mark its 175th year in business in 2023. Toronto-based Recycle Coach, a digital recycling education platform used in more than 1,400 municipalities in North America, announced the results of its survey administered to residents across the United States in September. The survey ranged in scope from commonly recycled items such as plastic bottles, to more challenging items such as light bulbs. The survey was customized for each municipality based on what is accepted in their program. Participants were shown the correct results for the recyclability of each item based on where they live with the aim to motivate behavior change when necessary. In addition to the survey providing its own educational content for residents, Recycle Coach plans to track trends and monitor changes in consumer understanding year-over-year to help municipalities administer targeted recycling education on materials in which their residents lack understanding. Recycling contamination issues The national average for recycling contamination is estimated to be 17 percent , although contamination in some areas can reach 40 percent or more. The overall correct answer rate on this survey for residents was 74 percent, which correlates closely with contamination rate statistics. “To combat recycling contamination, we need to learn what people do and do not understand about their local recycling programs,” Chief Revenue Officer at Recycle Coach Jeff Galad says. “People want to recycle more, and they want to recycle correctly, so we need to see where the disconnect is about their understanding, in order to make sure they get the information they need to be successful recyclers.” Loss of material recovery Enhanced recycling education is the key to lowering contamination rates and increasing material recovery. The EPA has set out to increase the recycling rate from 32.1 to 50 percent by 2030 . With so many residents across the country misunderstanding what is accepted in their local programs, the loss of recoverable materials is another challenge. Materials such as plastic bottles, jugs, and jars are commonly accepted in most locations, yet across the nation, only 72 percent of participants realize these items are recyclable. This means around 28 percent of residents may not be recycling these accepted plastic items, which instead are hauled to landfills. The survey data shows that more localized recycling education is needed for residents to understand their program, lower contamination rates and increase recovered recyclable materials. The California-based Global Anti-Incinerator Alliance (GAIA) says it has helped form a not-for-profit organization called the Group of Friends of Waste Pickers (GFWP), making the announcement in Uruguay, where several nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) are meeting to discuss a global plastics treaty. Although referred to by the NGOs as “waste pickers,” the individuals referred to are not seeking waste but instead acting as collectors of recyclable materials for which they are paid. This neighborhood and landfill effort also often is referred to as informal sector activity. “This historic moment marks unprecedented recognition of the rights, skills, and importance of the informal waste sector; never before have countries formally committed to advocate on behalf of waste pickers in the context of international negotiations,” GAIA  says. The group says the Global Plastics Treaty under discussion is being designed to “be the first legally binding treaty to address plastic pollution, from extraction to disposal. The inclusion of waste pickers in the negotiations signals that countries are acknowledging the pivotal role that waste pickers play in creating solutions to the plastic crisis, and should therefore be recognized as key stakeholders in the treaty process.” The new GFWP estimates between 12 and 56 million people work in the informal recycling sector globally, and “in many places their efforts account for almost all of the materials recycled in their municipalities.” In Latin America and the Caribbean, the GFWP estimates the informal sector provides as much as 90 percent of the recyclable materials ultimately used by local industry or exported, yet only receives 5 percent of the profits. “Waste pickers often go unrecognized and/or compensated by their local governments, and work in undignified conditions,” GFWP says. “The core demand of waste picker groups is to develop a just transition plan, which must include adequate compensation for services, opportunities for self-employment, a key role in the plastic value chain, entrepreneurship, and a role in the creation and implementation of policies to end the plastic crisis at a local and international level," according to the GFWP and its supporters. “It is historic to see more than 19 countries aligning with the International Alliance of Waste Pickers with delegates who can politically influence decisions, guaranteeing the participation of waste pickers in the negotiation,” says Soledad Mella, president of the  National Association of Waste Pickers Chile (ANARCH). “Now, the biggest challenge is that the process is truly binding and that they take into account our demand, which is a just transition that guarantees the participation of waste pickers in the entire recycling chain and in every negotiation, and that the laws that will be implemented see waste pickers as a fundamental part of the recycling chain.” Adja Mame Seyni Paye Diop, vice president of the Waste Pickers from Senegal, says, “What I expect from this treaty and this meeting is that people take our jobs into account. For me a just transition is having  alternative jobs to support our families when it comes time to close dump sites.”

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Plastics Industry Association Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • When was Plastics Industry Association founded?

    Plastics Industry Association was founded in 1937.

  • Where is Plastics Industry Association's headquarters?

    Plastics Industry Association's headquarters is located at 1425 K St NW, Washington.

  • What is Plastics Industry Association's latest funding round?

    Plastics Industry Association's latest funding round is Grant.

  • How much did Plastics Industry Association raise?

    Plastics Industry Association raised a total of $200K.

  • Who are the investors of Plastics Industry Association?

    Investors of Plastics Industry Association include Amcor.

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