2017 Program & Presentations



2017 Conference Presentations

CRA would like to wholeheartedly thank everyone who made our 27th Annual Conference a success. The following list contains all of the presentations that were made available to the Carolina Recycling Association office.


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Monday, March 27

Collegiate Recyclers Coalition WorkshopSydney Lynn (Clemson University)
Andrew Shealy (Clemson University)
Melissa Needham (Appalachian State University)
Juan Diego Aguilar (Appalachian State University)
Full Circle Food - Lunchroom to Garden
Keep America Beautiful WorkshopHeather Cashwell (Wake County-NC)
Amanda Fairley (Waste Management)
Megan Miller (Opera Recycles/Opera Carolina)
Isaac Nicholson (Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful)
Jim Swaim (Environmental Sculptures)
KAB Presentation 1
KAB Presentation 2

Tuesday, March 28

HHW WorkshopBrian Beinarauskas (PowerHouse Recycling)
Michael Crean (ERI)
Jennifer Crumpler (Union County-NC)
Megan Tabb (Synergy Electronics Recycling)
Eddie Raynard (City of Greensboro-NC)
Eddie Raynard (City of Greensboro-NC)
Kenn Webb (ECOFLO, Inc.)
SC DHEC Grants WorkshopTina Lindler (SC DHEC)
Stefanie Vandiver (SC DHEC)
General Session I
New Developments in the Carolinas' Recycling EconomyChantal Fryer (SC Dept. of Commerce)
Will Newsome (Sonoco Recycling)
Christine Spiegel (Unifi Manufacturing, Inc)
Ya Sun (Sun Fiber)
Wendy Worley (NC DEQ)
Concurrent Sessions
1- Resources to Boost Your Recycling Program
Jason Hale (The Recycling Partnership)
Barbara Heineken (Carton Council)
Kara Pochiro (The Association of Plastic Recyclers)
2- Recycling Successes Away from HomeJohn Adair (Surfside Beach-SC)
Allison Brockman (City of Greenville-SC)
Dave Bundick (City of Wilmington-NC)
Elizabeth Morgan (City of Rock Hill-SC)
Sherry Ratliffe (Town of Oak Island-NC)
3- Navigating the Future of Electronics Recycling in the Carolinas Walter Alcorn (Consumer Technology Association)
Richard Chesley (SC DHEC)
Brett Henderson (PowerHouse)
Shelley Robbins (Upstate Forever)
Rob Taylor (NC DEQ)
4- Plastic Film & Bag Recycling Success StoriesTori Carle (City of Greensboro-NC)
Laurette Hall (Mecklenburg County-NC)
Stephanie Hicks (Trex Company)
Tonya Randell (More Recycling)
Carolyn Tomlinson (MUSC)
Christine von Kolnitz (MUSC)

Wednesday, March 29

General Session II
Cutting Food Waste in Half: How Do We Get There in the Carolinas?Richard Chesley (SC DHEC)
Cheryl Coleman (US EPA)
Amy Kosar (Feeding America)
Jorge Montezuma (NC DEQ)
Concurrent Sessions
5- Fighting Contamination in Recyclables
Conor McNeil (Waste Management)
Jason Sikes (City of North Augusta-SC)
Samantha Yager (City of Columbia-SC)
6- Advancing Recycling in Rural and Unincorporated AreasMallory Biering (Bamberg County-SC)
Shannon Culpepper (Chatham County-NC)
Caleb Sinclair (Rowan County-NC)
Rob Taylor (NC DEQ)
7- Cutting Food Waste in Half: Examples of Early SuccessDavid March (Entropy)
Joseph McMillin (Atlas Organics)
Isaac Nicholson (Mecklenburg County-NC)
Greg Sponseller (Horry County School District)
8- Weathering the Storm: An Education on Storm Debris ManagementMike Bessant (Horry County Solid Waste Authority)
John Demary (Pitt County-NC)
Drew Hammonds (NC Division of Waste Management)
9- Increasing Diversion in Healthcare Facilities
Kurt Duska (Engineered Plastics)
Jennifer Sellers (Carolinas HealthCare System)
Carolyn Tomlinson (MUSC)
Christine von Kolnitz (MUSC)

Thursday, March 30

Concurrent Sessions
10- Reimagining Resources: Fresh Views of ReuseCrystal Dreisbach (Don't Waste Durham and GreenToGo)
Jane Hiller (Sonoco Recycling)
Madeline James (SCrap Exchange)
11- Advances in Recycling Materials CollectionDrew Isenhour (Republic Services)
Sandy Skolochenko (NC DEQ)
Eric Voss (Rehrig Pacific)
Kristina Witosky (Orange County-NC)
12- Safety in RecyclingFred Davis (Georgetown County-SC)
Joel Pack (Waste Management)
-Route Collection and Transfer Station Safety
-WM Recycling Safety Approach
13- The State of Glass: Exploring SolutionsLynn Bragg (Glass Packaging Institute
Kristen Brown (WasteZero)
Bill Clark (Strategic Materials)
Shannon Culpepper (Chatham County-NC)
Chris Fisher (Fisher Recycling)
Mike Greene (NC DEQ)
General Session III
- The State of Things: A North and South Carolina UpdateRichard Chesley (SC DHEC)
Chantal Fryer (SC Dept. of Commerce)
Rob Taylor (NC DEQ)
Will Sagar (SERDC)