Addressing the Global Plastic Waste Crisis
Over the years, plastic waste has become a hot topic of discussion. More recently, that conversation has heated up as companies make commitments to use less plastic or recycled plastic in their products, groups try to remove the ample amount of plastic in the waterways and China enforces its National Sword policy.
These topics, along with many others, were discussed during a roundtable dinner hosted by The Atlantic in Washington, D.C., on December 12. Attendees of the dinner included Brad Ack, senior vice president, Oceans World Wildlife Foundation; Emily Akhtarzandi, managing director, AtlanticLIVE; Steve Alexander, president, Association of Plastic Recyclers; Nicole Camilleri, packaging technical applications group specialist, Nestlé USA; John Caturano, national recycling manager, Nestlé Waters North America; Kelly Cramer, lead How2Recycle program, Sustainable Packaging Coalition; Kate Daly, executive director of the Center for the Circular Economy, Closed Loop Partners; Jim Foster, president and CEO, Anacostia Watershed Society; Miriam Goldstein Director, Ocean Policy, Center for American Progress; Keefe Harrison, CEO, The Recycling Partnership; Barbara Hendrie, regional director, North America United Nations Environment; Daniel Jhung President, beverage division, Nestlé USA; April Martin, co-chair, DC EcoWomen; Julia Roberson, vice president, Communications Ocean Conservancy; Michelle Romero, national director, Green for All; Steve Russell, vice president, Plastics Division American Chemistry Council; Mallory Szczepanski, editorial director, Waste360; Matt Thompson, executive editor, The Atlantic; and Steve Toloken, news editor, Plastics News.