Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf To Welcome State Conference On Waste Reduction

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf
(Last Updated On: December 29, 2018)

On July 26-29, the Resource Recovery Association will host the largest state conference on waste reduction. On Friday, the welcome will be made by Mayor who will share how is committed to becoming a more sustainable city. Conference plenary speakers include Vien Truong, CEO of Dream Corps, David Allaway of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and zero waste fashion designer, Daniel Silverstein who will create a custom garment made from recycled textiles. This convening of key material management industry leaders comes at a crucial time as China moves to limit the types and volumes of post-consumer materials they will receive, which is having a negative effect on the recycling facility operators who now have less places to send materials for recycling. There will be extensive dialogue and planning for new remanufacturing facilities in to manage our materials safely and keep the jobs at home.

“We are delighted to honor companies reducing materials that need disposal,” said Heidi Sanborn, Executive Director of the Product Stewardship Council. “The Arrow Award winners are leaders in driving a circular economy, which means “waste” product from one business is feedstock for the next. Whether it’s offering refillable propane cylinders instead of disposable cylinders like Sports Basement is doing, or by redesigning medical products to reduce plastic in the hospital waste stream like NewGen Surgical, all our winners are impressive. We are thrilled to highlight companies with such impactful environmental achievements.”

During the conference, the Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) will honor companies, several based in the San Francisco Bay Area, for their innovative environmental efforts during the organization’s 9th Annual Arrow Awards ceremony. In addition to the Arrow Awards, CPSC will recognize the San Francisco Department of the Environment, the local government leader in innovative materials management policies as well as Recology for working with San Francisco and other local governments to help achieve the highest recycling rates possible while working to reduce waste generating processes and products, and Assemblymember Kansen Chu for authoring AB 1158 in 2017 to increase carpet recycling.

Smarter Sorting is the recipient of the 2018 Golden Arrow Award for overall excellence in product stewardship. Smarter Sorting is a data and technology company that used machine learning to build the world’s first smart chemical database. Smarter Sorting works with cities and retailers to divert consumer chemical products, previously labeled as hazardous waste, and creates reuse opportunities.

NewGen Surgical is receiving the 2018 Green Arrow Award for system and design innovations. NewGen Surgical redesigns and manufactures medical devices and products that significantly minimize plastic waste from operating rooms – replacing single-use disposable plastic products with ones created with upcycled materials. Their Small Change, Big Impact EPPTM program engages healthcare systems to measurably eliminate tons of plastic waste from the supply chain.

Sports Basement is presented with the 2018 Infinity Arrow Award for service and take-back. Sports Basement integrated the Flame King 1 lb. refillable propane cylinder into their loyalty program, allowing customers to exchange refillable 1 lb. propane cylinders at no cost and with no waste. Through their partnerships, they helped reduce the volume of disposable propane cylinders in the waste stream at parks and facilities all over Northern .

The Product Stewardship Council’s Annual Arrow Awards ceremony will take place during the Resource Recovery Association’s 41st annual conference and tradeshow, held at the Marriott City Center in on Saturday, July 28 at 5:45 PM.

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