Consumer Packaging Summit

An open, honest dialogue on creating a circular economy for packaging in America.


March 4 | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Citizen Hotel | 926 J St., Sacramento, California, 95814

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Welcome, Introductions and Goals Review

9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Part I: Packaging Design and Sustainability: Innovation in Recyclability, Recycled Content, Lifecycle Thinking

a.    Packaging Design, Materials and Trends

A deep discussion on trends in packaging development, new designs and package forms, changing functionality, future innovations and consumer preferences.

Patrick Keenan, R&D Principal Engineer, Annie’s/General Mills Inc.

Terry Grill, Director of Sustainability, Americas, Sealed Air

b.    Lifecycle Thinking

Why we need to look across the value chain to understand the opportunities to create positive impacts and where unintended consequences might arrive.

Dan Felton, Executive Director, AMERIPEN

Nick Lapis, Director of Advocacy, Californians Against Waste

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Part II: Infrastructure and Waste Management: What Can Be Done with Existing Infrastructure and a Look at Local Government Needs, Landscapes and the Future of Recycling Innovation.

a.    Meeting Legislative Goals

How to achieve varying organics, recycling, waste-to-landfill and GHG targets in California.

Susan Robinson, Senior Director of Sustainability and Policy, Waste Management, Inc.

Kelly Astor, Partner, Astor & Kingsland

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.


1:00 – 3:45 p.m

Part II Continued

b. Local Government Needs and Landscape

John Kennedy, Legislative Advocate, Rural County Representatives of California

c. Recycling Markets

Review of end markets for recycled commodities (plastics focus) and future projections; impact of China’s National Sword and Green Fence policies on markets; pricing differentials between recycled and virgin materials.

Steve Alexander, President, Association of Plastic Recyclers

Susan Robinson, Senior Director of Sustainability and Policy, Waste Management, Inc.

Danielle Waterfield, Senior Director of Government Relations & Assistant General Council, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries

d. Chemical Recycling (plastics)

Status of emerging chemical recycling technologies and their potential for transformational change; review of performance, costs, scale potential and timing.

Victor Zapata, Recycling Business Director, The Dow Chemical Company

Holli Alexander, Strategic Initiatives Manager and Global Sustainability, Eastman Chemical Company

Rob Flores, VP of Sustainability, Berry Plastics

3:45 p.m.