Webinar: Investing in Zero Waste Infrastructure

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Jan 18, 2022 at 2:00p.m. E.T.

Zero Waste is happening all across the US, including minimum content, bottle bills, surcharges, bans, cooperative marketing, and state recycling market development agencies focused on domestic end use capacity. In the past two years, private investment in paper mills, plastic processing and manufacturing, reuse and repair, electronic scrap and distributed composting reached $ 5billion. Capital from federal legislation and programs are poised to provide billions of dollars more.

What are the targets of greatest opportunities for this investment? The webinar will feature representatives of the plastic, fiber, organic, and glass sectors who will identify infrastructure needs in their industry’s current requirements.

A general discussion with panelists and participants will follow.


Laura Hennemann, VP, Marketing & Communications, Strategic Materials

With over a decade of experience, Laura brings a background in industrial by-product recycling and commercialization in 32 countries.  Today, Laura handles many glass recycling industry challenges through coordination with trade organizations – she sits on the Executive Board for the Glass Recycling Foundation (501c3 non-profit), is an active member of the Glass Recycling Coalition and the Glass Packaging Institute. Laura is a LEED Green Associate® and GBCI TRUE Advisor.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Master of Business Administration from The Pennsylvania State University.

Arley Owens, Executive Director, Ohio Recycling Coalition

Arley is a National Recycling Coalition (NRC) Board Member and serves as the Chairman of the NRC’s Diversity Equity Inclusion Council. Arley is also the Founder and President of the critically acclaimed Earth Team Green Eco-Thriller Comic Book Franchise. Arley earned an MBA in Marketing from the University of Phoenix, a BA in Communications from THE Ohio State University and a SWANA Certified Residential Recycling Manager.

Brian Hawkinson Executive Director, Recovered Fiber

Brian Hawkinson is American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) Executive Director, Recovered Fiber. In this role, he manages issues and programs that promote increased paper recycling and maintain member company access to recovered fiber for use in manufacturing new pulp, paper and paperboard.

Before joining AF&PA, he held leadership positions with: Hawkinson Group, LLC, where he assisted AF&PA in establishing the Paper+Packaging Board; DDC Advocacy, where he provided strategic counsel to clients interested in improving the effectiveness of their employee political engagement efforts; Public Affairs Council, where he led the organization’s management consulting practice, helping members adapt effective practices to improve corporate public affairs operations; and, United Way of America, where he managed the United Way system’s relationships with Fortune 500 companies.

Brian is a former adjunct faculty member of The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management. He is a member of the board of directors of The Recycling Partnership and a past member of the board of directors of the National Recycling Coalition. Brian holds a BBA from James Madison University and an MBA from the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech.

Rachel Dial, Chief of Staff to the Chief Sustainability Officer, PureCycle Technologies

Rachel serves as the Chief of Staff to the Chief Sustainability Officer at PureCycle Technologies. Rachel works across PureCycle’s supply and sustainability workstreams, working with businesses, communities, and organizations to develop and deploy new programs to divert polypropylene waste from landfills, environments and waterways to be repurposed into PureCycle’s ultra-pure recycled resin. Rachel was part of the original leadership team that took PureCycle from startup to publicly traded company and was instrumental in closing $250M in municipal bonds that are funding the construction and operation of PureCycle’s first commercial plant. 

Frank Franciosi, Executive Director, US Composting Council

Mr. Franciosi is the current Executive Director of both the US Composting Council and the Compost Council Research & Education Foundation. He has spent over 29 years working with residuals management and composting both in operations management as well as sales and marketing. In 1993, he started North Carolina’s first source separated organics composting facility. As past principal of Akkadia Consulting, Frank provided professional consulting services on projects of animal waste management, biosolids management, coal ash residuals, composting of industrial residuals, product development and marketing. He has facilitated the turnkey start-up of award winning composting facilities, taking them from concept to feasibility to operational, overseeing permitting, equipment selection, hiring and training of personnel, as well as the development and execution of the product marketing plan. Frank also managed the Novozymes’ Nature’s GREEN-RELEAF™ composting facility from 2003-2015. In 2014, Frank was the recipient of the Hi Kellogg Award for displaying outstanding service to the US composting industry over a period of many years. He has a BS in Plant and Soil Sciences from West Virginia University.

This event is part of a series of webinars presented by the Recycling Is Infrastructure Too campaign. Learn more about the campaign and view past webinars here