GPI President Scott DeFife Appointed to The Recycling Partnership's Board
Falls Church, Va. (July 29,2020) – The newly elected Board of Directors for The Recycling Partnership brings sustainability and industry knowledge and reach, paired with business expertise to advance the nation toward a circular economy. The Recycling Partnership is a national nonprofit that guides corporate funding to improve recycling results in communities across America. The Partnership is the only organization in the country that engages the full recycling supply chain– from the corporations that manufacture products and packaging, to local governments charged with recycling, to industry end markets, haulers, material recovery facilities, and converters.Fifteen industry leaders were elected to serve on The Recycling Partnership’s Board of Directors. The newly elected Directors include: Steve Alexander (CEO and President, Association of Plastic Recyclers), Viviana Alvarez (Head of Sustainability, Unilever North America), Derric Brown (Vice President of Sustainability, Carton Council), Maria Burquest (Corporate Communications-Citizenship, Procter & Gamble), Kim Carswell (Director of Packaging, Target), Keith Christman (Acting Vice President Plastics Division, American Chemistry Council), David Clark (Vice President of Sustainability, Amcor), Nicole Collier (Director of Government Affairs, Nestle), Megan Daum (Vice President of Sustainability, American Beverage Association), Scott DeFife (President, Glass Packaging Institute), Aimee Gregg (Vice President & General Manager, Recycling and Recovered Fiber, International Paper), Brian Hawkinson (Executive Director of Recovered Fiber, American Forest & Paper Association), Bruce Karas (Vice President of Environment & Safety, Coca-Cola North America), Terese Kietzer (Senior Manager of Sustainability, Amazon), and Monique Oxender (Chief Sustainability Officer, Keurig Dr Pepper).
At the first Board of Directors meeting, an Executive Committee was also appointed:
- Chairwoman – Kim Carswell (Target)
- Vice Chairman – David Clark (Amcor)
- Vice Chairwoman – Monique Oxender (Keurig Dr Pepper)
- Treasurer – Steve Alexander (Association of Plastic Recyclers)
- Secretary – Derric Brown (Carton Council)
“I am delighted and honored to serve as Board chair and work with this new team,” stated Kim Carswell Chairwoman of the Board of The Recycling Partnership and Director of Packaging for Target. “The Recycling Partnership is a national leader in driving positive system change on recycling and bringing a circular economy to life in the U.S. This new Board has the talent, expertise, and dedication to drive lasting change.”
Since 2014, the nonprofit change agent estimates it diverted 230 million pounds of new recyclables from landfills, saved 465 million gallons of water, avoided more than 250,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases, and driven significant reductions in targeted recycling contamination rates.
“We’re grateful for the service of our Board in helping The Recycling Partnership to advance the U.S. circular economy,” says Keefe Harrison, CEO of The Recycling Partnership. “As a mission-driven nonprofit, our Board joins us in ensuring that the production of goods and the protection of the planet are not at odds. It’s a big task, one that we take seriously, and it can only be delivered by engaging companies, communities, and elected officials toward that common goal.”
This press release was originally published by the The Recycling Partnership.