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Vermont Ag Plastics Management & Recycling Workshop

Thursday April 16, 2009
10:00am - 3:00pm
Vermont Technical College Farmhouse
Randolph Center, VT

Draft Agenda

10:00 Welcome
Adam Wienert - Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association
10:10 History of Agriculture Plastics Recycling in Vermont
Natalie Starr - DSM Environmental Services
10:30 Markets Discussion
Moderator, Carolyn Grodinsky, Waste Prevention Coordinator - Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
  • Results of a marketing plan for a Vermont-based, plastic lumber manufacturer using agricultural film for feedstock - Anne MacMillan, Agency of Agriculture
  • Current status of New England and national markets - Lois Levitan, Cornell University Recycling Ag Plastics Project (RAPP) Program Leader
11:30 Best Management Practices
  • Guidelines for proper handling of agriculture and horticultural plastics to prepare for recycling
  • Quality Control, Compaction, and Transportation: What infrastructure and equipment are needed, and why
12:15 Lunch
Lunch will be provided to those who registered by April 9th
1:00 Promoting Product Stewardship for Film Plastics
Jen Holliday, VTPSC Coordinator & Environmental and Safety Compliance Manager - Chittenden Solid Waste District
  • How can Vermont and the Vermont Product Stewardship Council (VPSC) encourage a greater manufacturer role?
  • What is the role of framework legislation for agriculture films?
1:45 Market Development: Lessons Learned in NY - What Can We Do in VT?
Lois Levitan
  • Can we work with plastics manufacturers in the Northeast to promote use of agriculture plastics as feedstock?
  • What are strategies for developing consumer markets for products made from used agriculture plastics?
    • Increasing procurement of products made from recycled materials
    • Endorsing and branding such products as "green" and "sustainable"
    • Promoting recognition for farmers that recycle their agriculture plastics. What recognition programs could be used?
2:15 Updates from Workshop Participants - Roundtable
2:45 Next Steps
3:00 Adjourn



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