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Vermont Ag Plastics Management & Recycling Workshop

April 16, 2009 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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


April 16, 2009
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Vermont Technical College Farmhouse
Randolph Center, VT United States + Google Map