The Association of Plastic Recyclers
The Association of Plastic Recyclers is the national trade association representing companies who acquire, reprocess and sell the output of more than 90 percent of the post-consumer plastic processing capacity in North America. Its membership includes independent recycling companies of all sizes, processing numerous resins. APR strongly advocates the recycling of all post-consumer plastic packaging.
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Overview What Happens at an APR Member Meeting? General Sessions occur at the beginning and end of the meetings. APR's President offers a "State of the APR" address and other presentations tackle topics of broad industry appeal. Committee Meetings mostly happen on the middle day. All attendees may participate in any committee meetings they choose, with occasional exceptions that are marked on the schedule. Workshops & Special Events occur throughout the meeting and are open to all attendees. Receptions are a prime opportunity to network with other APR member companies. An attendee list is provided in advance of the meeting for your benefit. Local Opportunities are unique at every meeting. Tour the MSS Optical Sorter facility in Nashville this June! Find the flyer in the Documents section below and email if interested. Speakers Steve Alexander President & CEO of APR Kate Bailey Chief Policy Director of APR Curt Cozart Chief Operating Officer at APR Bruce Magnani VP & Legislative Advocate at Houston Magnani & Associates Duane Pozza Partner at Wiley Suzanne Shelton President & CEO of Shelton Group Caitlin Sickles Partner & Senior Principal at Bracewell LLP
Steve serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Plastic Recyclers, The Voice of Plastics Recycling®. As the international trade association representing the plastics recycling industry, membership includes independent recycling companies of all sizes, processing numerous resins, as well as consumer product companies, equipment manufacturers, testing laboratories, organizations, and others committed to the success of plastics recycling. APR serves the plastics recycling industry by providing technical and educational solutions with a goal of creating more good supply of material for recycling and enhancing the quality of the existing supply stream.
Steve also serves as President of Resource Recycling, Inc., a publishing and conference management firm. Resource Recycling produces the Plastics Recycling Conference, Resource Recycling Conference, as well as the E-Scrap Conference. It also publishes three trade journals: Resource Recycling, Plastics Recycling Update and E-Scrap News. Previously, Mr. Alexander spent more than 20 years representing corporate and association clients on Capitol Hill and in State Houses across the country, including 10 years with Eastman Kodak Company, where he specialized in environment, technology and appropriations issues.
Kate works to accelerate effective local, state and national policies to quickly scale up recycling as a solution to reduce climate pollution, protect public health, drive green jobs, and bolster local economies.
Curt is chief operations officer for the Association of Plastics Recyclers and president of Common Sense Solutions, a consulting company specializing in plastics recycling plant design and improvement. He led the 2014 redesign of The APR Design™Guide for Plastics Recyclability and continues to supervise the improvement of that document. He has worked in the plastics recycling industry since 1991 where, as a project manager for Mobil Chemical Company he built the first North American recycling plant dedicated to LLDPE stretch film.
Bruce joined Houston Magnani and Associates in November of 2005 after most recently serving as Legislative Advocate for the California Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Magnani has 15 years of government relations experience and specifically has expertise in environmental issues, including air quality, Prop 65, transportation and Prop 42. Additionally, Mr. Magnani has experience in public and private works of construction, government procurement, public real estate transactions and construction labor issues. Mr. Magnani has a unique insight into how state government operates which is attributable to the six years he worked as a Government Relations Specialist for the Department of General Services under the Wilson, Davis and Schwarzenegger administrations. In 2004 he was appointed to the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Advisory Committee on Environmental Justice as a business representative.
Duane helps clients navigate complex legal and regulatory matters involving privacy, consumer protection, and data governance, with a focus on regulation involving emerging technology. He advises on privacy matters, advertising law, competition, and consumer financial laws and regulations, and represents clients before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). He has particular expertise with clients working in financial technology (fintech), payments, artificial intelligence (AI), and digital assets. Prior to joining Wiley, Duane was an Assistant Director in the Division of Financial Practices at the FTC, where he led consumer protection efforts in fintech.
Suzanne is the CEO of Shelton Group, an ERM Group Company, the nation’s leading marketing communications agency entirely focused exclusively in the ESG space. She regularly counsels C-level executives at Fortune 1000 organizations on how to best define and leverage their sustainability approaches to drive business results. She currently serves on the board of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the executive advisory board of Cyclyx, and recently served on the board of the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA). Ms. Shelton offers insights and inspiration on conference stages around the country, guest writes for the likes of Fast Company, Green Builder and GreenBiz, and directly manages a team of leaders who, collectively, have made Shelton Group a 30-year success story.
Resident in Bracewell’s Washington, DC office, Caitlin was promoted from principal to senior principal in the firm’s Policy Resolution Group in December 2022. She works with major corporations, industry associations and nonprofit organizations to advance their advocacy priorities and achieve their business objectives by enhancing the ways in which they communicate with their target audiences. Her focus includes branding and positioning, message development and delivery, media relations, spokesperson training and reputation management and crisis communications. Sickles leads the Policy Resolution Group’s digital communications program, designing and implementing comprehensive, multi-platform campaigns. Sickles has been included on the PR News “15 to Watch” list. She earned her B.A. in public relations and political science from Marquette University and her M.A. in communications from Johns Hopkins University.
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