2019 Global Symposium on Waste Plastic

Ecosystem Impacts, Remediation and Waste Management
September 19-20, 2019
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The 2019 Global Symposium on Waste Plastic – Ecosystem Impacts, Remediation and Waste Management - will focus on key themes in plastic manufacturing, recycle, reuse and disposal. It is chaired by Dr. Jeffrey Seay, University of Kentucky, and Dr. Linda Wang, Purdue University.

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The 2019 Global Symposium on Waste Plastic brings together scientists, engineers and other stakeholders to discuss and share ideas, innovations and achievements for managing the waste plastic accumulation challenges facing both developing and developed countries. Sessions integrate the recent achievements made by academia, government, industry and non-profit organizations to reduce, recover, reuse, recycle, redesign and remanufacture for the waste plastic supply chain. 

Call for Abstracts

Submit your abstract to these and other related topics. Submissions are sought for oral, poster, and rapid fire presentations.

  • Waste Management and Circular Economy
  • Ecosystem Impacts and Remediation Strategies
  • LCA of Plastics Manufacturing
  • Reuse and Recycle of Waste Plastic

Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy

Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy is a publication of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AlChE) reporting on critical issues of the environment, including issues of remediation and treatment of solid and aqueous wastes. As described recently in our journal by Joshi et al. (Environ Prog, 38: 3–11, 2019) “Technologies for recycling plastic must be low cost, economically viable, socially acceptable, and not adversely impact the environment.” EP&SE is interested in continuing to provide pertinent critical information about innovations and achievements addressing treatment, recycle and reuse of waste plastic. 


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The 2019 Global Symposium on Waste Plastic is organized by AIChE Institute for Sustainability

Featured Speakers

Sandeep Kulkarni

Dr. Sandeep Kulkarni is the founder and President of KoolEarth Solutions Inc., a technical consulting and business development company focused on helping small as well as large companies develop and commercialize new sustainable packaging solutions as well as to improve the sustainability footprint of existing packaging and to reduce/eliminate packaging waste. He is also a member of a team that recently launched Ubuntoo (www.ubuntoo.com), a unique website and collaboration platform for solutions to address plastic waste and plastic litter.

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Jennifer Le Roy

Jennifer is the director of research and development at BioCellection Inc., a chemical recycling company that upcycles plastic waste. Biocollection’s aim is to protect our environment through creating innovative recycling processes for currently unrecyclable post-consumer waste plastics by converting this waste into virgin quality building blocks for sustainable supply chains. Our innovations unlock the potential of using plastic waste to replace fossil fuel as a resource for creating new materials.Read more

B.K. Sharma

Dr. BK Sharma joined the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) in 2009 and is a Senior Research Engineer in the Applied Research on Industrial Environmental Systems Program (ARIES) Group at ISTC. BK’s research areas are biofuels, biolubricants, and alternative fuels. In February 2016, BK was elected as fellow of Society of Tribology & Lubrication Engineers. In November 2017, he was also admitted as a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. BK is on the Editorial Board of Fuel Processing Technology and is the associate technical editor for the Journal of...Read more

Mary Ellen Ternes

Mary Ellen Ternes is a partner in the Oklahoma City office of D.C. based Earth & Water Law, LLC.  Ms. Ternes represents manufacturing, recycling and other industrial and municipal clients, with in-depth experience in air, solid and hazardous waste, wastewater, drinking water program permitting, compliance, recycling and reuse, with particular emphasis in developing efficient regulatory strategies for complex and high profile processes and industries, enforcement defense, risk management, due diligence, voluntary cleanup practices as well as federal and state rulemaking,...Read more