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The 33rd Southeast Recycling Conference & Trade Show (SERC)

The 33rd Southeast Recycling Conference & Trade Show (SERC)

The 33rd Southeast Recycling Conference & Trade Show (SERC)The 33rd Southeast Recycling Conference & Trade Show (SERC)

Session II

Session Title

Partnership Glass Recycling Opportunities in the Southeast


Glass has long been considered a core recyclable since the inception of recycling programs. Despite a negative spin on bottles, the industry needs recycled glass (cullet). During an interactive panel, with help from the Glass Recycling Coalition, attendees can take part in a summit to learn how Florida could be a leader in glass collection and processing.


Moderator: Michael Timpane, Vice President, RRS


Scott DeFife, President, Glass Packaging Institute (GPI)

Scott Miller, Director of Sustainability, Knauf Insulation

Joe Meierhoff, Regional Sourcing Manager, Strategic Materials, Inc.


SESSION II SPEAKERS

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Michael Timpane

Michael Timpane, Vice President, RRS

Bio

Michael Timpane is a principal and vice president of process optimization and material recovery for RRS. With over 40 years in executive field operations and development roles with the largest public recycling companies in the U.S., Michael has gained a reputation for thought leadership, management, and technical execution in recycling processing, landfill diversion planning and technology, recycling systems pricing, facility development, material streams, recycling/organics system economics , recoverable commodities, and process improvement

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Scott DeFife

Scott DeFife, President, Glass Packaging Institute (GPI)

Bio

Scott became President of GPI in August 2019 after serving as Vice-President of Government Affairs for the Plastics Industry Association, where he led the federal, state and regulatory teams, and worked to advance the organization’s new sustainability advocacy agenda, including upgrading the U.S. domestic recycling infrastructure. Prior to PLASTICS, Scott led the government affairs, communications and research efforts of the National Restaurant Association. Scott has divided his 30+ year career in Washington between trade associations and Capitol Hill, where he worked for on energy, environment, budget, tax, economic and financial policy issues for several Members of Congress, including House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, as well as Texas Governor Ann Richards, and the National Conference of State Legislatures. Scott is from Houston, Texas, graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in Communications and Public Affairs, and resides in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and son.

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Scott Miller

Scott Miller, Director of Sustainability, Knauf Insulation

Bio

Scott consults on Knauf Insulation’s Sustainability Initiatives as well as all government and non-governmental product regulation or selection activities and provides strategic input to manufacturing, product development, as well as sales and marketing initiatives. Well versed in product impacts, Scott is keenly aware of the impact that insulation products bring to market. Scott is also former Director of the Knauf Academy. Scott’s current mission is to educate both internal and external audiences on the technical aspects of insulation products versus competitive technologies, and demonstrate the proper use of and characterization of insulation products. 


An Engineer by training, Scott brought forth the concept of Sustainable Development to Knauf Insulation in 2007, where Knauf has demonstrated industry leadership in a number of areas. Knauf was the first company in the U.S. to GREENGUARD certify their products for indoor air quality, the first to produce a bio-based binder adhesive, the first to push the limits for post-consumer glass content, the first to disclose its ingredients and the first to issue an environmental product declaration (EPD) for insulation for the mechanical room.  Scott has also brought the concept of sustainable development to Knauf Insulation globally.


Scott has also managed the business development activities within two major companies.


As an appointed member of the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association Regulatory Affairs Committee (NAIMA RAC), Scott is has been very involved in all health, safety and regulatory aspects of insulation products. NAIMA RAC is highly regarded for its stewardship and product understanding by many Federal agencies. Scott also spent more than 25 years in testing laboratories accessing physical, mechanical, thermal, acoustic and fire performance of building materials.

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Joe Meierhoff

Joe Meierhoff, Regional Sourcing Manager, Strategic Materials, Inc.

Bio

Joe Meierhoff is the Regional Sourcing Manager for Strategic Materials, North America’s largest glass recycler, covering the southeast - Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and his now home state of Florida.  Joe got his start in glass recycling in 2009 as Senior Plant Manager in St. Paul, Minnesota with a company called e-Cullet, which has since been acquired by Strategic Materials.  He has an extensive knowledge in plant maintenance and continuous improvement, which allows for him to better understand MRF challenges and inbound glass supply requirements.  Joe resides in the Sarasota are with his wife and has two children in college.