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Press Release: Target, Keurig Dr. Pepper, and Association of Plastic Recyclers join The Recycling Partnership Executive Committee


FALLS CHURCH, VA (May 14, 2019) – The Recycling Partnership today announced the appointment of a new chairwoman and two new members to its Executive Committee, as well as new committee chairs for its board governance, communications, and public affairs committees for 2019.

Kim Carswell, director of packaging at Target, has been appointed Executive Committee chairwoman. Kathleen Niesen, director of engineering and sustainability for PepsiCo Beverages North America, has been appointed as treasurer.Steve Alexander, president and chief executive officer of the Association of Plastic Recyclers, and Ali Donahue, sustainability manager at Keurig Dr. Pepper Inc. are also joining the Executive Committee as at-large members.

“The Recycling Partnership is a national leader in recycling and a strategic thought partner globally,” said Carswell. “I look forward to helping the committee deepen its leadership to drive change through effective collaborations and work at the local level, in addition to best-in-class policy decisions.”

The Executive Committee is comprised of Stephen Sikra, global lead for packaging material science and technology at Procter & Gamble, Derric Brown, vice president of sustainability for the Carton Council of North America and director of sustainability at Evergreen Packaging, and Craig Cookson, senior director, recycling and recovery for the plastics division of the American Chemistry Council.

New committee chairs for the Board Governance and Development Committee include Matt Bedingfield, chief commercial and strategy officer at Tri-Arrows Aluminum Inc. Additionally, Jennifer Killinger, senior director, sustainability and public outreach at American Chemistry Council joins the Communications Committee. Megan Daum, senior director of sustainability at the American Beverage Association, joins the Public Affairs Committee.

“We couldn’t be happier to have these engaged, dedicated leaders as part of our organization,” said Keefe Harrison, CEO for The Recycling Partnership. “The Recycling Partnership is a fast moving, nimble organization thanks in part to the dedication of our board and funding partners.”

Since 2015, The Recycling Partnership has assisted more than 1,000 communities in improving their recycling efforts, reaching more than 50 million households, and leveraging more than $59 million of impact across the recycling infrastructure. For more information, visit recyclingpartnership.org.


About The Recycling Partnership

The Recycling Partnership (recyclingpartnership.org) is a national nonprofit organization that leverages corporate partner funding to transform recycling for good in states, cities and communities all across America. As the only organization in the country that engages the full recycling supply chain from the corporations that manufacture products and packaging to local governments charged with recycling to industry end markets, haulers, material recovery facilities, and converters; The Recycling Partnership positively impacts recycling at every step in the process. The Recycling Partnership has served more than 1,000 communities and counting with best-in-class tools, data, resources and technical support, helped place 500,000 recycling carts, reached 50 million households, and helped companies and communities invest more than $37 million in recycling infrastructure.In doing so, The Recycling Partnership has created meaningful social, environmental, and economic change. By the end of 2019, the nonprofit change agent estimates it will have diverted 230 million pounds of new recyclables, saved 465 million gallons of water, avoided 250 thousand metric tons of GHG, and driven significant reductions in targeted contamination rates.