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The Partnership Names New Executive Committee

The Recycling Partnership, a national nonprofit that applies corporate funding to improve recycling efforts in communities across the country, has named its new executive committee.

The committee will be led by incoming Chairwoman Sarah Dearman, sustainable packaging program director, Coca-Cola North America, and incoming Vice Chairman Stephen Sikra, global lead for packaging material science and technology at Procter & Gamble. Kathleen Niesen, PE, director, recycling, NABQ Sustainability, PepsiCo North American Beverages, will join the committee as a member.

Along with Dearman, Sikra, and Neisen, the executive committee will consist of Secretary Derric Brown, director of sustainability for the Carton Council of North America and director of sustainability of Evergreen Packaging; Treasurer William Culbertson, BakerHostetler. Outgoing Chairwoman Megan Daum, vice president of sustainability at Can Manufacturers Institute, and outgoing Vice Chairman Craig Cookson, director of sustainability and recycling for the Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council, will remain on the committee as a members.

“The Recycling Partnership has grown immensely over the past three years and I look forward to my new role with the team,” incoming Chairwoman Sarah Dearman said in a statement. “I am honored to have the opportunity to work with my fellow committee members to increase the number of partners and cities served in the coming years.”

Since 2015, The Recycling Partnership has assisted more than 500 communities in improving their recycling efforts, reaching more than 26 million households, and has invested more than $27 million of corporate funding in recycling infrastructure.

“Our executive committee brings with them incredible industry knowledge and a deep desire to achieve their sustainability goals. Working with The Recycling Partnership allows them to meet their goals and improve local community recycling programs at the same time,” Recycling Partnership CEO Keefe Harrison said in a statement. “We are very grateful for their guidance and partnership in our mission to improve recycling across the nation.”