Lakeshore and Sustainability

Partners produce TED-style recycling event

November 6, 2015
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Ken Freestone
Ken Freestone. Courtesy GVSU

A city, college and new nonprofit are teaming up to celebrate America Recycles Day with a TED-style event on Monday night.

The city of Holland, Grand Valley State University’s Meijer Campus in Holland and Green Michigan will host Where Does My Recycling Go: The Lifecycle of Recycled Materials at Herrick District Library in Holland, at 300 S. River Ave., from 7-8:30 p.m.

Presentations will be about five minutes and cover a variety of topics related to the lifecycle of various everyday materials.

Ken Freestone, a GVSU student and founder of Green Michigan, will be the emcee for the evening.

The purpose of the event is to educate and motivate people to recycle more materials on America Recycles Day, officially celebrated on Nov. 15, and give them resources on where they can go locally to continue recycling their items throughout the year.

This is the third year the city of Holland has been involved in America Recycles Day.

Speakers

7:10: James Cherney of Goodwill will talk about household fabric

7:15: Dan Broersma of Herman Miller will talk about corporate fabric

7:20: Jerry Ford of Comprenew will talk about batteries and electronics

7:25: Nicholas VanderVinne of Kent County will talk about pharmaceuticals

7:30: Stu Whitney of Ottawa County will talk about household hazardous waste

7:35: Kim Buckley of CHEF Container will talk about Holland recycling & Yellow Bags

7:40: Pete Hofswell and Phil Dirkse of Makers Group

7:45: Daniel Schoonmaker of West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will discuss research

7:55: Doug Padnos
of Padnos will discuss commodities in the event’s keynote address

8:10: Ken Freestone and Dan Broersma will discuss recycling along the lakeshore

8:25: Q&A

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