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David Wagger

David Wagger

Chief Scientist/Director of Environmental Management, ISRI

David Wagger joined ISRI in 2005 and currently serves as Chief Scientist and Director of Environmental Management. He has more than 25 years of experience in environmental consulting, engineering, science, and regulation, including his tenure at ISRI. His activities include assisting members with environmental compliance and management, representing ISRI and the recycling industry on environmental regulatory matters at the federal and state levels, and serving on external science and technology advisory committees on behalf of ISRI and the industry. Wagger holds B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and MIT respectively. He was Phi Beta Kappa at UC Berkeley and a Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Fellow at MIT, with minors in political science and mechanical engineering.

All Sessions by David Wagger

Day 4 - March 22 March 22, 2022
11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Chemical Recycling: A Solution or a Rival?

Breakers K-L

For the past few years, concern about plastics in the environment has been a dominant theme. Improving the recycling rate is critical to prevent plastics from entering the environment. Mechanical methods are in wide commercial use, but they are feasible only for certain types of plastics. Chemical methods have been proposed as complementary (if not competing) approaches to managing supplies of used plastics. Gain a better perspective on chemical recycling and its potential and implications for plastics recycling.