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Robert Kennedy, Jr. and Kim Jeffery Discuss the Urgency to Advance Comprehensive Recycling Systems in the U.S.

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On Oct. 4, Kim Jeffery, CEO of Nestle Waters, and Recycling Reinvented board member and noted environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., spoke at the annual SRI Conference, a meeting of socially responsible investors from across the country. The conversation spanned a broad range of waste issues and stressed a mutual sense of urgency to advance comprehensive recycling systems in the U.S.

Moderated by Future 500’s President, Bill Shireman, both panelists discussed the need for support from the investor community to hold industry responsible for their post consumer waste. Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), a policy that would shift the cost burden of waste recovery from taxpayers to industry was highlighted as a viable solution. EPR will “save consumers money, save companies money, it’s good for shareholders and good for the environment,” said Jeffrey. Kennedy agreed, “We have a responsibility to solve this problem for our country and for future Americans.”

Watch the video below of the discussion on Closing the Loop: Corporate Responsibility for 21st Century Waste Recovery Systems at the SRI Conference in Uncasville, Connecticut:

 

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