SPI Welcomes Sustainability Expert Kim Holmes as Director of Recycling

February 13, 2013

Barry Eisenberg

Brings Extensive Background in Plastics Recycling, Product Stewardship and Conversion Technologies to SPI’s New Recycling Initiative

Washington, D.C. -- SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association recently announced the addition of  Kim Holmes – a sustainability and recycling expert well-known throughout the plastics industry -- to lead the association’s new recycling initiative. As she completes prior consulting commitments, Holmes will start part-time at SPI on March 1 and become full-time in September. SPI is the primary trade association of the U.S. plastics industry, representing approximately 1,000 companies in all areas of plastics manufacturing.

As director of recycling, Holmes will develop SPI’s new recovery/recycling program and manage the organization’s effort to drive the industry toward achieving full recovery and re-use of post- industrial plastics. She will manage SPI’s Recycling Committee and be responsible for overall issues management related to recycling. Holmes will also conduct outreach regarding plastics recycling and waste diversion to governmental bodies, NGOs and stakeholder coalitions.

“I am thrilled to have Kim join our SPI team as we ramp up our recycling/recovery program,” said SPI President William R. Carteaux. “Her depth of knowledge and extensive background in the area of plastics recycling and recovery is impressive. Kim understands the inherent value of plastics, has thought a great deal about our industry’s recycling challenges and advocates innovative solutions for expanding plastics collection and conversion.”   

While long-committed to addressing sustainability issues, SPI recently revised its mission statement to formally include the pursuit of zero-waste strategies for the U.S. plastics industry. In October 2012, members of SPI’s Material Suppliers Council, Processor Council and Brand Owners Council met in a joint session to discuss the launch of a recycling/recovery initiative. A working group was formed and two resources are currently being developed: A Post Commercial Materials Recovery Survey that will annually provide industry-wide statistics, and a Benchmarking Tool for the Plastics Industry that will serve as a self-assessment resource for companies to compare their operations to best practices.

Kim Holmes is currently principal consultant at Oregon-based 4R Sustainability, where she serves clients in the product manufacturing and recycling industries. She has completed a range of projects -- from policy analysis and market opportunity evaluation to technology assessment and commodity end-use demand evaluation -- for trade associations, manufacturers, government agencies and NGOs. Prior to returning to her firm, Holmes served as advanced marketing manager for post-consumer recycle at SABIC. She was responsible for developing and marketing SABIC’s post-consumer recycle plastics portfolio in the Americas. She also served as executive editor and research coordinator at Resource Recycling, contributing articles and managing a staff of writers for three publications.  

Kim Holmes earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and History at the University of Maryland, and a Master’s of Urban Studies at Portland State University.

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Founded in 1937, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association promotes growth in the $427 billion U.S. plastics industry. Representing nearly one million American workers in the third largest U.S. manufacturing industry, SPI delivers legislative and regulatory advocacy, market research, industry promotion and the fostering of business relationships and zero waste strategies. SPI also owns and produces the international NPE trade show. All profits from NPE are reinvested into SPI’s industry services. Find SPI online at www.plasticsindustry.org and www.inthehopper.org.

"From resin suppliers and equipment makers to processors and brand owners, SPI is proud to represent all facets of the U.S. plastics industry," said William R. Carteaux, president and CEO, SPI. "Our most recent economic reports show that the plastics industry as a whole is resilient, and has come through the recession significantly better than other U.S. manufacturing sectors."

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