ST. PAUL, MN--(Marketwire - Feb 5, 2013) - Recycling Reinvented, a national nonprofit working to advance extended producer responsibility for waste packaging and printed paper, today announced that James Bohlig, founder of ReCommunity, has accepted an invitation to join the board of directors of Recycling Reinvented.
Bohlig brings significant experience and expertise to his new role as board member. Bohlig has over 35 years of experience in the nuclear energy, cogeneration, renewable energy and waste and construction industry sectors. Most recently Bohlig founded ReCommunity, a Charlotte-based recycling company that works with 36 communities in 13 states to process more than 1.8 million tons of valuable commodities each year.
Prior to co-founding ReCommunity, Bohlig spent 19 years with Casella Waste Systems, a leading regional integrated waste management company. Bohlig held various positions at Casella, including president, chief operating officer and chief development officer. Prior to that Bohlig worked at Westinghouse Electric Corporation in various nuclear and waste to energy development and leadership roles.
"I am very pleased to be offered this position to serve on the board of this very important effort to influence and shape how the consumer packaged goods (CPG) and paper industries appropriately respond to the ever increasing pressure to meet sustainability initiatives developing and emerging throughout our society," said Jim Bohlig, founder of ReCommunity.
Recycling Reinvented Executive Director Paul Gardner said Bohlig's experience will be a significant asset to the organization's efforts.
"Jim Bohlig's experience in the waste and recycling industries will be of great importance in the design of a uniquely American EPR system for packaging and paper," Gardner said.
As the newest member of the board of directors, Bohlig joins Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.; Kim Jeffery, president and CEO of Nestlé Waters North America; Bill Shireman, president and CEO of Future 500; and Conrad MacKerron, founder and senior program director for As You Sow.
"I look forward with vigor to the contribution that this organization's efforts will make toward a more sustainable future," Bohlig said. "I am particularly interested in how the EPR momentum in the market place can be harnessed to proactively create a long-term solution for our growing failure to recover more materials, including recyclables, and to achieve a meaningful Zero Waste Initiative in our communities and towns across America."
About Recycling Reinvented
Recycling Reinvented promotes increasing recycling rates of waste packaging and printed material in the United States through an extended producer responsibility (EPR) model. With a diverse group of board members from the nonprofit and private sector, Recycling Reinvented builds a coalition of supporters from the public, private and nonprofit sectors in order to make EPR for packaging and printed materials a preferred method of managing valuable waste. Recycling-Reinvented.org hopes to be a place where industry, government, and nonprofit organizations can come to find out how EPR works, how it can increase recycling rates, and what will be required to make it work.