2022 Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference Keynote Highlight

Keynote Session: The Future Of Recycling

Wednesday, October 19, 2022
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

The business of paper and plastics recycling is changing dramatically. Influenced by end markets, CPG company involvement, technology and a wide range of other influences. Our panel of industry leaders will offer insights and perspective on this change.

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The 2022 Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference welcomes our expert panel for this special keynote that will explore the ways the paper and plastics recycling industry is changing dramatically.

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Keynote Panelists

Kerry Getter

Kerry Getter
Balcones Resources

Kerry Getter is the CEO of Balcones Resources, headquartered in Austin, Texas with operating facilities in Austin, Dallas, and Little Rock. Balcones is engaged in the business of commercial and institutional recycling, residential recycling, document destruction and the manufacturing of alternative fuels.

Prior to starting Balcones in 1994, Kerry was a regional recycling manager for Waste Management and was employed by a family owned paper recycling business. He also served as a Director and CEO of a Texas bank holding company where he was responsible for establishing new bank charters. He was a Director and co-owner of Karolyi gymnastics when Mary Lou Retton won Olympic gold for the U.S. in 1984.

Kerry has been a two time finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award and serves on the Advisory Board of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Kerry attended the University of Pennsylvania where he was an anthropology major and wanted to become Indiana Jones, before there was an Indiana Jones. He gave up that pursuit to become a pitcher in the Texas Rangers organization. According to NASA, many of his ill-fated pitches can still be tracked in orbit today.

He graduated from Texas Wesleyan University where he received a B.A. with a major in Political Science.

Ben Harvey

Ben Harvey
E.L. Harvey & Sons

Ben Harvey is the President and one of the owners of E.L. Harvey & Sons Inc., a full service waste and recycling firm that provides services for commercial and industrial corporations and municipalities throughout eastern Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Maine. After graduating from Delaware Valley College with a Bachelor of Science3 degree in 1971, Ben moved into a leadership role at E.L. Harvey & Sons. His duties within the company include negotiating the sales of recyclables to mills and end users worldwide. He contracts with disposal sites throughout the Northeast for the safe and efficient transfer of waste materials.

Ben is a superior administrator, providing leadership and motivation to the company’s management team. Ben is a well-respected and nationally recognized business leader and an authority in his industry. He has used his years of experience and wealth of knowledge in the industry to educate thousands of business and association leaders through presentations at local, regional and national forums on numerous occasions. He continues to be a sought after speaker on many business related topics. He is also well respected by the regulatory agencies that continue to seek his unbiased opinion.

Ben has also been interviewed for industry related articles for many trade magazines including Waste Age, Scrap, Recycling Today and C&D World. Ben also takes active leadership roles in many trade and professional organizations. He has served as the president of the eastern paper Mills Supplies Association, the Waste Recyclers Council of NSWMA, the Paper Stock Industries chapter of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries of Waste Cap of Massachusetts and the Detachable Container Association. He is currently on the Board of Massachusetts Recycling Association and The Environmental Business Council.

Ben is the current Chairman of the Services Board of Governors of the National Waste and Recycling Association and serves on the Board of Trustees for the NW&RA. Ben services on many task forces and committees for all the associations he is affiliated with. Ben has been recognized by his peers in the industry by receiving many awards and recognition including the Distinguished Service Award from NSWMA and the Lifetime Achievement Award in Recycling from Mass Recycle. He has also been inducted into the Environmental Industry Associations Hall of Fame.

Peter Keller

Peter Keller
Vice President
Republic Services

Pete is responsible for defining and implementing the strategic direction of the recycling and sustainability platform for Republic Services to meet business development objectives and customer needs.

Pete has an extensive background in operations and compliance, having served in prior roles as Region Engineer, General Manager, and Area President. Prior to his employment with the Company, Pete practiced as a Professional Engineer with a national environmental consulting firm and has over 30 years of environmental services experience. Pete has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and has served on numerous boards and committees during his career.