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California business leaders and state regulators discuss ways to encourage
investment in technologies that recover energy from the waste stream

LOS ANGELES (November 15, 2013) - The American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce today hosted a  panel discussion that highlighted the economic and environmental benefits of recovering energy from non-recycled materials, and how state and local lawmakers can encourage new investment in these emerging technologies. Greg Wilkinson, principal at Earnscliffe Strategy Group, moderated a panel of California business leaders and industry experts that included Caroll Mortensen, director of CalRecycle, Enrique Zaldivar, director of the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation, and Chuck White of Waste Management.

"We are starting to see the potential benefits to recovering energy from non-recycled materials in California , including landfill diversion and alternative energy production," said Wilkinson. "Today was an important opportunity for policymakers, California energy companies and those involved in the waste stream to better understand how energy recovery can complement recycling and other waste diversion efforts in the state."

The panel discussion also included remarks from Mohsen Nazemi, deputy executive officer at the South Coast Air Quality Management District, and Josh Proudfoot, co-founder and principal at Good Company.

"Our industry views energy recovery , especially the latest conversion technologies, as a perfect complement to the efforts in California to increase waste diversion and encourage recycling," said Tim Shestek, ACC's senior director of state affairs.

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