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WASHINGTON (June 23, 2014) - American Chemistry Council's (ACC)  Steve Russell will discuss innovations in how we use and manage plastics at the 3rd annual Plasticity Forum on June 24th in New York City. 

"ACC looks forward to being part of the discussions about plastics at Plasticity 2014," said Steve Russell, vice president of the Plastics Division at the American Chemistry Council. "Every day, innovations in plastics are helping us to do more with less. From  smart packaging that keeps food fresh longer, to  polymer composite car parts that reduce weight and emissions, plastics are helping to create a more sustainable future. And the future looks even brighter, as we find ways to  improve recycling and energy rates for used plastic. ACC looks forward to talking about the work we're doing, listening to others, and sparking new ideas for a more sustainable future."

The Plasticity Forum  is a project of Ocean Recovery Alliance , created to facilitate an ongoing dialogue about the future of plastics and how new technologies and innovation can enhance environmental benefits and reduce environmental impacts. The Forum began in 2012 at the Rio+20 Earth Summit , and is a highly anticipated event that brings together designers, brand owners, environmental groups and public and private sector leaders to discuss design solutions, material innovations, recycling, and waste reduction with the aim of encouraging further breakthroughs and collaboration between stakeholders.

As vice president of ACC's Plastics Division, Russell leads solutions-oriented programs, scientific research and public outreach to address opportunities and questions about plastics. Through partnerships with the value chain, public sector, non-governmental organizations and others, the Division is driving efforts to reduce, reuse, recycle and recover plastics , and to provide sustainable solutions to prevent litter and marine debris .

Under Russell's leadership, ACCs Plastics Division helped to spearhead the development of the Declaration of the Global Plastics Associations for Solutions on Marine Litter , along with PlasticsEurope. The Global Declaration is a public commitment by the global plastics industry to tackle plastic in the marine environment. Originally signed in March 2011 by 47 plastics associations from regions across the globe, the Global Declaration recognizes the industry's important role in fighting marine litter. Today, 60 associations in 34 countries have signed on to the Global Declaration, and a newly released report shows 185 projects underway, planned or completed that support the six key areas outlined in the Global Declaration aimed at contributing to sustainable solutions.

ACC was a sponsor of Plasticity 2013. This is Russell's first time attending the event.


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