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Recycling and the Circular Economy

October 24, 2023 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

Impact Recycling Partners Chief Revenue Officer, Mary Linn Leonards, introduces us to a circular economy alive, well and in action at businesses locally and around the country. She shares remarkable examples of extending the lives of consumables that reduce waste from our grocery stores, hotels and breweries. Her company is reclaiming the value in our “waste products” through reuse, recycling and repurposing. And to help us in our own recycling endeavors, Mary Linn tells us what happens to our recycling and how we can recycle better.

This presentation was recorded and can be viewed by clicking on the red play button below.

A copy of Mary Linn’s slides are available below:


Factories across the country use packaging that can be reused many times over to reduce our consumption of raw materials and reduce the waste in our landfills. It is a matter of uncovering the value and establishing a more sustainable process. With recycling it is not just a matter of the deposit, but even more important, the return to value that we need to make a circular economy. Learn how one company is doing these conversions and how we can help the circular economy with our own contributions.

Mary Linn Leonards is the Chief Revenue Officer for Impact Recycling Partners in Philadelphia, PA. In this role, Mary Linn is accountable for procuring new business growth and development, supporting strategic growth initiatives, and implementing sustainable programs across the Impact portfolio.

Mary Linn’s career in Hazardous Waste Management and Sustainability spans over 25 years and includes numerous roles within international transportation, sustainability management and implementing recycling initiatives.

Mary Linn earned bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Chemistry from Slippery Rock University and her M.B.A. in Finance. She is passionate about aiding manufacturers, warehousing and distribution channels, and universities with their pursuit of zero waste goals.

Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Association (eastern PA)