Composites recycling workshop gears up in Port Angeles next week

PORT ANGELES — The Washington State Recycling Association will host a workshop, “The Waste Stream of the Future: Innovation in Composite Recycling,” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Thursday.

Registration for the event at The Landing mall, 115 E. Railroad Ave., costs $75 for members of the Washington State Recycling Association, $95 for nonmembers and $35 for students with valid ID.

To register, go to www.wsra.net or call the WSRA office at 206-244-0311. Sponsorship opportunities are available thanks to Sunshine Disposal and Recycling and Clallam County.

Coffee and networking will start at 9:30 a.m. The workshop is open to the public and includes lunch, topic discussions and networking opportunities with leaders in Washington’s recycling industry.

It will explore the industry and practices of composites and composites recycling and their impact on the economy and manufacturing in Washington.

The presentation portion of the event will feature experts in the composites field, including Norm Nelson, senior process engineer at the Composite Recycling Technology Center in Port Angeles; Brian Young, clean technology sector lead with the state Department of Commerce; Karl Englund, associate research professor with the Washington State University Composite Materials and Engineering Center; and Stephanie Sears, environmental manager with Toray Composite Materials America Inc.

Included in the workshop is a tour of the Composite Recycling Technology Center, the only facility in the world to divert uncured carbon fiber composite scrap from landfills and transform it into consumer products.

The CRTC provides the ability to convert carbon fiber material into products including the on-site production of pickleball paddles. Attendees will get a behind-the-scenes tour for a closer look at the facility’s state-of-the-art production equipment, manufacturing center and research labs.

For more information, contact Anne Piacentino, WSRA’s executive director, at recycle@wsra.net or call the WSRA office at 206-244-0311.