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Styrofoam Recycling with Bronson

November 10, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EST

A virtual community discussion featuring insights from Bronson on a Styrofoam Recycling program.

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Whether you or your business have become a smooth-running mean-green machine, or you’re just getting to know the topic, Southwest Michigan First invites you to join a discussion with the local consortium of sustainability-focused businesses.

Tune in on November 10, to hear about a potential community effort around Styrofoam recycling. This discussion, led by Brenden Molony, Sustainability Coordinator at Bronson Healthcare, will be focused on Bronson’s history with polystyrene densifiers and how they are striving to make an impact on our community. During this virtual discussion, we will explore the latest technology. This is a great opportunity for you and your organization to join our region-wide initiative. Contributors to this discussion will include:

  • Bronson Healthcare | Brenden Molony
  • Dart | Libby Rice
  • City of Kalamazoo | Jamie McCarthy
  • EGLE | Jeffry Krcmarik

Please register to join us for this important discussion!

Sustainably conscious businesses work to strengthen not only their bottom lines, but also to create long-term value by taking into consideration how the organization impacts the planet and the people who call our community home. Ensure the future success of your company and our community by joining the discussion.


November 10, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EST
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