Designing Statewide Coordination of Ag Plastics Collection in Wisconsin
Melissa Kono, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin
Ag Plastics collection efforts require a partnership of farmers, recyclers, state agencies, local governments, and University of Extension staff to provide education to farmers and other stakeholders on the importance of recycling ag plastics and efficiently coordinating recycling efforts. This presentation will provide a guide on how to organize statewide ag plastics collection efforts among partners.
Melissa Kono is an Associate Professor in the Community Resource Development with the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Ms Kono works with private and public partners recycling agricultural plastics in Wisconsin and abroad. In 2014 she conducted an analysis of Ag Plastics Recycling with banana farmers in the Dominican Republic. She now leads the statewide coordination of ag plastics recycling in Wisconsin. Ms Kono holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Economic Development from the Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and a Bachelors Degree in Global Studies and Sociology also from the University of Minnesota. She is originally from Brookings, South Dakota.