SRS Adds Former EPA Official to Staff

Patricia Whiting worked as an environmental protection specialist in the EPA's Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery.

August 21, 2012
Recycling Today Staff

Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS), with North American headquarters in Chicago, has announced that Patricia Whiting has joined the company’s Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Compliance Group as its first international policy analyst. Prior to accepting the position, Whiting spent 21 years with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an environmental protection specialist in the Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery.

During her time with the EPA, Whiting analyzed issues related to the use, storage and transport of extractive and industrial nonhazardous waste for the industrial and extractive waste branch in support of the development of congressional reports, regulatory determinations and guidelines.

Most recently, Whiting served as the U.S. delegate to the Open-Ended Working Group of the Basel Convention on the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and its control for the agency’s international and special projects branch.

According to SRS, Whiting’s Basel Convention experience will give the company the ability to help customers achieve compliance as electronic scrap regulations emerge in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Renee St. Denis, SRS Americas vice president of Business Development, says, “To provide comprehensive solutions for our clients, Sims needs to be able to engage with the public and private sectors in Latin America and the Caribbean at an even higher level than we do now.

“Patricia’s background in and knowledge of international electronic waste policy will allow us to do that so we can better serve our customers as they try to navigate the evolving regulatory landscape in these countries,” St. Denis adds.
Whiting says, “I find electronic waste compelling because it is a very complicated issue. There can be environmental and health concerns, but used electronics can also provide economic and social benefits by recovering precious metals versus extracting them from the earth and bridging the digital divide. Sims has the expertise to address these issues and has shown they are committed to doing the right thing. I am looking forward to this new challenge.”