Who is Reloop?
Reloop is an international non-profit organisation that brings together industry, government and NGOs who share a vision of a thriving global circular economy - a system where resources are kept in continuous use and waste and pollution are eliminated. Our broad network seeks to bring about positive change at all levels of resource and waste policy.
We use our collaborative and evidence-based approach to inspire and inform national policy makers, encouraging them to build policy that follows the waste hierarchy, encourages best practice and supports innovation, uses economic instruments when necessary and delivers behaviour change across the supply chain.
Our small, specialist team is a key influencer at a global level, making critical contributions to the development of circular economy policy across four regions – Western Europe and the UK, Central and Eastern Europe, North America and the Pacific.
Vision and Mission
Reloop’s vision is a world free of pollution, where an ambitious and integrated circular economy allows our precious resources to remain resources, so that people, businesses and nature can flourish.
To achieve this we work with governments, industry and society to accelerate the global transition to a circular economy for all resources.
The Reloop Team
Clarissa Morawski - Chief Executive Officer
Working with industry, government, and not-for-profits, Clarissa brings over 25 years of technical, analytical and communications experience in waste reduction policy and operations.
She is recognized world-wide for the comprehensive information she provides. Several reports published by her firm, CM Consulting (www.cmconsultinginc.com) have been embraced as essential resources for professionals in industry and the recycling field as valuable tools and reference guides that can ease the decision making process.
As Reloop's CEO, Clarissa works with members and like-minded entities to develop smart, practical and effective policy recommendations.
Samantha Harding - Executive Director
Sam has worked in the NGO sector for over 25 years, securing a range of new policies and legislation relating to social justice and environmental issues. After successfully leading waste reduction campaigns in the UK, including the carrier bag charge and deposit system for drinks containers in England, she joined Reloop to manage its global expansion, whilst continuing to manage our policy work in the UK and in Portugal.
Anna Larsson - Director, Circular Economy, Reloop Europe
Anna is a specialist in sustainable waste management, where waste is perceived as a valuable resource for material recycling processes as well as the production of biogas/compost.
She has broad experience with international initiatives targeting the efficient collection of household waste and the main objective of her projects is to maintain the value of the recyclables as they move through the circular supply chain.
Elizabeth Balkan - Director, Reloop North America
Elizabeth brings over a decade of strategy and public policy experience. She served as Director of Food Waste at the Natural Resources Defence Council, growing the Food Matters cities initiative to include over 40 cities across the US. Previously she worked in New York City government, both at the Department of Sanitation and in the Mayor's Office and as a consultant with international NGOs and private sector stakeholders.
Rob Kelman - Director, Reloop Pacific
Rob has worked across waste and resource recovery initiatives with NGOs and business over the past 15 years. He has also supported businesses across a range of sectors, including forestry, resources and banking, to focus on their sustainability pursuits.
In addition to pursuing solutions for plastics, packaging and the circular economy, Rob is also Executive Officer of the Australian Tyre Recyclers Association.
Samantha Millette - Research and Analysis Coordinator
After earning her honours degree in Environmental and Resource Studies from Trent University, Sam established her own environmental consulting firm (milletteenvironmental.com), where she provides consulting services in the areas of waste reduction research, policy and planning. She has been working with Reloop since it was founded in 2015, and is responsible for coordinating the research and analysis activities of the organization as well as developing and updating communications materials such as position papers, factsheets, and reports.
Jenni Hume - Money Back Programme Coordinator
Jenni led the successful campaign to bring an ambitious deposit return system to Scotland. She worked with UK and international NGOs, community and education groups, retailers, producers and politicians. At Reloop she has responsibility for overseeing the Money Back Programme, which encompasses deposit return systems and other economic-driven incentive programmes across the globe.
Kara Weinstein - Project Manager
Kara is a sustainability professional with expertise in waste streams and sustainable agriculture. She oversees Reloop Americas’ various projects while working closely with the rest of the global team. Prior to joining Reloop, she worked extensively in communications, developing marketing and public relations strategies for small start-ups. She is a recent graduate of New York University’s Food Studies master’s programme.
Reloop was founded on the belief that collaboration across sectors will deliver the policy change we need to achieve a global transition to a circular economy. Our General Assembly reflects this and brings together people with extensive experience across industry, the NGO sector and the political sphere.
Jürgen is Federal Executive Director of Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH), one of Germany’s leading environmental NGOs. He has consistently developed initiatives that have led to environmental improvements, including the ban of pesticides such as endrin and lindane, the designation of threatened habitats as nature reserves and the prevention of lakeshore development in the Lake Constance region, the protection of reusable packaging systems and a functioning recycling economy within Germany and a reduction in diesel fuel emissions. He co-founded the Euronatur Foundation, the Global Nature Fund and the Lake Constance Foundation. He is also a founding member of Reloop, a board member of the tropical forest foundation OroVerde and a trustee of the foundation Initiative Mehrweg.
Wolfgang has been dedicated to packaging waste management since 1992. After qualifying as a lawyer, he joined the non-profit kerbside company Duales System Deutschland, where he helped to establish the company as the leading German collection system of packaging waste for households. In 2001, he joined Tomra Systems ASA - a leading Norwegian technology company which provides advanced recycling equipment, food processing technology and environmental consultancy services – and was closely involved in the legal and implementation process of the German deposit system on beverage packaging. Today he is Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs for Tomra, as well as holding a board position in the German association Pro Mehrweg (Pro Refill) and a member of the Advisory Board for Recycling Netwerk, a Dutch NGO alliance focused on creating better environments through better recycling. In 2015 he became a founding member of Reloop.
Maria joined Reloop’s General Assembly in 2019. She has over 15 years’ experience leading national and international projects in the field of circular economy and resource efficiency for authorities such as the Swedish and German environmental protection agencies, national NGOs and for the Swedish Environmental Research Institute. Her work has focused on packaging waste, textile waste, waste statistics, indicators for resource efficient waste management, policy measures for circular value chains and reduced environmental and health impacts from products.
Darryl is the Director of the Sustainable Cities Program at the Summit Foundation based in Washington DC and is the former Director of California Department of Conservation, which was responsible for beverage container recycling. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Container Recycling Institute and as the Board President of the National Recycling Coalition. He sits on the board of numerous philanthropic affinity groups and is a trustee of the TransitCenter Foundation.
Reloop partners with TÜÇEM Environmental Education and Waste Management Association in Turkey. TÜÇEM was set up by Aynur Acar, who has been a leading waste consultant since 2005. Her vision was to bring together women from across the country who are waste and resources specialists and work together to imbed best practice from the EU and beyond. With a population of 80 million citizens to reach and many other stakeholders to engage, there are plenty of opportunities and challenges ahead and Reloop is glad to work with Aynur and her team on this mission.
Serah Son is a Reloop partner in South Korea. She leads Zero Waste Home, an online community with more than 15,000 members across the country, focused on reducing waste and pollution. Serah is a writer and producer, and recently completed a series of documentaries on the circular economy, waste and renewable energy transition. This experience has led her to pursue work in the field of waste reduction policy as a consultant. The government in South Korea is in the process of introducing leading-edge packaging policy, which would directly affect its population of over 50 million people, so there is much to learn and Reloop is pleased to partner with Serah on this work.