Former Montgomery County Recycling Manager Wins 2020 Waste360 40 Under 40 Award

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Chris Kaasmann, product stewardship manager for Samsung Electronics America and former Montco Recycling Manager, has won a Waste360 40 Under 40 Award. Image via ChrisKaasmann.wordpress.com.

Chris Kaasmann, who started his career in the waste and recycling industry as the recycling manager for Montgomery County, is a 2020 Waste360 40 Under 40 Award winner, according to a staff report from the Waste 360.

Kaasmann is currently the product stewardship manager for Samsung Electronics America. In that role, he is responsible for managing Samsung’s take-back and regulatory requirements for electronic waste, batteries, and packaging in the country.

“As part of my role, I hold positions on the e-Stewards Leadership Council, Washington Materials Management Financing Authority, and Electronics Recycling Representative Organization,” said Kaasmann. “These roles ensure Samsung leads in driving e-waste policy and programming throughout the U.S.”

Since joining Samsung in April 2018, he has been involved with initiating several programs. These include the implementation of GPS trackers in scrap electronic devices using the EarthEye program.

And he feels that the impact his company is making on the environment is palpable.

“Samsung collects and recycles approximately 100 million pounds of e-waste per year in the U.S.,” he said. “And, in 2019, Samsung achieved our target to collect more than one billion pounds of electronics in the U.S. in total since 2008.”

Read more about Chris Kaasmann at the Waste 360 by clicking here.

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