Many plastics can be recycled through familiar methods – throw it in the bin at the curb and it gets ground up and reformed into something new. But what about other plastics that can’t go in the bin, like flower pots, CD cases and chip pouches?
On this episode of Sustainably Speaking, Joshua Baca talks with GreenMantra Chief Commercial Officer Domenic Di Mondo and Cyclyx Senior Vice President Bill Cooper about advanced recycling – emerging technologies that are converting hard-to-recycle plastics into new products, keeping more waste out of the environment and creating jobs right here in our communities.
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Mr. Cooper is the Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships of Cyclyx. Mr. Cooper brings over 25 years of senior executive, investment banking and consulting experience working with growth companies. He has raised over $6 billion in financings and worked on over $2 billion in merger and acquisition transactions.
Before joining Cyclyx, Mr. Cooper served as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Development at Agilyx. Prior to that, he headed the Advanced Fuels, Chemicals and Materials practice at Wedbush Securities as part of its Industrial Growth Technology Group. Mr. Cooper also spent a considerable amount of time working with waste-to-value and energy efficiency companies. He began banking in New York City with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ) where he worked in the Investment Banking and Merchant Banking groups. Mr. Cooper also helped grow and run investment banking groups at ABN AMRO, Seven Hills Partners, and W.R. Hambrecht + Co.
Mr. Cooper holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from Harvard University.
Domenic Di Mondo
Domenic Di Mondo is an accomplished entrepreneur and technology leader with numerous publications and patents in the area of polymer chemistry and advanced recycling. As Chief Commercial Officer at GreenMantra, Domenic leads the Commercial, Research, and Quality teams. He is responsible for driving market growth and innovation for GreenMantra’s specialty polymer products and patented technology. Di Mondo is a founding member of GreenMantra, having led the development, scale-up, and commercialization of its patented thermo-catalytic process for the partial depolymerization of hard-to-recycle plastics into high-value polymer additives. Domenic is passionate about advancing the circular economy by reducing the dependency on natural resource extraction and diverting pathways for waste to enter our environment by creating valuable outlets for its use. He is an active thought leader in advanced plastic recycling and sustainability, sitting on both government and industry committees and regularly speaking on the topic. In 2020, he was recognized with Waste360’s 40 under 40 award and, in 2021, by Plastics News as a Rising Star within the plastics industry, and one of Canada’s top 50 emerging leaders in clean technology by Clean50. Domenic earned his Bachelor of Science and master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Guelph and post-graduate certifications from the MIT Sloan School of Management and Oxford’s Saïd Business School.