Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference: Conference Schedule

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
12:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Registration Open
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Glass: Managing the Residue Stream

Glass is a material that poses challenges for many MRF operators. This session looks at costs associated with processing it and potential solutions for best dealing with it.

Speaker: Lynn Bragg, President, Glass Packaging Institute
Speaker: Susan Robinson, Director, Federal and State Public Affairs, Waste Management
Speaker: Curt Bucey, Executive Vice President, Strategic Materials

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Adding Electronics Recycling Profitably

Collecting electronics for recycling and entering the electronics recycling sector is an opportunity, but one with challenges. Our speakers share real-world experiences with adding this service and offer tips on what operators can do to maximize the value of what they handle.

Speaker: Miles Harter, CEO, Dynamic Recycling
Speaker: Benjamin Harvey, E.L. Harvey & Sons Inc.

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Networking Break
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Recovered Paper Pricing

RISI representatives share the company's methodology behind its paper pricing indices and address audience questions. A great opportunity to understand what drives recovered paper pricing indexes!

Speaker: Todd Petracek, Vice President of Markets & Compliance, RISI
Speaker: Greg Rudder, Editor, RISI

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. 5 Polymer Families: What are their Applications? What are the Markets?

To be successful in plastics recycling, you need to be able to understand what you're buying and how to effectively sort and classify it. This session provides key insights on the polymer families and the sectors that are most commonly generating them. 

Speaker: Ron Sherga, EcoStrate SFS
Speaker: Kevin Cronin, Vice President of Sustainability, Ultra-Poly

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Networking Break
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Keynote Session: From Waste to Recycling to Resource Management

Sustainable materials management, or the productive use and reuse of materials across their life cycles, is a concept that is gaining ground as manufacturers and retailers embrace the circular economy concept. This session explores advances in this area as well as the critical role that recycling and recyclers play.

Moderator: Mike Biddle, Material Solutions
Speaker: Anthony DiIenno, President of Recycling & Waste Solutions, HAVI Global Solutions

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Opening Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by Waste Management
8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. PSI Bowling Tournament*
Thursday, October 15, 2015
7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Registration Open
7:30 a.m.– 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Mixed Waste Processing

"One-bin" programs are a source of controversy for the recycling and solid waste management industries. This session examines the factors that are driving communities to consider this option as well as the true economics of recycling and what is theoretically and practically achievable from mixed waste processing systems.

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Networking Break in Exhibit Hall
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The Evolution of Commercial Recycling

Commercial, industrial and institutional clients are looking for ways to reduce waste and recycle more materials. Panelists address how serving these sectors has changed over the years, their tactics for developing their commercial accounts and how they address problem materials.

Speaker: Jake Westerhof, Vice President of Operations, Canada Fibers, Ltd.

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Recycling Education and the Bottom Line

With residual rates on the rise, recycling education is a critical issue facing MRF operators. Properly educating program participants yields more recyclables and less contamination, improving bottom-line performance. Speakers share real-world strategies to achieve this as well as the resources and tactics they have employed.

Moderator: Megan Workman, Editor, Recycling Today Magazine
Speaker: Karen Bandhauer, Project Director, The Recycling Partnership
Speaker: Chris Coady, Director, Bidding and Governmental Affairs, ReCommunity Inc.
Speaker: Diane Brickett, Executive Director, Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Buffet Lunch in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by International Baler
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. PSI Paper Grades - Reports on the Outcome of the Specifications Summit

In February, the PSI hosted a summit on recovered fiber specifications. In this session, PSI leaders update attendees on the outcomes from the summit and progress towards finalizing any changes. A special guest speaker also is featured.

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ISRI/APR - Plastic Specfications

Members of the joint association task force that developed these new industry specifications review the details behind them and how the industry can begin to use them in commercial applications.

Moderator: Jonathan Levy, Director of Member Services, ISRI
Speaker: Maite Quinn, Sims Metal Management
Speaker: Rick Moore, Executive Director, NAPCOR
Speaker: Steve Alexander, Association of Post-Consumer Plastic Recyclers

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Networking Break in Exhibit Hall
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Export and Global Markets

Export market play a pivotal role for paper and plastics recycling. Our experienced industry panelists offer unique insight into these global markets and how they are likely to develop over the coming months and years.

Speaker: Rogelio Silva, Director Latin America, Continental Paper Grading
Speaker: Steve Sutta, President, Sutta Company

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall
Exhibitor tear down begins at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, October 16, 2015
7:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Registration Open
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Mill Buyers' Panel

This popular session brings together recovered fiber buyers from important sectors of the paper industry to discuss trends that are shaping the industry and the challenges and opportunities that they represent.

Moderator: Bill Moore, President, Moore & Associates
Speaker: Stephanie Bouchard, Kruger, Inc.
Speaker: Ted Gloeckler, GP Harmon Recycling
Speaker: John Hamilton, USG

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Networking Break
10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Market Outlook: Plastics

Our speakers present informed and insightful presentations evaluating the short- and long-term market outlooks for secondary plastic resins as well as the many market influencers that impact market movement and pricing.

Moderator: Kim Holmes, Director of Recycling and Diversion, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association
Speaker: Xavier Cronin, Editor, PetroChem Wire
Speaker: Robert Render, Commercial Manager, Ravago Recycling Group

11:45 a.m Close of Conference