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.

Moderator: 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.

Moderator: DeAnne Toto, Editor, Recycling Today Media Group
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!

Moderator: Dan Sandoval, Senior Editor, Recycling Today Media Group
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. 

Moderator: DeAnne Toto, Editor, Recycling Today Media Group
Speaker: Ron Sherga, EcoStrate SFS
Speaker: Kevin Cronin, Vice President of Sustainability, Ultra-Poly

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Networking Break
Sponsored by Allan Company
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Keynote Session: From Waste to Recycling to Resource Management
Sponsored by Van Dyk Recycling Solutions

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
Speaker: Rob Kaplan, Closed Loop Fund
Speaker: Jeff Wooster, Global Sustainability Leader, Dow Chemical
Speaker: Mike Pope, Commercial Director, Sonoco Recycling, LLC

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 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
Sponsored by CellMark
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Mixed Waste Processing

"One-bin" programs are a source of debate 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.

Moderator/Speaker: Bob Brickner, Executive Vice President, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc.
Speaker: Doug Drennen, Senior Project Manager, J.R. Miller & Associates

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.

Moderator: Dan Sandoval, Senior Editor, Recycling Today Media Group
Speaker: Jake Westerhof, Vice President of Operations, Canada Fibers, Ltd.
Speaker: Michael Lettre, National Accounts Manager, Sonoco Recycling, LLC
Speaker: Anna Lynott, Senior Consultant, Resource Recycling Systems

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, Associate Editor, Recycling Today Magazine
Speaker: Karen Bandhauer, Project Director, The Recycling Partnership
Speaker: Chris Coady, Director, Bidding and Governmental Affairs, ReCommunity Inc.
Speaker: Diane Bickett, 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 – Learn how specifications may be changing

In February, the PSI hosted a recovered fiber specifications summit. In this session the PSI Specifications Committee will unveil new specification drafts and proposed changes. Their initial focus is on redefinitions for ONP, Mixed Paper, and OCC. They will present high level recommendations, followed by a Q&A session.

Moderator: Sandy Rosen, Great Lakes Recycling
Moderator: Myles Cohen, Pratt Industries Recycling Division
Speaker: Kari Talvola, Fibre Trade, Inc.
Speaker: Johnny Gold, Gold Group Recycling
Speaker: Shawn State, Pratt Industries
Speaker: Keith Ristau, Far West Recycling

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

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, Business Development and Marketing Manager, Sims Municipal Recycling
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
Sponsored by Midland Davis
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.

Moderator: Dan Sandoval, Senior Editor, Recycling Today Media Group
Speaker: Rogelio Silva, Director Latin America, Continental Paper Grading
Speaker: Steve Sutta, President, Sutta Company
Speaker: Tom De Reu, Gemini Corporation NV

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
Sponsored by Sealink International
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Mill Buyers' Panel
Sponsored by GP Harmon Recycling

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
Speaker: Michelle Taylor, WestRock

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
Speaker: Lori Carson, Phoenix Technologies

11:45 a.m Close of Conference