2014 Schedule of Events

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

12:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Registration Open
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Dealing with Claims and Rejections
Description:

Downgrades and rejections, whether overseas or at domestic destinations, can cost companies thousands of dollars when they occur. Panelists at this workshop will discuss what steps recyclers can take to lessen their chances of being hit with a claim and how to respond when claims are made.

Panelist: Patty Norris
Panelist: Hamilton Wen, Newport CH International

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Financing for Export Shipments
Description:

Companies considering growing their presence in overseas markets need to be sure they are taking the appropriate steps to be paid in full and on time. This workshop, presented by Wells Fargo, will describe what exporters need to be aware of when they are conducting business overseas.

Panelist: Neal Weisenburger, Wells Fargo Bank

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Networking Break
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Renewable Energy and the Road to Zero Waste
Description:

Many customers of recycling firms are asking them to help reach a zero waste target. At this workshop, presenters will discuss some of the strategies involving waste-to-energy that can help them meet the needs of these customers.

Panelist: Mark Taylor, Data Management Services

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Plastics from Electronics
Description:

The steady stream of obsolete electronics is producing a considerable amount of plastic scrap, some of it with healthy end markets. Presenters at this workshop will discuss how to overcome some of the hurdles in this market, including identifying and sorting the many types of plastic used by technology and consumer electronics OEMs.

Panelist: Bill Long, USM Recycling

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Networking Break
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Keynote Session: The Future of the Recycling and Packaging Industry
Sponsored by Van Dyk Recycling Solutions
Description: The consumer products and packaging industry is changing in response to pledges to become more sustainable. This move is requiring packaging firms and recyclers to adjust their approach to business in innovative ways to protect the future of their companies. Manufacturers are reducing packaging weights and trying new materials as they respond to the call to become more sustainable and environmentally conscious. Recyclers, meanwhile, are having to diversify their operations to react to new materials and changes in volumes of older materials.

Panelist: Kerry Getter, Balcones Resources
Panelist: Ron Gonen, Closed Loop Recycling Fund
Panelist: Al Metauro, Green by Nature EPR
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 9, 2014

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.

Mill Buyer's Panel
Sponsored by The Environment Exchange
Description: One of the highlights of our annual conference, the mill buyers panel provides attendees with the opportunity to hear the perspective of buyers of recovered fiber on issues such as the changing supply stream. The session, designed with a question-and-answer format, allows attendees to ask questions directly to the mill buyers. The participating mill buyers also will be able to highlight the challenges and opportunities they are confronted with on issues such as the changing supply stream, scrambling to fill furnish needs and the quality challenges being faced throughout the supply chain.

Moderator: Bill Moore, Moore & Associates
Panelist: Andrew Kern, Smurfit Kappa Group
Panelist: Chris Villano, Wausau Paper Towel & Tissue, LLC
Panelist: Andrew Inneo, Resolute Forest Products
Panelist: Jerry Donahue, Huhtamaki Inc.
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Networking Break in Exhibit Hall
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Keeping a Lid on Transportation Costs
Description: The cost of transporting scrap commodities can make up a significant part of a recycling company's overall expenses. Profits can be retained by finding the best routes to ship materials on the highway system, working with freight forwarding firms and carriers to ship containers of recyclables overseas and considering the possibility of using rail to augment other transportation methods. Presenters at this session will address how to effectively ship material and will spell out some of the current cost trends for the various modes of transportation.

Moderator: Joe Hummel, City Carton Recycling
Panelist: Allen Clifford, Mediterranean Shipping Company (USA) Inc.
Panelist: Tim Voulopos, Cardinal Logistics
Panelist: Mario Bruendel, FMS Logisitcs
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. Re-Defining the P.S.I. definition and specification for OCC
Description: OCC has become the dominant grade of recovered fiber. As mills use more recovered fiber they are becoming more diligent about fiber yields. This is creating increased awareness of the type of OCC they use….”normal” OCC out of MRFs, “grocery” OCC, “Asian” OCC, “post-industrial OCC, etc… With 30+ million tons traded in North America many suggest it is now time to have several official PSI grades for OCC, each with an explicit definition. Join the discussion during this important session. What could these changes mean for retailers and other generators of material, U.S. paper stock dealers and mills?

Moderator: Myles Cohen, Pratt Industries Recycling Division
Panelist: Linda Leone, Rocktenn
Panelist: Kari Talvola, Fibre Trade
Panelist: Johnny Newsome, Sonoco
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. The Outlook for Plastics
Description: Panelists at this session will discuss the market opportunities for #1 PET and #2 HDPE plastics as well as those for sometimes more challenging materials such as #3-#7 and mixed rigid plastics. Other topics addressed will include quality concerns in the post-Green Fence world and developing adequate supply streams. Panelists will be invited to summarize current market conditions as well as the future outlook for plastic recycling markets.

Moderator: Tamsin Ettefagh, Envision Plastics
Panelist: Ron Sherga, EcoStrate SFS
Panelist: Jim Glauser, IHS Chemical
Panelist: Lori Carson, Phoenix Technologies International LLC
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall
Exhibitor tear down begins at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, October 10, 2014
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. Coping with Changing Requirements for MRFs
Sponsored by GP Harmon Recycling
Description: Owners and operators of single-stream material recovery facilities (MRFs) are continually adjusting and enhancing their systems to maximize their output while also ensuring the quality of the secondary commodities produced. Panelists will discuss the challenges of handling a half-dozen paper grades, several different grades of plastic and possibly electronics and other materials all under one roof. Also addressed will be the challenge of selecting the right equipment to maximize processing efficiency from the tipping floor through multiple sorting stages and on to the baling process.

Moderator: Jonathan Sloan, Canusa Hershman
Panelist: Calvin Tigchelaar, Resource Management Co.
Panelist: Ron Novas, Miami Waste Paper
Panelist: Mark Neitzey, Van Dyk Recycling Solutions
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Networking Break
10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Export Trends for Paper and Plastics
Description: With China's Green Fence having been in place for more than one year, panelists will discuss how their companies have made the necessary adjustments to ship to China and whether they are developing their markets in other regions of the world, including ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) region, the Indian subcontinent and Latin America. Attendees will hear from exporters who are already conducting trade or considering doing so in several parts of the world.

Moderator: Cindy Casey, Green Planet 21
Panelist: Mike Di Placido, Khanna Paper, Inc.
Panelist: Tom De Reu, Gemini Corporation N.V.
Panelist: Hamilton Wen, Newport CH International
Panelist: Vishal Dhawan, Waste Management
11:45 a.m Close of Conference