Schedule of Events

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Recovered Paper Workshop

Bill Moore and the team at Moore & Associates present statistics on generation, consumption and pricing of recovered paper.

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Sales Development Workshop

Judy Ferraro of Judy Ferraro & Associates Inc. offers sales and marketing training geared toward supply development.

Speaker: Judy Ferraro, President, Judy Ferraro & Associates, Inc.
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Making the Most of Glass

This session offers case studies from two recycling operations that have increased the marketability and the cleanliness of their glass. Speakers share why they decided to invest in this area and the benefits they have seen.

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
You Can't Fix What You Don't Measure

MRFs are more closely scrutinizing their incoming material. We look how some are using that data to provide feedback to program administrators and collection operators as well as change to the financial playing field.

Speaker: Bruce Westaway, Director, Sustainable Materials Management, Cascades Recovery Inc.
Speaker: Stacy Katz, Manager, Materials Management and Quality, Waste Management
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Keynote Session: Economic Insights

In the face of an extended downturn in secondary commodities markets, many recyclers are wondering what is next. This session looks at the macroeconomic factors influencing the basic commodities markets and particularly those for recovered paper and plastics.

Speaker: Bill Strauss, Senior Economist and Economic Adviser, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
The Future of Processing and Collection

The recycling industry is caught in a vise of changed commodity markets, changed material constitution and changed collection dynamics. This informative panel examines the shape of the industry to come. Speakers address the changing material streams, the evolution of processing technology, contract terms and the overall business model that looks at recycling as a service.

Speaker: Harvey Gershman, President, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc.
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Paper - A Global Perspective

Panelists examine recovered fiber markets across the globe. They consider the range of global opportunities as well as those in India and China. Speakers explore local generation as well as supply requirements in these regions.

Moderator: Kevin Duncombe, Western Pacific Pulp & Paper
Speaker: P R Ray, Adviser, Esskay Impex
Speaker: Sam Liu, Senior Vice President of Markering, America Chung Nam
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Delving Into Postindustrial Plastics

Panelists share how they have developed a range of opportunities collecting, processing and marketing industrial plastic grades.

Moderator: Kim Holmes, Senior Director of Recycling and Diversion, SPI: The Plastics Industry Association
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
PSI Paper Specifications

The Paper Stock Chapter of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries recently updated its recovered paper specifications. This session examines those changes. It also provides a collector/processor’s and mill buyer’s perspectives regarding these changes.

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Plastics - A Global Perspective

Panelists examine global markets for recycled plastics. Export markets have changed and matured. Panelists provide important perspective on where the export business is today and how it’s likely to develop.

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Maximizing Safety and Productivity

MRF operators share their tactics for managing and motivating line workers to maximize productivity while also prioritizing safety..

Speaker: Michael Benedetto, Vice President, Tidewater Fiber Corp.
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Mill Buying and Selling: Industry Veterans' Perspectives

Seasoned industry veterans share the lessons that have shaped their strategies, fostering their success. This unique session provides a rare look behind curtain at the truths that drive the paper recycling business.

Speaker: John Daniel, Federal International
Speaker: Ed Tucciarone, Graphic Packaging International
10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
PET Super Session

PET buyers from the nation’s largest consumers share what they see as driving the industry. They provide insight into the opportunities and the challenges the market face over the coming months and years.

Moderator: Tamsin Ettefagh, President, Envision Plastics