Schedule of Events

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Recycler Roundtable: Unlocking the Potential of Healthcare Plastics
The Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC), in conjunction with the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), is excited to host a Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference workshop aimed at helping recyclers plug into and learn more about the significant opportunity presented by health care plastics.
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Getting the Most for UBC's

This informative workshop will guide recyclers in the right direction when it comes to getting the most bang for their buck for UBCs. Hear from big players who handle these materials in large volumes.

Moderator: Dan Sandoval, Conference Adviser, Recycling Today Media Group
Speaker: Pat Madison, GM of UBC Division, Universal Scrap Metals
Speaker: Matt Yount, Gottlieb, Inc.
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Indexes and Trading Platforms

This workshop will look at RISI’s new ownership structure, recent changes to PSI grades and how they impact their indexes. It will also address the emergence of new online trading platforms and how they may impact the marketplace.

Moderator: Megan Workman, Associate Editor, Recycling Today Media Group
Speaker: Greg Rudder, Editor, PPI Pulp & Paper Week, RISI
Speaker: Bill Hanley, Director of Business Development – Eastern Region, merQbiz
Speaker: Jason Rumsey, Director of Business Development - Central Region, merQbiz
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Plastics Pricing Indexes

Speakers discuss their models for pricing plastics and how their methodologies work. This workshop also explores the factors that influence what consumers are willing to pay for material.

Moderator: Dan Sandoval, Conference Adviser, Recycling Today Media Group
Speaker: Xavier Cronin, Senior Editor, Weekly Plastics Recycling Report at PetroChem Wire
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Contracting Control

With many municipal contracts reaching termination, consultants share how they analyze past performance and what’s driving new requirements and terms.

Moderator: DeAnne Toto, Managing Editor, Recycling Today Media Group
Speaker: Michael Timpane, Vice President- Material Recovery & Process Optimization, RRS
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Executive Roundtable: The Future of Recycling

This executive-level discussion will explore the future of residential and commercial recycling by discussing major changes in the industry such as collection streams, fees for service, quality, how to bring difficult-to-recycle or nontraditional materials into the recycling stream, sustainability initiatives and the future of disposal in North America.

Moderator: Jim Keefe, Executive Vice President, Recycling Today Media Group
Moderator: Jim Frey, CEO, RRS
Speaker: Mike Pope, President, Sonoco Recycling, LLC
Speaker: Bill Rumpke, President & CEO, Rumpke
Speaker: Pamela Oksiuta, Senior Director of Global Sustainability, SC Johnson
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Processing Plant of the Future

What will future processing plants look like and how will they function? Material streams and quality requirements are changing. This session will examine new and evolving technologies and how they may impact plants of the future.

Moderator: Ron Stearns, Project Engineer, ReCommunity
Speaker: Steve Miller, CEO, Bulk Handling Systems
Speaker:John Green, President & CEO, Green Machine
Speaker:Mat Everhart, CEO, Stadler America, LLC
Speaker: Pieter Eenkema Van Dijk, President & CEO, Van Dyk Recycling Solutions
Speaker: Terry Schneider, President & CEO, CP Group
Speaker: Chris Hawn, CEO, Machinex Technologies, Inc.
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The Future of Mixed Paper

PSI Session: MRFs, paper mills and equipment manufacturers discuss ways to "save" the current mixed paper market, driven by the grade’s potential ban by China. Both PSI and non-PSI members are encouraged to attend this important and timely session.

Moderator: Linda Leone, VP, Northeast Region, Recycle, WestRock
Speaker; Johnny Newsome, Director Global Mill Supply and Trade Sales, Sonoco Recycling, LLC
Speaker: Pieter Eenkema Van Dijk, President & CEO, Van Dyk Recycling Solutions
Speaker: Greg Rudder, Editor, PPI Pulp & Paper Week, RISI
Speaker: Bob Cappadona, Casella Waste Systems
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The Changing Paper Industry

The North American paper and board industry has gone through radical changes on the finished product side for some time: a steep decline in newsprint production, mill conversions to OCC-based containerboard, and a steady loss of printing and writing papermaking capacity. On top of these product issues, increases in recovered paper prices currently and forecasted for the future are changing the way mills approach the use of recycled fiber. This panel will explore a series of case histories of innovative ways mills are dealing with these issues.

Moderator: Bill Moore, President, Moore & Associates
Speaker: Glen Johnson, Alsip Minimill
Speaker: Bob Carpenter, General Manager, WestRock
Speaker: Tom Crowley, Vice President of Sales, North Pacific Paper Company, LLC
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Plastics Mill Buyers

Panelists examine what drives the plastics recycling business and share insights of where it is headed.

Moderator: Nina Bellucci Butler, CEO, More Recycling
Speaker: Ken Prevette, Procurement Manager - Recycled Bottles, REPREVE
Speaker: David Kaufman, Sales Manager, Avangard Innovative
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Postindustrial Plastics: Distribution Centers and Beyond

Speakers provide an overview of the postindustrial plastics recycling landscape, focusing on various generating sectors and consuming markets.

Moderator: Kim Holmes, Vice President, Sustainability, Plastics Industry Association (Plastics)
Speaker: Chris Surbrook, New Business Development, Midland Compounding & Consulting, Inc.
Speaker: Keith Friker, Laird Plastics
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Smooth Sailing

Keeping up with activities at ports is vital as exports remain an important part of the recycling industry. From stalled containers to shutdowns, speakers share their expertise on the latest happenings at ports, including properly monitoring flows.

Moderator: Dan Sandoval, Conference Adviser, Recycling Today Media Group
Speaker: Joel Perler, Business & Economic Development Specialist, Port of Long Beach
Speaker: Mario Bruendel, COO, Jerich Global
Speaker: Tom Smart, Vice President of Transpacific Trade Management, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL Power)
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Export: ASEAN

This export session focuses on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), with speakers highlighting how recycling markets in those regions are doing today.

Moderator: Dan Sandoval, Conference Adviser, Recycling Today Media Group
Speaker: Hamilton Wen, Director, plastic division, Newport CH International
Speaker: Kari Talvola, Managing Director , Fiber Trade, Inc.
Speaker: David Lee, Executive Director, Pacific Genesis Resource Enterprises Inc.
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Smaller but Mighty

What does it take as a small business owner to thrive among large operators? Hear from leaders whose businesses are blooming in the field of recycling.

Moderator: Megan Workman, Associate Editor, Recycling Today Media Group
Speaker: Seth Goodman, President, Northstar Recycling
Speaker: Ed Mamou, Vice President, Royal Oak Recycling
Speaker: Steve Frank, President, Pioneer Recycling Services
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Export: National Sword

How has China’s continued crackdown on contaminants in incoming loads of scrap played out? Speakers provide an overview of this campaign and its overall effects since its implementation.

Moderator: DeAnne Toto, Managing Editor, Recycling today Media group
Speaker: Steve Wong, Founder, Managing Director, Fukutomi
Speaker: Billy Johnson, Chief Lobbyist, ISRI
Speaker: Lai En, President, Cycle Link Ltd. Speaker: Craig Robinson, Purchasing Director, Cycle Link Ltd.
10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
E-Commerce and Recycling

As traditional retail outlets close and their distribution changes, and with a continued growing interest in e-commerce, recycling markets from OCC to plastics have been drastically affected. Hear how players in the industry, including a packaging/mill company and MRF operators are handling this change.

Moderator/Speaker: Bill Moore, President, Moore & Associates
Speaker: James Armstrong, CEO, Armstrong Investment Research
Speaker: Mick Barry, President, Mid-America Recycling
Speaker: Myles Cohen, President, Pratt Recycling