Schedule of Events

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 Advisor, Recycling Today Media Group
Speaker: Pat Madison, General Manager, USM
Andrew Logsdon, Constellium Metal Procurement LLC
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
RISI Pricing Models

Greg Rudder from the research firm RISI shares the firm manages their pricing index for recovered fiber grades as well as how it obtains its figures each month.

Moderator: Megan Workman, Associate Editor< Recycling Today Media Group
Speaker: Greg Rudder, RISI
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Plastics Pricing Index

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 Advisor, Recycling Today Media Group
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, 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
Speaker: Rob Tiede, Sonoco Recycling, LLC
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.

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
PSI Session

The Paper Stock Industries (PSI) Chapter of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) recently met to determine allowable moisture levels in bales of recovered paper as well as to amend the preamble to the paper stock section of the ISRI “Scrap Specifications Circular.” This session updates attendees on the outcomes of that meeting and what’s ahead for the association.

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
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: DeAnne Toto, Editor, Recycling Today Media Group
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)
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 Advisor, Recycling Today Media Group
Speaker: Joel Perler, Assistant Business Development Manager, Port of Long Beach
Speaker: Mario Bruendel, COO, Jerich Global
Speaker: Tom Smart, VP of Transpacific Trade Management, Mitsui OSK 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.

Speaker: Hamilton Wen, Newport CH International
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
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, Editor, Recycling today Media group
Speaker: Steve Wong, Fukutomi
Speaker: Billy Johnson, ISRI
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: Bill Moore, President, Moore & Associates
Speaker: Mick Barry, Vice President, Mid-America Recycling