Schedule of Events

Paper and Plastics Recycling Conference North America

Times, sessions and speakers are subject to change.

12:00 PM – 07:00 PM
Registration Open
01:30 PM – 02:30 PM
Stabilizers and Additives Impacting Plastics Reprocessing

The performance of recycled plastics can be enhanced by using additives and stabilizers that are designed to improve physical properties. This session explores advances in this sector and some of the available materials that are designed to add value to recycled plastics during compounding.


01:30 PM – 02:30 PM
Community Education

The Recycling Partnership shares how a systematic and targeted approach to cleaning up the inbound residential stream creates value for a MRF operator.

02:30 PM – 02:45 PM
Networking Break
02:45 PM – 03:45 PM
Safety - Fire Prevention
02:45 PM – 03:45 PM
Deep Dive into China’s Impact (additional fee required)

Moore & Associates discusses how actions out of China have affected the global recycling market.

03:45 PM – 04:00 PM
Networking Break
04:00 PM – 05:30 PM
Keynote Session
05:30 PM – 07:00 PM
Opening Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall
08:00 PM – 11:00 PM
PSI Bowling Tournament at Lucky Strike Chicago
07:30 AM – 06:30 PM
Registration Opens
07:30 AM – 08:30 AM
Continental Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
08:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Green Economy in China

Speakers talk about what is affecting policy movement in China, from the paper and plastics perspectives.

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Networking Break
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Investments in Domestic Plastic Processing
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
PSI Session

The Paper Stock Industries (PSI) Chapter of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) updates attendees on changes to the preamble to the paper stock section of the ISRI “Scrap Specifications Circular.”

12:00 PM – 01:30 PM
Lunch in Exhibit Hall
01:30 PM – 02:30 PM
Alternate Markets to China—India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Mexico, Latin America

01:30 PM – 02:30 PM
Material Trends in Packaging

Packaging continues to evolve as brand owners look for more economical and environmentally preferable solutions to maintain product integrity and deter theft. Panelists discuss what is driving some of these changes, the materials that are likely to come out on top and how these trends will affect recyclers.


02:30 PM – 03:00 PM
Networking Break
03:00 PM – 04:00 PM
The Impact of AI on Processing and Quality

This roundtable discussion will cover the pros and cons of employing artificial intelligence in a MRF’s operations, including the issue operators attempted to resolve, bottom line improvements, placement in the plant and feedback so far.

03:00 PM – 04:00 PM
Transportation

Transportation has a significant effect on recyclers’ profitability. Session speakers look at trends in this sector and their potential effects on recyclers and MRF operators.


04:00 PM – 04:30 PM
Networking Break
04:30 PM – 05:30 PM
Nos. 3-7 Plastics Recycling: Where is it Going?

Transportation has a significant effect on recyclers’ profitability. Session speakers look at trends in this sector and their potential effects on recyclers and MRF operators.


04:30 PM – 05:30 PM
Changing Single Stream

With markets in upheaval and contamination on the rise, the economic drivers for MRF operators are changing. This session examines the future of single-stream recycling.


05:30 PM – 07:00 PM
Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall
07:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Registration Open
07:30 AM – 08:30 AM
Continental Breakfast
08:30 AM – 09:45 AM
Trends in Municipal Recycling Contracts

This session looks at recent trends in municipal recycling contracts, what communities are asking for and how collectors and processors are responding.


09:45 AM – 10:00 AM
Networking Break
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
OCC and the Future of China’s Paper Business

China’s hunger for North American OCC is not as intense as it once was. We’ll look at the potential future scenarios for China’s demand for OCC as well as for mixed paper substitutes, residential mixed paper pulp and unbleached kraft pulp, and the country’s ability to use internally generated material. Speakers also examine the effect that China’s scrap import policies are having on the country’s paper industry.


11:30 AM
Close of Conference