Schedule of Events

Paper and Plastics Recycling Conference North America 2020

Times, sessions and speakers are subject to change.

Exhibit Hall Hours

Wednesday, October 21 – 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 22 – 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Registration Open
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Paper-Based Packaging: Design with Recyclability in Mind
This workshop focuses on 10 frequently used types of paper packaging and explores additives that may be used in the design and converting process. The use of foil lamination, UV & EB energy-cured inks, wet-strength fibers, poly or bioplastic layers and many other materials pose significant problems for repulping and recycling. In this session, alternatives that improve recyclability are identified and a checklist of items to consider when designing new packaging is provided.

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Improving Access to Recycling
Recycling remains a local business, which can make it difficult for brands and manufacturers to support when communicating with a national audience. Not only do different programs accept different materials, but residents also use different collection methods if recycling is even offered at all. We hear from organizations that are making an effort to expand access to recycling.
2:30 PM – 2:45 PM
Networking Break
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Designing Products & Packaging for Recovery
Successful recovery of materials begins with proper product and packaging design. End-of-use considerations should be included during the design process along with several other factors, such as chemical composition, rigidity, shape and size. During this session, we learn what factors determine recyclability and review sources to aid in product design.
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
The Promise and Reality of Chemical Recycling
We look at chemical recycling initiatives that are underway and those that are under development. How are these operations sourcing material, and what hurdles are they encountering in these areas and others?
3:45 PM – 4:00 PM
Networking Break
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Keynote: Navigating Market Disruption
A number of factors, most recently COVID-19, have disrupted recycling operations. In this keynote session, an executive shares how one recycling company has navigated these disruptions and how it has changed the company in the process.
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Opening Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall
8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
PSI Bowling Tournament at Lucky Strike Chicago
Exhibit Hall Hours

Wednesday, October 21 – 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 22 – 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

7:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Registration Opens
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Continental Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Economic Outlook: 2021 and Beyond
With disruptors affecting the market early on this year, an economic shift is anticipated post-COVID-19, but what does that look like and what can your business expect?
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Networking Break
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Infrastructure Imporovements to Connect Product Stewardship and the Supply Chain
Even with the best of intentions and efforts to create recyclable products and packaging, infrastructure must be available and capable of processing these materials. This responsibility doesn't fall to one sector but to the entire value chain, and collaboration and input are needed. We hear from key stakeholders throughout the recovery value chain on how they are making efforts to improve infrastructure.
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
PSI Session
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Accelerating the Growth of Domestic Markets
We need to accelerate growth of domestic end markets for recycled-content product manufacturing. At the same time, supply chains are facing disruption because of the lack of feedstock. This session highlights examples of feedstock shortages, private business end-market development and state-sponsored end-market development.
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Advancements in MRF Technology: How You Make it Work
This session examines where MRF operators could invest their capital to produce the quality materials the market demands.
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Networking Break
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
The Changing Import Regulations Landscape
We look at how import regulations for recyclables are changing globally and how this is affecting the flow of recovered paper and plastics.
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Mixed Paper Markets Update
Mixed paper has been a challenging grade to market in recent years. We look at how MRF operators and mills are responding to the challenges this grade presents.
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Networking Break
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
The Outlook for OCC
This bellweather grade has lost considerable value in recent years. Speakers look at opportunities and issues in the next five years for this critical recovered fiber grade.
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Rising to Meet PCR Demand
With a number of brand owner commitments to increase their use of PCR, this session looks at the current production landscape in North America and investments that are being made in this sector.
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall
Exhibit Hall Hours

Wednesday, October 21 – 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 22 – 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

7:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Registration Open
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM – 9:45 AM
Closing the Gap: Circular Economy Roundtable
The only way to figure out the solutions that can help to improve recycling, manufacturing and the environment are by bringing stakeholders together. During this roundtable, representatives from verious points in the recovery value chain discuss issues around recycling and ways to more forward in identifying solutions.
9:45 AM – 10:00 AM
Networking Break
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Mill Buyers' Session
11:30 AM
Close of Conference