Schedule of Events

Paper and Plastics Recycling Conference North America

Times, sessions and speakers are subject to change.

General Session
12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Registration Open

General Session
1:30 PM – 2:30 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.





General Session
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Community Education

General Session
2:30 PM – 2:45 PM
Networking Break

General Session
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Safety - Fire Prevention

Fires can be catastrophic for recycling plants, but even little ones create danger for operators and employees. Investing in tools like fire detection and suppression systems not only can enable plant operators to catch fires early but also can protect against the risk of an employee getting unnecessarily injured while fighting fire. Insurance companies prefer to work with companies that take an organizationwide approach to mitigating fire risk across their facilities to protect their strategic assets. This workshop focuses on the scope of the fire incidences we are experiencing, the potential causes of these incidents, developing trends and what plant operators can do to mitigate an operation’s risk profile.





General Session
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Feeling China’s Fatigue - What's Next? (additional fee required)

World recovered paper markets were thrown into chaos in 2018 due to China’s implementation of restrictions on recovered paper imports into the country. This workshop will cover the status of those restrictions, and the future implications on U.S. recycling programs, and the effect on global recovered paper markets. The last part of the workshop will cover the emerging alternatives for consumption of recovered paper that is no longer flowing to China.




General Session
3:45 PM – 4:00 PM
Networking Break
Sponsored By

General Session
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Keynote Session - China: Its Future and the Drivers Behind the Changes
Sponsored By

We live in an era of volatility and uncertainty, one that generates risks and opportunities for businesses and investors around the world.

The regulatory and economic changes in China have brought rapid and radical upheaval to the recycling industry. Andrew Coflan, with Eurasia’s Asia team, focuses on China's domestic economy and financial system. His presentation examines the drivers behind the country’s recent changes and how they are likely to play out going forward.

Eurasia Group was founded in 1998. It was the first firm devoted exclusively to helping investors and business decision-makers understand the impact of politics on the risks and opportunities in foreign markets.

With offices on four continents, Eurasia Group provides insight for the world's top corporations and financial institutions. The firm’s expertise includes developed and developing countries in every region of the world, specific economic sectors and the business and investment playing fields of the future.

Don’t miss this informative session!




General Session
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Opening Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored By

General Session
8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
PSI Bowling Tournament at Lucky Strike Chicago

General Session
12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Registration Open

General Session
1:30 PM – 2:30 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.





General Session
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Community Education

General Session
2:30 PM – 2:45 PM
Networking Break

General Session
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Safety - Fire Prevention

Fires can be catastrophic for recycling plants, but even little ones create danger for operators and employees. Investing in tools like fire detection and suppression systems not only can enable plant operators to catch fires early but also can protect against the risk of an employee getting unnecessarily injured while fighting fire. Insurance companies prefer to work with companies that take an organizationwide approach to mitigating fire risk across their facilities to protect their strategic assets. This workshop focuses on the scope of the fire incidences we are experiencing, the potential causes of these incidents, developing trends and what plant operators can do to mitigate an operation’s risk profile.





General Session
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Feeling China’s Fatigue - What's Next? (additional fee required)

World recovered paper markets were thrown into chaos in 2018 due to China’s implementation of restrictions on recovered paper imports into the country. This workshop will cover the status of those restrictions, and the future implications on U.S. recycling programs, and the effect on global recovered paper markets. The last part of the workshop will cover the emerging alternatives for consumption of recovered paper that is no longer flowing to China.




General Session
3:45 PM – 4:00 PM
Networking Break
Sponsored By

General Session
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Keynote Session - China: Its Future and the Drivers Behind the Changes
Sponsored By

We live in an era of volatility and uncertainty, one that generates risks and opportunities for businesses and investors around the world.

The regulatory and economic changes in China have brought rapid and radical upheaval to the recycling industry. Andrew Coflan, with Eurasia’s Asia team, focuses on China's domestic economy and financial system. His presentation examines the drivers behind the country’s recent changes and how they are likely to play out going forward.

Eurasia Group was founded in 1998. It was the first firm devoted exclusively to helping investors and business decision-makers understand the impact of politics on the risks and opportunities in foreign markets.

With offices on four continents, Eurasia Group provides insight for the world's top corporations and financial institutions. The firm’s expertise includes developed and developing countries in every region of the world, specific economic sectors and the business and investment playing fields of the future.

Don’t miss this informative session!




General Session
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Opening Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored By

General Session
8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
PSI Bowling Tournament at Lucky Strike Chicago

General Session
7:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Registration Opens

General Session
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Continental Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
Sponsored By

General Session
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Alternative Markets for Mixed Paper
Sponsored By

With China’s new recovered paper import restrictions, about 2 million tons per year of residential mixed paper (RMP) will have to find new homes. This session begins with a review of why North America became so dependent on China as the primary market for RMP and explores alternative market options such as other Asian countries, the North American mill industry’s potential to use RMP and current activities in progress and production of RMP pulp for export and domestic use.





General Session
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Networking Break
Sponsored By

General Session
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Investments in Domestic Plastic Processing

General Session
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
PSI Session: The Introduction of (Post Consumer) Coffee Cups into the Recycling Bin; A Point /Counterpoint

This panel will consist of two restaurant brand owners, a mill that does not accept this post-consumer material and one that does as well as a MRF operator.

The session will begin with brief presentations by the restaurateurs on the recyclability of their cups and why they feel they should be included in the stream. The panel will then discuss the points in favor of and counter to doing so. Sure to be a lively and interesting exchange of ideas.  







General Session
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Lunch in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored By

General Session
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Alternate Markets to China—India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Mexico, Latin America

General Session
1:30 PM – 2:30 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.






General Session
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Networking Break

General Session
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
The Impact of AI on Processing and Quality
Sponsored By

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.





General Session
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Transportation
Sponsored By

General Session
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Networking Break
Sponsored By

General Session
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Nos. 3-7 Plastics Recycling: Where is it Going?

General Session
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Changing Single Stream

General Session
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored By

General Session
7:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Registration Opens

General Session
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Continental Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
Sponsored By

General Session
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Alternative Markets for Mixed Paper
Sponsored By

With China’s new recovered paper import restrictions, about 2 million tons per year of residential mixed paper (RMP) will have to find new homes. This session begins with a review of why North America became so dependent on China as the primary market for RMP and explores alternative market options such as other Asian countries, the North American mill industry’s potential to use RMP and current activities in progress and production of RMP pulp for export and domestic use.





General Session
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Networking Break
Sponsored By

General Session
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Investments in Domestic Plastic Processing

General Session
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
PSI Session: The Introduction of (Post Consumer) Coffee Cups into the Recycling Bin; A Point /Counterpoint

This panel will consist of two restaurant brand owners, a mill that does not accept this post-consumer material and one that does as well as a MRF operator.

The session will begin with brief presentations by the restaurateurs on the recyclability of their cups and why they feel they should be included in the stream. The panel will then discuss the points in favor of and counter to doing so. Sure to be a lively and interesting exchange of ideas.  







General Session
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Lunch in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored By

General Session
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Alternate Markets to China—India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Mexico, Latin America

General Session
1:30 PM – 2:30 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.






General Session
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Networking Break

General Session
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
The Impact of AI on Processing and Quality
Sponsored By

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.





General Session
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Transportation
Sponsored By

General Session
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Networking Break
Sponsored By

General Session
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Nos. 3-7 Plastics Recycling: Where is it Going?

General Session
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Changing Single Stream

General Session
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored By

General Session
7:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Registration Open

General Session
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Continental Breakfast

General Session
8:30 AM – 9:45 AM
Trends in Municipal Recycling Contracts
Sponsored By

General Session
9:45 AM – 10:00 AM
Networking Break

General Session
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.






General Session
11:30 AM
Close of Conference