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
02:30 PM – 02:45 PM
Networking Break
02:45 PM – 03:45 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.

02:45 PM – 03:45 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.

03:45 PM – 04:00 PM
Networking Break
04:00 PM – 05:30 PM
Keynote Session - China: Its Future and the Drivers Behind the Changes

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!

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
Alternative Markets for Mixed Paper

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.

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

Plastic bales of this type are feeling the effects of China’s import policy restrictions most acutely. We look at how communities, MRF operators and plastics reprocessors are responding to this change and what the future could hold for Nos. 3-7 plastics.

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