Schedule of Events

Paper and Plastics Recycling Conference North America 2019

Times, sessions and speakers are subject to change.

Exhibit Hall Hours

Wednesday, October 23 – 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 24 – 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Registration Open
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Polypropylene Roundtable: Processing- and Market-Based Perspectives on Keeping PP in the Recycling Stream

Closed Loop Partners is helping municipalities, states and material recovery facility operators discover ways to make it financially viable to recover polypropylene (PP) plastics. This effort is keeping more plastic in the recycling stream and getting it to market as efficiently and effectively as possible. Join the organization’s Jon Powell and a panel of plastics reprocessors to learn more about market opportunities for PP in this informative workshop.



1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Sales Development

To excel in recycling sales, associates have to firmly understand their consuming customers' needs as well as the products their facilities are capable of making. When dealing with commercial accounts, they also need to be able to source additional tons for the facility to process to help build density along service routes. In this workshop, speakers share their experiences in these areas as well as their roles in clearly communicating customer expectations and their companies' capabilities.



2:30 PM – 2:45 PM
Networking Break
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Managing Insurance Risks and Premiums

Insurance coverage is vital to your recycling business. The insurance industry has made large changes related to insuring recycling businesses that impact several lines of coverage, most significantly property insurance. Insurance companies are responding to fires in the recycling industry by radically increasing rates and many no longer offer coverage to recycling businesses. This workshop will discuss key insurance coverages and how to present your business as a good insurance risk, particularly in the property insurance area. We also will discuss strategies to minimize losses and control insurance expenses.


2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Quality Control: Community Education that Works
3:45 PM – 4:00 PM
Networking Break
Sponsored By
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Keynote Session: The Importance of Packaging
Sponsored By
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Opening Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored By
8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
PSI Bowling Tournament at Lucky Strike Chicago
Exhibit Hall Hours

Wednesday, October 23 – 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 24 – 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
Rising to Their Commitments (CPG Pull-Through)
Sponsored By
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Networking Break
Sponsored By
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
PSI Session: Why Quality Counts
Post-consumer recycling has been under fire in recent months. This unique session will share how PSI and ISRI are delivering messaging to share the importance of recycling and the support it needs through these turbulent market conditions. PSI member Waste Management will then share the way ISRI specifications are helping and some changes they are making to ensure quality is produced in their facilities.


10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Hungry for More Plastics (Reprocessors Panel)
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
Sponsored By
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Demand South of the Border (Mexico/Latin America)
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Containerboard Dynamics (Containerboard Demand)
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Networking Break
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Eastward Bound (Demand Trends in China/SE Asia/India)

With China's import restrictions and stringent quality requirements, recyclers have explored other destinations for their recovered fiber and plastics. Speakers share their perspectives on the current market within China as well as in Southeast Asian countries and India.




3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Driving Investment in Recycling

Surviving and thriving in the recycling sector today requires investment in processing technology, but finding the capital for such projects can be challenging. This session presents options that recyclers can explore to make the necessary capital investments in their businesses.


4:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Networking Break
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
The Evolution of the Global Paper Recycling Industry

Recovered fiber grades have changed over the years as have the consuming markets for these materials around the world. This session looks at today's market landscape and at the trends shaping the future of the global paper recycling industry.


4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
How Technology is Shaping Recycling

Technological advances promise to bring a greater level of automation to the recycling process as well a wealth of data that operators can use to fine-tune their operations. Speakers share their perspectives on what will be possible in the next five to 10 years.






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

Wednesday, October 23 – 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 24 – 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

7:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Registration Open
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Continental Breakfast
Sponsored By
8:30 AM – 9:45 AM
Fixing Recycling
Sponsored By
9:45 AM – 10:00 AM
Networking Break
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Mixed Fortunes (Mixed Paper Session)
11:30 AM
Close of Conference