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, Risk 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

Producing quality recyclables at a MRF starts with limiting contamination during the collection process. This session, with The Recycling Partnership, examines effective and affordable strategies for community education, particularly as communities reassess the materials they accept for recycling.

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM
Networking Break
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Keynote Session: The Importance of Packaging
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 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)
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Networking Break
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
PSI Session
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Hungry for More Plastics (Reprocessors Panel)
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Demand South of the Border (Mexico/Latin America)

This session examines the demand potential that exists in Mexico and Latin America for recovered paper and plastics.

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)
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
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
8:30 AM – 9:45 AM
Fixing Recycling

The last couple of years have revealed a number of problems with the prevailing recycling model. Our panelists detail the steps they have taken to address these issues and the effect those changes have had on the health of their businesses.

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM
Networking Break
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Mixed Fortunes (Mixed Paper Session)

Mixed paper has been hit especially hard by changes to China's scrap import policies. Panelists ponder the future of mixed paper and the development of consuming destinations for this recovered fiber grade.

11:30 AM
Close of Conference