Conference Schedule

Paper and Plastics Recycling Conference 2023

Exhibit Hall Hours

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 - 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Thursday, October 20, 2022 - 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Times, sessions and speakers are subject to change.

10:30 AM – 07:00 PM

Registration Open
Event Function
Grand Horizon Foyer

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Sustainable Packaging Workshop (additional fee required)
General Session
Grand Horizon C (Level 4)
In this session, recent trends in packaging are reviewed and factors that affect the sustainability of paper packaging are discussed. The workshop covers new package types that, while promoted as “more circular,” are questionable in terms of sustainability. The rapid growth of e-commerce and the implications for shipping packaging will be addressed, as well as changes in curbside recycling in recent years and the implications of adding new types of packaging. Different types of paper packages will be analyzed in terms of how they fare when sorted at the MRF (materials recovery facility). Finally, the impact on the recyclability of nonpaper elements, such as inks, labels, wraps and more, on packages are discussed.
Susan  Cornish
Speaker Susan Cornish President Insight + Action LLC, United States View Bio
Bill Moore
Speaker Bill Moore President Moore & Associates, United States View Bio

01:00 PM – 02:00 PM

Hiring, Training & Retention
General Session
Grand Horizon C (Level 4)
Sponsored By
Despite high unemployment figures early in the pandemic, hiring and retaining employees has become much more difficult since then. In this session, you’ll hear how professionals in the waste and recycling sector have confronted these challenges. Learn about what’s worked for them and what has not as they have attempted to attract and retain employees to help provide essential services.
Mike Huycke
Moderator Mike Huycke Vice President, Business Development Leadpoint Business Services View Bio
Suki Janssen
Speaker Suki Janssen Director of the Solid Waste Department Athens-Clarke County View Bio
John Sliwicki
Speaker John Sliwicki SVP MRF Operations Lakeshore Recycling Systems View Bio
Shannon Dwire
Speaker Shannon Dwire President Millennium Recycling View Bio

01:00 PM – 02:00 PM

Chemical Recycling
General Session
Glessner House ABC (Level 3)
Chemical recycling has the potential to complement mechanical recycling, but questions remain about the technology's environmental impacts. In this session, we discuss the role transparency will play in gaining acceptance for chemical recycling by discussing LCAs, mass balance and other certifications, policy strategies, outputs, recycling calculations and concerns about competition with mechanical recycling.
Kim Holmes
Moderator Kim Holmes Principal Consultant 4R Sustainability, Inc. View Bio
Holli Alexander
Speaker Holli Alexander Strategic Initiatives Manager Eastman View Bio
Laura Thompson
Speaker Laura Thompson Program Director of the Recycled Material Standard GreenBlue View Bio
Robert Flores
Speaker Robert Flores VP of Sustainability Berry Global View Bio

02:00 PM – 02:15 PM

Networking Refreshment Break
Event Function
Grand Horizon Foyer
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02:15 PM – 03:45 PM

Commodity Focus: PET
General Session
Glessner House ABC (Level 3)
Voluntary brand commitments and recycled-content mandates have increased demand and pricing for recovered PET, though the collection rate remains low. Panelists in this session discuss PET market dynamics and whether legislation can help to improve recovery of this material.
Kate Davenport
Moderator Kate Davenport Co-President Eureka Recycling View Bio
Speaker Michael Sandoval Corporate Purchasing Director Evergreen Recycling View Bio
Chad Bolick
Speaker Chad Bolick Vice President Unifi Manufacturing Inc. View Bio

02:15 PM – 03:45 PM

Commodity Focus: High Grades
General Session
Grand Horizon C (Level 4)
Generation of printer’s grades and office paper has been slowing for several years and reached a new low during the coronavirus pandemic, resulting in supply and demand shifts and the repurposing of paper machines. This session looks at how the industry has adjusted operations and addressed fluctuations in supply and demand.
Kari Talvola
Moderator Kari Talvola President & CEO Fibre Trade Inc. View Bio
Kathy DeLano
Speaker Kathy DeLano Vice President Texas Recycling View Bio
Ysabelle Dupuis
Speaker Ysabelle Dupuis Supply & Logistic Director Kruger Recycling View Bio
Ron Gable
Speaker Ron Gable Senior Vice President Performance & Operations PROSHRED Security, Redishred Capital Corp. View Bio

03:45 PM – 04:00 PM

Networking Refreshment Break
Event Function
Grand Horizon Foyer
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04:00 PM – 05:30 PM

Opening Keynote: Economic Insights
Keynote Session
Grand Horizon AB
Sponsored By
Tom Joyce, managing director of MUFG’s Capital Markets Strategy group, heads a team that creates customized analytical content for multinational S&P 500 companies. His team provides in-depth analysis on the impact of economic, political, public policy and regulatory dynamics on the U.S., credit and foreign exchange rates and commodities markets. Over the last 15 years, he created and built the Capital Markets Strategy role, advising corporate C-Suite executives on the pervasive macro forces driving markets. He shares some of those insights with PPRC attendees in this keynote session.
Tom Joyce
Speaker Tom Joyce Managing Director, Capital Markets Strategist MUFG View Bio

05:30 PM – 07:00 PM

Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall
Event Function
Grand Horizon Ballroom DEFG
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05:30 PM – 07:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Open
Exhibit Hall Hours
Grand Horizon Ballroom DEFG

07:30 AM – 07:00 PM

Registration Open
Event Function
Grand Horizon Foyer

07:30 AM – 08:30 AM

Networking Continental Breakfast
Event Function
Grand Horizon Foyer
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08:30 AM – 10:00 AM

EPR & Sustainable Packaging Part 1
General Session
Grand Horizon AB
Sponsored By

Extended producer responsibility (EPR) has been gaining traction in the United States, with states as large as California and as small as Maine recently passing legislation that requires producers of packaging to foot the bill at end of life. However, not all EPR legislation is equal. Following a primer on EPR, you’ll hear a conversation about the pros and cons of this approach. Takeaways from this session will include: a better understanding of the different approaches to EPR and how the laws that have passed in the U.S. vary; a better understanding of ecomodulation and its role in EPR; different approaches to PROs; what concerns opponents of EPR; and what proponents of EPR support.

Dylan de Thomas
Moderator Dylan de Thomas Vice President of External Affairs The Recycling Partnership View Bio
Myles Cohen
Moderator Myles Cohen Founder & Managing Director Circular Ventures View Bio
Dan Felton
Speaker Dan Felton Executive Director AMERIPEN View Bio
Megan Daum
Speaker Megan Daum VP, Sustainability American Beverage Association View Bio
Nicole Willett
Speaker Nicole Willett Vice President, RRA GFL Environmental View Bio
Gary McElyea
Speaker Gary McElyea Head of the North America Public Policy Center The Coca-Cola Company View Bio

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Networking Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall
Event Function
Grand Horizon Ballroom DEFG
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10:00 AM – 07:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Open
Exhibit Hall Hours
Grand Horizon Ballroom DEFG

10:10 AM – 10:25 AM

Fast & Furious: A Look at The Future of Recovered Paper and Plastic Pricing Indexes
General Session
Grand Horizon Ballroom DEFG
Sponsored By
The Davis Index is a global leader in the aggregation and reporting of recovered commodity pricing data. Sean Davidson, CEO, will share the thoughts behind the company’s new recovered paper and plastic indexes and what the future holds for these services.
Sean Davidson
Speaker Sean Davidson CEO Davis Index View Bio

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

PSI Session: OCC/Mixed Paper
General Session
Grand Horizon AB
Old corrugated containers (OCC) demand continues to rise after record consumption in 2021 and notable containerboard projects in the works, resulting in historic pricing. This session looks at the dynamics shaping markets for two broadly generated recovered fiber grades.
Shawn State
Moderator Shawn State President Pratt Recycling View Bio
John Grinnell
Speaker John Grinnell Vice President & General Manager Greif View Bio
Sean Davidson
Speaker Sean Davidson CEO Davis Index View Bio
Jeff Ryalls
Speaker Jeff Ryalls Vice President, Recycled Fibers International Forest Products LLC View Bio
Evan Barrett
Speaker Evan Barrett Director, Recycling Commodity Sales GFL Environmental Recycling View Bio

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Commodity Focus: Polyolefins
General Session
Grand Horizon C
Sponsored By
Prices for recovered HDPE and PP reached new highs last year, fueled in part by problems with virgin production and brand-owner demand. Panelists share their thoughts on where markets for these plastics, as well as for LDPE and LLDPE, are headed and the factors that are influencing them.
Jeff Snyder
Moderator Jeff Snyder Director of Recycling Rumpke View Bio
Spence Davenport
Speaker Spence Davenport Director of MRF Advancement The Recycling Partnership View Bio
Scott Fredrickson
Speaker Scott Fredrickson Category Manager Advanced Drainage Systems View Bio
Chris Talarek
Speaker Chris Talarek Vice President of Feedstock Operations PureCycle Technologies View Bio

12:00 PM – 01:30 PM

Networking Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
Event Function
Grand Horizon Ballroom DEFG
Sponsored By

12:30 PM – 12:45 PM

Fast & Furious: Chemical Recycling Technology
General Session
Grand Horizon Ballroom DEFG
Sponsored By
Last year, Honeywell introduced its UpCycle Process Technology, which uses molecular conversion, pyrolysis and contaminants management technology to convert end-of-life mixed plastics into feedstock for the production of plastics. Hear more about this technology and the company’s partnerships in the U.S. and Europe in this session.
Speaker Kevin Quast Global Business Lead Honeywell's Plastics Circularity Business View Bio

01:30 PM – 02:45 PM

Moving Materials Revisited
General Session
Grand Horizon C
Sponsored By
Trucking and container shipping began presenting challenges during the pandemic that were exacerbated last year and continued into 2022. We follow up our conversation from 2021’s event on this topic, looking at what has changed and what remains the same in the areas of trucking and ocean shipping. Speakers will offer advice for how to manage these transportation-related headaches and insights into when the situation might change.
Nini Krever
Moderator Nini Krever Export Sales Manager Wilmington Paper Corp View Bio
Matt Schrap
Speaker Matt Schrap CEO Harbor Trucking Association View Bio
Karyn Booth
Speaker Karyn Booth Partner and Chair of Transportation Practice Thompson Hine LLP View Bio
Krissy van Niekerk
Speaker Krissy van Niekerk Head of Digital and Forwarder Sales Maersk View Bio
Gregory Edwards
Speaker Gregory Edwards Director of Sales - Strategic Export Accounts Virginia International Terminals, LLC View Bio

01:30 PM – 02:30 PM

EPR & Sustainable Packaging Part 2
General Session
Grand Horizon AB
This session explores mandated and voluntary efforts on the part of brands to include more recycled content in their packaging. We’ll look at the role certifications can play in providing transparency to brands’ efforts to achieve recycled content and at how EPR is contributing to growing demand for recycled-content and sustainable packaging.
DeAnne Toto
Moderator DeAnne Toto Editorial Director Recycling Today Media Group, United States View Bio
Cherish Changala-Miller
Speaker Cherish Changala-Miller Vice President of Sustainability & Public Affiars Revolution View Bio
Bret Biggers
Speaker Bret Biggers Economist Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) View Bio
Vikas Ahuja
Speaker Vikas Ahuja Vice President of Sales SCS Global Services View Bio

02:30 PM – 03:00 PM

Networking Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall
Event Function
Grand Horizon Ballroom DEFG
Sponsored By

02:40 PM – 02:55 PM

Fast & Furious: Exploring the Recyclability of Rigid Paper Containers
General Session
Grand Horizon Ballroom DEFG
Sponsored By
Sonoco recently has expanded its postconsumer recovery and recycling opportunities for paper cups at its Hartsville, South Carolina, paper mill complex to be used to produce paperboard. Michael Pratt, senior sustainability specialist at Sonoco for the United States and Canada, has been on the forefront of advancing the recyclability of polycoated fiber-based containers at Sonoco facilities and shares how his team aims to expand paper cup recycling to all Sonoco mills that utilize residential mixed paper.
Michael  Pratt
Speaker Michael Pratt Senior Sustainability Specialist Sonoco View Bio

03:00 PM – 04:00 PM

MRF Technology
General Session
Grand Horizon AB
Sponsored By
Whether it's an expansion project, a new build, or a retrofit, the technology implemented in a MRF requires a strategic plan for successful integration. Our panelists will discuss their approach to new technology and the strategy behind it.
Brent Hildebrand
Moderator Brent Hildebrand CEO American Recycling Holdings View Bio
Nat Egosi
Speaker Nat Egosi President RRT Design & Construction View Bio
Kurt Schmitz
Speaker Kurt Schmitz Senior Vice President, Southern Region Pratt Industries View Bio
Stephen Miranda
Speaker Stephen Miranda Vice President, Recycling - North America GFL Environmental Inc. View Bio
John Sliwicki
Speaker John Sliwicki SVP MRF Operations Lakeshore Recycling Systems View Bio

03:00 PM – 04:00 PM

International Trade
General Session
Grand Horizon C
Sponsored By
International trade in recyclables has been complicated by market challenges as well as regulatory requirements that have changed the demand at consuming destinations, as well as transportation related issues that sometime inhibit the movement to those destinations. This session looks at how North American suppliers of recovered paper and plastics have responded to these challenges and changes and what other changes could be on the horizon.
Leonard Zeid
Moderator Leonard Zeid Executive Director of Brokerage and Marketing Midland Davis Trading View Bio
Vincent Leon
Speaker Vincent Leon Principal AFRY Management Consulting View Bio
Marc Ehrlich
Speaker Marc Ehrlich CEO VIPA Lausanne S. A., Switzerland View Bio
Bret Biggers
Speaker Bret Biggers Economist Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) View Bio

04:00 PM – 04:30 PM

Networking Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall
Event Function
Grand Horizon Ballroom DEFG
Sponsored By

04:30 PM – 05:30 PM

Plastics Consumers Session
General Session
Grand Horizon C
Plastics are used extensively in commercial and consumer packaging, pipe and sundry other products. In this session, speakers share their approaches to using PCR to replace virgin plastics in the production of their products, supply challenges they have encountered and how they work proactively with suppliers to ensure PCR of sufficient quality and quantity.
Scott Saunders
Speaker Scott Saunders General Manager KW Plastics Recycling Division View Bio
Diane Marret
Speaker Diane Marret Sustainability Director Berry Global View Bio
Brian Miller
Speaker Brian Miller Regional Sales Manager Cascade Engineering Family of Companies View Bio
Frank Petlak
Speaker Frank Petlak Vice President, Innovation & Marketing Pactiv Evergreen View Bio

04:30 PM – 05:30 PM

Mill Buyers Panel
General Session
Grand Horizon AB
Sponsored By
Bill Moore of Moore & Associates facilitates the discussion in our ever-popular Paper Mill Buyers session, which features the perspectives of mill buyers from the U.S. and beyond. Panelists share their approaches to sourcing recovered fiber, quality concerns, the effects trends are having on demand for their finished products and how they shape recovered paper demand.
Bill Moore
Speaker Bill Moore President Moore & Associates, United States View Bio
Stephane  Dube
Speaker Stephane Dube Vice President of Supply Chain Cascades View Bio
Johnny Newsome
Speaker Johnny Newsome Director Global Mill Supply & Trade Sales Sonoco View Bio
Bill Theado
Speaker Bill Theado Director Group Fiber Procurement Greif View Bio
Brian Owen
Speaker Brian Owen Fiber Manager Inland Empire Paper Company View Bio

05:30 PM – 07:00 PM

Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall
Event Function
Grand Horizon Ballroom DEFG
Sponsored By