Schedule of Events

Paper and Plastics Recycling Conference 2021

12:00 PM – 01:30 PM ET

Keynote Session: The Future of Recycling
General Session
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The business of paper and plastics recycling is changing dramatically. Influenced by end markets, CPG company involvement, technology and a wide range of other influences. Our panel of industry leaders will offer insights and perspective on this change.
James Keefe
Moderator James Keefe Executive Vice President and Group Publisher Recycling Today Media Group View Bio
DeAnne Toto
Moderator DeAnne Toto Editor Recycling Today Media Group View Bio
Peter Keller
Speaker Peter Keller Vice President Republic Services View Bio
Ben Harvey
Speaker Ben Harvey President E.L. Harvey & Sons View Bio
Kerry  Getter
Speaker Kerry Getter Chief Executive Officer Balcones Resources, Inc. View Bio

02:00 PM – 03:00 PM ET

State of the Industry Report: Municipal Recycling
General Session
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Recycling Today published its exclusive state-of-the-industry report in September 2021. This session provides an inside look at the findings from our editors.
DeAnne Toto
Speaker DeAnne Toto Editor Recycling Today Media Group View Bio
Megan Smalley
Speaker Megan Smalley Managing Editor Recycling Today Media Group View Bio

03:30 PM – 04:30 PM ET

The Legislative & Regulatory Landscape
General Session
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Increasingly legislation and regulation are having an outsized impact on the recycling industry. This informative session will examine what’s coming, and what’s being considered.
Adina Renee Adler
Speaker Adina Renee Adler Vice President of Advocacy Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) View Bio

12:00 PM – 01:30 PM ET

Making MRF Investments
General Session
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The technology available for today’s MRF’s offers many benefits, but also adds dramatically to the capital required for plant builds and upgrades. Our panelists will discuss the thought process behind investing in technology and how to leverage the opportunities technology offers while being conscious of their ROI.
Andrea Rodriguez
Speaker Andrea Rodriguez Director of Engineering FCC Environmental Services View Bio
Bill Keegan
Moderator Bill Keegan President Dem-Con Companies View Bio
Mark Henke
Speaker Mark Henke Manager, Recycling Republic Services View Bio

02:00 PM – 03:00 PM ET

Commodity Focus: PET
General Session
With a number of brands having committed to using recycled content in their packaging, the dynamics influencing rPET markets could look very different in the years to come. Panelists in this session discuss the factors shaping the market and how they are poised to change over the next few years.
Kate Davenport
Moderator Kate Davenport Co-President Eureka Recycling View Bio
Lori Carson
Speaker Lori Carson Site Manager Phoenix Technologies Int View Bio
Speaker John Cook Director of Sustainability Niagara Bottling View Bio
Paul Bahou
Speaker Paul Bahou President Global Plastics Recycling View Bio

03:30 PM – 05:00 PM ET

Moving Materials
General Session
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Trucking and container shipping are both challenging to navigate in 2021. This session will examine the trends and how they will likely impact the recycling industry.
Nini Krever
Speaker Nini Krever Export Sales Manager Wilmington Paper Corp View Bio
Karyn Booth
Speaker Karyn Booth Partner and Chair of Transportation Practice Thompson Hine LLP View Bio
Cameron Bowie
Speaker Cameron Bowie Sr. Vice President Hapag-Lloyd View Bio
Joel Turk
Speaker Joel Turk AVP-Field Sales Werner Enterprises View Bio
Dominic Sun
Speaker Dominic Sun Director of Trade Development Port Houston View Bio

12:00 PM – 01:30 PM ET

Circularity & Packaging: What Does It Mean For Recycling?
General Session
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Kelly McNamara
Moderator Kelly McNamara Director of Custom Research and Recovered Fibre Numera Analytics View Bio
Michael E. Hoffman
Speaker Michael E. Hoffman Managing Director Stifel View Bio
David Feber
Speaker David Feber Partner McKinsey & Company View Bio
Brent Bell
Speaker Brent Bell Vice President Waste Management Recycling View Bio

02:00 PM – 03:00 PM ET

Commodity Focus: HDPE & PP
General Session
Markets for HDPE and PP scrap have been on a tear as of the spring of 2021. We look at the factors shaping markets for these polyolefins, while reprocessors tell us what they believe is in store in the near term.
Richie Getter
Moderator Richie Getter Vice President of Strategy Balcones Resources, Inc. View Bio
Eadaoin Quinn
Speaker Eadaoin Quinn Director, Business Development and Procurement EFS Plastics Inc. View Bio
Speaker Katherine Huded Director, Circular Ventures The Recycling Partnership View Bio
Scott Saunders
Speaker Scott Saunders General Manager KW Plastics Recycling Division View Bio

03:30 PM – 04:30 PM ET

Commodity Focus: OCC & Mixed Paper
General Session
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This session looks at the dynamics shaping markets for two broadly generated recovered fiber grades: old corrugated containers and mixed paper.
Michael Arcieri
Moderator Michael Arcieri International Commodity Trader Newport CH International View Bio
Kurt McLaughlin
Speaker Kurt McLaughlin Vice President Quincy Recycle View Bio
Shawn State
Speaker Shawn State President Pratt Recycling View Bio
John Daniel
Speaker John Daniel President & CEO Canusa Hershman Recycling View Bio

12:00 PM – 01:30 PM ET

Paper Mill Buyers
General Session
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We hear from recovered fiber buyers about their sourcing programs to ensure furnish for their mills. They share their successes, concerns and issues.
Bill Moore
Moderator Bill Moore President Moore & Associates View Bio
Dave Young
Speaker Dave Young Regional Manager Integrity Fiber View Bio
John Grinnell
Speaker John Grinnell Vice President & General Manager Greif View Bio
Andrew Kern
Speaker Andrew Kern Fiber Procurement Manager Smurft Kappa North America View Bio

02:00 PM – 03:00 PM ET

Sustainable Packaging Design
General Session
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Packaging design has a direct effect on recyclability. In this session, our panelists will address how brands and packaging producers are looking at packaging to meet their sustainability objectives.
Leonard Zeid
Moderator Leonard Zeid Director of Marketing Midland Davis Corp. View Bio
Steve Alexander
Speaker Steve Alexander President & CEO Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) View Bio
Cheryl Coleman
Speaker Cheryl Coleman Vice President for Sustainability The Institute for Scrap Recycling Industries View Bio
Natha Dempsey
Speaker Natha Dempsey President Foodservice Packaging Institue View Bio

03:30 PM – 04:30 PM ET

Chemical Recycling
General Session
Chemical recycling is gaining traction, with more projects being announced. The session will discuss ongoing chemical recycling projects and what's to come in the next few years.
Sarah Marshall
Moderator Sarah Marshall VP Sustainability NOVA Chemicals Corporation View Bio
Shelley Porter
Speaker Shelley Porter Director, Circular Solutions and Sustainability Eastman View Bio
Jeff Gold
Speaker Jeff Gold Founder and CEO Nexus View Bio
Tim Stedman
Speaker Tim Stedman CEO Agilyx View Bio