Schedule of Events

Paper and Plastics Recycling Conference 2022

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.

11:00 AM – 07:00 PM

Registration Open
Event Function

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Packaging Sustainability Workshop (additional fee required)
General Session
In this session, recent trends in packaging will be reviewed and factors that affect the sustainability of paper packaging will be discussed. The workshop will cover 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 non-paper elements on packages, such as inks, labels, wraps, and more, will be discussed.
Susan  Cornish
Speaker Susan Cornish Associate, Sustainability Moore & Associates View Bio

01:00 PM – 02:00 PM

Hiring & Retention
General Session
Every aspect of the supply chain has been impacted by the challenges of today's labor market. In this session, representatives from both the public and private sectors will share their successes and lessons learned when it comes to hiring and retaining employees.

01:00 PM – 02:00 PM

Chemical Recycling
General Session
Chemical recycling has the potential to complement mechanical recycling, but questions remain about the technology's environmental impacts. In this session, we consider the life cycle assessments of the plastics made from the raw materials generated by chemical recycling and the push-back chemical recycling has seen from NGOs.

02:00 PM – 02:15 PM

Networking Refreshment Break
Event Function

02:15 PM – 03:45 PM

Commodity Focus: PET
General Session
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

02:15 PM – 03:45 PM

Commodity Focus: High Grades
General Session

03:45 PM – 04:00 PM

Networking Refreshment Break
Event Function

04:00 PM – 05:30 PM

Keynote: Economic Update
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

05:30 PM – 07:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Open
Exhibit Hall Hours

07:30 AM – 07:00 PM

Registration Open
Event Function

07:30 AM – 08:30 AM

Networking Continental Breakfast
Event Function

08:30 AM – 10:00 AM

EPR & Sustainable Packaging Part 1
General Session
EPR was once a far-off idea, but it has since gained traction in the U.S. Kicking off two parts of this conversation, our speakers will break down what EPR really means and present a debate featuring differing views on the topic.
Myles Cohen
Speaker Myles Cohen Founder & Managing Director Circular Ventures View Bio

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Networking Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall
Event Function

10:00 AM – 07:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Open
Exhibit Hall Hours

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Commodity Focus: OCC/Mixed Paper
General Session

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Commodity Focus: Polyolefins
General Session
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 film are headed and the factors that are influencing them.
Jeff Snyder
Moderator Jeff Snyder Director of Recycling Rumpke View Bio

12:00 PM – 01:30 PM

Networking Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
Event Function

01:30 PM – 02:30 PM

Moving Materials: Part 2
General Session
Trucking and container shipping still present many challenges across the supply chain. As a follow up to our conversation in 2021, we will look into new areas of impact on the horizon for transportation.
Nini Krever
Moderator Nini Krever Export Sales Manager Wilmington Paper Corp View Bio

01:30 PM – 02:30 PM

EPR & Sustainable Packaging Part 2
General Session
A follow up to the primer on EPR, panelists will look at EPR and sustainability through case studies and the many certifications surrounding recyclability and the use of recycled content.

02:30 PM – 03:00 PM

Networking Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall
Event Function

03:00 PM – 04:00 PM

MRF Technology
General Session
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.
James Mazza Jr.
Speaker James Mazza Jr. President and CEO Mazza Recycling Services and Affiliates View Bio

03:00 PM – 04:00 PM

International Trade
General Session

04:00 PM – 04:30 PM

Networking Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall
Event Function

04:30 PM – 05:30 PM

Plastics Consumer Session
General Session
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.

04:30 PM – 05:30 PM

Mill Buyers Panel
General Session
Bill Moore
Speaker Bill Moore President Moore & Associates View Bio
Johnny Newsome
Speaker Johnny Newsome Director Global Mill Supply & Trade Sales Sonoco View Bio

05:30 PM – 07:00 PM

Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall
Event Function