APR Technical Forum
12:30 – 3:30 P.M.  I  Celestin Ballroom A-C

The Association of Plastic Recyclers is pleased to present a Technical Forum focusing on Steps to Improve Bale Quality in conjunction with the 2016 Plastics Recycling Conference. This year, the Forum will have two segments. During the first segment, speakers will identify steps that can be taken to improve the quality of plastic bales produced for recycling.  Following that panel, APR will announce the winners of the first APR Plastics Recycling Showcase. Recipients will present their winning product innovations designed to enhance container and package recyclability and promote the use of PCR. The APR Technical Forum is open to all registered APR members as well as those registered for the PRC, even if not an APR member company.

– Ryan Pawlinski, Phoenix Technologies
– Matthias Erdmannsdoerfer from NRT Sorters and Bulk Handling Systems
– Cody Marshall from the Recycling Partnership
– Felix Hottenstein from MSS and the CP Group
– Mark Neitzey from VAN DYK Recycling Solutions
– Markus Kivela from UPM Raflatac with Kristina Hansen from Plastics Forming Enterprises


Plenary Session I: What You Need to Know About Resin Markets
8:30 – 10:00 A.M.  I  Celestin Ballroom DE

The plastics recycling industry has been deeply affected by erratic commodities markets and this session offers a candid and comprehensive assessment of resin pricing and the future competitiveness of recovered plastics.  Three analysts with decades of experience detail issues as varied as commodity resins, energy prices and end-user demand – and how it all fits together for plastics recycling interests.  

(Chinese and Spanish Translation Provided)

– Moderator: Craig Cookson, American Chemistry Council
– Phillip Karig, Mathelin Bay
– Tison Keel, IHS Chemical
– Joel Morales, IHS Chemical


Plenary Session II: Polypropylene's Journey from Bin to Shelf
10:45 A.M. – 12:15 P.M.   I  Celestin Ballroom DE   

A panel of stakeholders digs down deep into the supply chain for recovered polypropylene, a resin that has gone from a single component of a mixed plastics bale into targeted commodity from recovery facilities.  This session tracks the material from collection to sortation to processing to final product, featuring a plastics recovery facility, two reclaimers and a major brand owner.  Together, they demonstrate how a market for a resin can grow.

(Chinese and Spanish Translation Provided)

– Moderator: Kara Pochiro, Association of Plastic Recyclers
– Stephanie Baker, KW Plastics
– Tom Frantz, Technimark
– Greg Janson, QRS
– Steve Sikra, Procter & Gamble


Concurrent Session A: Technical Track: The Right Tools for the Job
1:30 – 3:00 P.M.  I  Celestin Ballroom A-C

Regardless of the type of plastic being handled, companies need technical know-how to operate effectively.  This session, designed by the experts at Plastics Forming Enterprises, creates a kind of matrix for the post-consumer plastic recycling industry, offering operational examples from companies across the resin spectrum, from PET to HDPE to PP and film.  Learn the details on buying raw material, developing a well-tuned processing line, creating a high-quality product and more.

– Moderator: Lou Tacito, Plastics Forming Enterprises, LLC
– Michel Gosselin, Klockner Pentaplast
– Tamsin Ettefagh, Envision Plastics
– Rob Starr, St. Joseph’s Plastics
– Bob Kulesa, Wisconsin Film and Bag

Concurrent Session B: The Economic Upside of Plastics Recycling
1:30 – 3:00 P.M.  I  Celestin Ballroom DE

This session gives voice to a wide range of perspectives on the profitability possibilities and overall economic reach associated with all the cogs in the plastics recovery machine. Speakers lay out the opportunities stemming from quality data, as well as from growth in tonnages and quality of material moved into the recycling system. They also discuss how innovation and program evolution are opening up fresh revenue streams.

(Spanish Translation Provided)

– Moderator: Nina Goodrich, Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Contextualizing the Sector

ISRI's chief economist gives attendees the proverbial 20,000-foot view of the business of plastics recycling and how it fits into the recycling industry as a whole.

 – Joe Pickard, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries

More Recovery, By the Numbers

Showing results from a recent study of durable plastics recovery figures, this presentation highlights potential sources of recovered materials for reclaimers looking outside the MRF. It also touches on the importance of counting what's recycled.

– Tim Buwalda, Reclay StewardEdge 

Secrets of Residential Success

To take plastics recovery to the next level, recycling companies need to understand the vantage points and requirements associated with every link in the supply chain, particularly community programs and MRFs. The leader of an industry-backed nonprofit group working to lift U.S. recycling explains how to successfully work locally and scale up, creating self-sustaining infrastructure and higher recovery rates. 

– Keefe Harrison, The Recycling Partnership

Single-Use Singled Out

The use of single-use coffee pods in the home, office and elsewhere has exploded in recent years, but can spent pods be recycled effectively using existing infrastructure? The director of sustainability for one of North America's largest sellers of single-use pods shares the results, best practices and recommendations from a holistic systems study showing a possible path forward.

– Paul Yang, Mother Parkers


Concurrent Session C: China Plastic Recycling Forum: Innovative Recycling Plastic Equipment and Machinery
Presented by China Scrap Plastics Association (CSPA)  
1:30 – 3:00 P.M.  I  Celestin Ballroom F-H

This open discussion offers critical perspective on equipment-related developments in the Chinese plastics recycling industry and explores trends and key issues that will touch this important trading partner. 

(Chinese Translation Provided)

Jason Wang of the CSPA and guests

Concurrent Session D: Technical Track: Advances in Blending and Stabilizing Resins
3:30 – 5:00 P.M.  I  Celestin Ballroom A-C

As innovations develop in recycled plastics processing, resin producers find themselves with an increasingly complex array of methods at their disposal to develop cost-efficient and reliable products from blending different types of polymers. In this session, experts look at the ways additives and stabilizers are changing the business and raise questions about the best way to use these products going forward. 

– Moderator: Dave Cornell, Association of Plastic Recyclers
– Mark Tapsak, Zzyzx Polymers
– Robert Sherman, Baerlocher
– Jose Torradas, DuPont

Concurrent Session E: Film Recovery in Focus
3:30 – 5:00 P.M.  I  Celestin Ballroom DE

Commercial and consumer film recovery has grown dramatically over the last several years and these speakers tell the story of how that progress occurred, as well as offering an up-to-the-minute market update. These experts also lay out a vision for continued advancements, explaining tactics to reach residents, bring retailers and MRFs into the fold, and illustrate some of the gaps between current supply and demand for PCR.

(Spanish Translation Provided)

– Moderator: Nina Bellucci Butler, Moore Recycling Associates
– Shari Jackson, American Chemistry Council
– Rich McConaghy, City of Vancouver, Wash. / WRAP
– Kristina Hansen, Plastics Forming Enterprises, LLC
– Bridget Croke, Closed Loop Fund


Concurrent Session F: China Plastic Recycling Forum: Industry Investment in the U.S. 
Presented by the China Scrap Plastics Association (CSPA)
3:30 – 5:00 P.M.  I  Celestin Ballroom F-H

Leaders from the Chinese plastics recycling industry continue their open discussion with a look at how corporate and government action aim to boost the effectiveness of plastics recovery in both China and the U.S.

(Chinese Translation Provided)

– Jason Wang of the CSPA and guests



Plenary Session III: Getting Flexible with Multi-Layer Laminates
8:30 – 10:00 A.M.  I  Celestin Ballroom DE

The benefits of multi-layer flexible film packaging have been embraced by major consumer goods companies worldwide, but can the recycling industry successfully recover pouches and similar materials?  This session features up-to-date research and important perspectives on flexible packaging design and how it relates to recyclability and sustainability.

(Chinese and Spanish Translation Provided)

– Moderator: Rick Moore, NAPCOR

Recovery Revved Up

The global development leader for packaging for the Dow Chemical Company offers an update on the years-in-the-making REFLEX project, an innovative and collaborative project uniting the supply chain to dramatically boost recovery of flexible packaging.

– Lamy Chopin, Dow Chemical Company

On the Ground in Ontario

Ontario, with its wide-reaching Blue Box program, has proven to be the perfect location to study the effectiveness of recovering flexible film packaging and the future of recovery for multi-layer laminates. The director of national field services for the Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance guides attendees through the results from ongoing studies and recycling trials.

– Sherry Arcaro, Ontario Laminates Project

The Future of Materials Recovery

A multi-stakeholder effort, called Materials Recovery for the Future, promises to provide a baseline on how much flexible packaging can possibly be recovered through the current infrastructure in the U.S. The initiative also looks forward with a series of projects aimed at creating a mainstream recovery solution for flexible packaging. A representative from a key stakeholder gives a full rundown.

– Vince Herran, Sealed Air


Concurrent Session G: Technical Track: An Engineer's Eye View  
10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.  I  Celestin Ballroom A-C

Whether it's working with new extrusion technology, finding novel ways to process materials from agricultural sources or addressing other specialized concerns in a state-of-the-art plastics recycling facility, engineers play a key role in driving the industry ahead. This session looks into the nuts and bolts of plastics recovery, from those who know how reclamation facilities are put together – and keep them running.  

(Chinese Translation Provided)

– Moderator: Rob Flores, Berry Plastic
– John Farney, Cumberland Engineering
– Sushant Jain, PTI Extruders
– Gene Jones, Southern Waste Information Exchange (SWIX)


Concurrent Session H: Recovered Plastics From Around the World
10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.  I  Celestin Ballroom DE

What happens when you combine decades-low oil prices, continued customs scrutiny and decreased demand from overseas consumers of mixed plastics bales? An unsettled market looking for guidance and stability. These well-traveled panelists give attendees a look at the global demand and regulation efforts affecting recovered plastics.

(Spanish Translation Provided)

Moderator: Dylan de Thomas, Plastics Recycling Update
Surendra Borad Patawari, Gemini NV
Tad Ferris, Foley & Lardner LLP
Patty Moore, Moore Recycling Associates


Current Session I: Embracing Government Guidelines
10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.  I  Celestin Ballroom F-H

It's easy to get lost in the alphabet soup of the FTC, FDA and LNOs. But in this session, officials from key government agencies explain the specifics on letters of non-objection for food-grade packaging from recycled plastics, acceptable "Green Guides" marketing claims and other protocols that are critical to many users of recycled resins. 

– Moderator: Martha Marrapese, Keller and Heckman LLP
– Elisa Jillson, Federal Trade Commission
– Vanee Komolprasert, U.S. Food and Drug Administration


Plenary Session IV: Industry Insight from Major Brands
1:00 – 2:30 P.M.  I  Celestin Ballroom DE

Leaders at some of the world's most recognizable consumer goods and packaging companies offer their take on the ways plastics recycling fits into larger sustainability goals and discuss the future of lightweighting, alternative materials use and other pivotal issues.  

(Chinese and Spanish Translation Provided)

– Moderator: Steve Alexander, Association of Plastic Recyclers
– Emma Cauchy, General Mills
– Susan Long, Starbucks
– Pete Steer, Nestle Waters North America
– Julie Zaniewski, Unilever