Session Schedule and Descriptions 

Tuesday, February 24

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Plenary I: The View From the Top - Straight Talk From Trade Association Executives

Stay ahead of the competition by getting first-hand perspectives from the top brass of four leading plastics recycling trade associations.  This session offers a facilitated dialogue between industry experts tackling questions on topics such as North America's evolving waste stream, dynamic resin markets, the current business environment for plastics recycling and the ways sustainability goals are affecting plastics recycling.

-- Moderator: Keefe Harrison, Curbside Value Partnership

-- Steve Alexander, Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers
-- Bill Carteaux, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association
-- Steve Russell, American Chemistry Council Plastics Department
-- Robin Wiener, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Plenary II: Global Market Outlook

Any serious plastics recycling firm pays close attention to the complex dynamics of resin markets.  To help out on that front, Plastics Recycling 2015 offers its attendees an opportunity to get an insightful and thought-provoking analysis of market trends straight from the mouths of experts.  Analysts from the highly respected firm IHS apply their decades of experience to the global outlook for key plastic resins such as PET, HDPE and PP, all within the broader context of energy and economic trends.

-- Moderator: Tamsin Ettefagh, Envision Plastics

-- Joel Morales, IHS
-- Chase Willett, IHS


1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Concurrent A: The Anatomy of a State-of-the-Art Plastics RECYCLING Facility

Plastic recycling operations face unique processing challenges on a daily basis.  Although new products and innovations contribute to these challenges, they also provide opportunities to create new solutions, develop processing technologies and update and improve existing equipment.  Representatives from three distinct segments of the industry will take part in an open discussion sharing their experiences with equipment used in their facilities and strategies they have incorporated to process the ever-expanding streams of plastic material available for reclamation.

-- Moderator: Kara Pochiro, Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers

-- Jaime Cámara Creixell, PetStar
-- Kristina Hansen, Plastics Forming Enterprises, LLC
-- Greg Janson, QRS


1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Concurrent B: Opportunities In Non-Packaging Plastics Recycling

About a third of plastic produced is used in the packaging sphere.  What about the rest?  How can we get to a higher recovery rate without adding more streams and collection strategies?  These experts look beyond packaging and curbside collection, sharing new research and digging deep into existing networks to explore innovative possibilities.

-- Moderator: Pete Previte, Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center

All About E-Plastics

This presentation offers an exclusive first look at in-depth research on the plastics recovered from scrap electronics.  This data-compiling project takes a detailed look at where e-plastic discards are being generated as well as where they’re going once they are processed.  A critical analysis of e-plastics consumption, recovery and recycling is offered, accompanied by strategies that firms can employ to overcome e-plastic profitability challenges.
-- Dylan de Thomas, E-Scrap News

Exploring Existing Networks as Potential Recovery Channels

MRFs handle a long list of recyclables and are critical to resource management, but to get to much higher recycling rates, the plastics recycling industry will also need to look to other networks.  What are these networks and what programs are already underway to tap into them?
-- Nina Bellucci Butler, Moore Recycling Associates

Opportunities With Carpet Recycling

This presentation features a detailed overview on the entire process of carpet recycling.  The director of operations for Wellman Engineering Resins explains how post-consumer carpet is collected, processed and marketed as a finished product.  Current market trends are also addressed.
-- Mark Lienhart, Wellman Engineering Resins


3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Plenary III: Plastics Recycling in the Big Apple

Since the launch of New York City’s “Recycle Everything” campaign, all eyes in the recycling industry have been on NYC’s bold attempts at increasing recovery rates.  This session gets into the impacts on plastics recovery, beginning with a closer look at the factors motivating New York's evolution and then moving downstream for a glance at how the Sims MRF and the plastics reclaimer KW Plastics have been impacted.

-- Moderator: Chaz Miller, National Waste & Recycling Association

The Nitty-Gritty in New York City

The deputy commissioner for recycling and sustainability at the New York City Department of Sanitation sets the stage for this session, starting with a brief history of the recycling program in America's largest city.  The presentation also addresses the transition from the city’s old philosophy ("when in doubt, throw it out") to its updated efforts (accept all rigid plastics and "when in doubt, recycle").  The rationale behind this switch and the subsequent impacts are covered alongside statistics from the city's waste characterization studies on plastics.
-- Bridget Anderson, New York City Department of Sanitation

The Impact on Sims

The manager of business development and marketing for Sims Municipal Recycling explores the downstream impact of New York City's program expansion.  This presentation begins by discussing how even before the expansion Sims started seeking markets for items that were outside the formal program scope but still coming in.  The presentation also looks at how the Green Fence influenced sorting prioritizations and tonnages as the revamped program went into effect.
-- Maite Quinn, Sims Municipal Recycling

A Reclaimer’s Perspective

This presentation explores how the the "all in the bin" approach affects the reclaimer KW Plastics.  How has the world's largest plastics recycler handled New York's post-consumer plastics and what does the material really look like coming out of the MRF?  In addition, the presentation looks at the end-market realities for the material coming out of New York
-- Stephanie Baker, KW Plastics

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

China Plastics Recycling Forum sponsored/presented by China Scrap Plastics Association

Wednesday, February 25

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Plenary IV: Plastics-to-Oil Tech: On the Verge of Explosive Growth?

Member companies of the recently established Plastics-to-Oil Technologies Alliance take to the stage to dig deep into the current state of plastics to oil (PTO) in the recycling landscape.  The American Chemistry Council has stated PTO technology has the power to generate up to $9 billion in annual U.S. economic output, and this session looks into strategies that aim to make such growth a reality.  PTO could be an opportunity to divert millions more tons of non-recycled plastics each year, so this is a conversation you can’t afford to miss.

-- Moderator: Kim Holmes, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association

-- Michael Dungan, RES Polyflow
Mike Murray, Cynar Plc
-- T
odd Pendexter, Agilyx Corporation

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Plenary V: The Interplay of Plastics Recovery AND Broader Sustainability Goals

Plastics recycling may be the core of your company, but do broader sustainability goals always align perfectly with your business model?  This session explores multiple perspectives on the intersection of this highly relevant question.

-- Moderator: Susan Kozora, International Automotive Components

Sustainability Covers More Than Just End-of-Life

It's impossible to know whether a product is sustainable just by looking at it.  Instead, one must know details about the item's production, use and end-of-life.  Singular focus on attributes like renewable content or biodegradability results in an incomplete picture.  This presentation details products in the chemical industry that create sustainable solutions through direct energy savings or by offering improved use solutions.  It also offers strategies for educating consumers and developing products that further sustainability goals.
-- Dr. Mark E. Jones, Dow Chemical

Leveraging the Circular Economy to Push Growth

The circular economy, an industrial system regenerative by design offers solutions to our current "take, make waste" approach.  By looking at the opportunities through the lens of new economic models and sustainable materials management we have the opportunity to create a system that designs for recovery, eliminates waste, promotes material health and preserves resources.  This presentation discusses the circular economy and the importance of the initiatives recently announced for paper and plastic packaging by the World Economic Forum's Circular Economy initiative.
-- Nina Goodrich, GreenBlue / Sustainable Packaging Coalition

The Ocean Plastics Problem – What Does it Mean for Plastics Recycling?

A well-known industry expert presents just-completed research on the estimates of plastic waste quantities discharged into the ocean from land-based sources.  The presentation investigates what can be done to reduce these wastes, both domestically and around the world, and it illuminates the role that recycling can play in the U.S., Europe and in developing countries.
-- Ted Siegler, DSM Environmental

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Plenary VI: The Real Impact of Dirty MRFs on Plastics Recovery

The resurgence of mixed-waste processing facilities, often known as dirty MRFs, has sparked a lively debate in recycling.  Several major U.S. municipalities have recently given the green light to sizable MRF projects that will aim to separate recyclables from organics and other materials in the residential waste stream.  That raises a core question for plastics recyclers:  What impact will these types of facilities will have on plastics recovery?  Get first-hand perspectives from a plastics company that currently buys material from a dirty MRF and also hear the perspectives of an equipment manufacturer, a consultant and a recycled paper buyer.  These experts offer a well-balanced look at dirty MRF technology, inputs, output, quality, economics, future projections and more.

-- Moderator: Will Sagar, Southeast Recycling Development Council

-- Myles Cohen, Pratt Recycling
-- JD Lindeberg, Resource Recycling Systems

-- Kyle Mowitz, Infinitus Energy
-- Rich Reardon, BHS
-- Scott Saunders, KW Plastics