Covering the Trends That Matter


The sessions at the Plastics Recycling Conference deliver cutting-edge insight from the leading decision-makers in plastics recovery. Here’s a look at the agenda for the 2019 show:

Opening Plenary: Prime Plastic's Circular Strategies

In recent years, the industry has seen a variety of efforts from plastic production giants to vertically integrate recycling into their business models. In the opening session of the 2019 Plastics Recycling Conference, top executives from global energy and petrochemical companies discuss trends in the marketplace and their companies’ role in creating a more circular supply chain involving feedstocks for new plastics, recycled resins and transportation fuels.  

Other confirmed sessions (time and day to be announced soon):

Processors Adapt to Asia Shakeup

Established material processors and other industry insiders lay out how they’ve adjusted to the historic market disruptions caused by China's National Sword and import restrictions in other nations. These experts explain the impacts felt on a range of different types of recovered plastics in different areas of North America. Learn what it takes to survive in the new world order of global demand, and hear about what opportunities are opening up as the dust settles.  

The Intersection of Markets and Sustainability

Expert analysts from IHS Markit offer detailed analyses of market conditions for PE, PP and PET. They also lay out at their new "Plastics Pathway to Sustainability" project, which explores how emerging policies are set to influence plastic waste, recycling and demand for virgin resins and PCR. Be sure to take in this critical markets discussion to understand all the moving pieces affecting supply, demand and value for recovered resins.

Practical Tips for Reclaimers

What can you do to run your facility more efficiently and keep pace with the changing material stream? This session delivers tangible solutions to a variety of issues facing plastics reclaimers. Learn how to apply "lean" manufacturing principles to operations management. Hear the latest on EH&S procedures to ensure your staff and business reputation are secure. Get up to speed on the latest processing approaches and technology. All that and more will be part of the discussion on stage.

How Domestic Markets Are Developing Now

In the wake of National Sword, stakeholders agree it's time to aggressively pursue strategies to grow material usage in North America. This includes bolstering processing capabilities as well as establishing consistent, reliable demand for PCR. This session explores several projects already advancing those objectives, including a new West Coast reclamation facility, a state government push to support end users of material, and an industry group's initiative to spark more demand for recovered plastics.

Fueling Collaboration Between Brands and Recyclers

Brand owners continue to feel pressure to incorporate environmentally friendly packaging while also controlling costs and maximizing performance. Recyclability and recycled content are critical components of the conversation, and the plastics recycling sector can provide both PCR and technical guidance, thus strengthening the connection between recyclers and producers. Get the details on what successful technical training looks like, and hear perspectives from processors and others who have forged strong, lasting ties to brands.

Plastic Advances at the MRF Level

As the industry pushes to deliver higher quality material to more discriminating buyers, materials recovery facilities in communities across the America play a critical role. By harnessing technology and understanding markets, MRFs can isolate valuable resin streams and set reclaimers up for success. Get the latest from a variety of MRF experts on how progress is being made on handling flexible packaging, optimizing systems, leveraging robotics and much more.

What Does the Data Say?

With solid information, a plastics recycling company can make better business decisions and municipalities can better serve their communities. This session explores different ways plastics recovery data is being collected and applied, and how that can strengthen the chain as a whole.   Hear how bale tracking insight is helping stakeholders move forward on quality and sustainability goals. And learn about an emerging crowd-sourcing audit tool that is supporting strategic market development and opening pathways to new potential collection networks.

 In addition to the confirmed agenda listed above, a number of other sessions are still in development. Topics are expected to include the following:

  • Extracting value from mixed plastics bales

  • Insight on today’s tight freight market

  • An in-depth look at plastics recycling rate numbers

  • What can we learn from plastics recycling efforts in other countries?

  • Much more!

Have questions or ideas for the agenda? Contact Ali Briggs-Ungerer, Conference Program Coordinator, at
There were plenty of session to attend. Sessions were helpful to see current trends in plastics recycling as well as issues facing companies in the industry.