Industry Workshops and Events

Several pre- and post-conference workshops and events will be offered in conjunction with 2018 Plastics Recycling Conference and Trade Show, including the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) Technical Forum as well as APR membership and committee meetings.



Monday, March 11

10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. | National Harbor 10

Workshop: Road-Mapping the Future of Plastics Recycling Research

A multi-million dollar grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has established the Center for Materials and Manufacturing Sciences (CMMS) at Troy University in Troy, Ala. The center will focus on providing real-world solutions to the plastics recycling industry over the next several years, and the project's directors want to hear from the plastics recycling sector on how they should focus their research to be applicable and beneficial to industry entities. This road-mapping workshop is your opportunity to engage directly with CMMS leaders and offer feedback on topics such as infrastructure, processing technology, packaging design and more.

  • Govind Menon, Director, School of Science and Technology and Chair, Department of Chemistry and Physics, Troy University

  • Selvum (Brian) Pillay, Chair and Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, University of Alabama at Birmingham

10:00 - 11:30 A.M. | National Harbor 3

Workshop: An Open Discussion on Global Material Flows

We've all heard the news reports about National Sword and the significant reductions in scrap plastics imports across Asia. But what's really happening on the ground? Will countries such as India and Malaysia be able to absorb more imports over time? Is there any chance China will return as a major buyer? Are there emerging markets not yet on the radar of the North American industry? This moderated conversation with plastics-shipment experts will explore the fast-evolving export markets and give attendees the info they need for smart downstream decisions in the years ahead.

Moderator: Colin Staub, Staff Writer, Plastics Recycling Update

  • Surendra Borad Patawari, Chairman, Gemini Corporation NV

  • Hamilton Wen, Director Plastics Division, Newport CH International, LLC

  • Keli Yu, Vice Secretary General, China National Resources Recycling Association (CRRA)

1:00 - 3:00 P.M. | potomac ballroom c

APR Plastic Recycling ShowCase and Technical forum

There is technological innovation happening all the time in the plastics recycling industry, and this event celebrates those breakthroughs. The fourth annual Association of Plastic Recyclers Plastics Recycling Showcase and Technical Forum shines a spotlight on four companies whose innovative technologies have reached commercial success (winners to be announced at the event). The Forum segment offers up details on other important global efforts advancing technology in the sector today.

Moderator: John Standish, Technical Director, Association of Plastic Recyclers

  • 2019 APR Plastic Recycling Showcase

    • Winners’ Presentations

  • Technical Forum

    • Plastic Recycling Programs at CITEO: Carlos de Los Llanos, Science Director, CITEO

    • Improving the Quality and Productivity of Plastics Recycling – Focus on PET: Martin Baumann, Vice President of Sales, EREMA North America, Inc

    • Polyolefin Washing Technology: Mario Krezic, Product Manager Plastics Recycling Technologies, Krones