Recycling Game Changer: Moving beyond mechanical recycling

Tuesday, May 8th
3:15pm to 4:45pm

(PLASTICS Material Suppliers Council)

What if plastics could be infinitely recycled with limitless applications?  What was once just a lofty goal could become a new reality with emerging technologies like chemical recycling and solvent extraction.  This session will feature some of the cutting edge technologies that are expanding the boundaries of traditional recycling and allowing the industry to break through the barriers of mechanical recycling.

Advances in composite recycling

Wednesday, May 9th
1:15pm to 2:45pm

(SPE Sustainability Division)

Many composites are high-value, highly engineered materials. Until recently, however, post-consumer composites had little to no value and were regularly disposed of in landfills. If any value was recovered at all, it was most likely through energy recovery. That is starting to change as companies are developing commercial recycling processes for composite materials. Whereas recycling homogeneous resins alone may be difficult, recycling technologies that recover value from mixed-systems are often some of the most complex and intricate. The product they recover, however, maybe some of the most valuable recycle feed stream available. This session will explore the leading successes in the world of composite recycling.

Under one roof: investing in on-site plastic reprocessing at MRFs

Wednesday, May 9th
3:15pm to 4:45pm

(Recycling Today & Plastics Recycling Magazine)

With global markets changing rapidly, some operators of material recovery facilities (MRFs) are taking steps to upgrade and integrate enhanced plastic reprocessing capabilities. This means taking out unnecessary profit points with additional transactions and maximizing profit on value add services.  Hear what some are doing and what’s possible in this informative session.

Biobased Bioplastic Polymers and the Future of Bottling

Thursday, May 10th
9:00am to 10:30am

(PLASTICS Bioplastics Division)

Bottles and jars represent 75% of all plastic containers, and the market is estimated to be worth almost $390 billion in 2020. Companies are leveraging the consumer demand for sustainably-sourced polymers by developing biobased options for the bottling industry. Come learn more about innovation in plastics derived from renewable sources, and how they may impact your business in the future. 

Closing Plenary: Additives for upcycling

Thursday, May 10th
10:45am to 12:15pm

(PLASTICS Recycling Committee)

Despite the ability to recycle plastics to very high purity levels, the physical properties of mechanically recycled plastics often do not hit the same properties of their virgin counterpart.  New additives are being introduced to the recycling industry that helps boost properties of recycled plastics.  This session will explore the latest in additive compounding that has the potential to return recycled plastics back to near-virgin like properties.