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Sustainable Materials Management in Action: Tour of Kent County's MRF + WTE Facilities

Monday, May 20th
1:00pm to 5:00pm

PLASTICS envisions a future where all plastics, and other recyclables are recognized and treated as the valuable resources that they are. Plastics are too valuable to lose to the landfill and should be put to their highest and best use, and Kent County is putting these philosophies into practice. Join us for a unique opportunity to see the future of materials management in action. This multi-stop tour will showcase how Kent County is putting the waste management tools into place that will eventually allow them to retire their landfill. Attendees will get a tour of the material recovery facility (MRF), the state-of-the-art waste to energy (WTE) facility, and learn about plans for an eco-industrial park with the goal of attracting plastics recyclers and manufacturers using locally-generated recycled materials. www.reimaginetrash.org/vision

1:00pm to 5:00pm

Sustainable Materials Management in Action: Tour of Kent County's MRF + WTE Facilities

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A Triple Bottom Line Company: Tour of Cascade Engineering Facilities

Monday, May 20th
1:00pm to 5:00pm

Cascade Engineering (CE) is a global manufacturing company that specializes in plastic injection molding of large parts. CE is comprised of nine business units supporting a wide diversity of markets, including transportation, environmental services, office seating, material handling, polymer compounding and RFID asset management. This tour will showcase CE’s commitment to sustainability with visits to four facilities located across the Grand Rapids, MI campus: Starting at The Learning Community, a LEED Platinum Certified building housing their corporate offices, attendees will learn why CE is a Triple Bottom Line company. We’ll visit their Buursma plant, which molds 95, 64, and 32-gallon rolling containers used for solid waste, recycling and organics collection, and houses their 9000T Battenfeld molding machine - one of the largest presses in the world. The tour will include a stop at Noble Polymers, where the company provides thermoplastic solutions that are both high-performance and eco-friendly, and a final stop at CE’s 33rd street facility, which utilizes “Natural Work Teams.” These self-directed teams oversee the entire operation without management supervision. www.cascadeng.com

1:00pm to 5:00pm

A Triple Bottom Line Company: Tour of Cascade Engineering Facilities

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Post-Reception Social Event at Founders Brewery

Tuesday, May 21st
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Join fellow Re|focus attendees, both old friends and new connections, at one of Grand Rapids' premier and iconic breweries for post-reception dinner and libations. Enjoy the ~15-minute stroll through downtown Grand Rapids or grab a colleague to share a ride and meet us on the second floor in the Centennial Room. Your event ticket includes a full buffet dinner and two drink tickets allowing you to experience Founders vast selection of IPAs, ales, stouts and lagers. Re|focus is proud to partner with a brewery who shares our sustainability values – read more about Founders’ goals here: https://foundersbrewing.com/brewery/about-founders/sustainability/

7:00pm to 9:00pm

Post-Reception Social Event at Founders Brewery

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Concurrent Session: Making the Vertical Jump

Wednesday, May 22nd
9:00am to 10:30am

This session looks at how material suppliers are exploring the possibility of vertical integration by adding a recycling component to their traditional virgin material supply chains. This session examines the commitments chemical companies are making and the partnerships they have embarked on to assist them in reaching their goals to expand portfolios and offer commercial grades of recycled resins.

9:00am to 10:30am

Concurrent Session: Making the Vertical Jump

Holli Alexander
Dr. Matthew Morrison
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Ganesh Nagarajan

Concurrent Session: Today’s Innovation, Tomorrow’s Solution

Wednesday, May 22nd
11:00am to 12:30pm

Innovation is driven by challenges.  As we look to advance sustainability in plastics manufacturing, there are a number of challenges the industry is racing to overcome in design, performance and recovery.  This session will feature thought leaders offering innovative solutions that meet the challenges of today, and which will ultimately change the future business models of the industry. 

11:00am to 12:30pm

Concurrent Session: Today’s Innovation, Tomorrow’s Solution

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Sarah Robinson-Enaharo
Nick Abbatiello
David Bender

Healthcare Plastics Roundtable: Unlocking this Potential Feedstock by Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (Separate Registration Required)

Wednesday, May 22nd
3:00pm to 5:30pm

The Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC), in conjunction with the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), is excited to host a complimentary interactive workshop aimed at helping recyclers connect with hospitals and learn more about the significant opportunity presented by healthcare plastics. The workshop will take place at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. 

At this collaborative event, you'll have the opportunity to: 

  • Learn about healthcare plastics as a new feedstock, including resin types, forms, potential volume, and end markets
  • Dive into HPRC's new Healthcare Plastics Guidance for Recyclers 
  • Participate in interactive breakout sessions on topics including partnering with hospitals to ensure a clean supply, establishing logistics and collection hubs, and preparing materials for sale 

This event will help recyclers navigate the process of working with hospitals to capitalize on the millions of pounds of clean plastics that are available for recovery. If you’re a recycler looking to grow your business, healthcare plastics could be your next valuable stream. This workshop will be an excellent opportunity to get first-hand experience with the types of plastics available for recovery in hospitals and get all of your questions answered about how to create value with this material. We’d love to have you join us!

Register here. 

3:00pm to 5:30pm

Healthcare Plastics Roundtable: Unlocking this Potential Feedstock by Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (Separate Registration Required)

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PLASTICS Transportation and Industrial Plastics (TIP) Committee Meeting (Separate registration required)

Wednesday, May 22nd
3:00pm to 5:00pm

Join us for the May 22-23 meeting of the Transportation and Industrial Plastics (TIP) committee, being helf in conjunction w/Re|focus, including a joint session with the PLASTICS Recycling Committee. TIP is PLASTICS' principle  point of engagement for all producers of rigid and durable plastics in automotive, industrial and consumer goods. The entire supply chain – equipment manufacturers, material suppliers, processors, brand owners and recyclers – are represented in the group as it addresses issues around sustainability and end-of-life vehicle recycling, lightweighting and materials issues, and other regulatory, advocacy and education issues of relevance to this particular end market sector.

The May TIP Meeting is scheduled to follow the closing of the 2019 Re|focus Sustainablity & Recycling Summit. Following an afternoon TIP-Only agenda, the TIP members will join the PLASTICS Recycling Committee for a more of sustainability discussions, including updates on PLASTICS Sustainability Benchmarking project, Supply Chain Reporting Harmonization, zero net waste program and status of new end market opportunities, including the end-of-life vehicle (ELV) recycling demonstration project.

Registration for this meeting is free and open to the entire plastics industry. Sign up by clicking here. 

3:00pm to 5:00pm

PLASTICS Transportation and Industrial Plastics (TIP) Committee Meeting (Separate registration required)

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