The roster of speakers and panelists at the 2014 Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference in Chicago will include prominent executives, traders and operations experts who are helping to steer the recycling industry in the United States.
Among the prominent speakers in Chicago will be Ron Gonen, CEO of the new Closed Loop Fund for recycling. Before heading the Closed Loop Fund, Gonen was deputy commissioner of sanitation, recycling and sustainability in New York City and founder of RecycleBank.
The Closed Loop Fund is an initiative spearheaded by Wal-Mart and supported by major corporate funding sources, including Campbell Soup Co., Cargill, General Mills, Monsanto, Kellogg Co., PepsiCo, Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, SC Johnson, Unilever and Wal-Mart itself. The goal of the initiative is to make recycling collection more widely available to Americans by investing some $100 million in collection infrastructure projects.
Attendees of the Chicago event, which is organized by the Recycling Today Media Group and co-hosted by the Paper Stock Industries (PSI) Chapter of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc. (ISRI), will have the chance to hear from an impressive list of speakers, panelists and moderators in addition to Gonen, including:
- Allen Clifford, Mediterranean Shipping Co. (USA) Inc.,
- Tom De Rue, Gemini Corp. N.V.,
- Mike Di Placido, Khanna Paper Inc.;
- Tamsin Ettefagh, Envision Plastics;
- Kerry Getter, Balcones Resources;
- Andrew Inneo, Resolute Forest Products;
- Andrew Kern, Smurfit Kappa Group;
- Al Metauro, Cascades Recovery and Green by Nature EPR;
- Bill Moore, Moore & Associates;
- Mark Neitzey, Van Dyk Recycling Solutions;
- Patty Norris, recovered fiber trader;
- Kelly Rooney, Advanced Disposal;
- Ron Sherga, EcoStrate SFS;
- Jonathan Sloan, Canusa Hershman;
- Calvin Tigchelaar, Resource Management Co.; and
- Chris Villano, Wausau Paper Towel & Tissue LLC.
The event will be Oct. 8-10, 2014, at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile hotel. Speakers and panelists taking part in the three-day event include representatives from all links in the recycling loop, including large-tonnage trading and processing firms; paper mills and other secondary commodity consumers; and shipping, logistics and financing companies.
The addition of the word “plastics” in the title of the conference in 2014 reflects the growing prominence of plastic scrap collection, processing and trading in the business models of many recycling companies that also continue to focus on paper. The 2014 Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference will include a full roster of sessions addressing critical industry issues spread out over the course of three days as well as numerous networking opportunities and an exhibit hall hosting the industry’s leading equipment and service suppliers.
Additional information about the event, including how to register, can be found by visiting www.RecyclingTodayEvents.com.