Recycling Today Media Group announces Chicago conference topics

Recycling Today Media Group announces Chicago conference topics

2014 Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference program to address critical issues.

  • May 16, 2014
  • Recycling Today Staff
The Recycling Today Media Group, publisher of Recycling Today magazine, has announced the topics that will serve as the focus of the programming at the 2014 Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference in Chicago. 
The event will be held Oct. 8-10, 2014, at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile hotel. The addition of the word “plastics” in the title of the conference 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, according to the Recycling Today Media Group. 
“We have been fortunate to receive tremendous support from the paper recycling supply chain since we launched the conference in 2000, including in recent years from the PSI (Paper Stock Industries) Chapter of ISRI (the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries),” comments Jim Keefe, group publisher of the Recycling Today Media Group. “Many of those same attendees, however, have been consistently urging us to add programming that will tackle the important topics they face on the plastic scrap side of their businesses.” 
The 2014 event will offer sessions and workshops focusing on commodity markets for recovered paper and plastics, as well as collection and processing issues that are present and emerging in the paper and plastic recycling sectors. Session topics include:
  • the future of the recycling and packaging industries; 
  • the outlook for plastics; 
  • coping with changing requirements for material recovery facilities (MRFs); 
  • keeping a lid on transportation costs; 
  • export trends for paper and plastics; 
  • paper mill buyers’ panel; 
  • dealing with claims and rejections; 
  • properly financing export shipments; 
  • renewable energy and the road to zero waste; and
  • handling plastic scrap from electronics.

The 2014 Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference will include a roster of sessions spread out over the course of three days addressing what Recycling Today Media Group calls “critical industry issues” as well as numerous networking opportunities and an exhibit hall hosting dozens of equipment and service suppliers.

Additional information about the event, including updates of the speaker roster and how to register, can be found at