Materials Recovery Facility Summit:
Responding to China and Recycling’s Changing Landscape

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SWANA and ISRI Join Forces at WASTECON® 2018

SWANA and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) present the 2018 Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) Summit, to be held on August 22–23 at SWANA’s WASTECON® conference.

“We have collaborated with ISRI in several areas over the past few years,” said David Biderman, SWANA’s executive director and CEO, “and this joint MRF Summit marks another significant milestone in our strong relationship.”

“This summit is the first of its kind,” said Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. “We expect to host the most spirited debates that have ever occurred in this industry.”

SWANA/ISRI Materials Recovery Facility Summit Schedule

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. MRF Summit Keynote Panel: The Changing Market for Recyclable Materials Open to all MRF Summit and WASTECON® Attendees
9:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. MRF Summit Dialogue Sessions: Facing the Music—Are We All Listening to Different Tunes? (Part 1) Dialogue Sessions with Brand-Owners, Municipalities, MRF Professionals and End Users
  Upfront Solutions: Creating Product Packaging That Is Recyclable Given Today’s Common Recycling Processes
  Policy Solutions: Reconciling Public and Policy Demands—Balancing Political Demands to Avoid Landfilling with Customer Demand for Higher Product Quality
  Operational Solutions: Reconciling an Increasing Need for Quality Input Material, the Processing Demand, and the End-User Requirements for Increased Output Quality While Remaining Profitable and Sustainable
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. MRF Summit Lunch: Facing the Music—Are We All Listening to Different Tunes? (Part 2) Guest Speaker: Mathy Stanislaus, Former Assistant Administrator of the U.S. EPA and Senior Policy Advisor, Accelerating Circular Economic Policy, World Economic Forum
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. MRF Fire Safety: A Growing Concern
3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. A Common Language for Recyclable Materials—ISRI Scrap Specifications
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Standardized Metrics for Developing and Measuring Municipal Recycling Goals
7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Networking Event
Thursday, August 23, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Single Stream vs. Dual Stream Collection
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Looking to the Future

Who Should Attend

The Summit will provide MRF owners, municipal solid waste professionals, consumer products companies, and government officials with a forum to discuss MRF issues and challenges. The following are also encouraged to attend:

  • Municipal solid waste leaders
  • Private MRF owners
  • Consumer brand owners
  • Mass retailers
  • Scrap consumers
  • Trade organizations

The MRF Summit is Proudly Sponsored By

Materials Recovery for the Future
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The MRF Summit Program Registration can be purchased separately. Summit participation is included in the full WASTECON® registration price.

For additional information on ISRI Member pricing, contact ISRI at info@isri.org.

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