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. – 10:15 a.m. A Conversation with EPA about Municipal Recycling Issues
10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.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
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. MRF Summit Lunch Keynote: The Circular Economy Guest Speaker: Mathy Stanislaus, Circular Economy Fellow, World Resources Institute and Senior Advisor, Platform for Accelerating Circular Economy (World Economic Forum)
12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. MRF Summit Dialogue Sessions: Facing the Music—Are We All Listening to Different Tunes? [Part 2] The facilitators that led the breakout sessions from earlier in the day will debrief attendees and give the audience a chance to provide their comments.
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 Speakers: Kevin Roche, General Manager, ecomaine; Tony Smith, Director of Safety Outreach, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries; Ryan Fogelman, Vice President, Business Development, Fire Rover
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

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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.