Session Descriptions


The 2019 Resource Recycling Conference and Trade Show will be offering up presentations and panel discussions featuring the top voices in municipal recycling and beyond. Check back regularly for updates.

And if your organization has a representative interested in speaking on one of these areas, contact our conference program manager, Bobby Elliott, at


8:30 - 10:00 A.M  I Grand Ballroom C
Opening Keynote: Jenna Jambeck
The renowned University of Georgia researcher puts the global plastic marine debris crisis into context.

10:45 A.M. - 12:15 P.M.  I Grand Ballroom C
Plenary I: Details Coming Soon!

1:30 - 3:00 P.M.  I Grand Ballroom AB
Concurrent A: Where Things Stand in Asia
Import restrictions continue to impact the entire recycling chain. We've collected a diverse range of industry insiders to detail the impacts being felt on the ground as well as what opportunities may be developing in the years ahead.

  • Bill Keegan, President, Dem-Con Companies

  • Lindsey Walker, Recycling Outreach and Market Development Coordinator, Emmet County (Michigan)

  • Chris Cui, Director of China Programs, Closed Loop Partners

  • Joe Pickard, Chief Economist/Director of Commodities, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries

1:30 - 3:00 P.M.  I Grand Ballroom C
Concurrent B: Tracking Progress
How can recycling program leaders effectively benchmark the gains made in efforts to divert and minimize waste? Industry veterans explore a range of approaches to data collection and goal-setting.

  • Tim Townsend, Jones Edmunds Professor of Environmental Engineering, University of Florida

  • Chris Ronson, Senior Sales and Marketing Manager, Emerge Knowledge

  • Minal Mistry, Business Initiatives Representative, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

1:30 - 3:00 P.M.  I Grand Ballroom DE
Concurrent C: Details Coming Soon!

3:30 - 5:00 P.M.  I Grand Ballroom AB
Concurrent D: Deep Dive Into Glass
A number of communities have recently removed glass from the accepted-materials lists in their curbside programs. But others are finding ways to bring the material back or evolve management in other ways. This in-depth discussion gets into the details around glass problems and possibilities.

  • Colin Staub, Staff Writer, Resource Recycling

  • Mike Durfor, Executive Director, Northeast Resource Recovery Association

  • Andrea Rodríguez-Piñero, Technical Director, FCC Environmental Services

  • Archie Filshill, CEO, AeroAggregates

  • Jim Nordmeyer, Vice President of Global Sustainability, Ownes-Illinois

3:30 - 5:00 P.M.  I Grand Ballroom C
Concurrent E: The Power of Looking Upstream (Organized by the National Recycling Coalition)
Communities can make huge strides in waste diversion and minimization by working with local manufacturers and other large commercial generators to take meaningful materials management steps in factories and elsewhere. Experts dig into key best practices.

  • Speakers to be announced soon!

3:30 - 5:00 P.M.  I Grand Ballroom DE
Concurrent F: Details Coming Soon!


8:30 - 10:00 A.M.  I Grand Ballroom C
Plenary II: Plastic Realities at the Municipal Level
In recent months, global concerns around plastic pollution have grown ever louder, and the recycling industry has taken some heat in the process. How can municipal leaders now ensure their efforts contribute positively to the wider push to revamp plastics management? And what role do policymakers and plastics producers play in the process?

  • Michael Sangiacomo, President and CEO, Recology

  • Kate Bailey, Project Director, Eco-Cycle

  • More speakers to be announced soon!

10:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.  I Grand Ballroom AB
Concurrent G: Details Coming Soon!

10:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.  I Grand Ballroom C
Concurrent H: Contracting at a Tipping Point
Market unrest for many key recycled commodities has put unprecedented pressure on the partnerships between communities and private-sector materials processors. Decision-makers from a variety of cities weigh in on what they are seeing in contract negotiations and offer insight on building new systems of risk sharing for the years ahead.

  • Speakers to be announced soon!

10:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.  I Grand Ballroom DE
Concurrent I: Key Factors in Paper Recovery
Over the past year, prices for OCC, mixed paper and other fiber grades have plummeted, causing consternation for MRFs and local programs. Many in the industry have expressed hope that domestic paper buyers may be able to take in more recovered material in the years to come, stabilizing this critical element of municipal recycling. Industry experts analyze the landscape and offer thoughts on how fiber consumption in North American mills may evolve.

  • Jay Hunsberger, Vice President of Sales of Recycled Fibers, Sustana Group

  • Dave Yousif, Project Manager, Continuous Improvement Fund

  • Brian Hawkinson, Executive Director of Recovered Fiber, American Forest & Paper Association

1:00 - 2:30 P.M.  I Grand Ballroom C
Plenary III: Bold Projects Shaping Recycling's Future
An evolving materials stream, ocean plastic concerns, turbulence in pricing, stagnating recycling rates. These are just some of the interconnected issues confronting the industry now (and that seem certain to continue in the years ahead). The conference concludes with a look at innovative – and, in some cases, controversial – initiatives to try to significantly move the needle on various materials recovery barriers.

  • Scott Breen, Associate Manager, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

  • April Crow, Senior Advisor, Circulate Capital

  • Scott Montgomery, President, RePower South