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Venue

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center 2800 Opryland Drive Nashville , Tennessee 37214
Tel: (615) 889-1000
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Overview

Event Overview:

Where Plastics Recycling Moves Forward

Plastics Recycling 2018 is the focal point for the increasingly complex and international plastics recycling industry. The event, now in its 13th year, brings together plastics reclaimers, equipment manufacturers, brand owners, brokers, government officials and leading sustainability voices from around the globe to deepen connections and push the sector forward. Don’t miss out on the industry event of the year.

The 2018 conference will offer presentations, panel discussions and Q&As featuring leading industry executives, relaimers and associations. The exhibit hall is expected to include more than 225 booths. The 2017 conference, held March in New Orleans, attracted nearly 1700 attendees from 40 countries and nearly 200 exhibitors from all sectors of the plastics recycling industry.   

Take advantage of the opportunity to meet new faces, close deals and hear the information you need to know to keep your business ahead of the rest.

Attendee Information:

Why You Should Attend Plastics Recycling 2018

Learn how to take advantage of the current market to maintain and grow your business from the leading experts in the field of plastics recovery and utilization.  Speakers will present extensive and detailed industry assessments, including analyses of trends in the U.S. and Canada, plastics collection issues, recycling market factors, and legislative and policy considerations.

Connect with over 200 companies in the industry showcasing their products and services in the exhibit hall.  Exhibiting companies include, but will not be limited to, collectors and reclaimers, buyers and brokers, equipment producers, waste haulers and industry trade associations. 

Network with clients, prospective partners, colleagues, vendors and industry leaders all in one location.  Meeting everyone in one venue will save you precious time and travel expense.

Who Should Attend

  • Resin producers
  • Plastic collectors and reclaimers
  • Consumers of recycled resin
  • Plastics converters and compounders
  • Government recycling officials
  • Equipment producers
  • Waste haulers
  • Brand owners
  • Retailers
  • Packaging and label designers and producers
  • Bag and film manufacturers
  • Environmental organizations
  • Scrap plastic product makers
  • Collectors and materials recovery facility operators
  • Resin brokers
  • Clean-tech investors
  • Other investors

Collaborate with leading industry groups such as:

  • American Chemistry Council (ACC)
  • Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR)
  • China National Resources Recycling Association (CRRA)
  • China Scrap Plastics Association (CSPA)
  • Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI)
  • Keep America Beautiful (KAB)
  • National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR)
  • Sustainable Packaging Coalition
  • The Recycling Partnership
  • The Closed Loop Fund

ADDITIONAL EDUCATION AND EVENTS

Several pre- and post-conference workshops and events will be offered in conjunction with Plastics Recycling 2018, including the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) Technical Forum as well as APR membership and committee meetings.

Don't miss the exhibit hall

The exhibit hall is sold out with over 200 plastic recycling organizations showcasing their products and services. The exhibit hall also offers endless networking and entertainment options. Visit the espresso bars for a morning or afternoon perk up, challenge a colleague to a game of bag toss or putting golf. Check your email or charge your electronic devise in the electronics lounge. 

Exhibitor Information:

Plastics Recycling 2018 is the must-attend conference of the plastics recycling industry. More than ever, it is important not to lose personal contact with your clients and prospects. The conference offers array of sponsorship, exhibiting and advertising options that provide your organization with a cost-effective way to promote your products and services, establish your brand, build new business relationships and secure your position as a leader in the industry.  Sponsoring and exhibiting is the perfect opportunity to reach plastics reclaimers, equipment manufacturers, brand owners, brokers, government officials and leading sustainability voices from around the globe to deepen connections and push the sector forward - all in one location. Secure your sponsorship and/or booth space by January 5, 2018, to be included in the booth selection process that will start mid-January.  

About Resource Recycling, Inc.:

For over three decades, Resource Recycling, Inc. has published universally acclaimed business journals for the $20 billion per year recycling industry, including the company’s flagship magazine, Resource Recycling.

In addition, the company publishes sector-specific titles E-Scrap News and Plastics Recycling Update.

Resource Recycling, Inc. also produces three annual conferences and trade shows: The Resource Recycling Conference, the Plastics Recycling Conference and the E-Scrap Conference. All are industry-leading forums and meeting places for the top minds and business leaders in these fields.

Agenda

Feb 19   

8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Attendee Registration Open
Presidential Lobby

8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The Essentials of Sustainable Packaging Training Course
Presented by Sustainable Packaging Coalition
Lincoln A

9:00 -11:30 a.m.

MSS, Inc. Facility Tour - SOLD OUT

9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

National Recovery Technologies (NRT) Facility Tour - SOLD OUT

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

APR Technical Forum
Presidential Ballroom D

4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Opening of Exhibit Hall and Reception
Ryman Hall B4-6

Feb 20   

7:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration Open
Presidental Lobby

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast
Presidential Lobby

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Plenary Session I: Pinning Down Shifting Markets
Presidential Ballroom AB
Mandarin and Spanish Translation Available

10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open
Ryman Hall B4-6

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.

Refreshment Break
Ryman Hall B4-6

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Plenary Session II: China’s Impact – The Ban and Beyond
Presidential Ballroom AB
Mandarin and Spanish Translation Available

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

Networking Lunch
Ryman Hall B2-3

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Break in Exhibit Hall
Ryman Hall B4-6

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Concurrent Session A: Building Everyday Demand, organized by the Association of Plastic Recyclers 
Presidential Ballroom A
Spanish Translation Available

Concurrent Session B: Chinese Companies Seek Investment in the U.S., organized by the China Scrap Plastic Association
Presidential Ballroom B
Mandarin Translation Available

Concurrent Session C: Closing in on Circularity for Harder-to-Recover Plastics, organized by the American Chemistry Council 
Presidental Ballroom D

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Refreshment Break
Ryman Hall B4-6

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Concurrent Session D: Solving for Quality and Quantity, organized by the Association of Plastic Recyclers 
Presidential Ballroom A
Mandarin and Spanish Translation Available

Concurrent Session E: The Business of Plastics Recycling 
Presidential Ballroom B

Concurrent Session F: A New Auto-Plastic Avenue, organized by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries 
Presidential Ballroom D

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Reception
Ryman Hall B4-6

Feb 21   

7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Registration Open
Presidential Lobby

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open
Ryman Hall B4-6

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast
Presidential Lobby

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Plenary Session III: Brand Owner Perspectives on PCR 
Presidential Ballroom AB
Mandarin and Spanish Translation Available

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Refreshment Break
Ryman Hall B4-6

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Concurrent Session G: Plastics Recycling Market Development, organized by the Association of Plastic Recyclers
Presidential Ballroom A
Mandarin and Spanish Translation Available

Concurrent Session H: Innovative Tech in a Flash 
Presidential Ballroom B

Concurrent Session I: How to Optimize the Infrastructure, organized by More Recycling 
Presidential Ballroom D

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch
Ryman Hall B2-3

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Plenary Session IV: Tangible Steps on Ocean Plastics
Presidential Ballroom AB
Mandarin and Spanish Translation Available

2:00 – 6:00 p.m.

APR Committee Meetings
Various p.m.

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