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The 33rd Southeast Recycling Conference & Trade Show (SERC)

The 33rd Southeast Recycling Conference & Trade Show (SERC)

The 33rd Southeast Recycling Conference & Trade Show (SERC)The 33rd Southeast Recycling Conference & Trade Show (SERC)



Sunday, March 15, 2020

Note:  Session titles and names highlighted in GREEN are linked to pages that contain speaker/moderator profiles.

1:00 pm – 6:30 pm                 Registration Open                                                    (Emerald Ballroom Foyer)

1:00 pm – 4:30 pm                 Exhibitor Setup                                                            (Emerald Ballroom)

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm                  Pre-Confernce Workshop                                    (Coastal Ballroom C-B)

                                                           Recycling Markets Development  Workshop

Presenters:   Bill Moore, President, Moore & Associates

                             Dan Gee, Senior Associate, Moore & Associates

                             Susan Cornish, Sustainability Practice Lead, Moore & Associates

                             (With input from Nina Bellucci Butler, CEO, More Recycling, Inc.)

This pre-conference workshop will focus on market development issues in the recovered paper and plastics area. 

The Workshop will cover the following topics:  
• Current conditions and markets – how did we get to where we are today? 
• Where do we go from here and what needs to change?  
• New US projects to consume more recovered paper and plastics. 
• How long will it take for markets to improve?  
• What are the significant challenges that lie ahead in the paper and plastics market?

Note:   There is a separate registration fee for this workshop of $67 per person,  To register, click HERE

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm                   Welcome Reception – Exhibit Hall          (Emerald Ballroom)

Monday, March 16, 2020

7:15 am – 6:30 pm                  Registration Open                                           (Emerald Ballroom Foyer)

7:15 am – 8:00 am                  Continental Breakfast – Exhibit Hall       (Emerald Ballroom)

8:00 am – 10:00 am                Opening Session (Plenary)                           (Coastal Ballroom C-B)

Welcome: Gene Jones, CEO, Southern Waste Information eXchange, Inc.

Moderator: Michael Timpane, Vice President, RRS

Ok the Recycling Business Model Is Changing, Now What Happens, How and When?

Michael E. Hoffman, Managing Director and Group Head of Diversified Industrials Research,

Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc.

Domestic Recycling Market Development Strategies and Opportunities in the Southeast and Beyond

Betsy Dorn, Principal, Circular Matters LLC

Role of Latin America in the China-US Trade War

Daryl Arias, CEO and President, GreenAF Waste, Nix Waste

Drive Increased Revenue and Decreased Expense Using Business Analytics

Frederick Waite, Chairman/Co-Founder, BACE (Baler And Compaction Equipment)

10:00 am – 10:30 am              Refreshment Break – Exhibit Hall         (Emerald Ballroom)

10:30 am –  12:30 pm            Session I                                                               (Coastal Ballroom C-B)

                                                             Recycling Markets Update:  What is Effecting Recycling Markets 

                                                             and Sustainability Initiatives?

Everyone seems to be talking about plastics. From legislation and private brands’ commitments to ocean plastics, the plastics recycling industry is experiencing a brighter spotlight than ever before.  Hear how these external initiatives are affecting the plastics recycling markets.

Moderator: Nancy Womack, Director of Account and Sales Representatives Development, Greif

Current Legislation Surrounding Plastic in the USA

Stephanie Baker, Director of Market Development, KW Plastics

Efforts to Maximize Recovery and Recycled Content Levels

Nicole Smith, Sustainable Packaging Program Director, Coca Cola

Sources of Plastic Marine Debris and Private Sector Action to Address Plastic Waste

Stewart Harris, Senior Director, Marine and Environmental Stewardship, Plastics Division, American Chemistry Council

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm               Lunch                                                                       (Coral Ballroom A-B)

 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm                   Session II                                                              (Coastal Ballroom C-B)

                                                              Partnership Glass Recycling Opportunities in the Southeast

Glass has long been considered a core recyclable since the inception of recycling programs. Despite a negative spin on bottles, the industry needs recycled glass (cullet). During an interactive panel, with help from the Glass Recycling Coalition, attendees can take part in a summit to learn how Florida could be a leader in glass collection and processing.

Moderator: Michael Timpane, Vice President, RRS

Scott DeFife, President, Glass Packaging Institute (GPI)

Scott Miller, Director of Sustainability, Knauf Insulation

Joe Meierhoff, Regional Sourcing Manager, Strategic Materials, Inc.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm                  Refreshment Break – Exhibit Hall                            (Emerald Ballroom)

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm                  Session III                                                                                 (Coastal Ballroom C-B)

                                                            Investing with a Systems Approach: Boosting Recycling, Recovery, and

                                                            Remanufacturing in the Southeast, A Collaboration Between the Closed 

                                                            Loop Partners and The Recycling Partnership

The need to improve the quantity and quality of recyclables is a high priority in light of current recycling market conditions, and new, rigorous efforts are needed to create circular supply chains to achieve effective environmental and economic outcomes. In this session, the speakers will highlight how they are working on a systems-based approach and new models they are developing to user in the next generation of recycling system modernization and innovation, with hopes to drive a reduction in the use of new plastic and other virgin materials.

Moderator: Dr. Jon Powell, Director Special Projects, Closed Loop Partners

Cody Marshall, Chief Community Strategy Officer, The Recycling Partnership

Dr. Jon Powell, Director Special Projects, Closed Loop Partners

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm                   Reception - Exhibit Hall                                                  (Emerald Ballroom)

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

7:45 am – 12:00 pm              Registration Open                                                              (Emerald Ballroom Foyer)

7:45 am – 8:30 am                  Continental Breakfast – Exhibit Hall                      (Emerald Ballroom)

8:30 am – 10:30 am               Applications for Artificial Intelligence                 (Coastal Ballroom C-B)

                                                           and Robotics in Recycling and Material Processing 

Moderator: Sidney Wildes, Partner, Waste 2 Solutions 

How Robots can Help MRFs with Manpower Challenges

David Marcouiller, Executive Vice-President Sales Engineering Group, Machinex

Does Your Recycling Machine Talk to You, it Should!

Kevin Edward Walker, Product Specialist for Smart Sensors for Mechanical Products, ABB Ability

Artificial Intelligence & Robotics: Real-World Experiences

Richmond McGee, Director of Enterprise Sales, AMP Robotics

10:30 am - 11:00 am               Refreshment Break - Exhibit Hall                         (Emerald Ballroom)

11:00 am - 12:30 pm               General Recycling Session - I                                  (Coastal Ballroom C-B)

Moderator: Heather Armstrong, Executive Director, Recycle Florida Today, Inc.

Lifting the Veil: Marketing to Change Recycling Behavior

Jessica Shrout, President, Circle Three Branding

The Challenges in Recycling Are Beyond Just Materials

Meredith Leahy, Waste Diversion Manager, Rubicon Global

Maximize Participation – How to Motivate Your Recyclers

Beth Martin, Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Maryland Global Campus


11:00 am – 5:00 pm                 Golf Outing

                                                              Sponsored by WM - Recycle America 

                                                              The Links Golf Club

                                                              165 Sandestin Blvd N

                                                              Miramar Beach, FL 32550

                                                              11:00 am - 12:00 pm Golfer Sign-in 

                                                              12:00 pm Shotgun Start

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm                Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm                    General Recycling Session - II                  (Coastal Ballroom C-B) 

Moderator: Karen S. Moore, Environmental Administrator, Division of Waste Management, Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Markets and Collection Techniques

Erika Daley, Business Development Manager, PreZero US

Waste-to-Energy's Role in Energy Security

Dave Robau, Founder and CEO, National Energy USA

New Solutions for Single Use Plastics

Dave Bryla, CEO, WasteZero

How McCormick Spice, #1 Sustainable Food Manufacture, reduces waste (cost) and increases recycling and reuse (revenue) and got to “Zero Waste to Landfill”

Jeff Blankman, Sustainable Manufacturing Manager, McCormick & Company and Marty Metro, Founder/CEO, UsedCardboardBoxes & UCBZeroWaste

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm                         Networking Session (On your own to network)


Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Organized by the Southeast Recycling Development Council (SERDC)

* Room for Breaks and meetings will be in Grand Ballroom A.   

8:00 am – 5:00 pm                  Registration Open                                                    (Coastal Ballroom Foyer)

8:00 am – 8:30 am                  Continental Breakfast                                            (Coastal Ballroom Foyer)

8:30 am – 8:45 am                   Welcome and Opening Remarks                     (Coastal Ballroom C) 

                                                            Moderator: Will Sagar, Executive Director, Southeast Recycling 

                                                            Development Council (SERDC)

8:45 am – 10:00 am                 SERDC General Session 1

                                                             The Domestic Economic Response to National Sword

This session will address market shifts and investments

Will Newsome, Sales Manager, Sonoco Recycling, LLC

Stephanie Baker, Director of Market Development, KW Plastics

Kari Talvola, President & CEO, Fibre Trade, Inc.

10:00 am – 10:30 am             Morning Networking Break                                    (Coastal Ballroom Foyer)

10:30 am – Noon.                    SERDC General Session 2                                       (Coastal Ballroom C) 

                                                            Better Messaging, Better Material

This session will provide an update on recycling programs where messaging was improved as well as on 

SERDC work surveying municipal messaging and efforts to bring consistency to messaging.

Jen Dabbs, Director of Outreach and Member Services, Southeast Recycling Development Council (SERDC)

Sheila Sarovich, Public Sector Solutions Marketing, Waste Management

Noon                                              Adjournment