Sunday, March 14, 2021

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                                                    (Registration Desk 2)

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

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm                  Pre-Conference Workshop                                    (TBD)

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

Monday, March 15, 2021

7:15 am – 6:30 pm                  Registration Open                                           (Registration Desk 2)

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

8:00 am – 10:00 am                Opening Session (Plenary)                           (Grand Ballroom D)

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.

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

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         (Grand Ballroom C)

10:30 am –  12:30 pm            Session I                                                               (Grand Ballroom D)

                                                             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                                                                       (Grand Ballroom E)

 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm                   Session II                                                              (Grand Ballroom D)

                                                              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)

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

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

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm                  Session III                                                                                 (Grand Ballroom D)

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

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

7:45 am – 12:00 pm              Registration Open                                                              (Registration Desk 2)

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

8:30 am – 10:30 am               Applications for Artificial Intelligence                 (Grand Ballroom D)

                                                           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                         (Grand Ballroom C)

11:00 am - 12:30 pm               General Recycling Session - I                                  (Grand Ballroom D)

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 

                                                             Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Course

                                                              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 – 3:00 pm                    General Recycling Session - II                  (Grand Ballroom D) 

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

Markets and Collection Techniques

Brett Whalen, 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

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


Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Organized by the Recycle Florida Today, Inc. (RFT)

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

8:00 am – 12:00 pm                  Registration Open                                                    (Registration Desk 2)

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

8:30 am – 10:00 am                 RFT General Session 1                                         (Grand Ballroom D) 


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

10:30 am – Noon                    RFT General Session 2                                          (Grand Ballroom D) 


Noon                                              Adjournment