The organizers of the 2018 Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference Europe event have released the program for the two-day event, which will take place Nov. 6-7 in Prague.
Increased import restrictions introduced by China’s government and the uncertainties caused by changing trade patterns are among topics that will be discussed at the conference, which has been organized annually since 2005 by the Recycling Today Media Group.
The event starts the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 6, with a keynote session addressing the overall business topic of managing through change. That session will be followed by one titled “An Uncertain Future in Asia,” in which panelists will discuss how China’s scrap materials restrictions are changing the nature of trade between recyclers in Europe and buyers in Asia.
Other sessions during the conference’s first day include:
- “Whose Material is it Anyway?,” which looks at tensions between commercial recyclers and government authorities as to who collects recyclables from households and small businesses;
- “Let’s Talk About Quality,” where a panel of mill buyers and recovered fiber shippers will engage in a likely spirited discussion on the state of Europe’s recovered fiber quality; and
- “Inland Journeys and Export Options,” which will offer updates on the existing challenges and potential solutions available in Europe’s freight sector.
The second day of the conference, Wednesday, Nov. 7, will open with an examination of how environmental concerns have cast a spotlight on plastics and irresponsible disposal outcomes. Panelists will discuss how this could affect the future of both plastic and paperboard packaging.
Other Wednesday sessions include: “Making Sustainability Great Again: Backing up the Promises,” which will look at the perceived disconnects between brand owner sustainability pledges and the ability of recyclers and manufacturers to meet those goals, and “Follow the Money,” a series of presentations on the growing presence of mergers, acquisitions and investment group funding in Europe’s recycling sector.
More information on the Prague conference, including how to register, can be found on this web page.