Plenty to talk about this fall

Plenty to talk about this fall

Recyclers who want to stay in touch with industry changes have several autumn conferences from which to choose.

September 17, 2018

Pictured: Delegates at the 2017 Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference Europe in Warsaw
attend one of the sessions at the event.

The fast-changing nature of the global scrap trade and recycling sector will be the topic of discussion at several industry events in the fourth quarter of 2018.

In early October, the Brussels-based Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) will host its Autumn Round-Tables event at the Intercontinental Hotel/O2 in London.

Over the course of three days from Oct. 5-7, BIR division and committee meetings will allow delegates to discuss developments in several scrap metal markets, as well as the paper, plastic and electronic scrap sectors and global trading conditions.

The Recycling Today Media Group is hosting its 2018 Plastic & Paper Recycling Conference in downtown Chicago Oct. 17-19. Sessions at the conference include examinations of Chinese import restrictions; the impact of stabilizers and additives in plastics reprocessing; and an update on investments in plastic scrap reprocessing in the United States.

That event is preceded on Oct. 16 by the MRF and Recycling Plant Operations Forum, a day-long event that examines technological advances in recycling and sorting as well as the issues confronting material recovery facility (MRF) plant managers.

During the same week in Chicago, mergers and acquisitions take center stage at the Capital Markets Conference. The event will include presentations from bankers and advisors who specialize in acquisitions and other financial transactions in the recycling and waste sectors.

The 2018 Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference Europe will take place in Prague Nov. 6-7. Like its American counterpart, the event’s programming will include explorations of the changing regulatory environment in Asia, as well as the environmental scrutiny faced by single-use plastic, an issue at the forefront in Europe.

An Oct. 25 Plasticity Forum event will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in the heart of recent recycling activity. The forums, billed as events for “practical, progressive thinkers who are excited about the future of plastic and the planet,” bring together manufacturers, policy makers and recyclers to discuss the environmental issues facing plastic, and to hear case studies from those engaged in that arena.