June 2020 APR Member Meeting
June 2-4, 2020
Last-minute registrations must be made by contacting email@example.com
and informing us which sessions and committee meetings
you wish to attend.
This virtual meeting is open to APR members ONLY.
We understand that this is a stressful time for all, both professionally and personally. Our staff are working diligently and continue to be your “Voice of Plastics Recycling” and a trustworthy resource for you, as always, during the coronavirus pandemic. Fortunately, APR’s structure allows our staff to conduct business operations seamlessly during this period.
In the interest of safety, we will transition our in-person APR member meeting in Milwaukee, scheduled for June 2-4, to a virtual meeting. This APR meeting is only open to current APR members. We appreciate your flexibility and patience. We expect that the online format will ensure your safety and convenience while delivering the timely information and opportunities for collaboration that you have come to expect from us.
If you have already registered for the in-person June meeting in Milwaukee, WI, you will be credited for the October meeting in New Orleans, LA. If you have already booked your hotel room, please contact the hotel to cancel:
Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
333 West Kilbourn Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Schedule of Events (Eastern Time)
Tuesday, June 2
General Session: State of the APR 11:00 – Noon
We cannot ignore the significant impact COVID-19 has had on our industry. In this general session presentation as part of the June 2020 virtual member meeting, APR’s President will analyze the effects of COVID-19 on the industry and what APR is doing about it. He will also review the status of several key APR programs as well as what APR has planned for the future.
- Steve Alexander, President, APR
General Session: Market Analysis 12:30 – 1:30 pm
This panel discussion features three industry experts exploring the here and now of plastics recycling markets under COVID-19. The panelists will converse about bottle bill suspensions, impacts on MRFs, brand owner decision-making, and much more. The session will end with Q&A from the audience..
- Moderator: Ali Briggs-Ungerer, APR
- Ashley C. Hall, Director of Sustainable Packaging, Walmart
- Dan Leif, Managing Editor, Resource Recycling, Inc.
- Scott Mouw, Senior Director of Strategy and Research, The Recycling Partnership
General Session: Mini Technical Forum 2:00 – 3:00 pm
This session features three presenations. The first two address technical issues on two distinct topics, and the third presentation recognizes new recipients of APR’s Critical Guidance program.
- Moderator: John Standish, Technical Director, APR
(1) The Role of Additive Stabilizers in Recycling
- Ian Query, Technical Specialist SPA, Baerlocher USA
- APR has identified several key requirements for success of the plastics circular economy, including robust demand for recycled material as well as eliminating the effects of contamination. Plastic degradation should be considered a key source of these issues, since degradation leads to unwanted contamination, which limits the demand from end users. In this presentation, we will discuss antioxidant stabilizers and the role they play in reducing gels, preserving color, and meeting requirements for important end-use applications.
(2) Advancement in Sorting: New Solutions to Expand Recycling Sorting Capabilities
- Travis Curtis, Regional Sales Manager, Bulk Handling Systems (BHS)
- Optical sorting is a proven technology for detecting and sorting various plastics by material type. But what happens when an operator wants to remove PET thermoform trays from PET bottles? Or when they want to perform another sort between materials of very similar chemical composition? National Recovery Technologies (NRT) has integrated Artificial Intelligence (AI) into the company's NIR and Color optical sorters. Max-AI¬Æ technology identifies materials similar to the way a person does, and this additional layer of advanced technology makes possible previously unprecedented sorts. Travis will explain how Max-AI technology works, discuss how it's being applied in both robotic and optical sorters to enhance plastics recycling and share real-world examples with the audience.
(3) Recognition of new APR Critical Guidance recipients
Wednesday, June 3
Communications Committee 11:00 – Noon
Olefins Rigids Committee 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Film Committee 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Thursday, June 4
PET Technical Committee 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
PET Reclaimer Working Group 1:00 – 2:00 pm *ONLY PET RECLAIMERS ALLOWED*
Olefins Technical Committee 2:30 – 4:00 pm