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Recycling Markets and Impacts of the National Sword

November 15th, 2017
McMenamins Edgefield - Blackberry Hall, 2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale, OR 97060

On July 18, 2017, the Chinese government notified the World Trade Organization of the country’s intention to stop accepting 24 categories of waste and recyclables as of January 1, 2018, causing speculation and concern in the markets.  This ban would have a profound effect on the ability to market various grades of plastics and mixed papers as we head into winter and our peak recycling months.  These are commonly collected materials in many recycling programs, and China has been the primary consumer of many of these recyclable materials recovered locally and globally.  What does this mean for recycling programs?  How will we weather the storm? 

Join industry and policy professionals as we learn more, are updated, and discuss the impacts of the National Sword and the intended ban; and more importantly, discuss how we move forward.        

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AGENDA

11am: Registration opens

11:30 - 12:35: Networking luncheon

12:35 - 12:45: Introduction. Pete Chism-Winfield, AOR Chair

12:45 - 1:25: Presentation. Dylan de Thomas, Recycling Partnership – Comparison of the effects of National Sword on regional and national recycling programs. Includes Q & A.

1:25 - 2:25: Local Impacts and Reaction - Panel Discussion. Moderator - Vinod Singh - Far West Recycling.

  • Loretta Pickerel, Oregon DEQ – DEQ response to the National Sword, workgroup focused on short, mid and long-term solutions.
  • Pete Spendelow, Oregon DEQ – Composition of materials streams and anticipated impacts of National Sword.
  • Jeff Murray, EFI – MRF Perspective, challenges of ever-changing materials streams and sorting out quality feedstocks.
  • Brian Stafki, Oregon DEQ - State policy, coordination and local efforts to reduce contamination in residential recycling streams.

2:25 - 2:40PM: Break

2:40 - 3:20: Kim Holmes, Plastics Industry Association - Current plastics industry issues and anticipated developments in future markets. Includes Q & A.

3:20 - 4:20: Market Development Opportunities - Panel Discussion. Moderator - Dylan de Thomas. 

  • Jay Simmons, Norpac – Materials streams being sought out by NORPAC and products produced.
  • Jim Fagelson, Newport CH International – Which paper grades are of highest value and ones that are in need of help.
  • Nicole Janssen, Denton Plastics – Plastic streams currently being processed and future targets.

4:20 - 4:30: Closing comments and future AOR events. Pete Chism-Winfield

4:30 – 6:00PM: Networking