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This year's highlight is the Alterra Tour:
If you want to see Inficycling™ at work, you won’t want to miss this tour! Alterra’s patented technology is proven day in and day out at their full-scale, continuous plant. Their 60-ton-per-day plastic circularity facility in Akron, Ohio is the only plant of its kind globally. Their plant has successfully recycled millions of pounds of discarded plastic, and that number is growing every day. Their growth will see the development of new facilities that will help meet the overwhelming demand for sustainable materials. So, while you’re in Akron, take a tour with Alterra and see how – with plastic circularity technology – communities can recycle even more types of plastic than ever before. 
Note: Light refreshments will be provided. Please note that pants and flat shoes should be worn, no open toes or heels.  

*TOUR ATTENDEES MUST BE REGISTERED FOR ADVANCED RECYCLING SUMMIT TO ATTEND*

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Please click on the dates below to see each day's program!


Registration Opens
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Session I: How to maximize impact of Advance Recycling
Supporting Plastic Circularity at Scale
ExxonMobil is leading the charge to scale up advanced recycling technologies that allow the plastics we rely upon every day to be transformed into a variety of new products. We are leveraging our existing world-scale assets to turn plastic waste into new materials with our ExxtendTM technology for advanced recycling, while bringing together the value chain to overcome feedstock challenges. We are planning to develop more than 1 billion pounds per year of plastic-waste processing capacity by 2027, meeting the demand for circularity and supporting our customers’ sustainability ambitions.
Michelle Salim | NA Advanced Recycling Commercial Manager, ExxonMobil
How innovations in the sorting space support advanced recycling
Next-Generation Infrastructure for Advanced Recycling Feedstock Strategies
Film represents 2-3% of single-stream feedstock, and 6-7% of municipal solid waste – a profitable material stream that’s been difficult to capture with traditional sortation technology. Film fouls screens and causes jams that increase labor costs and reduce uptime. For producers of recycled film products, pyrolysis-spec film bales have been hard to source – until now. Next-generation waste and recycling infrastructure using AI-powered sortation technology recognizes, sorts, and quality controls film in heavy concentrations and at high speeds, simplifying the production of pyrolysis-grade bales. Learn more about how AI-driven solutions are helping efficiently separate film at scale to produce high-quality finished goods and further develop end markets.
Carson Potter | Product Leader, AMP Robotics
Networking Break
Panel: How Do We Create A System Where Mechanical and Advanced Recycling Work Together
Moderator: Alterra

Panelists:
Kara Stoney, Dow
Analytical Measures to Determine Quality of Post Consumer Recycled Plastics
The landscape of chemical compounds of safety concern is dynamic, necessitating continuous evaluation of their presence in Post Consumer Recycled Plastic. Understanding the levels of these chemicals and their removal during mechanical and advanced recycling processes is crucial for assessing and communicating the benefits of these technologies. To achieve this, robust quantitative and semi-quantitative methods are needed to efficiently and accurately evaluate the materials and processes involved. These evaluations include physical assessments and comprehensive chemical testing (elemental and organic analysis) The first step in material assessment should focus on polymer quality and performance measures, such as thermal transitions (e.g., differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), blow/injection molding, and color/odor. This ensures that the recycled material meets the required standards for its intended use and can quickly screen materials preventing the need for further testing. The second assessment should involve targeted analyte screening to meet regulatory guidelines (e.g. Pesticides, PAH, and other chemical classes covered by region guidelines). This screening helps to identify specific chemical contaminants and ensure compliance with relevant regulations. Finally, a comprehensive CosPaTox assessment of Non-Intentionally Added Substances (NIAS) enables recyclers and brand owners to partner in evaluating the material and determining its suitability for specific consumer applications. This assessment helps to ensure the safety and appropriate use of recycled materials. By implementing these steps, stakeholders can gain a better understanding of the suitability and chemical composition of recycled plastic, facilitate effective communication regarding its safety, and promote the use of advanced recycling technologies
Jennifer L. L. Morgan PhD | Director-Principal Scientist, Elemental Analysis, Corporate Functions R&D Analytical, P&G
Panel: The future of MRFs and how they can support plastics circularity
•    Leveraging New Tech (ie AI & Machine learning) to Enable MRFs to support Advanced Recycling
•    How can you leverage new tech to enable mrfs to provide materials and sort. Feedstock for mechanical or advanced?  
•    Scalability, economic feasibility, market demand drivers, etc

Panelist:
  • Jeff Snyder, Director of Recyling, Rumpke Waste & Recycling
  • Mark Agerton , Group Scientist,  Haircare R&DP&G  
  • Chris Layton, Director Of Sustainability, Specialty Plastic ,Eastman  
     

Jeff Snyder | Director Of Recycling, Rumpke Waste & Recycling
Networking Lunch
Session II: Advanced Recycling Industry Insights
Local Official State Level US regulatory / compliance impact on the industry
To be confirmed.
Pyrolysis at the crossroads: How policy and technology will shape the future of pyrolysis scale-up
Chemical companies have bet much of their circular economy hopes on plastic pyrolysis – but the nascent pyrolysis space seems to be stuck spinning its wheels. 2024 has already seen landmark policy efforts in the EU, and the deadline for the UN’s binding instrument on plastic pollution is drawing closer. At the same time, start-ups and major corporations are pushing ahead with advanced pyrolysis technologies that could change the economics of pyrolysis and enable more rapid scale-up. Will these start a pyrolysis renaissance or doom it to the dustbin of chemicals industry history?  This talk explores the current state of pyrolysis regulation, make predictions about the future development of policy, and unpacks the likely future role of plastic pyrolysis in the recycling ecosystem.
Anthony Schiavo | Senior Director, Lux Research Inc
Fireside Chat: Taking the Pulse of Circularity in the U.S.
Every day, we are focused on changing 'the system' to develop a circular economy for plastics. What progress has been made? What are the most pressing challenges to address? Sandeep Bangaru, Vice President of Eastman's Circular Platform joins Suzanne Shelton to discuss his view of what 'systems change' means in the context of advanced recycling and how we can lean in to advance the circular economy. They will explore Eastman's unique role as a molecular recycling pioneer, driving innovations to transform manufacturing and sustainable materials.    

Chris Layton, Director of Sustainability, Eastman
Suzanne Shelton, President & CEO, ERM Shelton Group
Sandeep Bangaru | Vice President, Circular Platform, Eastman
Growing the Pie: Scaling the Recycling of Flexible Film Packaging for Mechanical and Chemical Recycling
  • 1.1 billion lbs of flexible packaging was collected in 2022 with 86% mechanically recycled
  • As both mechanical and chemical processes scale, there will be a need for more feedstock
  • We will discuss the current and estimated potential 2030 volumes of flexible packaging put on the market, approaches and economics in increasing the collection rate

Scott R. Trenor, Ph.D | Technical Director, The Association of Plastics Recyclers
Networking Break
Session III: Could there be a consensus on policy for collection?
Panel: Why can't we standardize recycling requirements?
How do we:
  • Improve collection and access
  • Improve consumer education
  • Improve accuracy of data and reporting
  • Standardize policy for collection and sorting
  • Across State Cooperation for Collection
Moderator: Robert Flores

Panelist:
  • Robert Taylor, VP of Grants and Community Development, The Recycling Partnership
  • Andy Brewer, Director of Sustainability & Recycling, Plastics Industry Association

Robert Flores | Vice President of Sustainability, Berry Global
Advanced Recycling and Extended Producer Responsibility: Challenge or Opportunity?
Join AMERIPEN Executive Director Dan Felton for a rundown on the current status of packaging extended producer responsibility (EPR) in the U.S., with four states now having full program laws in place and two more with groundwork laws. Where or where isn't advanced recycling allowed as these laws and their regulations are being implemented, and what might be in store as other states are looking to enact their own related laws?
Dan Felton | Executive Director, AMERIPEN
Panel: How EPR will Affect Advanced Recycling

Will EPR disrupt current industry partnerships? Can innovation survive and thrive as EPR progresses across the US? How will packaging design and collection change over time? How can stakeholders work together to standardize EPR? Is epr a way to get infrastructure implemented? Maybe include other regulatory approaches rather than only focusing on just EPR – maybe EPA inclusion How companies are tracking credits through existing ERP systems? What the process will be with limited supply of recycled plastic but increasing demand? Who will be prioritized?
  • EU progress how does US catch up?
  • Panel: Regulation A Catalyst for Growth
  • Summary update on proposed rules, rulemaking, and regulatory activity
  • Legislation Drivers (or obstacles) for Advanced Recycling (including homogenization of mass balance)
  • How do we support the growth of this industry?
  • Discuss where we are right now, why, what’s needed for progress?
  • General corporate governance towards low carbon footprint
Moderator:
Dan Felton, Executive Director, AMERIPEN

Panelists:
  • Adam Peer, Senior Director, Packaging, American Chemistry Council
  • Brendan Adams, Associate Director Government Affairs, the Kraft Heinz Company

Dan Felton | Executive Director, AMERIPEN
Session IV: Advanced Recycling FAQ: From Mass Balance to Environmental Concern... a lot of questions remain
LYB is advancing solutions with your various initiatives
Mass Balance Panel: Understanding mass balance, how to clarify that enables circularity? “demystifying”
In any emerging industry, capital efficiency is paramount.  By utilizing existing petroleum refineries to upgrade pyrolysis oil, available capital can be focused on the collection and initial processing of waste plastics.  Mass Balance programs, such as ISCC+,  facilitate the efficient upgrading of pyrolysis oil into base petrochemicals while assigning the economic incentives to the appropriate actions and goals of this emerging space; the collection and reuse of waste plastic.
Andy Wysocki | Sr. Business Development Advisor Renewables & Emerging Technologies, Marathon Petroleum Company LP
Closing Remarks & Welcome Reception Sponsored by the Greater Akron Chamber Polymer Cluster
Meet for Alterra Tour
Return from Alterra Tour
Session V: Reaching Recycling Goals: Innovation and Collaboration
Networking Lunch
Plastics Circularity though Advanced Recycling of Automotive Shredder Residue
•    Overview of Hyundai global sustainability goals and strategies
•    Recycling process of end-of-life vehicle materials
•    Recycled plastic development and validation for automotive applications’
 
Amanda Nummy | Senior Polymer Materials Engineer, Hyundai Motor Group
Keynote: Co-presentation an account of successful implementation of advanced recycling with plans
Abstract to come.
End-of-Life Plastic Liquification: Opportunities and Challenges of Scaled Continuous Recycling of Molecules.
A core challenge of technological realization is the translation of scale. Alterra’s patented technology for converting mixed discarded plastic into synthetic crude-like oil has successfully scaled from bench to commercial scale with a current capability of > 50 tons of feedstock per day. Leveraging an indirectly heated rotary reactor enables high yielding hydrocarbon capture while subsequently isolating colorants, fillers, and contaminates.  However, a current pinch point in the market is the wide variability of discarded plastic streams and a lack of feedstock commercialization. This presentation will outline how our process has matured to overcome technical barriers, and how feedstock sourcing is commercially commoditized.
 
Scott Sass | Head of Technology, Alterra Energy
End-of-Life Plastic Liquification: Opportunities and Challenges of Scaled Continuous Recycling of Molecules.
A core challenge of technological realization is the translation of scale. Alterra’s patented technology for converting mixed discarded plastic into synthetic crude-like oil has successfully scaled from
bench to commercial scale with a current capability of > 50 tons of feedstock per day. Leveraging an indirectly heated rotary reactor enables high yielding hydrocarbon capture while subsequently isolating colorants, fillers,
and contaminates.  However, a current pinch point in the market is the wide variability of discarded plastic streams and a lack of feedstock commercialization. This presentation will outline how our process has matured to overcome technical barriers, and how feedstock sourcing is commercially commoditized.
 
Scott Sass | Head of Technology, Alterra Energy
Advanced Recycling: An Opportunity for Healthcare Plastics Circularity
Plastics are essential for safe and affordable healthcare delivery globally, but their environmental impact, particularly from packaging, is a growing concern. While prioritizing waste reduction and reuse remains crucial, the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC) explored the potential of advanced recycling technologies to address the challenge of healthcare plastic waste. This presentation will overview the research, pilot testing and results of HPRC’s advanced recycling work that shows promise for recycling difficult-to-process healthcare plastics and aims to enable greater material circularity within the healthcare industry. Additionally, this presentation will conclude with guiding principles established by HPRC regarding the responsible use of advanced recycling technologies for healthcare plastics, encompassing topics of most efficient use of technology, environment and human health safeguards, claims and chain of custody, complementary relationship with mechanical recycling and circular enablement.
  •     Zach Muscato, Corporate Sustainability Manager, Plastics Ingenuity
  •     Katerine Hoffman, Sustainability Strategic Initiatives Manager, Eastman
  •     Robert Render, President, Lakeside 360 Partners

Zach Muscato | Corporate Sustainability Manager, Plastic Ingenuity
Networking Break
Panel: Responsible Production Guidelines

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Supply Chain Panel: Theres Value Here –. Educating Brands and Consumers on the benefits of Advanced Recycling Panelists will also go through different points of how to better understand advanced recycling, where are the misconceptions and what are th
Panelists
  • Jesus Atias, Advanced Recycling and Bio Supply Associate Director for North America and Latin America, Dow 
  • Jeremy DeBenedictis, President, Alterra Energy
  • Robert Flores, Vice President of Sustainability, Berry Global
  • Andy Wysocki, Sr. Business Development Advisor Renewables & Emerging Technologies, Marathon Petroleum Company LP
  • Mark Agerton , Group Scientist,  HairCare R&D P&G  
  • Ganesh Nagarajan, Sr. Director, Plastics, WM
  • Anne Morris, Sr. Account Manager- Circular Integration, Eastman Circular Economy Communications
  • Carlos Ludlow-Palafox, CTO, Greenback Recycling Technologies



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