2018 Bridging the gap program guide
(Subject to Changes)

Monday, November 12, 2018

Program Time
Registration Opens (Exhibit Hall Gallery)

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
Pre-Conference Meeting with SERDC Staff/Conference Committee

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m

Charleston Tea Plantation and Angel Oak Tour (meets at Registration)
Here's your chance to tour America's only tea plantation and factory. You'll learn all about how tea is
made.  On the way back, view the Angel Oak on John's Island, estimated to be 400-500 years old and 
is a true sight to see.

Box lunch included. Includes round-trip transportation to and from the DoubleTree Charleston -- $50

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m
Golf Tournament at Patriot’s Point Golf Course

 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m
Exhibitor Booth Set Up

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m
Carolina Plastics Recycling Coalition Mtg. (Ashley Room)
(Separate Registration required)

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m
EPA Integrated Solid Waste Management Trainer Workshop (Cooper Room)

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m

Moderator Meeting

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m

Board of Directors Meeting

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m

Charleston Carriage Tour
One-hour narrated carriage tour covers more than 2.5 miles and 30 blocks of historic Charleston.
(Adjacent to DoubleTree Hotel-- $21 if booked through the Summit Registration--normally $26).

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m

Chairwoman’s Welcome Reception and Low Country Boil (Frogmore Stew)
Reserve your meal and drinks when you register for the Summit (requires ticket -- $50)

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m

TuesDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2018

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Program  Time
Registration Continues

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Breakfast (Courtyard Tent)
7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Welcome/Introductions (Stono Ballroom)
Nicole Smith, Chairperson, Board of Directors, SERDC
C. Brantley Moody, Charleston County Councilmember
Peter Shahid, City of Charleston Councilmember

8:45 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.
Keynote -Bruce Karas, VP of Environment and Sustainability, Coca-Cola

9:10 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.
Plenary Session 1 –The Challenge of Recovered Material Quality and Value
Contamination is a national issue; a broad spectrum of the recycling community how the
increased importance and emphasis on the quality of materials recovered.
Brent Bell, President of WM Recycle America
Annie White, Manager of Washington DC's Dept. of Public Works Office of Waste Diversion
Stephanie Baker, Director of Market Development, KW Plastics Recycling Division

9:40 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Exhibit Hall Opens  Networking Break

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m

Plenary Session 2 – Morphing MRF’s
What’s happening at the MRF is directly tied to single stream quality and in turn impact how
it’s sold at market. . Hear the Southeast’s primary MRF operators discuss the challenges of
operations in the current conditions and the advance of emerging technologies.

Mike Pope, President of Sonoco Recycling
Shawn State, Senior VP Southern Region for Pratt's Recycling Division
Kris Waldhauser, VP Strategic Commercial Operations, WestRock Recycling

11:15 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.
Lunch in the Exhibit Hall- The Economic Impact of Recycling
Robin Wiener, President of ISRI

12:05 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Plenary Session 3 – The Trouble with Mixed Paper
Hear an expert discuss the challenges of mixed paper and possible ways to help address
the quality and the value of mixed paper in
 today’s markets.
Bill Moore, President of Moore and Associates

1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m
Plenary Session 4 - Community Tools for addressing Contami-NATION and Citizen
Presenters discuss the latest tools in improving material quality at the curb.
Richard Chesley, S.C. DHEC, Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling
Scott Mouw, Senior Director of Technical Assistance at The Recycling Partnership
Wendy Worley, Section Chief of NC DEQ Recycling and Materials Management Section

2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m
Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall

3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m
Plenary 5 -- Creating Mutually Successful MRF Contracts
Building a proposal that is mutually successful between communities and MRF processors can
mediate contamination and swings in the market.  This session will cover do's and dont's.
Will Sagar, Executive Director of SERDC
Lisa Skumatz, Principle of SERA

3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Plenary 6 – Mixed Waste Processing - Single Stream’s Next Step?
Experts discuss the expectations for the future of Mixed Waste Processing
Brian Gilhuly, CEO of RePower South
Shawn State, Senior VP Southern Region for Pratt's Recycling Division
Sarah Edwards, North America CEO for Eunomia Research & Consulting

4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
 “Nothing Could Be Finer than to Network in Carolina” Reception – Exhibit Hall
Join us to recap the day’s sessions, meet the exhibitors and enjoy drinks and hors d'euvres.
 5:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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Program Time
Registration Continues

 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
“Breakfast and Biz” (Stono Ballroom) –
Join Us for Breakfast and SERDC’s Annual Business Meeting

 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Plenary 7 – Big Brand’s Bridge the Gap
America’s most recognizable Brands continue to grow investment in material recovery. In this
session, hear these Brands talk about their continued investments and future intentions to be
a part of material recovery in the southeast and beyond.
John Layman, Head of Sustainable Materials Development at The Procter & Gamble Company

Nicole Smith, Sustainability Director for Coca-Cola North America
Charlie Schwarze, Global Director of REPREVE Recycled Fibers, Unifi

 9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
“Work that Net” - Final Morning Break with Exhibitors

 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Plenary 8 – The Double Edge of the National Sword
Presenters discusses the silver lining and the positive spinoff effects of China’s
National Sword.
Chantal Fryer, Director of the Recycling Market Development program, SC Department of Commerce
Adina Renee Adler, Senior Director for Government Relations & International Affairs, ISRI

 11:00 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.
Lunch (Courtyard Tent)

 12:10 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Plenary 9 – “A Solution is Coming to Problem Near You!” 
Cooperative Efforts Bridging the Gaps
The recycling industry has experienced numbers of challenges over the past few years. 
Learn from various organizations, partnerships and coalitions of the efforts to bridge 
the gaps in our nation’s recycling system.
Jim Nordmeyer, VP of Global Sustainability at Owens-Illinois
Marjorie Griek, Principal of Pearl Consulting and Executive Director of the NRC
Derric Brown, Director of Sustainability for Evergreen Packaging
Eric Targgart, Partner at Custom Polymers

 1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Adjournment – Chairman’s Challenge
Nicole Smith, SERDC Chairperson

 2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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