The MRF & Recycling Plant Operations Forum is the only event specifically dedicated to plant operations, not policy and markets. It was developed after many conversations with recycling plant owners and operators. These industry professionals have been faced with the dual challenges of increasingly complex and capital intensive equipment investments and radically changing markets and material streams.
Recycling plants have become more and more complex as machinery and systems have become more advanced. Optimizing this equipment to run efficiently is challenging. It requires plant operators to understand each component, how they relate to one another and to the material streams being processed. No easy job.
Advancements in technology also mean that retrofitting new components into a plant can add real boosts to production, efficiency and material quality. Understanding when and how to do this is critical, it can provide a tremendous competitive advantage or become a costly mistake.
At the same time material flows have changed. Light weighting means that the volume of material that constitutes a ton has grown drastically. Long fiber has largely disappeared from the flows with the reduction in newspapers. At the same time the volume of single sheet fiber, OCC and boxboard have grown.
Aligning these two challenges during times of low value commodity markets increases the difficulty in plant operations.