Schedule of Events

MRF Operations Forum 2021

07:30 AM – 07:00 PM

Registration Open
General Session

07:30 AM – 08:30 AM

Networking Continental Breakfast
General Session

08:30 AM – 08:45 AM

Welcome Remarks
General Session
Jim Keefe & Nat Egosi will kick off the forum and welcome attendees. 
James Keefe
Speaker James Keefe Executive Vice President and Group Publisher Recycling Today Media Group View Bio
Nat Egosi
Speaker Nat Egosi President RRT Design & Construction View Bio

08:45 AM – 09:45 AM

Understanding AI
General Session
Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) is making lots of headlines in the recycling industry these days. This session will help operators understanding precisely what the term means and how A.I. powered technologies might enhance MRF operations.

09:45 AM – 10:15 AM

Networking Refreshment Break
General Session

10:15 AM – 11:00 AM

Optical Sorters: The Supplier Perspective
General Session
These units have become the workhorse for many MRFs. Optimizing their efficiency is essential to effective materials separation in today’s facilities. This unique session encompasses two panels. In this session, a panel of industry suppliers provides insight into today’s technology and optimizing it within plant operations.
Felix Hottenstein
Speaker Felix Hottenstein Sales Director MSS Optical Sorters View Bio
Jeff Fountain
Speaker Jeff Fountain Director of Sales Pellenc ST America View Bio

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Optical Sorters:The Operator Perspective
General Session
These units have become the workhorse for many MRFs. Optimizing their efficiency is essential to effective materials separation in today’s facilities. This unique session encompasses two panels. In this session, a panel of industry operators provides their insights into how their operations are benefiting from and leveraging the power of optical sorters.
Jeffrey Nella
Speaker Jeffrey Nella Recycling Operations Manager Winters Bros. Waste Systems View Bio

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM

Feeding Your System
General Session
Often overlooked, but the introduction of your materials stream into the plants processing system is vital to smooth operations. This panel discussion will cover drum feeders, loaders, material handlers, tipping floors and more.
Mark Henke
Speaker Mark Henke Manager, Recycling Republic Services View Bio

12:30 PM – 01:30 PM

Networking Lunch
General Session

01:30 PM – 02:30 PM

Robotics: The Supplier Perspective
General Session
Today, everyone is talking robots. Again, we’ll use two panels to help operators understand what they are, what you can expect and how they deliver in a plant environment. A panel of industry suppliers will discuss the newest robotic technology, how it has evolved and how to generate the greatest success and return.
Matanya Horowitz
Speaker Matanya Horowitz CEO AMP Robotics View Bio
Thomas Brooks
Speaker Thomas Brooks Chief Technology Officer Bulk Handling Systems View Bio
Mark Neitzey
Speaker Mark Neitzey Director of Sales VAN DYK Recycling Solutions View Bio

02:30 PM – 03:30 PM

Robotics: The Operator Perspective
General Session
Today, everyone is talking robots. Again, we’ll use two panels to help operators understand what they are, what you can expect and how they deliver in a plant environment. A panel of industry operators using robots will discuss the lessons they have learned implementing robotics into their sorting lines.
Andrea Rodriguez
Speaker Andrea Rodriguez Director of Engineering FCC Environmental Services View Bio
Speaker Thomas Reed Director of Process Engineering GFL Environmental View Bio

03:30 PM – 04:00 PM

Networking Refreshment Break
General Session

04:00 PM – 04:45 PM

Compressor Maintenance
General Session
As MRF’s rely more on optical sorters and robots a consistent, clean stream of compressed air is vital to their operation. A panel of industry experts will discuss how plant operators can ensure their compressor systems deliver day in and day out with minimal downtime.
Speaker Bob Safford Senior Key Account Manager Kaeser Compressors USA View Bio

04:45 PM – 05:30 PM

Baler Sizing
General Session
Ensuring you have the proper baling capacity for your facility is vital. This panel will share critical insights to the selection of balers, the variety and what plant operators need to understand to ensure their ongoing operation and peak performance.
John Sacco
Speaker John Sacco President and Co-Owner Sierra International Machinery View Bio

06:00 PM – 07:00 PM

Networking Reception
General Session