Forum Schedule

MRF Operations Forum 2022

05:30 PM – 07:00 PM

Registration Open
General Session

05:30 PM – 07:00 PM

Attendee Meet & Greet
General Session

07:30 AM – 06:30 PM

Registration Open
General Session

07:30 AM – 08:30 AM

Welcome Refreshments
General Session

08:30 AM – 08:45 AM

Opening Comments
General Session
Nat Egosi and Jim Keefe set the stage for this year’s program.
Nat Egosi
Speaker Nat Egosi President RRT Design & Construction View Bio
James Keefe
Speaker James Keefe Executive Vice President and Group Publisher Recycling Today Media Group View Bio

08:45 AM – 10:15 AM

Case Studies: New Approaches to MRF Processing
General Session
Many MRF operators are evolving their plants, integrating new technologies and applying older technologies in new ways. It’s all designed to increase recovery and purity while adding flexibility to manage the “evolving ton”. This session presents a series of case studies of what’s being done.
Nat Egosi
Moderator Nat Egosi President RRT Design & Construction View Bio
Mark Henke
Moderator Mark Henke Manager, Recycling Republic Services View Bio
Andrea Rodriguez
Speaker Andrea Rodriguez Director of Engineering FCC Environmental Services View Bio
Speaker Eduardo Rodriguez Operations Manager City of Phoenix, Solid Waste Division View Bio

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM

Networking Break
General Session

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Opticals: The sorting workhorse
General Session
This panel explores the evolving reality that plant operators are finding optical sorters outperform other option. What does it mean to operate a plant with large numbers of optical units? What are the real-world results?
Jeffrey Nella
Moderator Jeffrey Nella Regional Recycling Director GFL Environmental View Bio
Jim Marcinko
Speaker Jim Marcinko Vice President of Recycling Operations Waste Management View Bio
Thomas Ferretti
Speaker Thomas Ferretti Operations Manager SIMS Metal Management View Bio
Panelist Ronald Grinold Area Manager Plant Operations Republic Services View Bio
Joaquin Mariel
Speaker Joaquin Mariel Chief Operating Officer Balcones Resources View Bio

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Data & System Intelligence
General Session
From materials characterization to bale counting, what data is available? How is the data being used to improve operations and what are the real-world applications?
Nat Egosi
Moderator Nat Egosi President RRT Design & Construction View Bio
Matanya Horowitz
Speaker Matanya Horowitz CEO AMP Robotics View Bio
Thomas Brooks
Speaker Thomas Brooks Chief Technology Officer Bulk Handling Systems View Bio
Speaker Jagadeesh Ambati Founder & CEO EverestLabs.AI View Bio
David Marcouiller
Speaker David Marcouiller Executive VP Sales Engineering Machinex View Bio

12:30 PM – 01:45 PM

Networking Lunch
General Session

01:45 PM – 03:15 PM

Executive Session: Supplying the Market
General Session
Hear senior executives from the major equipment vendors on how they are responding to increased manufacturing costs, reacting to supply chain issues from their OEM’s, meeting delivery schedules, managing service and installations, watching new companies enter the market because they can’t fill the void fast enough, keeping up parts inventories and more.
Nat Egosi
Moderator Nat Egosi President RRT Design & Construction View Bio
Chris Hawn
Speaker Chris Hawn CEO Machinex Technologies, Inc. View Bio
Pieter van Dijk
Speaker Pieter van Dijk President Van Dyk Baler Company View Bio
Chris  Ulum
Speaker Chris Ulum Managing Director National Recovery Technologies View Bio
DJ VanDeusen
Speaker DJ VanDeusen President Harris View Bio

03:15 PM – 03:30 PM

Networking Break
General Session

03:45 PM – 04:15 PM

Plastic Sorting Systems – A Process Overview
General Session
PRFs are not MRFs. This session will share the processing cycle, identify key operational machinery, and detail its role in meeting output material specifications.
Mylinda Jacobsen
Speaker Mylinda Jacobsen Global Purchasing Director Encina View Bio
Speaker Greg Janson President and CEO Granite Peak Plastics View Bio

04:15 PM – 05:30 PM

The Next Step: Value Adding Systems
General Session
Making flake is different than making pellets. Going beyond either of those to make finished or semi-finished products requires advanced system engineering. This session will provide detailed insights into system requirements to achieve this.

05:30 PM – 05:45 PM

Closing Comments
General Session

05:45 PM – 07:00 PM

Networking Reception
General Session