Forum Schedule

MRF Operations Forum 2023

05:30 PM – 07:00 PM

Registration Open
General Session
Water Tower A & B Room (Marriott Marquis Chicago)

05:30 PM – 07:00 PM

Attendee Meet & Greet
General Session
Water Tower A & B Room (Marriott Marquis Chicago)

07:30 AM – 06:30 PM

Registration Open
General Session
Grant Park Foyer

07:30 AM – 08:30 AM

Welcome Refreshments
General Session
Jackson Park Room

08:30 AM – 08:45 AM

Opening Comments
General Session
Grant Park Room
Nat Egosi and James 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
Grant Park Room
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.
Mark Henke
Moderator Mark Henke Manager, Recycling Republic Services View Bio
Andrea Rodriguez
Speaker Andrea Rodriguez Director of Engineering FCC Environmental Services View Bio
Eduardo Rodriguez
Speaker Eduardo Rodriguez Operations Manager City of Phoenix, Solid Waste Division View Bio
Jake Westerhof
Speaker Jake Westerhof Area Recycling Director - Canada East GFL Environmental View Bio
Michael McCoy
Speaker Michael McCoy Executive Director Metro Waste Authority View Bio

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM

Networking Break
General Session
Jackson Park Room

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Opticals: The sorting workhorse
General Session
Grant Park Room
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 Municipal Recycling View Bio
Ronald  Grinold
Speaker Ronald Grinold Area Manager Plant Operations Republic Services View Bio

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Data & System Intelligence
General Session
Grant Park Room
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
JD Ambati
Speaker JD 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
Jackson Park Room

01:45 PM – 03:15 PM

Executive Session: Supplying the Market
General Session
Grant Park Room
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 Eenkema van Dijk
Speaker Pieter Eenkema van Dijk President Van Dyk Recycling Solutions View Bio
Chris  Ulum
Speaker Chris Ulum Managing Director National Recovery Technologies View Bio
DJ VanDeusen
Speaker DJ VanDeusen President Harris View Bio
Mat Everhart
Speaker Mat Everhart CEO Stadler America, LLC View Bio

03:15 PM – 03:45 PM

Networking Break
General Session
Jackson Park Room

03:45 PM – 04:15 PM

Plastic Sorting Systems – A Process Overview
General Session
Grant Park Room
PRFs are not MRFs. This session will share the processing cycle, identify key operational machinery, and detail its role in meeting output material specifications.
Felix Hottenstein
Moderator Felix Hottenstein Sales Director MSS Optical Sorters View Bio
Mylinda Jacobsen
Speaker Mylinda Jacobsen Global Purchasing Director Encina View Bio
Greg Janson
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
Grant Park Room
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.
Nat Egosi
Moderator Nat Egosi President RRT Design & Construction View Bio
Felix Hottenstein
Moderator Felix Hottenstein Sales Director MSS Optical Sorters View Bio
Hartmut Bendfeldt
Speaker Hartmut Bendfeldt President eFACTOR3 LLC View Bio
Greg Janson
Speaker Greg Janson President and CEO Granite Peak Plastics View Bio

05:30 PM – 05:45 PM

Closing Comments
General Session
Grant Park Room

05:45 PM – 07:00 PM

Networking Reception
General Session
Jackson Park Room