SPC Advance 2019

The Member Event

Oct 7, 2019 - Oct 9, 2019 Denver, CO

Program

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Oct 7th
7:00 am - 5:00 pm ET

Registration & Check-In Open

Colorado Ballroom Prefunction
Oct 7th
7:45 am - 11:30 am ET

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

This tour is FULL. We are unable to offer waitlists.

Your visit will include a welcome and NREL introduction by Gregg Beckham, Senior Research Fellow-Chemical Engineering, Bioenergy Science and Technology Department, and tours of the Integrated Biorefinery Research Facility (IBRF) and Field Test Laboratory Building (FTLB). The Integrated Biorefinery Research Facility enables researchers and industry partners to develop, test, evaluate, and demonstrate processes and technologies for the production of bio-based products and fuels. The Field Test Laboratory does a wide range of research activities to help U.S. industry use renewable resources and waste productively and develop new and more efficient industrial practices.  Please wear comfortable, closed toed/heel walking shoes (no sandals or flip-flops) and long pants.

Tours are described as vigorous, outdoor walking tours, therefore guests are encouraged to dress for the weather and notify us of any injuries or disabilities in advance.

Learn more here:

NREL Missions and Programs

Bioenergy News

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Schedule:
7:45 am: Gather in Hilton Denver City Center lobby for departure
7:55 am: Departure for tour
8:30 am-11:00 am: Tour
11:00 am: Departure back to the event venue
11:30 am: Approximate arrival back to Hilton Denver City Center

Security Measures: 

  • The deadline has passed for security clearance approval for non-US Citizens and therefore only US Citizens are permitted on this tour.
    • U.S. citizens are required to show a government-issued photo ID (typically a driver’s license, passport, or military ID).

Tickets: $30 each

Space Is Limited
Please select this add-on at registration checkout to attend
Oct 7th
8:00 am - 11:15 am ET

Eco-Cycle

This tour is FULL. We are unable to offer waitlists.

The tour starts at the Boulder County Recycling Center, a single-stream MRF processing nearly 55,000 tons per year. The facility is an example of a public-private partnership, owned by Boulder County and operated by non-profit Eco-Cycle, and has an industry reputation for producing clean, high-quality materials with low contamination and residue rates. The tour will then continue across the street to Eco-Cycle’s Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM). The CHaRM is a model drop-off center for how to collect materials that aren’t compatible with curbside collections, materials like electronics, plastic bags, small appliances, block foam, and more. Co-located with CHaRM is ReSource Central, a used building material resale outlet. Together these sites are part of “Recycle Row,” a vision of the City of Boulder to group together key pieces of resource recovery infrastructure to help the city meet its zero waste goals.

Schedule:
8:00 am: Gather in Hilton Denver City Center lobby for departure
8:15 am: Departure for Boulder County Recycling Center at 1901 63rd St. in Boulder, CO
9:00 am: Tour Starts
10:30 am: Tour Ends and Departure back to event venue
11:15 am:  Approximate arrival back to Hilton Denver City Center

Please Note: Closed-toe shoes are required. 

Tickets: $30 each

Space Is Limited
Please select this add-on at registration checkout to attend
Oct 7th
8:20 am - 12:30 pm ET

New Belgium Brewing Company

This tour is FULL. We are unable to offer waitlists.

Enjoy a private tour of New Belgium Brewing Company hosted by the company’s sustainability & policy specialist. Come sip some award-winning craft beer and learn about New Belgium’s experiences and lessons learned in their efforts to be a force for good within and beyond their industry. New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work, one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses and tops Bicycling Magazine’s Best Companies for Cyclists. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. Attendees will have time to purchase lunch from the Food Truck following the tour.

Schedule:
8:20 am: Gather in Hilton Denver City Center lobby for departure
8:30 am: Departure for tour
9:50 am: Approximate arrival to New Belgium Brewing
10:00 am: Start of Tour
11:30 am: Tour ends and lunch (attendees will buy lunch from the Food Truck at New Belgium Brewing)
12:00 pm: Departure back to the event venue
12:50 pm: Approximate arrival back to Hilton Denver City Center

Tickets: $30 each

Space Is Limited
Please select this add-on at registration checkout to attend
Oct 7th
8:30 am - 10:20 am ET

Alpine Waste and Recycling

This tour is FULL. We are unable to offer waitlists.

Alpine Waste & Recycling is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ontario, Canada-based GFL Environmental Inc., We are Colorado’s only fully integrated waste hauling services company. We have a fleet of over 125 collection trucks in the Denver Metro area. Our Altogether Recycling facility (MRF) processes 14,000 tons of material per month. We process, bale and take to market over 20 different material types. We were the first facility in the region to include cartons and polystyrene foam into our recycling program.

Our Altogether Recycling facility is the most technologically advanced facility in the region. Our recent system expansion project increased our processing capacity by 33%. It included upgrading to some of the most advanced recycling equipment available in the market. The facility also has the region’s first robot that utilizes A.I. to sort cartons and other different materials from the stream.

Your tour will include introductions and a short overview of the company and equipment followed by a walkthrough of the facility while we are running and processing material. Afterwards, we’ll reconvene for a short Q & A session. 

Schedule:
8:30 am: Gather in Hilton Denver City Center lobby to depart
8:40 am: Departure to Alpine
9:00 am: Arrival and start of Tour
10:00 am: End of Tour and departure back
10:20 am: Approximate arrival back to Hilton Denver City Center

Please Note: Closed-toe shoes are required. 

Tickets: $30 each

Space Is Limited
Please select this add-on at registration checkout to attend
Oct 7th
8:50 am - 12:00 pm ET

A1 Organics

This tour is FULL. We are unable to offer waitlists.

A1 Organics Rattler Ridge Composting Facility is a 430-acre site that was permitted in 2000. We make 4 compost products and have some other composting projects on the site:

  • BioComp Class 1 Compost, STA Certified
  • EcoGro (consumer food waste based) Class 1 Compost, STA Certified
  • EcoGro (industrial food waste based) Class 1 Compost, STA Certified 
  • Command  Class 1 Bio-Engineered Compost for turf management

Schedule:
8:50 am: Gather in Hilton Denver City Center lobby for departure
9:00 am: Bus departs to A1 Organics
10:00 am: Start of Tour
11:00 am: Departure back to event venue
12:00 pm: Approximate arrival back to Hilton Denver City Center

Please Note: The following dress code is required. 

  • Sturdy closed-toe shoes, boots are best.
  • Eye protection (sunglasses) due to blowing dust and debris if the wind is up.
  • Hat
  • Weather appropriate clothing

Tickets: $30 each

Space Is Limited
Please select this add-on at registration checkout to attend
Oct 7th
9:00 am - 10:00 am ET

Workshop: Activating Sustainable Packaging Goals

Denver Ballroom 1-3

Speakers

Tristanne Davis

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

This session will review some of the key learnings from the SPC’s new event, SPC Engage, which is focused on sustainable packaging goal implementation. This will include an overview of types of goals companies are setting according to the SPC’s Goals Database, as well as actions we are seeing companies take to achieve them.

Oct 7th
9:00 am - 10:00 am ET

Masterclass: How To Think Like A Food Futurist?

Denver Ballroom 4-6

Speakers

Max Elder

Institute for the Future

The future is not something that happens to us; it is something we create. But thinking systematically, creatively, and strategically about the future is very hard for very good reasons. In this masterclass, Institute for the Future Research Director Max Elder will share five practical tools for how to think like a (food) futurist. From identifying and cataloguing ‘weak signals of change’ that can capture emergent phenomena before they become obvious to graphically exploring potential unintended consequences of change, this masterclass will provide you with five fundamental tools to help you turn foresight into insights that drive more sustainable action.

Oct 7th
9:45 am - 12:00 pm ET

AMP Robotics

This tour is FULL. We are unable to offer waitlists.

Visit the AMP Robotics site to see a demo of the robotic recycling technology and a brief talk showing the capabilities of the AMP vision system, including identification of brand-specific material.

Schedule:
9:45 am: Gather in Hilton Denver City Center lobby for departure
9:55 am: Departure for tour
10:30 am: Arrival at AMP Robotics and start of tour
11:30 am: Tour finalizes, head back to the event venue
12:00 pm: Approximate arrival back to Hilton Denver City Center

Tickets: $30 each

Space Is Limited
Please select this add-on at registration checkout to attend
Oct 7th
10:00 am - 11:00 am ET

Workshop: Essentials of Sustainable Packaging: Material Health

Denver Ballroom 4-6

Speakers

Elizabeth Ritch

GreenBlue

The safety of the chemicals used in packaging is an increasingly pressing concern for consumers, brands, and retailers. This workshop addresses the essentials on this topic, starting with public perceptions of material health in packaging, and how consumers are pushing companies toward action. Next, we’ll cover key regulatory requirements related to chemicals in packaging, and discuss how companies can go above and beyond. We’ll discuss the importance of material health throughout the lifecycle of the package, and how it’s relevant in the context of a circular economy. Finally, we’ll learn about strategies and tools companies can use to select safer alternatives and better manage chemicals in the supply chain.

Part of the Essentials of Sustainable Packaging Course

Oct 7th
10:15 am - 11:45 am ET

Next Markets Industry Leadership Committee Meeting (for Committee Members only)

Denver Ballroom 1-3

Speakers

Tristanne Davis

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Dylan de Thomas

The Recycling Partnership

The Next Markets Industry Leadership Committee will hold a closed workshop for Next Markets ILC members to consider the question, “What is the business case for companies to use GreenBlue’s recycled material standard (RMS)?” The workshop will begin with a brief overview of the RMS and an update on where the team is in terms of developing the RMS. The Committee will split into groups for different segments of the value chain to develop answers to questions that will help define and troubleshoot the business case for the RMS.

Oct 7th
11:00 am - 12:00 pm ET

Workshop: Sustainable Packaging Considerations for Polybags in Apparel – How Do We Get Products From A-Z Safely?

Denver Ballroom 4-6

Speakers

Adam Gendell

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Polybags have become a significant focal point for many in the apparel industry as the attention paid to single-use plastic packaging continues to mount, but even the most well-informed pursuits have yielded more questions than answers: What can be done to reduce material? Are there opportunities to eliminate polybags altogether? What should we think about compostable polybags? Paper alternatives? Bio-based plastics? Should different strategies be employed for business-to-business and business-to-consumer? This workshop explores many of these questions and explores the considerations around opportunities for improvement.

Oct 7th
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET

Lunch with Exhibitors

Colorado Ballroom A-E
Oct 7th
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm ET

Opening Remarks Plenary Session

Colorado Ballroom F-J

Speakers

Nina Goodrich

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Oct 7th
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm ET

The Role of Packaging in the Transformation of the Animal Agriculture Food System

Colorado Ballroom F-J

Speakers

Brad Barbera

The Good Food Institute

A significant transformation of the food system is coming, driven by needs to feed a changing world sustainably. In particular animal agriculture has been implicated in a host of environmental, health, and equity issues that will only increase as the population grows. Plant-based (i.e., proteins derived from non-animal sources) and cell-based (i.e., real animal tissue grown in a culture outside of the animal) meat, eggs, and dairy products present a promising way to address these concerns simultaneously. But the products alone will not be enough. They must be distributed, presented, and prepared in consumer-appealing ways that are consistent with the solutions they aim to deliver, and packaging will be a key part of that. This presentation will share insights on the evolving market for meat, egg, and dairy products, and propose considerations for the future of packaging as the food system evolves.

Oct 7th
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm ET

How Will We Eat In The Future? New Consumption and Delivery Models, A Panel Conversation

Colorado Ballroom F-J

Speakers

Carol Borba

Mattson

Brad Barbera

The Good Food Institute

Kelly Cramer

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Max Elder

Institute for the Future

Gaurav Kale

Head of Engineering, Packaging, Blue Apron

Emma Schootstra

Lippincott

Merijn Dols

Danone North America

Oct 7th
3:45 pm - 4:15 pm ET

Networking Break With Exhibitors

Colorado Ballroom A-E
Oct 7th
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm ET

Evolving Packaging User Experience, Perception and Performance To Meet New Paradigms, A Panel Conversation

Colorado Ballroom F-J

Speakers

Adam Gendell

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Brandi Parker

Pearlfisher

Linda Roman

Kraft Heinz

Valerie Hawks

Interact Boulder

Oct 7th
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm ET

Opening Reception

Outdoor Plaza
Oct 8th
7:30 am - 5:00 pm ET

Registration and Check-in Open

Colorado Ballroom Prefunction
Oct 8th
7:45 am - 8:45 am ET

Breakfast

Colorado Ballroom A-E
Oct 8th
8:45 am - 8:50 pm ET

Opening Remarks

Colorado Ballroom F-J

Speakers

Nina Goodrich

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Oct 8th
8:50 am - 9:15 am ET

Trends and Evolving Markets in Sustainable Packaging Collaboration

Colorado Ballroom F-J

Speakers

Converters, CPG companies, and consumers must all work together to effectively address and engage in sustainable packaging initiatives. Consumer sentiment is shifting–while cost will always be an issue for the mainstream consumer, more and more consumers (especially younger ones) are trimming their plastic usage, thinking about the environmental impact of all types of packaging, and asking companies to find solutions. This presentation will look at those consumer shifts, and discuss what converters, and CPG companies are doing, together and separately, to appeal to them in new and sometimes unusual ways.

Oct 8th
9:15 am - 9:30 am ET

Collaboration Ignite Talk: The Role of Innovation and Technology in Driving Efficiency and Effectiveness in Recycling

Colorado Ballroom F-J

Speakers

Derric Brown

Evergreen Packaging

Matanya Horowitz

AMP Robotics

Striving to find new ways to develop infrastructure for the sustainable recycling of lower volume commodities, we recognized how innovation and a forward looking view are critical. That’s because these commodities that represent only a small percentage of the recycling stream are faced with the challenge to balance effectiveness and efficiency when it comes to material sorting. New technology such as robotics and artificial intelligence provide the opportunity to sort valuable materials in a more efficient way in addition to offering the possibility to improve overall contamination. From pilots to commercial reality, we will share this success story of how robots are transforming the sorting of some valuable materials.

Oct 8th
9:30 am - 9:45 am ET

Collaboration Ignite Talk: Renewable Materials for Natural and Organic Brands

Colorado Ballroom F-J

Speakers

Steve Savage

1908 Brands

Jake Hebert

Futamura

Natural and organic products is the fastest growing food product segment in the United States. Many of these brands have recognized the negative impacts that single-use plastics have on our environment, and are looking for packaging that aligns with their values. Why place your product into a package that will outlive your grandchildren if the same package could be constructed of sustainable, plant-based compostable films that will safely biodegrade? Learn how 1908 Brands, makers of Thrive Tribe Paleo snack bars, and Futamura Group are working together to address these issues and more.

Oct 8th
9:45 am - 10:00 am ET

Collaboration Ignite Talk: Value Chain Collaboration for Advancement

Colorado Ballroom F-J

Speakers

Ali Blandina

Keurig Dr. Pepper

Brent Hildebrand

Managing Director of Enterprise Sales

Improving packaging solutions for recoverability and reuse requires collaboration of all players along the value chain. We know one size doesn’t fit all. So it is up to the entire value chain to collaborate with new and different partners as we work through the challenges facing the industry.

Oct 8th
10:00 am - 10:15 am ET

Collaboration Ignite Talk: Designing for Recyclability – A Value-Chain Collaboration

Colorado Ballroom F-J

Speakers

Ashley Leidolf

Dow Packaging & Plastics

A multi-year value chain collaboration effort led by Bear Naked recently culminated in the successful 2019 launch of the first large scale fully recyclable stand up pouch (SUP) for granola. As the category leader in natural and organic granola, the Bear Naked team recognized the need to pull the right partners together to break through the barriers to achieve their sustainable packaging goals. Shannon Moore from Bear Naked (Kashi) and Ashley Leidolf from Dow will discuss the importance of open communication and collaboration across the packaging value chain, from the brand to the material supplier and the partners in between.

Oct 8th
10:15 am - 11:00 am ET

Networking Break

Colorado Ballroom A-E
Oct 8th
11:00 am - 12:00 pm ET

Looking For the Paper Option? A Panel Conversation

Denver Ballroom 4-6

Speakers

Jamie Jones Jr.

Seaman Paper

Tom Pollock

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Konstantin Sundin

RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden)

Neal Haussel

Iggesund Paperboard

There is a lot of discussion these days about whether packaging could be – and even should be – made from wood fiber. Our most everyday example, of course, is the ubiquitous paper straw. But when considering the paper option what does that really mean? What are the options? What is lost and gained? Please note, this is NOT another “plastic or paper” discussion. This panel of experts, rather, will be discussing the latest innovations in paper-based packaging and addressing the current trend of moving to paper. From recent advances in nano-cellulose, to how to make a paper straw that you can actually use, this discussion is focused on the most frequently asked questions and what you need to know about moving to a paper-based solution.

Oct 8th
11:00 am - 12:00 pm ET

Building Unexpected Alliances to Create Meaningful Change, A Panel Conversation

Colorado Ballroom F-J

Speakers

Nina Goodrich

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Jerry Tinianow

City and County of Denver

Jody Mason

Danone North America

Anke Boykin

PepsiCo

To make progress in environmental initiatives within companies, with external partners and with entities such as government, municipalities and trade associations, stakeholders with different and sometimes opposite perspectives need to zero in on the issues and find common ground to open a path to meaningful change.

Oct 8th
11:00 am - 12:00 pm ET

The New Rs for Sustainable Containers Systems: Returnable, Reusable and Refillable, a Panel Conversation

Denver Ballroom 1-3

Speakers

Adam Gendell

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Nick Munson-Phelps

Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative

Caren McNamara

Conscious Container

There is a groundswell of commitments to designing packaging to be recyclable, compostable, or reusable, and while there is widespread recognition that reusable and refillable packaging systems offer significant potential for improved environmental profiles, the level of successful execution has not yet matched the level of interest. This session explores the opportunities and challenges related to reusable and refillable packaging through the lens of three organizations who have implemented successful programs. Hear about lessons learned and best practices surrounding reverse logistics, cost, consumer acceptance and behavior, and everything between!

Oct 8th
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm ET

Lunch

Colorado Ballroom A-E
Oct 8th
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Disruptors in Recovery, Collection, Circularity, and Upcycling

Colorado Ballroom F-J

Speakers

Ionut Georgescu

End of Waste Foundation

Maisie Devine

Anheuser-Busch InBev

Peter Wang Hjemdahl

rePurpose Global

Jan Rayman

Continuus Materials

Disruptors in Recovery, Collection, Circularity and Upcycling
Moderator: Peter Schelstraete, CEO, Ubuntoo

Implementing in the Delivery Decade – UN SDG 12
A quick look at 3 pilots with entrepreneurs in Brazil who are working towards zero waste.
Maisie Devine, Global Director, Sustainability Investments & Accelerator at Anheuser-Busch InBev

Plastic Credits: Funding the World’s Transition to a Circular Economy
Creating a multi-stakeholder global platform to incentivize plastic recovery in developing countries, and support the commercialization of plastic alternatives.
Peter Wang Hjemdahl, Co-Founder, rePurpose

Creating a Different Future Destination for Packaging – Become a Champion of Sustainability
Our presentation will be focused on answering questions such as: “How can we boost our sustainability as citizens and companies using the latest technology and engaging Millennials and Generation Z? How can we create a fair system between all stakeholders of the system and create a sustainable packaging for our product and consumer? How can we create a different future in which packaging has a positive footprint for our environment and really help reverse global warming?”
Ionut Georgescu, Founder and Chief Evangelist, End of Waste Foundation

Building a Circular Material Solution for a World Drowning in Plastic Waste
We have a shortage of domestic end-markets, which are critical to a healthy circular economy. Jan Rayman will share key learnings from his experience in creating a successful business making building materials out of upcycled poly-coated packaging. He will also reveal how combining this manufacturing solution with an innovative, high-volume recovery process can create a revolutionary circular concept at a large scale.
Jan Rayman, Director of Sustainability, Continuus Materials

Oct 8th
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm ET

What is the Role of Forest Products in the Bioeconomy?

Denver Ballroom 4-6

Speakers

Tristanne Davis

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Ian Lifshitz

Asia Pulp & Paper

Tom Pollock

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Douglas Singbeil

FPInnovations

Petri Sirvio

Stora Enso

Konstantin Sundin

RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden)

The Bioeconomy, a term popularized by Europe’s Bioeconomy Strategy, calls for the development of sustainable food, farming, and forestry systems that deploy bio-based solutions for vital products and energy, as an important part of larger move towards a circular economy. The forest sector is expected to contribute significantly to the development of the bio-economy through the development of bioproducts like fiber based packaging, wood products, bio-composites and bio-plastics from wood-based biomass, and the development of forest biorefineries that produce chemicals and energy, creating new markets for advanced forest based products. In this session, panelists will discuss their perspectives on the forest product markets of the future and the leading role forests might play in the Bioeconomy.

Oct 8th
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Do’s and Don’ts of Labelling Your Compostable Packaging, A Panel Conversation

Denver Ballroom 1-3

Speakers

Olga Kachook

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Tim Goodman

NatureWorks

Christine Cassidy

Dart Container

John Sullivan

Maryland Department of the Environment: Resource Management Program

Wayne Huttle

WestRock

Even as more brands turn to compostable packaging, consumers remain confused by product labels and messaging – what does “bioplastic”, “made from plants”, or a #7 really mean? With no standard product labels, many consumers still aren’t sure if something is compostable, especially if it looks like traditional plastic. So how can brands better label their compostable products? How can they help prevent plastic look-alikes from being mistakenly put in the compost bin? Get insight into how better labelling can help your compostable packaging make it into the compost bin and be accepted by local composters. Learn about the main compostability certifications and what kind of labelling is required (and prohibited) by the FTC and a growing number of states.

Oct 8th
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm ET

The Resurgence of the Can: How Innovation and Recovery Uptake Are Making it the Package of Choice, A Panel Conversation

Colorado Ballroom F-J

Speakers

Carol Cochran

Horse & Dragon Brewing Company

Caroline Cox

GreenBlue

Stacy Katz

Waste Management

Adam Shalapin

Ball Corporation

Kyle Strenski

UPM Raflatac

Oct 8th
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm ET

Managing Contamination at Closed Loop Venues in Colorado, A Panel Conversation

Denver Ballroom 1-3

Speakers

David Fridland

Eco-Products

Bob Yost

A1 Organics

Clinton Sander

A1 Organics

Julie Tasche

Illegal Pete’s

Dave Newport

Phase 3 Sports

James Calder

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

In order to have a successful organics diversion program, being mindful of contamination is critical. This diverse panel will discuss the challenges for keeping the compost stream clean, as well as successful strategies that they have deployed. We will also touch on the work of Recycle Colorado’s Compost Council on this topic.

Oct 8th
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm ET

Masterclass: Principles for Making Technology Human

Denver Ballroom 4-6

Speakers

Emma Schootstra

Lippincott

How do technologies earn permission to be deeply integrated into our lives? Part of it is what they do for us – such as help us save time or exercise more. Yet it is also how they do it. We connect with Amazon Alexa and trust her to order the right groceries for us. UberEats reassures us that our food will come in time. Good technologies accommodate to us as humans. Even if technology is not your core business, join us to learn how your customers of the future will seek out human brands and technologies that adapt to them.

Oct 8th
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Networking Break

Colorado Ballroom A-E
Oct 8th
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm ET

Masterclass: Challenges and Opportunities in Plastics Upcycling: The Role of Biological and Chemical Recycling

Colorado Ballroom F-J

Speakers

Plastics recycling today is mostly mechanical in nature, which leads to compromised material properties and lower value for reclaimed, recycled plastic materials. This in turn leads to an economic disincentive for plastics reclamation. As an alternative, the concept of chemical breakdown of plastics can lead to intermediates that can be recycled back into either virgin-like polymers or upcycled to materials of higher value. This master class will cover some of the key concepts in the use of biological and chemical systems to break down plastics into valuable intermediates as well as emerging concepts in making upcycled materials. I will also cover aspects of using new, bio-based monomers in combination with intermediates from reclaimed plastics to produce biodegradable plastic replacements and upcycled materials.

Oct 8th
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm ET

Workshop: Essentials of Sustainable Packaging: Ocean Plastics

Denver Ballroom 1-3

Speakers

Tristanne Davis

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

This course will describe the scope of ocean plastic pollution and its impacts on our marine ecosystems. We will talk about the various ways in which plastic ends up in the oceans, including the role of global waste management infrastructure challenges. We will also address the methods that have been proposed for removing plastic from the ocean and for reducing the flow of plastic into the ocean, including the use of discarded plastics as feedstock in packaging and durable goods. This course will close with a look at active government- and industry-led initiatives tackling the challenges of ocean plastic pollution. Part of the SPC’s Essentials of Sustainable Packaging course.

Oct 8th
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm ET

Happy Hour at YFYJupiter + Pub Crawl in RiNo District

Join us for happy hour at YFYJupiter followed by a pub crawl in RiNo District! Sponsored by YFYJupiter.

Schedule:
5:30 pm- 6:30 pm: Happy Hour
6:30 pm onwards: Pub Crawl in RiNo District

Space Is Limited
Please select this add-on at registration checkout to attend
Oct 8th
5:50 pm - 9:00 pm ET

Downtown Craft Beer Tour

A guided walking tour through downtown Denver, Colorado’s historic LODO (lower downtown) and Ballpark Neighborhood districts. The tour will explore the history of beer, how it is made, what the different types are and how they differ, why Denver has been dubbed the “Napa Valley of Beer,” as well the history of Denver and how it became the city it is today.

During the stops on our tour, you will go behind the scenes to learn brewing process, visit a brewpub that began a nationwide franchise, drink in the brewery founded by the governor, and hang out in the best craft beer bar in Denver. Appetizers, dinner, and dessert are included.

Schedule:
5:50 pm: Gather in Hilton Denver City Center lobby for departure
6:00 pm: Tour Departs
9:00 pm: Tour concludes at Hilton Denver City Center

Tickets: $90 each

Space Is Limited
Please select this add-on at registration checkout to attend
Oct 8th
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm ET

Mixer at The Woods at The Source Hotel

The Source Hotel, Denver

Sponsored by The American Chemistry Council

Join us for a mixer at The Woods! Enjoy outdoor seating with views of the stunning Denver skyline and Rocky Mountains at The Woods restaurant, bar and beer garden. Located in the RiNo district of Denver, the city’s most innovative culinary neighborhood, The Woods at The Source Hotel features dishes collaboratively paired with New Belgium Brewing craft beers.

Space Is Limited
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Oct 8th
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm ET

Mixer at Woods Boss Brewing Company

2210 California St, Denver, CO 80205

Join us for a mixer at Woods Boss Brewing Company! Sponsored by UPM Raflatac

Woods Boss Brewing Company transformed an early 1900 brick building into a beautiful brewery and tap room, opening their doors on August 11, 2017 with the intention of creating a community brewery where people could enjoy delicious craft beers that consistently rotate. Ranging from smooth, crisp lagers to barrel aged funky Belgian Quads, they have 20 taps all brewed in house with the goal of having something for everyone to enjoy regardless of your palette.

Schedule:
6:00 pm- 7:30 pm: Mixer

Space Is Limited
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Oct 9th - Oct 8th
7:30 am - 8:30 am ET

Breakfast

Colorado Ballroom A-E
Oct 9th
8:30 am - 9:30 am ET

Innovative Financing Strategies and Approaches for Enhancing Local Recycling Markets

Colorado Ballroom F-J

Speakers

Charlotte Pitt

The City and County of Denver

Bridget Croke

Closed Loop Partners

Peter Wright

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Will Sagar

Southeast Recycling Development Council

A stronger domestic recycling market will support local communities by creating more jobs and providing the U.S. economy with greater resilience to future market disruptions. This session will showcase innovative financing strategies for building new and evolving existing recycling infrastructure to meet today’s challenges. The session will open with U.S. EPA providing an overview of the multi-stakeholder effort underway to address the challenges and opportunities facing the U.S. recycling system, followed by panelist presentations on how their organizations are strengthening existing markets and/or creating new markets for secondary materials through innovative financing techniques and partnership approaches. Panelists will include representatives from local governments, consumer product companies, investment firms, and entrepreneurs.

Oct 9th
9:30 am - 10:30 am ET

A Regional Outlook of Recycling and Composting Infrastructure, A Panel Conversation

Colorado Ballroom F-J

Speakers

Dylan de Thomas

The Recycling Partnership

Kate Bailey

Eco-Cycle

Jamie Gormley

Centennial Recycling

Eric Heyboer

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Charlotte Pitt

The City and County of Denver

Colorado faces unique challenges when it comes to composting and recycling infrastructure. Recycling End Markets are very far away for the local recyclers. Hear about the regional stakeholders on their end markets development strategies and how brands can participate in these efforts.

Oct 9th
10:30 am - 11:00 am ET

Networking Break

Colorado Ballroom A-E
Oct 9th
11:00 am - 11:50 am ET

Groundbreaking Collection and Recovery Initiatives, A Panel Conversation

Colorado Ballroom F-J

Speakers

Nina Goodrich

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Erik Gonring

Novolex

Ionut Georgescu

End of Waste Foundation

Jan Rayman

Continuus Materials

Oct 9th
11:50 am - 12:00 pm ET

Closing Remarks and Conclusion of Event

Colorado Ballroom F-J

Speakers

Nina Goodrich

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

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