2018 Bridging the gap program guide
(Subject to Changes)

Monday, November 12, 2018

Program Time
Registration Opens

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
Pre-Conference Meeting with SERDC Staff/Conference Committee

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m

Charleston Tea Plantation Tour
Here's your chance to tour America's only tea factory. You'll learn all about how tea is made. 
Box lunch included. $TDB

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m
Golf Tournament at Patriot’s Point Golf Course

 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m
Exhibitor Booth Set Up

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m
Carolina Plastics Recycling Coalition Mtg. (Separate Registration required)

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m
EPA Integrated Solid Waste Management Trainer Workshop ($25 fee)

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m

Moderator Meeting

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m

Board of Directors Meeting

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m

Charleston Carriage Tour
This horse-drawn carriage tour will reveal over 300 years of history. A licensed guide
will inform and entertain you with historical facts, lore, and humor. One-hour narrated
carriage tour covers more than 2.5 miles and 30 blocks of historic Charleston.
(Adjacent to DoubleTree Hotel-- $21 if booked through the Summit Registration--save $5).

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m

Chairwoman’s Welcome Reception and Low Country Boil (Frogmore Stew)
Reserve your meal and drinks when you register for the Summit

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m

TuesDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2018

Program Time
Registration Continues

 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Complimentary Breakfast (Location TBD)
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Welcome/Introductions -Nicole Smith, Chairperson, Board of Directors, SERDC

9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.
Keynote Speaker

9:10 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.
Plenary Session 1 –The Challenge of Recovered Material Quality and Value
Contamination is a national issue; a broad spectrum of the recycling community how the
increased importance and emphasis on the quality of materials recovered.

9:40 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Exhibit Hall Opens: Networking Break

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m

Plenary Session 2 – Morphing MRF’s
What’s happening at the MRF is critical at the point of collection and critical at market. Hear
the southeast’s primary MRF operators discuss the challenges of operations in the current
conditions and the advance of emerging technologies.

11:15 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

12:05 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Plenary Session 3 – The Trouble with Mixed Paper
Hear experts discuss the challenges of the mixed paper market and possible ways to help
address the quality and the value of mixed paper in
 today’s markets.

1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m
Plenary Session 4 - Community Tools for addressing Contami-NATION and Citizen Engagement
Presenters discuss the latest tools in improving material quality at the curb.

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m
Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall

3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m
Plenary 5 -- Update on SERDC/ISRI MRF Contracting Project

3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Plenary 6 – Mixed Waste Processing - Boon? or Bust?
Experts discuss the expectations for the future of Mixed Waste Processing

4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
 “Nothing Could Be Finer than to Network in Carolina” Reception – Exhibit Hall

 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Program Time
Registration Continues

 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
“Breakfast and Biz” – Join Us for Breakfast and SERDC’s Annual Business Meeting

 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Plenary 7 – Big Brand’s Bridge the Gap
America’s most recognizable Brands continue to grow investment in material recovery. In this
session, here these Brands talk about their continued investments and future intentions to be
a part of material recovery in the southeast and beyond.

 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
“Work that Net” - Final Morning Break with Exhibitors

 10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Plenary 8 – The Sharpening Edge of the National Sword
Presenters discusses the silver lining and the positive spinoff effects of China’s
National Sword.

 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Plenary 9 – “A Solution is Coming to Problem Near You!” 
Cooperative Efforts Bridging the Gaps
The recycling industry has experienced numbers of challenges over the past few years. 
Learn from various organizations, partnerships and coalitions of the efforts to bridge 
the gaps in our nation’s recycling system.

 1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Adjournment – Chairman’s Challenge
Nicole Smith, SERDC Chairperson

 2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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