where plastics recycling moves forward


The Plastics Recycling Conference and Trade Show is the focal point for the increasingly complex and international plastics recycling industry. The event, now in its 15th year, brings together plastics reclaimers, equipment manufacturers, brand owners, brokers, government officials and leading sustainability voices from around the globe to deepen connections and push the sector forward. Don't miss out on the industry event of the year.


“It was fantastic to see the amount of good work and enthusiasm on improving the recycling of plastics - on the forums, discussions and private discussions with the industry players.”

The 2020 conference will offer presentations, panel discussions and Q&As featuring leading industry executives, reclaimers and associations. The exhibit hall is expected to include more than 225 booths. The 2019 Plastics Recycling Conference and Trade Show, held last March just outside Washington, D.C., brought together 2,000 attendees from 35 countries and featured more than 200 sponsors and exhibitors.

Take advantage of the opportunity to meet new faces, close deals and hear the information you need to know to keep your business ahead of the rest.


why you should attend the plastics recycling Conference

Learn how to take advantage of the current market to maintain and grow your business from the leading experts in the field of plastics recovery and utilization.  Speakers will present extensive and detailed industry assessments, including analyses of trends in the U.S. and Canada, plastics collection issues, recycling market factors, and legislative and policy considerations.

Connect with over 200 companies in the industry showcasing their products and services in the exhibit hall.  Exhibiting companies include, but will not be limited to, collectors and reclaimers, buyers and brokers, equipment producers, waste haulers and industry trade associations. 

Network with over 2,000 attendees - clients, prospective partners, colleagues, vendors and industry leaders all in one location.  Meeting everyone in one venue will save you precious time and travel expense.



  • Bag and film manufacturers

  • Environmental organizations

  • Scrap plastic product makers

  • Collectors and materials recovery facility operators

  • Resin brokers

  • Clean-tech investors

  • Other investors

who should attend

  • Resin producers

  • Plastic collectors and reclaimers

  • Consumers of recycled resin

  • Plastics converters and compounders

  • Government recycling officials

  • Equipment producers

  • Waste haulers

  • Brand owners

  • Retailers

  • Packaging and label designers and producers


collaborate with leading industry groups

  • American Chemistry Council (ACC)

  • Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR)

  • China National Resources Recycling Association (CRRA)

  • China Scrap Plastics Association (CSPA)

  • Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI)

  • Keep America Beautiful (KAB)

  • National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR)

  • Plastics Recyclers Europe

  • Sustainable Packaging Coalition

  • The Recycling Partnership

  • The Closed Loop Fund

NEW! Industry Interviews

During select refreshment breaks in the exhibit hall, members of the Plastics Recycling Update editorial staff will sit down with different plastics recycling leaders to learn more about the biggest industry trends.

February 17
10:15 am Taylor Maddalene
10:40 am Ralph Payet

February 18
10:15 am John Layman
10:40 am More Recycling

don't miss the exhibit hall

The exhibit hall will sell out with over 225 plastic recycling organizations showcasing their products and services. The exhibit hall also offers endless networking and entertainment options. Visit the espresso bars for a morning or afternoon perk up, challenge a colleague to a game of bag toss or putting golf. Check your email or charge your electronic device in the electronics lounge. Chat with clients, prospective partners, colleagues, vendors and industry leaders in the networking lounges.

Looking to exhibit? The conference offers an array of sponsorship, exhibiting and advertising options that provide your organizations with a cost-effective way to promote your products and services, establish your brand, build new business and secure your position as a leader in the industry.

“Found the exhibit hall to be a great resource for generating leads.”
“The show was well organized, lots of attendees and exhibitors to network with. The show was a good source for business opportunities. ”


additional education and events

Several pre- and post-conference workshops and events will be offered in conjunction with the Plastics Recycling Conference and Trade Show, including the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) Technical Forum as well as APR membership and committee meetings.

For the fourth consecutive year, APR will hold a Technical Forum during the Plastics Recycling Conference. As The Voice of Plastics Recycling APR works to keep the industry informed of the most current recycling technologies, industry trends and challenges, as well as design for recyclability and best practices. As in the past, this program will focus on the latest innovations across the value chain impacting the plastics recycling industry.

On Monday, February 17 attendees will be able to tour the Nashville locations of both MSS and NRT. The tours will be available in the morning and the afternoon, allowing attendees full flexibility in planning their days. The tour of both operations will give attendees access to the equipment companies' headquarters. With the importance of proper sortation gaining traction and momentum, now's the time to see what each company has to offer. Space is limited, register soon.


For registration, contact Cherlyn Staten at 503-233-1305 x115 or cherlyn@resource-recycling.com

For sponsor and exhibiting, contact Tonya at 503-233-1305 x116 or tonya@resource-recycling.com

Mark youR calendar

Plastics Recycling Conference and Trade Show
February 22 - 24, 2021