What networking events do you want to attend if you are in the scrap plastic and recycling business?

If you’re trying to meet new customers, find the latest and greatest developments in your industry, and network with other professionals in your market, there’s no substitute for attending a trade show or networking event.

Even with the great tools and resources available online today, sometimes the “in person” experience of a trade show is the best way to quickly make connections with the people in the scrap plastic recycling business that you most want to meet.

Here are a few of the top scrap plastic recycling conferences and trade shows scheduled for 2012. Perhaps we’ll see you there:

Southeast Recycling Conference and Trade Show (March 11-14, 2012 – Destin, FL) The Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is the setting for the 25th annual Southeast Recycling Conference and Trade Show. 700 attendees and 80 exhibitors will gather to hear the latest trends in recycling programs, products and services. Seminar topics include Recycling Technology Advances, Recovering More Recyclables, and Recovered Material Market Updates and Prices for scrap plastic, aluminum, steel, glass and other scrap materials.  http://www.southeastrecycling.com/

Plastics Recycling Conference (March 20-21, 2012 – Atlanta, GA)

This is the largest conference (and only conference) catering exclusively to the plastics recycling industry. The Plastics Recycling Conference hosts over 1,000 attendees and over 100 exhibitors focused on the plastics recycling industry, representing companies including scrap plastic brokers, recycled plastic product makers, collectors and MRF operators, and plastics converters and compounders.   http://www.plasticsrecycling.com/

Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) Conference (April 15-19, 2012 – Las Vegas, NV)

The ISRI Conference is the largest gathering of scrap recycling professionals in the world, with over 40 general sessions, spotlights and workshops. The conference will include a spotlight on scrap plastic recycling.  http://isriconvention.org/

WasteExpo 2012 (April 30-May 3, 2012 – Las Vegas, NV)

WasteExpo is North America’s largest solid waste and recycling trade show with over 11,000 attendees from all sectors of the solid waste and recycling industries. Recycling industry attendees include waste generators and recycling firms, including secondary materials processors, contractors and recyclers. http://wasteexpo.com/wasteexpo2012/public/enter.aspx

Federation of New York Solid Waste Associations Solid Waste & Recycling Conference (May 20-23, 2012 – Bolton Landing, NY)

The Sagamore, a 4-diamond resort in Bolton Landing, New York, is the setting for the Federation of New York Solid Waste Associations Solid Waste & Recycling Conference. Attendees will include plant engineers, solid waste directors, and recycling professionals. http://www.nyfederation.org/Information.htm

Northeast Recycling Conference and Expo (June 4-5, 2012 – Manchester, NH) The 31st annual Northeast Recycling Conference and Expo will bring together hundreds of attendees and over 60 vendors, including recycling facilities, equipment manufacturers, recycling suppliers and other industry experts. http://www.nrra.net/conference/2012-conference/

Resource Recycling Conference (August 28-29, 2012 – Austin, TX):

The 3rd annual Resource Recycling Conference will bring together over 500 attendees and exhibitors from all sectors of the recycling industry. There will be expert presentations on key trends affecting materials recovery. Attendees include recycling service providers, processors and consumers of recyclable materials, and managers of local recycling systems. http://www.resource-recycling.com/rr_conference/index.html

Are there any “can’t miss” plastic recycling industry networking events that you like to attend? Let us know!