Special Forum for Plastic Waste in UKC 2019

Growth in living standards increases the use of plastic products, results a remarkable impact on the environment. Plastics have now become indispensable materials, and the demand is continually increasing due to their diverse and attractive applications in household and industries. Mostly, plastics polymers make up a high proportion of waste, and this amount is continuously increasing around the world. Hence, waste plastics pose a very serious environmental challenge because of their large quantity and disposal problem as it do not biodegrade for a very long time.

Land filling, being the most used disposal route is undesirable due to poor biodegradability and causing the secondary soil and ground water contamination. Incineration of plastic waste also possesses serious air pollution problems by releasing the harmful gases like dioxins, hydrogen chloride, and airborne particles.

This special forum at UKC will discuss the various US and Korea perspective on the plastics waste issues.   Forum will cover the plastic waste policy, outlook, management, the state of operational practice in both country as well as the recycle and conversion technology to the chemical and energy.


>>  Date: August 16, 2019 (Friday) 13:30 – 15:30
>>  Venue: Hyatt Regency O’Hare Chicago, Rosemont, IL, USA
>>  Chair: Dr. Chan Seung Park (University of California, Riverside)


Speaker and Topic

1:30 – 1:40 PM Welcome & Introduction
Myungja Kim (President of KOFST)
1:40 – 1:55 PM Plastic Use Issue in Korea (Tentative)
Speaker from Korea (TBD)
2:05 – 2:20 PM Challenges and Opportunities for Recycling Plastic in the United States – What Does the Future Hold?
Mr. David Biderman, Executive Director and CEO
Solid Waste Association of North America
2:20 – 3:35 PM Waste plastic to energy
Dr. Gupta, Ashwani K, Professor
University of Maryland
2:35 – 2:50 PM Thermochemical Technologies for Disposal of Waste Plastics
Dr. Hang Seok Choi, Professor
Purdue University
2:50 – 3:30 PM Panel Discussion
Panelists from U.S.:
Gupta, Ashwani K (University of Maryland)
Hang Seok Choi (Purdue University)
– Mr. David Biderman

Panelists from Korea (TBD):