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WasteExpo 2020 Now Digital Event – Together Online

August 10 @ 8:00 am - August 14 @ 5:00 pm

After much discussion, WASTE EXPO 2020 will now be a digital event:  WasteExpo Together Online, August 10-14.  Organizers are currently working through the details, which will be posted below as they take shape.

Look for presentations from SCS professionals, including Senior Vice President Pat Sullivan, Michelle Leonard, Tracie Bills, Lisa Coelho, and Viraj deSilva (all to be confirmed).

Conference sessions include SCS presentations such as these:

PFAS Super Session: What is PFAS & How Do We Treat It?
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been produced in the U.S. since the 1940s and are used in a wide variety of products and applications. PFAS are persistent in the environment and resistant to environmental degradation. The potential bio-accumulation of PFAS is a concern, and EPA considers PFAS to be emerging contaminants.

This super-session will address all things PFAS and is split into two parts.  Part I will be chaired by Dr. Viraj deSilva of SCS Engineers :

  • Part I – Laying the Foundation: Laying the Foundation: Part I will set the stage for PFAS, discuss background information, historical legal challenges, and sampling and analytical challenges and opportunities.
  • Part II- Treatment Options : Treatment Options: Part II will focus specifically on treatment options – including underground injection, destruction, and separation.

Organics Diversion and Collection
Moderator: Tracie Onstad Bills, SCS Engineers , will moderate this discussion on the Importance of Organic Waste Diversion; whether Commercial Organics Diversion Mandates are Working in California; Making Cents of SB 1383: CA’s 75% Organic Diversion Mandate; and Semi-Underground Organics Containment.

Evaluation of Organics Management Options; Composting Odor Control; Equipment Maintenance
Moderator: George Savage, CalRecovery, Patrick Sullivan and Raymond Huff of SCS Engineers with a Comparison of Organic Waste Management Options in Terms of Air Quality and GHG Impacts. This session also covers how to eliminate compost facility odors and maintenance strategies.

The Effects of Organic Diversion Policies on Food Donation
Moderator: Hannah Cather, Food Recovery Network with Tracie Onstad Bills of SCS Engineers presenting on the RecycleSmart Edible Food Generator Survey for the Contra Costa County Solid Waste Authority. Also covered will be Leveraging Organic Waste Mandates, Public-Private Partnerships Support Wasted Food Diversion Efforts, and Vallarta Supermarkets Recycling, Organics, and Food Waste Donations.

Reducing Food Waste and Increasing Recovery in Municipal, Regional, and State Programs
Moderator: Evan Edgar and speaker Lisa Coelho of SCS Engineers discuss the Santa Clara County Community Based Social Marketing (CBSM) of Food Waste Reduction Program and Food Recovery Efforts. Also included are presentations on Los Angeles County’s Three-Pronged Approach by Michelle Leonard of SCS Engineers, Accelerate Food Waste Reduction Through Collaboration, Eating the Food Scraps Elephant: How Madison, WI is Tackling the Problem of Food Scraps a Bite at a Time through Prevention and Diversion, with John Welch, Director Waste & Renewables, Dane County.

Panel Discussion on the Future of Organics in California
Learn about California’s SB 1383 implementation that will require 75% diversion of organic waste from landfills by 2025. Hear from industry policy leaders and composters in an interactive panel discussion regarding collection, contamination, permitting, and markets of transforming organic wastes into compost and energy products.  This lively discussion will include questions from the audience on how to develop over 100 facilities at a cost of $2 to $3 billion. Moderator Evan Edgar with Tracie Onstad Bills of SCS Engineers and Bill Camarillo.

Residential and Multi-Residential Organics Diversion
Moderated by Lisa Coelho of SCS Engineers. This session will address zero waste residential and multi-residential programs, including how to start and run a successful program.

Regulations Upon Regulations – Landfill Gas Update
NSPS WWW or XXX, EG Cc or Cf, NESHAP AAAA, Subpart GGG or OOO, Subpart Ba – is that it?  What is the alphabet soup of rules and how do they apply to landfills? What do landfill owners need to know to stay in compliance?  Pat Sullivan of SCS will be one of the panelists to discuss and clarify the confusing array of regulations that govern landfills.

EREF’s Annual Charitable Auction & Silent Auction

In addition to the technical sessions, The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) will host its annual charitable auction at WasteExpo 2020. The auction supports EREF’s funding of scholarships and grants for solid waste research, as well as EREF’s educational initiatives. Since 1994, the auction has raised more than $18 million.


Click here to visit the WasteExpo 2020 website for emerging details and registration information.



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