International Solid Waste Association (ISWA)

SWANA Soar 2022 Technical Conference, Kansas City

March 21, 2022

Visit SCS Engineers at Booth 202 at SWANA’s SOAR 2022 Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, March 21-24, 2022.

“SOAR” stands for Sustainability, Operations, Action, Resources, and it is SWANA’s new conference to provide technical solutions for resource management.  It is built on the essence of SWANApalooza, and is driving the power and connection of the solid waste community.  SOAR brings together professionals and experts from ALL disciplines of the resource management community, offering technical education, networking events, peer-to-peer learning, and actionable, fact-based solutions.

Several SCS Engineers professionals are presenting at the SOAR 2022 Conference, including:

Tom Lock and Robert Butler are speaking at the Joint Meeting of the Landfill Gas & Biogas Field Practices and Extraction & Control Committees, Monday March 21, 2:00 – 3:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Carlo Lebron is the Director of SWANA’s Landfill Gas & Biogas Technical Division on Monday, March 21, 4:00 – 5:00 pm. The group will be meeting during the conference and all are welcome to attend.

SCS Energy’s Jeff Pierce is speaking about “Conversion of Biogas Power to Renewable Natural Gas – Flip or Flop”, on Tuesday, March 22, 2:00 – 2:45 pm

James Law, on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM How to Get Involved With ISWA’s Global Initiative on Closing Dumpsites?
Global solid waste generation is postulated to increase from 2.01 billion metric tonnes (Mt) in 2016 to 2.59 billion Mt in 2030 and to a high of 3.4 billion Mt in 2050. Almost 50 percent of this waste is food waste, especially in low-income economy countries. However, if one looks at the waste management options, only eight percent of the total waste is disposed of into sanitary landfills (without gas collection), while almost 40 percent is still disposed into dumpsites. The ISWA’s Working Group on Landfill (WGL) formalized the Task Force on Closing Dumpsites (TFCD) in 2018. The primary goal of the TFCD is to present cost savings and environmental benefits related to transitioning from dumps to engineered sanitary landfills, and in particular to encourage more municipalities in the developing countries, that currently heavily rely on open dumps for disposal of their waste, to participate in this initiative. The secondary goal is to promote the closing of the world’s 50 largest dumpsites, which were identified by ISWA in 2014, by bringing public and private stakeholders and financial institutions together so that dumpsite closure can become a reality. It is time to spark the interest of all solid waste professionals and other stakeholders and investors to engage and to respond to call in contributing their knowledge and interest in this important global initiative to address climate change, to improve the health of the people living on or around the dumpsites as well as the environment they live in and beyond.

Michelle Leonard is speaking on “Organics Diversion California Style” on Wednesday, March 23, 9:00 – 9:45 am


Robert Butler, on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM Landfill Gas Field Practices and Procedures Manuel revised for the Safety and Wellbeing of our Industry Partners
The Landfill Gas Field Practices and Procedures Manuel is a compilation of current practices and procedures relating to the control, recovery and utilization of landfill gas, prepared by seasoned professionals in both private and public solid waste industries. The manual serves as a guide resource for current Health and Safety, Landfill Gas Monitoring, Sampling and Analysis, and Equipment Procedures as well as valuable website resources at your fingertips. The manual is a must-have for all “Solid Waste” Professionals.


Anastasia Welch is presenting “Tales from the Landfill” on Wednesday, March 23, 4:00 – 4:45 pm


David Hostetter and Brett Heist (not pictured), on Thursday, March 24, 2022, 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Technologies to Reduce Landfill Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are a hot-button topic within the landfill industry and society as a whole. Landfills naturally generate GHGs in the form of landfill gas (LFG) and generally collect these gasses and will often use them for beneficial end uses. However, even at world-class landfills, GHGs are emitted through things like gaps in LFG collection system coverage, insufficient cover, blown traps, piping leaks, malfunctioning equipment, etc. We have successfully used several different technologies to help identify and reduce GHG emissions. We will share our thoughts and experiences on how different technologies can be deployed at landfills to help identify, quantify, and reduce GHG emissions.


SCS Regional Manager, Ron Wilks and SCS Field Services Bill Dillon will be trainers at the 3-day Training Center sessions, March 21-23.


SCS is also hosting an after party on March 22 at TAPS ON MAIN.
Please RSVP to your local SCSer or


SOAR is an important event for Sustainable Materials Management, Collection, Logistics & Transportation, Landfill Gas & Biogas, Landfill Management, Waste Conversion & Energy Recovery, and Public Education & Marketing professionals.


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Posted by Laura Dorn at 8:00 am