organics management

Wisconsin Integrated Resource Management Conference (WIRMC), Green Bay

January 5, 2023

SCS Engineers is a Silver Sponsor of the Wisconsin Integrated Resource Management Conference (WIRMC) to be held February 22-24 at the Hyatt Regency in Green Bay.

The conference will feature numerous networking opportunities, exhibitors, field trips, and several tracks exploring the latest solid waste management trends and practices.

The following SCS professionals will be presenting at the conference:

Vice President Betsy Powers is co-presenting in “Getting Up to Speed: Effectively Onboarding People for Success”
with Analiese Smith of Waukesha County and Karin Sieg of Recycling Connections
[Track Session II, Thursday, February 23 at 2:30]

Abstract: Solid waste organizations are looking to hire, and the waste business doesn’t have the glamor some other companies can offer. With a tight talent pool available, organizations with good onboarding programs can help attract good talent by highlighting the organization’s culture, reduce the time for a new employee to become a productive employee, boost employee engagement and help build a stronger company culture. We don’t often talk about topics like this, but building and maintaining a strong work force in our field is important. So let’s start talking about it!

Betsy Powers will also co-present on “How One MN Waste Processing Facility is Tackling 75% Diversion”
with Nate Klett of Foth
[Track Session V, Friday, February 24 at 10:30 am]

Abstract: Ramsey and Washington Counties recognize that there is often value to the items that people put in the trash. R&E sees the waste stream as a resource stream. This resulted in the 2016 purchase of the Recycling & Energy Center (R&E Center), located in Newport, Minnesota. All trash generated by individuals and businesses in the two counties is delivered to the R&E Center, where R&E works to recover value. The R&E Center is permitted to process 500,000 tons of trash per year. Trash is processed to recover recyclable metals and make fuel for producing electricity. In 2019, nearly 90% of the waste from the two counties was diverted from landfill because of the processing that occurs at the R&E Center. After researching and evaluating options to recover recyclables in the trash, R&E has targeted residential food scraps and remaining recyclables in trash as the next resources to recover from the mixed waste stream. The R&E Center is adding equipment to recover residential organics placed in durable compostable bags that are comingled with trash. Additional equipment upgrades will recover high-value recyclables such as metals, plastics and cardboard. Research is also under way to partner with private industry to utilize anaerobic digestion to recover value from the organics recovered at the R&E Center. We’ll discuss the research and reconnaissance as well as the design and installation of these systems and touch on the technologies that are being considered for recovering additional value from the byproducts.

 

The Wisconsin Integrated Resource Management Conference is the #1 place to market your business to Wisconsin solid waste and recycling professionals at the Exhibit Hall.

The Wisconsin Integrated Resource Management Conference is jointly hosted by the Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin (AROW), the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) – Badger Chapter, the Wisconsin Counties Solid Waste Managers Association (WCSWMA) since 2000, and Recycling Connections, allowing professionals from all aspects of the solid waste & recycling industry to collaborate and learn from one another.

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Posted by Laura Dorn at 7:03 pm

USCC Calls for Bans on PFAS Ladened Products

December 6, 2022

SCS Engineers

 

PFAS Legislation

 

PFAS compounds have been used for decades in everyday materials, such as cookware, cosmetics, packaging, outdoor clothing, and firefighting materials. Since they are widely used and the products disposed of, the compounds now exist throughout our environment and have the potential to contaminate composting material.

Legislation and regulations aimed at curbing PFAS are well-intentioned but put the responsibility on waste management and operations such as composting that reuse material to avoid disposing of valuable organic resources in landfills and incinerators. Why not place the responsibility with the sources of PFAS instead?

The diversion of food waste and biosolids from US landfills to composting avoids approximately 2.7 million metric tons of CO2-equivalent emissions from the atmosphere annually. Organizations like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) all recognize the importance of composting with benefits above and beyond lowering carbon footprints.

The US Composting Council is posting helpful information for communities with composting operations or considering composting on its website. The Council recently called for bans on products containing synthetic chemical compounds known as Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) (perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate, or PFOS).

Take action here!

 

Learn more about how composting benefits communities.

 

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am

Federal Recycling and Composting Grants Now!

November 20, 2022

Federal recycling and compsoting grantsEPA has opened applications for Federal recycling and composting grants. These grant programs are SWANA-supported and may assist in funding education and infrastructure. The EPA program is divided into two areas providing states, municipalities, and other entities the opportunity to apply for millions of dollars in funds. The Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling (SWIFR) and Education and Outreach Grant Programs were established by the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

EPA will be accepting applications for both programs through January 16, 2023.

The SWIFR Grant Program provides $275 million over five years for states, municipalities, and tribes to:

  • Improve post-consumer materials management and infrastructure;
  • Support improvements to local post-consumer materials management and recycling programs; and
  • Assist local waste management authorities in making improvements to local waste management systems.

The Recycling Education and Outreach Grant Program provides $75 million over five years to states, municipalities, tribes, non-profit organizations, and public-private partnerships to:

  • Inform the public about residential or community waste prevention or recycling programs;
  • Provide information about the recycled materials that are accepted; and
  • Increase collection rates and decrease contamination across the nation.

Nena Shaw, EPA Acting Director for the Resource Conservation and Sustainability Division, will speak about the grant programs and related EPA waste-related initiatives during her keynote presentation at WASTECON 2022 on Thursday, December 8, in San Diego, California.

Note that $100 million of this funding is available to help build and transform solid waste infrastructure, manage materials to achieve a circular economy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create cleaner, resilient, and healthier communities through composting and organics management programs.

 

Register here for the EPA webinars to learn about the Federal Recycling and Composting Grants!

 

Please contact your SCS program manager or one of our national experts to learn more or get support with your application. We’re always here to help.

 

 

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am

Excellence Award – Hillsborough County Biosolids Composting Facility

November 4, 2022

Biosolids Composting
L to R – Ron Wiesman of Hillsborough County Solid Waste, Kollan Spradlin and Trent Arney of SCS Engineers.

 

Biosolids Composting – Award Winning Facility in Hillsborough County – Environmental Category

The Planning Commission celebrated its 40th Annual Planning & Design Awards at a ceremony in late October. The event is in conjunction with a nationwide celebration of the American Planning Association’s National Community Planning Month.

The County Planning Commission recognized a joint effort between the County Board of County Commissioners, the Solid Waste Management Department, the County Water Resources Department, and SCS Engineers with its 2022 Excellence Award.

Hillsborough County combines tons of mulched yard cuttings and biosolids (treated wastewater residue) to create an in-demand soil amendment. Mixing, curing, and selling the product preserves disposal space at the Southeast Hillsborough County Landfill, saving taxpayers about $1.5 million in hauling, disposal, and other costs over five years. Selling the resulting soil supplement, meanwhile, adds new revenue.

Yard waste was traditionally burned to produce electricity or mixed with cover at the landfill. Treated wastewater by-products, known as biosolids, were trucked to the landfill for disposal, thus filling the landfill faster and, when combined with other organic matter creating greenhouse gases.

The plan to produce and sell compost results from a partnership between the County operations and SCS Engineers committed to finding a more efficient and environmentally friendly solution to reuse the two types of waste. The product meets stringent federal guidelines and regulations, providing a nutrient-rich material that safeguards consumers, crop production, and the environment.

 

Biosolids Composting
The windrow compost turner in action mixing oxygen and moisture into the compost, and cooling it to promote the best conditions for microorganisms to do their work creating high-quality compost.

 

Thanks to everyone who joined the celebration showcasing excellence in planning and design that contributes to the quality of life in Hillsborough County. If you’d like to learn more about this biosolids composting facility, please contact Kollan Spradlin or .

 

Communities across our nation are going greener, we suggest these educational resources:

 

 

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 11:05 am

2022 NJ Organics Summit: Climate Change Connection

October 13, 2022

SCS Engineers Environmental Consulting and Contracting

NJ Organics Summit: Addressing a Changing Climate

 

Organics processors, composters, haulers, regulators, academics, organics waste management professionals, sustainable community organizations, and nonprofits will join the conversation about New Jersey’s organics management practices. The Summit will feature experienced industry professionals, academics and regulators on topics of:

  • State and city food waste initiatives and climate change programs
  • The role and how to work with compostable packaging
  • Compost facility management (economics, PFAS, new techniques)
  • Funding and operating climate friendly organics business

SCS Project Director Greg McCarron is speaking at the Funding and Operating Climate Friendly Organics Businesses Panel 4 (4:00 – 5:00 pm). Be sure to visit the exhibitors and learn about some great organics recycling businesses in New Jersey!

Greg McCarron, Vice President, SCS Engineers

 

 

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am

USCC Compost 2023

September 28, 2022

The world’s largest composting event, USCC Compost 2023, Jan 24-27 in Ontario, California, is the premiere professional meeting for composting, organics recycling, and related topics.  SCS Engineers is sponsoring the State Chapter track, including the Networking Soiree on January 26.

Featured this year during Concurrent Session D1 California Track Regulatory Trends and Experience, on Wednesday, January 25 at 8:15 – 9:45 am is

Lessons Learned – 1383 Compliance with Srividhya Viswanathan. Vidhya and Michelle Leonard will illustrate SCS Engineers’ comprehensive planning process and tool, including a timeline, to achieve SB 1383 compliance. SB 1383 requires California to massively increase organic waste collection and recycling infrastructure in under ten years. The regulation requires a collective effort from entities, including jurisdictions, haulers, recyclers, and businesses, who will need to fund significant capital investments.

Click to see the all USCC Compost 2023 Program 

 

Find Additional Resources Below:

Compare and Contract Composting Systems VIDEO:  Greg McCarron and Vidhya discuss managing tons of food scraps and other organic materials using different compost approaches. This forum is a resource for landfills, Solid Waste Departments, municipalities, and agencies working toward achieving waste diversion goals and lowering carbon footprints.

Composting Pilot Program:  evaluate your organic waste streams and whether composting is a viable solution for your waste management program. The SCS pilot program includes everything you need to test before you invest.

Making Composting Work in High-Population Spaces:  Managing hefty organic waste streams and associated costs while reaching lofty sustainability goals are among urban jurisdictions’ toughest pursuits. Some municipal solid waste operators set up local compost sites to help achieve these ambitions. They are finding other benefits along the way—from new, valuable products with a strong, local market to a way to …

California’s first fully solar-powered compost facility shines brightly:  Republic Services’ Otay Compost Facility at the Chula Vista, California, Otay Landfill is open for business. The compost facility helps communities in San Diego County meet the requirements of California’s SB1383 law mandating the diversion of organic waste from landfills. The composting facility designed by SCS Engineers in collaboration with Sustainable Generation operates 100% on solar power …

Posted by Diane Samuels at 11:03 am

Waste Expo 2023, New Orleans

September 28, 2022

Meet SCS Engineers and SCS Field Services professionals at Booth 1704 at WasteExpo 2023, May 1-4, in New Orleans.

WasteExpo is the place to be!  The conference program is your professional development opportunity of the year! The education and training that you’ll receive is guaranteed to sharpen your skills to help you do your job better. WasteExpo’s conference program is unparalleled. 2023 Conference Tracks include:

  • Operations, Fleet & Safety
  • Recycling & Landfill
  • Business Insights & Policy
  • Technology & Innovation
  • and more!

 

Robert Dick

A Bird’s-Eye View: Using Satellites and Drones to Detect and Monitor Emissions, Bob Dick, Sr. VP (Moderator)
Monday, May 1
8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Room: 275
Session Number: MTECH1

 

Michelle LeonardWhy is Multifamily Recycling So Hard? with Michelle Leonard, Sr. VP and National Expert on SMM
Monday, May 01, 2023
8:30 AM – 9:45 AM
Room: 279
Session Number: MRECYC1

 

Nathan HammPFAS: Price to Fix Adulterants will Soar with Nathan Hamm, VP and National Expert on Liquids Management
Monday, May 01, 2023
10:15 AM – 11:30 AM
Room: 279
Session Number: MRECYC2

 

Seizing an Opportunity: The Rise of MRF Investments with Bob Gardner, Sr. VP Solid Waste
Tuesday, May 02:
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Room: 279
Session Number: TRECYC3

 

Philip CarrilloThere’s an App for That! with Phil Carrillo, RMC National Director
Wednesday, May 03: 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Room: 275
Session Number: WTECH2

 

Minimum Recycled Content: Challenges and Opportunities with Vita Quinn, National Expert on Solid Waste Finance and Rate Studies
Day and time to be announced.

 

 

 

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Posted by Diane Samuels at 10:01 am

NWRA Recognizes Republic Services for Organics Management

August 24, 2022

California’s first 100% solar-powered composting facility is on the Otay Landfill serving the San Diego region.

 

2022 Organics Management Facility of the Year.

The National Waste & Recycling Association recently named Republic Services’ Otay Compost Facility the 2022 Organics Management Facility of the Year.  The Otay facility in Chula Vista, Calif., is the first fully solar-powered compost facility in the state, recycling food and yard waste from throughout the San Diego region.

The solar-powered facility opened for business last October, helping communities in San Diego County meet the requirements of California’s SB1383 law mandating the diversion of organic waste from landfills. This unique facility, designed by SCS Engineers in collaboration with Sustainable Generation, operates completely off the grid. It can process 200 tons of food and yard waste daily from Chula Vista, Carlsbad, and customers throughout the San Diego region.

The design uses renewable energy to run 100 percent of the composting operations at the site. The facility design includes technologies to speed the maturation rates and reduce excessive odors. Blowers to aerate the organic material, oxygen and temperature sensors, and advanced compost cover technology produce a high-quality product.

“Republic Services took the goals of SB 1383 further to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants. They’re running a sustainable facility that enables residents, businesses, and government to easily reuse and recycle more organic materials within a smaller carbon footprint than ever expected,” says Vidhya Viswanathan, engineer and project director.

 

Congratulations! Otay, the NWRA’s Organics Management Facility of the Year!

 

Additional Resources:

Composting and Organics Management

Composting Pilot Programs 

Renewable Energy for Landfills and Landfill Facilities

 

 

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 2:38 pm

USDA Offering $10 Mil in Grants for Composting | Food Waste Reduction

July 29, 2022

SCS Engineers Environmental Consulting and Contracting
Get assistance with USDA grant applications for composting | food waste reduction.

 

Cutting food loss and waste is widely recognized as one of the most powerful levers we have to address climate change and preserve our natural resources. In the United States alone, surplus food accounts for 4% of our greenhouse gas emissions, 14% of all freshwater use, and 18% of all cropland use. We’re wasting precious resources to produce and ship food only to have it end up in a landfill or rot in a field. [ReFED]

These are key action areas where the food system can focus its efforts over the next decade to prevent, rescue, and recycle food at risk of becoming waste. Strengthening food rescue and recycling anything remaining into compost or anaerobic digestion facilities creates beneficial by-products.

The USDA offers grants of up to $300,000 to composting and food waste reduction pilot projects benefiting community food waste and production programs.

Eligible projects can be in rural, urban, and suburban communities. The application deadline is fast approaching on September 1, 2022. USDA anticipates making selections by October 30, 2022, and executing the grant awards by February 8, 2023.

Visit SCS Engineers to learn more about this grant opportunity, check program qualifications, and sign up for free consulting supporting communities interested in this unique USDA grant program.

 

USDA GRANT for Composting | Food Waste Reduction ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA and RESOURCES

 

 

 

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 11:47 am

Our Congratulations to the 2022 MSW Management Innovators!

June 6, 2022

SCS Engineers Environmental Consulting and Contracting

 

SCS Engineers proudly note McCarron and Sturgeon among the MSW Management Innovators!

 

 

Suzanne SturgeonSuzanne Sturgeon is the Health and Safety (H&S) Program Manager for SCS Engineers staff working in the field. Suzanne is responsible for developing and implementing safety programs, policies, procedures, and regulations. She also manages H&S training for field staff, developing and conducting cultural-based training within SCS to promote understanding and participation while encouraging a behavior-based philosophy essential to eliminating unsafe practices and conditions.

Suzanne doesn’t stop there; she continually evolves her programs and participates in association speaking opportunities to share successful strategies throughout North America at Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) events and others. Her focus has been proactively identifying hazardous landfill and landfill gas situations and presenting unique and successful solutions she has developed for SCS. But, as the number of MRFs and Transfer Stations is expected to increase, those areas have become safety focus areas.

The industry is seeing a reduction in workplace fatalities based on the most recent U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, but there is more work to do. “Solid waste is a dangerous industry, and we collectively work to bring awareness to those most vulnerable to injury or worse,” said Sturgeon. “As an industry, we have the tools and more on-demand training to help reach more workers before problems occur to continue making our industry safer.”

As the SWANA National Safety Committee Chair, Suzanne is working hard and smart in the field, keeping up with new systems, equipment, and facilities that need her particular skills and insight to keep worker fatalities and injuries on the downward trend. Her innovative training and ability to communicate with so many saves lives.

 

Gregory McCarronGreg McCarron, PE, is a Vice President of SCS Engineers and the firm’s expert on Organics Management. Greg supports businesses and municipalities across the U.S. taking steps to address climate change, which many consider the most important challenge facing our planet. One popular option is reducing greenhouse gas and their environmental impacts by diverting organics from landfills, thus reducing methane production. The tactic also diverts much-needed food to food banks in some programs, but all programs produce a product good for the earth.

Greg’s 35 years of experience include operations, project management, design, permitting, regulatory support, construction oversight, system start-up, economic analysis, and technology assessment to find the right system and the proper mix for sustainable composting operations.

Among his successful innovative projects, there are award winners for demonstrating composting operations can be in urban areas, conveniently coexisting with buildings and people, even tucked under a bridge in New York City.

He created an Aerated Static Pile (ASP) composting pilot program so that municipalities and businesses could evaluate their organic waste streams to determine whether composting is a viable solution before making a capital investment.

And he is leading the design of hybrid composting approaches that combine an ASP system with other technologies, such as open windrows. These hybrid systems can achieve necessary process control while maintaining cost efficiencies. The designs depend on the priority challenges unique to each project — processing increasing tons of food scraps, for example, but change as priorities differ within programs. Sustainability means the systems are flexible enough to adapt to waste trends and the end market, which demands various high-quality mixes to sell.

Greg says, “the advancements mentioned above help support sustainable composting and organics management because they account for changes that may occur over the life of the systems, such as waste characteristics and their relation to the end-product demand.”

 

 

 

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am