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SWANA WASTECON 2019 – Phoenix

October 21, 2019

Meet lots of SCS Professionals at SWANA Wastecon 2019, October 21-24, at the Phoenix Convention Center.  Visit us in Booth 501 right at the main entrance!

This year’s conference is themed “Pathway to Innovation” and will feature interactive activities, tools and resources for solid waste leaders to explore the most important issues and find innovative and sustainable solutions for our environmental challenges.

Numerous SCS Professionals will deliver presentations and participate in panel discussions, including:

Bob Gardner will moderate in the discussion on #4 Mixed Waste Processing Facility Design and Operation

Michelle Leonard and Vita Quinn will present on merging Solid Waste Planing with Financial Forecasting

Pat Sullivan is making two presentations

Alex Stege will discuss the California’s Organic Waste Disposal changes

Lisa Coehlo and Manny Hernandez are participating in a communications panel discussion

Wastecon is one of the preeminent conferences bringing together thousands of solid waste and sustainability industry professionals. Conversations and presentations will focus on the future of our communities and how to lead the inevitable changes that we will face in the coming years

More conference details coming soon!

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PROP 2019 Annual Recycling & Organics Conference

July 24, 2019



Join SCS Engineers at the Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania annual conference. Kicking off the first session on July 24th meet Brent Dieleman, Senior Project Professional at SCS Engineers. Brent’s presentation,  “Analyzing Recycling Streams to Survive a Tough Market,” addresses our nation’s current recycling conditions which are best described as “challenging.” Solid waste professionals who are positioning their programs to weather the market are also making their programs more sustainable. Brent will discuss how more of his clients are producing quality recyclable streams that can be used as raw materials in a circular economy.

Following the SCS Engineers’ presentation Mike Pries, the Dauphin County Commissioner and Ann Germaine, Vice President of Technical & Regulatory Affairs for the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA), will present the keynote.

Solid Waste Management and Organics Management permitting, financing, planning, design-build, OM&M.






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Analyzing Recycling Streams to Survive a Tough Market

July 8, 2019

PROP 2019 Annual Recycling & Organics Conference – Analyzing Recycling Streams to Survive a Tough Market

Current recycling conditions can best be described as “challenging.” A significant market for recyclable materials has dried up and other international and domestic markets are not yet capable of accepting all the recyclable materials collected. This has left recycling professionals challenged to find options for processing and marketing the materials while considering updates to programs to align them with the current market.

Solid waste professionals are positioning their programs to weather challenging market conditions and make them more sustainable. This can be done by producing quality recyclable streams that can be used as raw materials in our circular economy. A significant first step is to evaluate your recycling stream and know what materials are being collected.

Brent Dieleman’s presentation will describe recycling composition analysis and highlight how these studies – and the data that results from them – can be used to make recycling program planning decisions. Many solid waste professionals have used waste composition studies to understand the types and quantities of materials being disposed of in their communities.

Recycling composition studies can be similarly used. These studies provide valuable community-specific data on the types of materials recovered as part of a recycling program. The benefits of such studies include:

  • Understanding the type and quantity of contaminants in the recycling stream
  • Measuring the performance of recycling programs over time
  • Allowing targeted public education/outreach activities
  • Tracking compliance with local and state regulations
  • Fulfilling requirements for material processing contracts

Interest in these studies has expanded over the last two years with the tightening markets and increasing demand for clean materials in the markets that do exist. Brent’s presentation will provide specific data from recently completed recycling composition studies from across the United States. The presentation will describe the following:

  • Methods and resources necessary to complete these studies
  • Opportunities for tailoring these studies to specific local programs
  • Results for recently completed recycling composition studies from municipalities across the United States
  • Details on how the results are used to make program-planning decisions.

Following his presentation, participants will have a greater understanding of how recycling composition studies can be used to improve programs to survive tough market conditions.


Brent Dieleman, Senior Project Professional, SCS Engineers. Brent has 15 years of experience supporting municipal recycling programs all across the world. He is currently administering and completing diversion related projects under the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (PADEP) Recycling Technical Assistance Program.


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reTHINK before reCYCLE – Association Poster Supports Customer Education and Safety

June 26, 2019

Download the free poster here.

NWRA, SWANA, NERC, and ISRA  jointly developed the “Think Twice” poster to help communities and individuals recycle materials in safe and appropriate ways. The poster is free and allows users to add their own website URL to provide more useful information.

Free Poster for Download


Ask SCS about waste characterization, education, and outreach programs.










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2019 AOR Annual Conference & Tradeshow

June 19, 2019

The Association of Oregon Recyclers is hosting their 41st Annual Conference & Tradeshow at the Riverhouse in Bend, Oregon, June 19-21, 2019.

This year’s conference will feature sessions on innovations in the recycling, reuse, waste reduction, and resource and materials management industry and workshops on issues impacting our industry.

The Association of Oregon Recyclers is committed to achieving a system of sustainable materials management by supporting high-quality recycling and composting, thoughtful consumption, and producer responsibility.

AOR’s mission is to provide value to its members by hosting educational events, delivering publications to enhance our understanding and connections to diverse perspectives, and lobbying for legislation that supports sustainable materials management.

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WasteExpo 2019 – Las Vegas

May 6, 2019

Meet SCS Professionals and visit us at Booth 311, get inspired, and find the answers to your waste & recycling challenges at WasteExpo, May 6-9, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Enjoy an interactive conference program.  With technology and innovation as the underlying themes, expect a conference program that dives deep into recycling/landfill, fleet management/collection, organics, safety, food recovery, and more! The WasteExpo Conference Program, in partnership with the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) and Dr. Stu Buckner, is designed to sharpen your skills to help you run your business or department smarter, safer, and more streamlined.

Monday, May 6, Highlights!

Composting, Organics Recycling, Biogas Track
10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Composting Infrastructure Development, Public-Private Partnerships, Air Permitting Requirements, Technology Innovations

Featuring Patrick Sullivan‘s discussion Survey of Air Permitting Requirements for Composting Facilities Across the U.S.; tools for composting partnerships;  managing high solids digestate; the financial and operational benefits of pilot scale recycling projects.


Processing & Disposal Track
3:15 pm – 4:30 pm
Swiping Right: Which Leachate Management Solution Best Suits Me?

Join this panel of experts comprised of leading experts from SCS Engineers, Waste Management, John Zink, WEHRLE, and landfill operators for an all-inclusive review of present designs, operational practices, and technologies considered as part of a sustainable long-term solution for leachate management. Expect to learn the leachate management solutions that best suit your own operations and facilities. Learn about best practices, holistic approaches to leachate and liquids management using flow rate and leachate chemistry, membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology, leachate evaporation, and deep well injection. Plus what to watch out for in 2019 and beyond.


Tuesday, May 7, Highlights!

Composting, Organics Recycling, Biogas Track
9:00 am – 10:15 am
Composting: Increasing Processing Capacity, Improving Process Management, Minimizing Contamination

Join Tracie Onstad Bills for her presentation Methods to Achieve .5% Contamination in Organics; along with improvements to maximize processing capabilities; and a look at high-tech composting.


Food Recovery Forum Track
4:30 pm – 5:45 pm
Source Separation and Collection in Commercial and Municipal Programs: BMP’s, Data Collection and Evaluation, Lessons Learned, Case Studies

In this lively session, Lisa Coelho presents Split-Cart Food Scraps Recycling; plus how to achieve continuous program improvements; capture more and reduce contamination at the source; followed by BMPs for collection from customers.


Wednesday, May 8, Highlights!

Processing & Disposal Track
10:30 am – 11:45 am
Data, Drones & Case Studies: The Latest Trends in Landfill Management

This fast-paced session addresses the latest tools and trends being used in landfill management and focuses on four different case studies including SCS Engineer’s SCS Remote Monitoring and Control® – SCS RMC® system for landfill systems including flares, landfill gas, and leachate systems to identify, troubleshoot, and solve real problems effectively and efficiently.  The session continues with how the World Bank recently utilized drone technology for the St. Maarten landfill; the City of Barrie’s municipal solid waste landfill reclamation and remediation; and EREF results from the first comprehensive analysis of leachate quantity and quality and management practices across the U.S.




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Surviving the Chinese Sword – APWA Webinar – March 2019

March 14, 2019

During this session, participants will be provided with an update on the Chinese Sword, presented with case studies on how municipalities have offset higher recycling processing fees by decreasing collection costs through technology and routing efficiency, and strategies to reduce contamination in recyclables.


After attending this session, participants will be better able to:

  • Explain the benefits of automation in solid waste
  • Recognize how automation can improve safety
  • Identify strategies to reduce contamination in recyclables

This program is sponsored by the APWA Solid Waste Committee and is free to APWA members; non-members may participate for a fee.






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Wisconsin Integrated Resource Management Conference

February 27, 2019

Meet SCS professionals, Sherren Clark and Phil Gearing, who will be presenting at the Wisconsin Integrated Resource Management Conference to be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Stevens Point, WI, February 27 – March 1, 2019.

This will be the 18th year the conference is jointly hosted by the Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin (AROW), the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) – Badger Chapter, and the Wisconsin Counties Solid Waste Managers Association (WCSWMA). This partnership has allowed professionals from all aspects of the solid waste & recycling industry to collaborate and learn from one another.

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SWANAPalooza 2019 – Boston

February 25, 2019

SCS Booth 401, at the main entrance to Exhibit Hall D, is open:
Monday, February 25, 2019: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM during the Opening Reception.
Tuesday, February 26, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday, February 27th, 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Building the Future is the focus of SWANAPalooza 2019. The conference offers opportunities for finding long-term solutions for domestic recycling, landfill technical operations, and safety best practices with experts, government officials and SCS professionals from a range of industry areas. Discover the future of solid waste and recycling at SWANApalooza in Boston!

Session Highlights!

Monday, February 25, 2019: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Landfill Gas Systems Operations and Maintenance, Day 1 (of 3)

SWANA’s Landfill Gas Systems Operations and Maintenance course will explore the daily challenges associated with the operation and maintenance of LFG systems by discussing generally accepted industry practices as well as some new and alternative approaches for the capture, control, and management of landfill gas.

The information in this three-day course is useful for hands-on practical use in the field and presented in an easy to understand format. Class participants and instructors discuss alternative practices, lessons learned, and issues debated in the industry.


Monday, February 25, 2019: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Zero Waste Principles and Practices, Day 1 (of 3)

Professionals who take the new SWANA/CRRA Zero Waste Principles and Practices certification course will have the ability to integrate their understanding of Zero Waste with their existing waste management systems, practices and policies to move local systems toward locally-defined zero waste goals.


Monday, February 25, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
MentorMatch Mixer – Room 200
Grab a drink, then mix and mingle with potential mentors and mentees at SWANApalooza’s MentorMatch Mixer! Face-to-face interaction with experienced professionals (mentors) willing to start a six-month mentorship where they can share their expertise with fellow colleagues (mentees) looking for career guidance or professional development within the solid waste management and recycling industry.


Tuesday, February 26, 8:55 AM – 9:30 AM
SWANA Technical Division Awards – Ballroom B

Congratulate the first-ever winners of the SWANA Technical Division for Sustainable Materials Management. The first division award for an organization’s leadership and an individual’s achievements goes to…

2019 Sustainable Materials Management Award Winner: Interior Removal Specialist, Inc.

2019 Sustainable Materials Management DIAA Recipient: Michelle Leonard, Vice President, SCS Engineers


Tuesday, February 26, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
YP Morning Meet-Up – YP Exhibit Hall Lounge

Grab a cup of coffee and join active Young Professional volunteers in the YP Exhibit Hall Lounge! Catch up with old friends, make new ones, and learn about what we do and how you can get more involved in the YP Group.


Tuesday, February 26, 12:45 PM – 1:15 PM
YP Meet & Greet with Speaker Corrine Rico – YP Exhibit Hall Lounge

Meet speaker Corrine Rico face-to-face and further discuss her Keynote Plenary topic “The New Normal in Recycling for 2019 and Beyond”. Take some time to ask questions, say hello, and further discuss with fellow session attendees and Young Professionals.


Tuesday, February 26, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Young Professionals Mid-Year Meeting – Room 209


Tuesday, February 26, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Deep Dive: Emphasizing Food Recovery and Reuse to Help Meet Diversion Goals – Room 200

Grocery chains, schools, municipal waste departments, nonprofit organizations, and legislative bodies are all looking for ways to keep food in the hands of people who need it for nourishment and NOT send it to a landfill. This session offers a plethora of programs—see if there’s one that you can add to redirect food to the needy.


Take My Job, Please – Room 209

Join David Walker of SCS Engineers and other professionals who love their jobs, and continue to grow and develop within our industry.


Tuesday, February 26, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Time for Relaxed Networking – Ballroom A

Join SCS and the Southern New England Chapter for a taste of New England’s many contributions to food and drink, plus popular music courtesy of “The Proper Bostonians”. Featuring dynamic vocal harmonies and stellar musicianship from some of Boston’s most highly regarded musicians, this band has an infectious energy that keeps you on the dance floor. A fun photo booth will let you take a breather from dancing to capture memories of friends new and old.


Wednesday, February 27, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Tips for Aspiring Writers – Room 209

In today’s competitive marketplace, young professionals must perfect the art of personal branding — developing a unique professional identity. Personal branding not only benefits your own career, but it also enhances your organization’s image. A key element in building a personal brand is outreach: getting exposure and connecting in places where your target audience spends time. Prominent among these settings are industry publications and websites. This session will focus on writing skills to improve the chances that your product will be published.


Wednesday, February 27, 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
YP Meet & Greet with Speaker Phil Goddard – YP Exhibit Hall Lounge

Join SCS in the YP Exhibit Hall Lounge to meet speaker Phil Goddard face-to-face and further discuss his Keynote Plenary session topic “Capacity Trends in Southern New England: Short Term Risks and Long Term Solutions”. Take some time to ask questions, say hello, and further discuss with fellow session attendees and Young Professionals.


Wednesday, February 27, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Tackling Key Safety Issues – Ballroom B

Join  Scott Lambert, Project Superintendent,  Suzanne Sturgeon, CSMS, Health and Safety Manager, and Patrick Sullivan, Senior Vice President, all of SCS Engineers to discuss keeping your people safe at your facility. Experts in health risk analysis and tools for employee health and safety will help you be proactive in promoting a culture of safety.



Contact us if you’d like to arrange discussions on specific topics with our professionals. See you in Boston.




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SCS Engineers Founding Sponsor of WISR – Women in Solid Waste and Recycling

November 5, 2018

SCS Engineers announces today that they are a founding sponsor of WISR – Women in Solid Waste & Recycling. WISR is the first of its kind nonprofit organization created in 2017, dedicated to preparing women for leadership positions in the industry by organizing chapters in key industry centers and providing opportunities for networking, leadership development, career mapping and mentoring. SCS Engineers’ support will help establish education programs in leadership as well as contribute to the creation of new chapters in at least six cities by the end of 2019. WISR is in the process of forming chapters in key industry centers — including Los Angeles, New York City, and Atlanta — that will offer quarterly programs including professional development with skills training, site tours, networking and leadership training.

“We look forward to meeting with colleagues in the solid waste, recycling, and environmental services fields to share our scientific, financial, and technical knowledge to move sustainable waste management forward in the U.S.,” stated Michelle Leonard, a vice president of SCS Engineers. “WISR will help us make a difference; for women and for the industry.”





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