Wisconsin Integrated Resource Management Conference Goes Virtual in February 2021
February 22, 2021
The Wisconsin Integrated Resource Management Conference (WIRMC) is the place to market your business to Wisconsin solid waste and recycling professionals. WIRMC 2021 will take place as a virtual conference from February 22-25, 2021. Several SCS professionals will be presenter, and SCS Engineers is a Gold Level sponsor of this important event. Please stop by our Virtual booth!
Featured Hot Topics and Speakers include:
2020 Wisconsin Statewide Waste Characterization Study (Monday, Feb 22)
Speaker: Casey Lamensky, WDNR and Betsy Powers, SCS Engineers
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) has sponsored statewide waste sorts in 2002, 2009, and 2020. The 2020 study is being performed in October through December 2020 by SCS Engineers. This presentation will hit on the highlights of the project (participating facilities and methodology), share challenges and how they were addressed, and present some preliminary results and how the DNR hopes to use the information. We will discuss patterns that are standing out and lessons that can be shared.
School Sustainability Programs: Thriving in Changing Times – Panel (Tuesday, Feb 23)
Panelists include: Angeline Koch, Milwaukee Public Schools, Claire Oleksiak, Sustain Dane, Chris Jimieson, Madison Metropolitan School District, Janet Whited, Recycling Specialist, San Diego USD, moderator Debbi Dodson, Carton Council
Landfill Technology Innovations: YPs Improving Operations and Management (Tuesday, Feb 23)
Speakers: David Hostetter, Joy Stephens, Melissa Russo, and Sam Rice all of SCS Engineers
The technologies for operating and monitoring landfills are expanding and changing rapidly. Hear from several SCS Young Professionals about the exciting developments currently underway.
Food Recycling and Rescue – A Major City’s Three-Pronged Approach (Wednesday, Feb 22)
Speaker: Michelle Leonard, Vice President, SCS Engineers
Los Angeles County’s unincorporated area is home to almost 1 million people, and each year its communities dispose of approximately 128,000 tons of food. At the same time, approximately 1 in 7 individuals are food insecure, lacking regular access to quality nutritious meals. In the last three years, Los Angeles County Public Works has launched a number of programs to reduce wasted food. These include in-house recycling, food scraps collection, and edible food recovery. These programs have saved millions of pounds of food from going to waste. We will provide attendees with detailed information on food recycling and donation. Details will include how the programs were envisioned, the planning process undertaken by the County, the program results, and the County’s next steps, and will provide suggestions for how other communities can implement a successful food recycling and donation program.
Changing Air Rules for Landfills (Thursday, Feb 25)
Speaker: Mark Hammers, SCS Engineers
On March 26, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) finalized amendments to the 2003 National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills. The NESHAP rules affect air permits and landfill gas system operating requirements for most active landfills. Some of the changes, like revised wellhead operational standards, may be welcomed by permittees. Other changes include additional monitoring requirements for wells operating at higher temperatures, and correction and clarification of Startup, Shutdown, and Malfunction (SSM) requirements. State agencies with air permitting authority are now incorporating the new NESHAP requirements into Title V permits. The interaction between the recently amended NESHAP rules and existing New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) rules (Subpart WWW and Subpart XXX) is creating some unique challenges. Learn about these unique challenges along with the history, applicability, timelines, and primary requirements of the revised NESHAP.
SCS Engineers Annual Landfill & Solid Waste Seminar for Maryland
February 4, 2021
Join SCS Engineers for our 18th Annual Maryland Landfill & Solid Waste Seminar on February 4, 2021. This half-day seminar is a FREE virtual event — open to solid waste professionals.
The seminar is designed to provide updates on the latest regulatory, policy, and technological developments in solid waste, landfill and landfill gas industries.
The seminar is intended for solid waste management professionals, landfill managers, waste/recycling managers, supervisors, and operators. For attendees already possessing landfill experience, topics will provide a fresh perspective and cover important regulatory and technological updates. For those new to the field, topics will cover essential information on all aspects of landfill development, operations, monitoring, and management. Opportunity for CEUs available.
The seminar will cover the following topics:
Liquids Management: What Are Our Options?, by Darrin Dillah, Ph.D., PE, & Parita Shah
Maryland Regulatory Update, by Jacob Shepherd, PE
Best Available Control (BACT) for Landfill Gas Collection Systems: What Does This Look Like in 2021?, by Bob Dick, PE, BCEE
Efficiency Assessments for Landfill & Other Solid Waste Facility Operations, by Daniel Jansen
Groundwater Sampling: Do You Know What’s Being Done at Your Site?, by Jennifer Robb
How Recycling Programs Have Adapted and Improved in Response to Difficult Market Conditions, by Brent Dieleman
The solid waste and recycling industry is being reshaped by powerful forces – fiscal uncertainty, a critical need for infrastructure investment, local governments pushed to engage in creative city-to-city and public/private partnerships, and the need to leverage technology to connect to our communities and customers. “When we embrace disruptions, we can lean in and make decisions that help accelerate needed solutions and sunset legacy practices that can stand in the way of progress,” said SWANA Deputy Executive Director Meri Beth Wojtaszek. “This has some leaders replacing the phrase ‘before and after’ to ‘before and faster.’”
Visit WASTECON.org for program updates and registration information as it becomes available.
Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM (EST) Keynote: Outside the Box: Reinventing Your Organization in Response to COVID-19 features a diverse panel that will share some innovative ways their organizations have responded and reinvented themselves to remain relevant during the pandemic. Three speakers provide perspective including, Carlton Williams – City of Philadelphia; James Walsh – SCS Engineers; John Brusa, Jr. – Barton & Loguidice.
Thursday, January 28, at 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM (EST) Keynote:Paying for Waste Services During the Downturn features a panel that will present options for financing solid waste operations during the economic downturn and ways to plan for the future. EconomistVita Quinn – SCS Engineers; John Chalmers – Baltimore City Department of Public Works; Kim Braun – Culver City, CA
Anytime! On-Demand Resources – at your convenience, these short, non-commercial sessions are available in the SCS Learning Center. Click the title to begin playing.
A solid waste expert, an economist, and a city council member discuss municipal funding resources and strategies. Each brings their perspective and experience to inform and answer questions from a live audience including, the big picture approach, expense-based solutions, revenue diversification and optimization strategies, financial modeling of solid waste services.
This discussion, moderated by Bob Gardner, provides useful strategies when developing a business case analysis for SMM, recycling, or composting programs. The process also helps identify opportunities to increase efficiency, reduce operating costs, design a Capital Plan, and secure support for rate increases. Michelle Leonard assesses the pandemic’s effect on recycling programs, state regulatory policy, and funding challenges. Vita Quinn presents a financial modeling scenario employing financial modeling and solid waste facility software to help decision-makers visualize the impact of various alternatives on the planning process. The model is useful for budgeting and testing alternative scenarios for future waste policies, strategies, and funding.
Cassandra Drotman discusses the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard and market opportunities. She covers how the program works, what counts in California, and how other states are using California as a market in addition to their regional markets. She’s not just talking about green fuel; Cassandra examines the increasing range of low-carbon and renewable alternatives that are helping to drive transportation sector fuel pools to cleaner, reliable, and economically viable options.
Each U.S. region faces unique weather and climate events. Solid waste facilities and landfills are particularly vulnerable to extreme weather since they are exposed 24/7 to the environment. Extreme weather can disrupt safe and cost-effective operations, increase maintenance needs, and may compromise landfill stability. Increase your facility’s longevity and ability to survive extreme weather. The recording includes Q&A from solid waste professionals and features Robert Gardner and Bob Isenberg, who bring decades of expertise to the table, including landfill design and solid waste master planning. They provide strategies and resources based on successful solutions that help support your facility as you prepare for and likely will experience severe weather disruptions.
More so than ever before, the solid waste industry faces complex and challenging odor issues based upon public, regulatory, and legal actions. Since odors are generally enforced through nuisance regulations, compliance can be difficult to achieve, not to mention almost impossible to define. Enforcement of odor nuisances is subjective, usually at the discretion of an environmental inspector or Air Pollution Control Officer, and often based upon citizen complaints. When citizen complaints mount and enforcement action is leveraged, lawsuits often surface as an added ongoing challenge to waste facility operations. This free webinar will help you develop capabilities to assess the potential for odor issues and, by doing so, set realistic benchmarks toward cost-effective and meaningful mitigation measures.
Posted by Laura Dorn at 8:00 am
ISWA Roadmap for Sustainable Waste Management in Developing Countries
December 9, 2020
The International Solid Waste Management Association (ISWA) is hosting a virtual presentation on Sustainable Waste Management in Developing Countries on December 9.
5 min Introduction from SCS Engineers Vice President, James Law, Chair WGL
40 min presentation from Professor Sahadat Hossain
15 min Q&A (moderated by James Law)
Sustainable waste management is a major issue for both developed and developing countries. Even though source reduction or recycling is the preferred choice of waste management, over 70% of solid waste is openly dumped or landfilled globally. The availability of land/space for building waste management facilities (landfills, composting, recycling, and/or Waste to Energy, WTE) can constrain the decision making. However, we need to pay special attention to both the availability of land/space and the applicability of technology in a specific region (based on waste characteristics). What works for developed countries like the USA or Europe or Japan, South Korea may not be applicable to Asia, Africa or Latin American countries because of the waste characteristics. The webinar will present and discuss roadways for sustainable waste management in developing countries.
The Dallas City Council recently authorized a three-year service contract, with two one-year renewal options, for environmental monitoring and engineering consulting services supporting Dallas’s Department of Sanitation Services. SCS Engineers will use its integrated specialized practices to support the City’s McCommas Bluff Sanitary Landfill, Bachman Transfer Station, Fair Oaks Transfer Station, and Southwest Transfer Station.
Vice President Ryan Kuntz, P.E., the team’s principal consulting engineer, said, “SCS is privileged that the City of Dallas entrusts us to partner with the City’s staff to maintain the landfill and the transfer stations’ safe and efficient operations. The Department of Sanitation Services support the citizens and the environment; we’re honored to be of assistance.”
Landfills are extraordinarily complex systems integrating liquids and gas management systems, and the City’s McCommas Bluff Landfill is one of the largest landfills in the State of Texas. Transfer stations also require expertise in technical and regulatory issues for successful operation.
The City finds it cost-effective to employ an engineering firm, such as SCS, that specializes in solid waste engineering. SCS enhances environmental services with its specialized in-house practices, providing comprehensive capabilities and advanced technologies that improve efficiency and help control costs.
SCS Engineers will provide monitoring and engineering support staff from the firm’s Bedford, Texas office, along with the help of our minority/women-owned business partners. The SCS Bedford team’s professionals and field technicians are experienced and knowledgeable of regional and local geology, regulatory policies, and technical challenges.
SCS Engineers’ environmental solutions and technology are a direct result of our experience and dedication to solid waste management and other industries responsible for safeguarding the environment. For more information about SCS, please watch our 50th Anniversary video.
Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:01 am
Rethinking Waste: The Global Resource Expo and Forum – On-Line
September 22, 2020
ISWA & WMW are presenting the complete keynote program for Rethinking Waste: The Global Resource and Forum online, September 22-23, 2020.
SCS Vice President James Law, is a confirmed speaker. He will present on Closing Dumpsites, along with Sandra Mazo-Nix, Municipal Solid Waste Initiative Coordinator for the Climate & Clean Air Coalition.
The conference will feature several prominent industry experts who will cover topics ranging from waste management during Covid-19 to the role of waste-to-energy in the circular economy, marine plastics, the fourth industrial revolution, and much, much more.
The mission of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) is to promote and develop sustainable and professional waste management worldwide. WMW is Waste Management World.
Posted by Laura Dorn at 3:00 pm
Sustainability in Solid Waste Management Webinar
September 17, 2020
The Virginia Recycling Association and SWANA are hosting Sustainability in Solid Waste Management webinar on September 17 from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm Eastern Time
Bianca B. Howard, Wake County: Talking Trash in a Post-Pandemic World: Delivering Environmental Education in Wake
James Law, PE, BCEE, SCS Engineers: ISWA Organization Member Representative
Florentino B. De La Cruz, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering North Carolina State University: Effects of Food Waste Diversion on Leachate Quality
Dr. Bryan Staley, Environmental Research and Education Foundation: Using Life Cycle Assessment to Assess Material Recovery Benefits
Ernie Hoch, Draper Aden Associates: Zero Waste and Sustainability
WasteExpo 2020 Now Digital Event – Together Online
September 14, 2020
WASTE EXPO 2020 is now a digital event called WasteExpo Together Online, and will be held September 14-17.
The conference will feature a business forum and 20 virtual sessions on food recovery, composting, organics recycling, including the following presentations by SCS Professionals.
The Food Recovery Forum (FRF) will cover the progress of food waste prevention and reduction, including these presentations by SCS professionals at the Reducing Food Waste and Increasing Recovery in Municipal, Regional, and State Programs sessionson Tuesday, September 15 – 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm EST:
SCS Vice President Michelle Leonard, will co-present with Judi Gregory, Go2Zero Strategies on Food Recycling and Rescue – Los Angeles County’s Three-Pronged Approach
SCS Project Manager, Lisa Coelho, will cover Community Based Social Marketing (CBSM) for Food Waste Prevention and Food Recovery Programs in Santa Clara County and Central Contra Costa County
At WasteExpo Together Online (WTO) these two sessions will air on Wednesday, September 16:
SCS Vice Presidents, Pat Sullivan and Ray Huff, will discuss Comparison of Organic Waste Management Options in Terms of Air Quality and GHG Impactsat the Anaerobic Digestion, Composting, Successful Case Studies, and Comparison of Organic Waste Management session – 12:30 pm EST
SCS Project Director, Tracie Bills, will moderate the session on A Balancing Act: Municipalities Talk Waste & Recycling (Ginger Spencer – Phoenix, AZ; Tori Carle – Charlotte, NC; John Welch – Dane County, WI) – 1:30 pm EST
Despite the many impacts on our lives right now, our thanks go to the many public and private solid waste management employees, and organizations such as SWANA and the NWRA, for continuing to serve our communities to keep them clean and safe nationwide. Solid waste management is definitely an essential service on the frontline.
Visit SCS Engineers’ booth and meet our professionals at the WIRMC conference, February 26-28, at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells.
On the agenda Thursday, February 27th
TRACK SESSION I – 10:50 – 11:50 am Landfill Storm Water Runoff Update with Betsy Powers of SCS Engineers.
Stormwater runoff performance criteria and modeling assumptions for Wisconsin landfills have recently been evolving. A review of the permitting approach by USEPA and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) has resulted in changes in policy that are intended to ensure consistency with the federal Clean Water Act and NR 151 performance standards. Betsy will discuss WDNR’s current position on the performance criteria applicable to landfills, how this changes the stormwater modeling approach and the impacts on landfill design features. WDNR waste management and stormwater program personnel are working together to ensure a standard approach to stormwater runoff design criteria and modeling assumptions for landfills. She will provide an update on this continued work, and will also touch on stormwater permitting requirements for borrow sites; WPDES Tier II Industrial Storm Water General Permitting, such as
How to incorporate landfill construction events into the SWPPP?
Does the Tier II permit cover non-landfill construction events on the property?
TRACK SESSION II – 2:30-3:30 pm Changing Old Habits: Improving Solid Waste Management in The Gambia with Chris Jimieson of SCS Engineers, John Welch of Dane County, and Kaba Bah of the UW Madison Space Science & Engineering Center.
Building a better solid waste management infrastructure is a top priority for the City of Madison’s sister city, Kanifing, in The Gambia. The Midwest Gooh Group, LLC, which was formed by 3 local Gambians who want to help their home country, received a grant from the United Nations Development Program to travel to The Gambia this summer to assess the current Bakoteh Dumpsite, perform a high-level evaluation of a new site for a potential sanitary landfill, and conduct more than 20 meetings with key stakeholders. Learn about this eye-opening experience and how the Wisconsin solid waste community is partnering with The Gambia through the Midwest Gooh Group to bring it closer to a more comprehensive solid waste management program. Attendees will see photos of solid waste management in The Gambia, understand the challenges they face, and learn about the potential solutions on the horizon.
This conference is jointly hosted by AROW, SWANA, and WCSWMA, and is celebrating its 20th year facilitating collaboration among professionals from all aspects of the solid waste and recycling industries.