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Wisconsin Integrated Resource Management Conference Goes Virtual in February 2021

February 24, 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 February 24-26, 2021.

Check back for details as they take shape.

 

 

Posted by Laura Dorn at 8:00 am
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WASTECON Becomes Virtual Event – Embracing Disruption

January 26, 2021

SWANA will host is annual national conference, WASTECON® as a Virtual event aptly called “Embracing Disruption”, January 26-28, 2021.

SWANA’s re-engineered executive leadership summit for the solid waste and recycling industry will be more accessible than ever. Each keynote session will include high impact speakers discussing the issues that matter the most to private and public sector solid waste and recycling leaders in the United States and Canada.   

Embracing Disruption. Not just the conference theme, embracing disruption is the future of our industry. 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 in the absence of federal and state leadership, 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.’”

SWANA is curating a dynamic lineup for this event that includes high-level speakers and panelists that will discuss the lessons learned and organizational changes that have been made during the COVID-19 recovery phases; the resurgence of interest in recycling as the new national recycling strategy and goals are announced in the US. Participants will hear from top executives in the public and private sector who are working hard to build resiliency in the communities that they serve.

Visit WASTECON.org for program updates and registration information as it becomes available.

 

 

Posted by Laura Dorn at 8:00 am
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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.

Agenda

  • 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.

Click for more information and registration

 

 

Posted by Laura Dorn at 9:00 am
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Dallas, Texas Approves SCS Engineers Multi-year Environmental Contract

September 23, 2020

Beautiful Dallas, Texas drone footage.

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
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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
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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

2.5 CEUs

Speakers include:

  • Bianca B. Howard, Wake County: Talking Trash in a Post-Pandemic World: Delivering Environmental Education in Wake
    County
  • 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
  • Ryan Duckett, PE, SCS Engineers

REGISTER HERE

 

 

 

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 10:00 am
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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 sessions on 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 Impacts at 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

Click here for the full agenda and registration information.

 

 

Posted by Laura Dorn at 8:00 am
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Landfill gas system rules are changing – SWANAPALOOZA resources help navigate the maze!

June 16, 2020

SWANAPALOOZA and SCS Engineers professionals and resources help manage operational, environmental, and budgeting needs.

On March 26, 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.  Read the Technical Bulletin here.

Some permittees welcome the revised wellhead operational standards, but other changes including additional monitoring requirements for wells operating at higher temperatures, and correction and clarification of Startup, Shutdown, and Malfunction (SSM) requirements are creating confusion. Landfill owners have an 18-month phase-in period before full compliance with the NESHAP requirements, so now is the time to unravel the confusing language between NESHAP rules and existing New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) rules (Subpart WWW and Subpart XXX).

SCS Engineers and SWANA are presenting a series of webinars and resources to help landfill owners and operators untangle the confusing permit phraseologies and implications created when state agencies with air permitting authority incorporate the NESHAP requirements into Title V operating permit renewals and construction permits.

Tune in for advice on Wednesday, June 24, 3:40 PM – 4:15 PM:

SWANAPalooza 2020 Virtual Conference —  Navigating the Maze of Federal Air Quality Regulations for Landfills with Pat Sullivan. Pat and other presenters will discuss the EPA’s landfill regulations, including NSPS, NESHAP, and Emission Guidelines.

Tune in earlier for other key presentations including:

  • Treatment advice targeting emerging contaminants,
  • Solid waste planning for an uncertain future,
  • Using remote monitoring and control to automate regulatory LFG, liquids, and SSM reporting among others,
  • Free on-demand presentations for technical, budgetary, and financial needs; private chats; resource materials; and even entertainment at the SCS Engineers virtual booth.

 

We look forward to seeing you at SWANAPalooza 2020!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am
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Thank you!

April 2, 2020

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 pm
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Wisconsin Integrated Resource Management (WIRMC) 20th Annual Conference, Wisconsin Dells

February 26, 2020

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.

Register today!

 

 

 

 

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