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WasteExpo 2020, New Orleans

August 10, 2020

WASTE EXPO 2020 HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO AUGUST 10-13, 2020. IT WILL STILL BE HELD AT THE ERNEST N. MORIAL CONVENTION CENTER IN NEW ORLEANS.  Due to the scheduling change, the rooms, dates, times, and other details below are subject to change. We will update them as information becomes available. Information about Waste Expo’s decision to reschedule and its implications can be found here: https://www.wasteexpo.com/en/venue-travel/HealthandWellness.html

Meet SCS Professionals, visit our booth (Booth 3101), get inspired, and find the answers to your waste & recycling challenges at WasteExpo, August 10-13 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

Enjoy an interactive conference program, see over 600 exhibitors, and network with 14, 500 of the best and brightest in the industry. SCS professionals Michelle Leonard, Tracie Bills, Lisa Coelho, Amber Duran, Viraj deSilva, and Michelle Hoffman will be in attendance and SCS Senior Vice President Pat Sullivan at booth 3101.

WasteExpo 2020 will feature more educational sessions than ever before!  Conference sessions include SCS presentations such as these:

PFAS Super Session: What is PFAS & How Do We Treat It?
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been produced in the U.S. since the 1940s and are used in a wide variety of products and applications. PFAS are persistent in the environment and resistant to environmental degradation. The potential bioaccumulation of PFAS is a concern, and EPA considers PFAS to be emerging contaminants.

This super-session, chaired by Dr. Viraj deSilva of SCS Engineers will address all things PFAS, and is split into two parts:

  • Part I – Laying the Foundation: Laying the Foundation: Part I will set the stage for PFAS, discuss background information, historical legal challenges, and sampling and analytical challenges and opportunities.
  • Part II- Treatment Options : Treatment Options: Part II will focus specifically on treatment options – including underground injection, destruction, and separation.

Organics Diversion and Collection
Moderator: Tracie Onstad Bills, SCS Engineers , will moderate this discussion on the Importance of Organic Waste Diversion; whether Commercial Organics Diversion Mandates are Working in California; and Making Cents of SB 1383: CA’s 75% Organic Diversion Mandate.


Evaluation of Organics Management Options; Composting Odor Control; Equipment Maintenance
Moderator: George Savage, CalRecovery, Patrick Sullivan and Raymond Huff of SCS Engineers with a Comparison of Organic Waste Management Options in Terms of Air Quality and GHG Impacts. This session also covers how to eliminate compost facility odors and maintenance strategies.


The Effects of Organic Diversion Policies on Food Donation
Moderator: Hannah Cather, Food Recovery Network with Tracie Onstad Bills of SCS Engineers presenting on the RecycleSmart Edible Food Generator Survey for the Contra Costa County Solid Waste Authority. Also covered will be Leveraging Organic Waste Mandates, Public-Private Partnerships Support Wasted Food Diversion Efforts, and Vallarta Supermarkets Recycling, Organics, and Food Waste Donations.


Reducing Food Waste and Increasing Recovery in Municipal, Regional, and State Programs
Spotlight Session – Open to All WasteExpo Attendees
Moderator: Evan Edgar and speaker Lisa Coelho of SCS Engineers discuss the Santa Clara County Community Based Social Marketing (CBSM) of Food Waste Reduction Program and Food Recovery Efforts. Also included are presentations on Los Angeles County’s Three-Pronged Approach by Michelle Leonard of SCS Engineers, Accelerate Food Waste Reduction Through Collaboration, Eating the Food Scraps Elephant: How Madison, WI is Tackling the Problem of Food Scraps a Bite at a Time through Prevention and Diversion, with John Welch, Director Waste & Renewables, Dane County.


Panel Discussion on the Future of Organics in California
Learn about California’s SB 1383 implementation that will require 75% diversion of organic waste from landfills by 2025. Hear from industry policy leaders and composters in an interactive panel discussion regarding collection, contamination, permitting, and markets of transforming organic wastes into compost and energy products.

This lively discussion will include questions from the audience on how to develop over 100 facilities at a cost of $2 to $3 billion. Moderator Evan Edgar with Tracie Onstad Bills of SCS Engineers and Bill Camarillo.


EREF’s Annual Charitable Auction & Silent Auction

In addition to the technical sessions, The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) will host its annual charitable auction at WasteExpo 2020. The auction supports EREF’s funding of scholarships and grants for solid waste research, as well as EREF’s educational initiatives. Since 1994, the auction has raised more than $18 million. While on the show floor, look for large red balloons indicating those exhibitors who donated to the EREF Auction.

Silent Auction: Tuesday, August 11, 10:00 am – Wednesday, August 12, 4:00 pm

Live Auction: Wednesday, August 12, 2020. Reception begins at 3:00 pm; bidding begins at 3:30 pm


Click here to visit the WasteExpo 2020 website for more details and registration information.

 

 

Posted by Laura Dorn at 8:00 am
Tag Archives: recycling

Tennessee Environmental Network Show of the South (TENSOS), Chattanooga

May 13, 2020

Meet SCS Engineers professionals at the Tennessee Environmental Network Show of the South (TENSOS) in Chattanooga, Tennessee, May 13-15.

The conference features eight breakout sessions covering a wealth of topics including sustainability in the recycling industry, climate change solutions, beneficial reuse, brownfields, solid waste management, air quality updates, PFAS, site closure, water regulations, recovered materials, resource conservation, stormwater management, NSPS landfills, vapor intrusion, CWD, emerging contaminants, nuclear waste, asbestos, hazardous waste, air dispersion modeling, CCR pond closures, and much more!

The TENSOS conference and exhibition is the largest, most comprehensive and diverse environmental education opportunity in Tennessee, and will be attended by over 1,000 Local, State, and Federal Government Officials, Business and Industry Leaders, Attorneys, Consultants, Engineers, Developers, Land Owners, Architects, Agribusiness Leaders, Energy Experts, Water Planning Districts, Universities, Public Health Officials, Solid Waste, Enviro-Tech, and Recycling Experts, and many, many others with a strong interest in environmental activities in Tennessee and the Southeast region.

The long-running Environmental Show of the South was known across the region for providing high quality technical education at an affordable cost. The conference connected the regulated community with government and other professionals in a meaningful way that improved environmental compliance throughout Tennessee. While the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation (TDEC) is no longer managing this event, it nevertheless is playing an active role in developing the agenda for this year’s conference.

Click for more information and to register

 

 

Posted by Laura Dorn at 8:00 am
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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!

 

 

 

 

Posted by Laura Dorn at 8:00 am
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Americans use 500 million straws a day; enough to fill Yankee Stadium over 9 times in a year!

August 30, 2019

Even the smallest change can make a big difference.

 

SCS is reaching out by providing regular tips to encourage more sustainable practices you can use at work and at home.

Do you really need to use a drinking straw? With most beverages, probably not! Make this one change and help America reduce the amount of plastic going into our landfills.

 

Tips:

  • Use a straw only when you must
  • If you must, use a paper straw or a reusable metal straw
  • If ordering a drink, tell your server “no straw, please”
  • Encourage your family and friends to make the change too.

Click to learn more about Sustainable Materials Management.

 

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am
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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:08 am
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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.”

 

 

 

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am
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Iowa Recycling and Solid Waste Management Conference – October

September 27, 2018

Meet SCS Engineers professionals at the 2018 Iowa Recycling and Solid Waste Management Conference and Trade Show, October 8-10 at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Registration for this event is open. We hope to visit with you at SCS’s booth 104. Earn CEUs at these conference sessions.

  • Wellfield Data Management at a Glance (.5 CEUs) with Ken Brynda;  Room F at 1:50 pm.

 

  • Rising to the Challenge: How Dane County Leads C&D Recycling in Wisconsin (1 CEU) with Betsy Powers and Wendy Larson. Rooms K&L at 4:00.

 

  • Enhancing Recycling Through Market Development and Product Stewardship (.75 CEUs) with Michelle Leonard and John Foster. Rooms A&B at 8:30.

 

  • Organics Boot Camp (3 CEUs) includes multiple sessions:
  •   Waste Characterization Study Benefits Community Programming with Jane Wilch.
  •   Food Waste Minimization for Iowa Schools: K-12 with John Bruce.
  •   Composting Operations from an Operator’s Viewpoint with William Conrad.
  •   Organics Processing Facilities – Making More Sense than Ever with Leslie Lukacs.
  •   Modeling the Impacts of Organic Waste Diversion on LFG Recovery from Landfills with Eric Sonsthagen.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 11:07 am
Tag Archives: recycling

Climate & Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) Waste Characterization Studies Webinar – March 28

March 15, 2018

The CCAC Waste Initiative is hosting a webinar on Best Practices for Waste Characterization Studies on March 28, 2018 from 8:00 – 9:00 am ET. The webinar will be led by Brent Dieleman of SCS Engineers, on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Webinar Description
A waste characterization study is an important tool for helping local governments and private companies make decisions on the best solid waste management programs, policies, and technologies to reduce short-lived climate pollutants.  Knowing what materials comprise your waste stream will help you establish the right mix of waste diversion and energy programs to make your community more sustainable.

This webinar  provides information on how to conduct a waste characterization study, what data you can expect to obtain from a study, and how it can be used to make solid waste program and policy decisions.  Topics of discussion during the webinar include:

  • Types of studies
  • Why do a study?
  • Study design
  • Waste sampling
  • Waste sorting
  • Health and safety
  • Data analysis
  • Data usage

Webinar access:
Join WebEx meeting
Meeting number (access code): 648 518 922

Join by phone
+1-415-655-0002 US Toll
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Thank you to the United Nations Environment, Climate & Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) for sponsoring this valuable event.

 

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 12:12 pm
Tag Archives: recycling

China and Recycled Commodities: The Perfect Storm?

January 18, 2018

Marc Rogoff sees unprecedented factors in play as “The Perfect Storm”—the banning of solid waste materials and imposing an almost unreachable contamination standard on bales entering China.

Read his recent article to get started on a solution relevant in your region and return again to follow our series of articles on what you can do to continue supporting or changing your program.

The article covers association actions, regional impacts, funding, and more.

Read it here.

Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:01 am
Tag Archives: recycling

Organics Collection – A Future in Your State?

January 2, 2018

Many state and provincial governments have begun promulgating policies and regulations that target the recycling of organics prompting local solid waste agencies to develop advanced municipal curbside collection programs.

A key question for local solid waste agencies to answer is, what types of organic wastes will be targeted for collection and processing? SCS Engineers covers this and other facets to consider as part of your plan, such as:

  • Drop-Off Programs
  • Bulk Collection
  • Curbside Collection
  • The “ick factor”
  • Piggybacking your program

Read the full article by clicking here.

 

 

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:02 am
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