SAVE THE DATE: Join SWANA for its SOAR 2022 Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, March 21-24, 2022. “SOAR” stands for Sustainability, Operations, Action, Resources, and it is SWANA’s new technical conference to provide technical solutions for resource manage. It is built on the essence of SWANApalooza, and is driving the power and connection of the solid waste community.
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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!
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.
The Pennsylvania Keystone Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is an organization of public and private sector professionals committed to advancing solid waste and resource management through education, advocacy, and research.
Keystone SWANA announced the election of Denise Wessels of SCS Engineers to the Board of Directors at the Association’s annual business meeting held in conjunction with the 19th Annual Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association (PWIA) and Keystone SWANA Fall Conference in Harrisburg on September 7, 2017. Ms. Wessels will serve for two years starting on October 1, 2017.
Directors are elected by majority vote of the members at the annual business meeting. Ms. Wessels, a long-standing member of the Association, had agreed to step in to fill a vacant director’s seat earlier in the year; this election serves to confirm that members are more than happy with her service. As a board member, she is responsible for the activities, property, and affairs of the Chapter.
Ms. Wessels is a Project Manager with SCS’s Landfill Engineering Group in Pennsylvania. She has more than 20 years of experience in the waste management industry and environmental consulting, including landfill design, project management, regulatory compliance, permitting, environmental monitoring and studies, auditing, and budgeting.
“The PWIA and SWANA both make important contributions to Pennsylvania’s economy and the environment by supporting those who manage the nearly nine million tons of municipal solid waste that citizens generate each year,” stated Paul Mandeville, SCS Senior Vice President, and Regional Director. “Denise is sharp and always brings great value to clients, association members, and her co-workers.”
“This program directly supports the county’s Roadmap to a Sustainable Waste Management Future by helping businesses to implement recycling programs,” says Leonard. “And not only recycling but waste reduction, as well, all of which, of course, contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, resource management and sustainable materials management.”