resource management

SWANA Soar 2022 Technical Conference, Kansas City

March 21, 2022

Visit SCS Engineers at Booth 202 at SWANA’s SOAR 2022 Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, March 21-24, 2022.

“SOAR” stands for Sustainability, Operations, Action, Resources, and it is SWANA’s new conference to provide technical solutions for resource management.  It is built on the essence of SWANApalooza, and is driving the power and connection of the solid waste community.  SOAR brings together professionals and experts from ALL disciplines of the resource management community, offering technical education, networking events, peer-to-peer learning, and actionable, fact-based solutions.

Several SCS Engineers professionals are presenting at the SOAR 2022 Conference, including:

Tom Lock and Robert Butler are speaking at the Joint Meeting of the Landfill Gas & Biogas Field Practices and Extraction & Control Committees, Monday March 21, 2:00 – 3:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Carlo Lebron is the Director of SWANA’s Landfill Gas & Biogas Technical Division on Monday, March 21, 4:00 – 5:00 pm. The group will be meeting during the conference and all are welcome to attend.

SCS Energy’s Jeff Pierce is speaking about “Conversion of Biogas Power to Renewable Natural Gas – Flip or Flop”, on Tuesday, March 22, 2:00 – 2:45 pm

James Law, on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM How to Get Involved With ISWA’s Global Initiative on Closing Dumpsites?
Global solid waste generation is postulated to increase from 2.01 billion metric tonnes (Mt) in 2016 to 2.59 billion Mt in 2030 and to a high of 3.4 billion Mt in 2050. Almost 50 percent of this waste is food waste, especially in low-income economy countries. However, if one looks at the waste management options, only eight percent of the total waste is disposed of into sanitary landfills (without gas collection), while almost 40 percent is still disposed into dumpsites. The ISWA’s Working Group on Landfill (WGL) formalized the Task Force on Closing Dumpsites (TFCD) in 2018. The primary goal of the TFCD is to present cost savings and environmental benefits related to transitioning from dumps to engineered sanitary landfills, and in particular to encourage more municipalities in the developing countries, that currently heavily rely on open dumps for disposal of their waste, to participate in this initiative. The secondary goal is to promote the closing of the world’s 50 largest dumpsites, which were identified by ISWA in 2014, by bringing public and private stakeholders and financial institutions together so that dumpsite closure can become a reality. It is time to spark the interest of all solid waste professionals and other stakeholders and investors to engage and to respond to call in contributing their knowledge and interest in this important global initiative to address climate change, to improve the health of the people living on or around the dumpsites as well as the environment they live in and beyond.

Michelle Leonard is speaking on “Organics Diversion California Style” on Wednesday, March 23, 9:00 – 9:45 am


Robert Butler, on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM Landfill Gas Field Practices and Procedures Manuel revised for the Safety and Wellbeing of our Industry Partners
The Landfill Gas Field Practices and Procedures Manuel is a compilation of current practices and procedures relating to the control, recovery and utilization of landfill gas, prepared by seasoned professionals in both private and public solid waste industries. The manual serves as a guide resource for current Health and Safety, Landfill Gas Monitoring, Sampling and Analysis, and Equipment Procedures as well as valuable website resources at your fingertips. The manual is a must-have for all “Solid Waste” Professionals.


Anastasia Welch is presenting “Tales from the Landfill” on Wednesday, March 23, 4:00 – 4:45 pm


David Hostetter and Brett Heist (not pictured), on Thursday, March 24, 2022, 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Technologies to Reduce Landfill Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are a hot-button topic within the landfill industry and society as a whole. Landfills naturally generate GHGs in the form of landfill gas (LFG) and generally collect these gasses and will often use them for beneficial end uses. However, even at world-class landfills, GHGs are emitted through things like gaps in LFG collection system coverage, insufficient cover, blown traps, piping leaks, malfunctioning equipment, etc. We have successfully used several different technologies to help identify and reduce GHG emissions. We will share our thoughts and experiences on how different technologies can be deployed at landfills to help identify, quantify, and reduce GHG emissions.


SCS Regional Manager, Ron Wilks and SCS Field Services Bill Dillon will be trainers at the 3-day Training Center sessions, March 21-23.


SCS is also hosting an after party on March 22 at TAPS ON MAIN.
Please RSVP to your local SCSer or


SOAR is an important event for Sustainable Materials Management, Collection, Logistics & Transportation, Landfill Gas & Biogas, Landfill Management, Waste Conversion & Energy Recovery, and Public Education & Marketing professionals.


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Posted by Laura Dorn at 8:00 am

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.


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Posted by Laura Dorn at 12:00 pm

Denise Wessels of SCS Engineers Elected to the Keystone SWANA Board of Directors

September 26, 2017

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.

Denise Wessels, SCS Engineers Elected to Keystone SWANA Board of Directors

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.”

Congratulations, Denise!



Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:05 am

L.A. Program Supports the County’s Roadmap to a Sustainable Waste Management Future

September 14, 2016

“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.”

Read the article about L.A. County’s Plan for Sustainable Waste Management




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