SWANA’s 2019 Quad State Conference will take place August 27-29, in Asheville, North Carolina.
The conference is for industry professionals in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee.
Three SCS professionals will be presenting on these timely topics*:
*Schedule is subject to change.
Be sure to register today!
Meet SCS Professionals and visit us at Booth 311, get inspired, and find the answers to your waste & recycling challenges at WasteExpo, May 6-9, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Enjoy an interactive conference program. With technology and innovation as the underlying themes, expect a conference program that dives deep into recycling/landfill, fleet management/collection, organics, safety, food recovery, and more! The WasteExpo Conference Program, in partnership with the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) and Dr. Stu Buckner, is designed to sharpen your skills to help you run your business or department smarter, safer, and more streamlined.
Monday, May 6, Highlights!
Composting, Organics Recycling, Biogas Track
10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Composting Infrastructure Development, Public-Private Partnerships, Air Permitting Requirements, Technology Innovations
Featuring Patrick Sullivan‘s discussion Survey of Air Permitting Requirements for Composting Facilities Across the U.S.; tools for composting partnerships; managing high solids digestate; the financial and operational benefits of pilot scale recycling projects.
Processing & Disposal Track
3:15 pm – 4:30 pm
Swiping Right: Which Leachate Management Solution Best Suits Me?
Join this panel of experts comprised of leading experts from SCS Engineers, Waste Management, John Zink, WEHRLE, and landfill operators for an all-inclusive review of present designs, operational practices, and technologies considered as part of a sustainable long-term solution for leachate management. Expect to learn the leachate management solutions that best suit your own operations and facilities. Learn about best practices, holistic approaches to leachate and liquids management using flow rate and leachate chemistry, membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology, leachate evaporation, and deep well injection. Plus what to watch out for in 2019 and beyond.
Tuesday, May 7, Highlights!
Composting, Organics Recycling, Biogas Track
9:00 am – 10:15 am
Composting: Increasing Processing Capacity, Improving Process Management, Minimizing Contamination
Join Tracie Onstad Bills for her presentation Methods to Achieve .5% Contamination in Organics; along with improvements to maximize processing capabilities; and a look at high-tech composting.
Food Recovery Forum Track
4:30 pm – 5:45 pm
Source Separation and Collection in Commercial and Municipal Programs: BMP’s, Data Collection and Evaluation, Lessons Learned, Case Studies
In this lively session, Lisa Coelho presents Split-Cart Food Scraps Recycling; plus how to achieve continuous program improvements; capture more and reduce contamination at the source; followed by BMPs for collection from customers.
Wednesday, May 8, Highlights!
Processing & Disposal Track
10:30 am – 11:45 am
Data, Drones & Case Studies: The Latest Trends in Landfill Management
This fast-paced session addresses the latest tools and trends being used in landfill management and focuses on four different case studies including SCS Engineer’s SCS Remote Monitoring and Control® – SCS RMC® system for landfill systems including flares, landfill gas, and leachate systems to identify, troubleshoot, and solve real problems effectively and efficiently. The session continues with how the World Bank recently utilized drone technology for the St. Maarten landfill; the City of Barrie’s municipal solid waste landfill reclamation and remediation; and EREF results from the first comprehensive analysis of leachate quantity and quality and management practices across the U.S.
About the Seminar
The half-day landfill and solid waste seminar provides updates on the latest regulatory, policy, and technological developments in the solid waste, landfill and landfill gas industries.
A $100 registration fee includes continental breakfast, seminar materials, lunch, and certificate of completion. To register, please complete and return the registration form located on the SCS website for download. Additional instructions will follow with your confirmation.
Who Should Attend?
Solid waste management professionals, landfill 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.
Continuing Education Credits
Full event attendance provides four (4) CPE/T contact hours toward DPOR requirements
for Class I and Class II license renewal, as well as three (3) Continuing Education Units for SWANA Certification Program.
About SCS Engineers
Founded in 1970, SCS is an employee-owned environmental consulting firm specializing in solid waste management and environmental engineering services. SCS opened its Reston, VA office in 1971. Our other VA locations include: Richmond, Virginia Beach, and Winchester. Presently, we have over 800 employees throughout the United States.
Roanoke | April 5, 2018
Richmond | April 13, 2018
Seminar fee is $100. Complete a separate form for each registrant and kindly attach registrant’s business card.
Questions? Contact Heather Blake for answers.
Thanks for attending!
This article provides the SCS methodology used to make projections for the financial performance of solid waste collection and disposal during a five-year planning period for the City of Pensacola, Florida. The projections were then used to model different possible rate structures for approval by the City Council.
After discussion and two public readings of the ordinance amending the sanitation rate, the Pensacola City Council adopted a new monthly sanitation rate and established a sanitation equipment surcharge. These additional revenues enable the full funding of departmental services to continue and will provide for ongoing replacement of sanitation equipment.
Cutting Solid Waste Collection Costs
A six-month pilot program was initiated to identify possible program savings and how the program would be rolled out to its residents. An SCS Engineers rate study conducted at that time suggested possible operational savings, which could enable the City to defer a solid waste rate increase. The good results shown during the pilot program encouraged the City decision-makers to move ahead with once a week collection. The latest statistical data from the City of Clearwater, Florida shows a 21% decrease in solid waste generation and an annual savings of $107,000 in tipping fees. Operational savings for the City achieved the projected $400,000 savings as forecasted in the SCS rate study.
Assessing the Financial Performance of Operating and Proposed Solid Waste Programs
Financial analysis is an increasingly important issue in solid waste decision making. In an era where the mantra of doing more with less” is on the lips of most political decision-makers, it is critical to assess the financial performance of operating and proposed solid waste programs. The three issues discussed in this article provide some guidelines on how these kinds of assessments can be conducted.
SCS Management Services™ helps many of our clients’ incorporate economic planning, financial analysis, and feasibility studies into their master planning and have requested copies of our articles. All can be found and filtered by topic area, and we are always ready to help you find the information you need.
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Contact Vita Quinn for more information. Ms. Quinn is SCS Engineers’ National Expert on Solid Waste Finance and Rate Studies. She has 12 years of experience as a financial analyst and management consultant. She has extensive experience working for local government and has developed financial sustainability solutions for various general governments, special revenue funds, and utility enterprise funds. Ms. Quinn has an MBA in Finance and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Economics.
An Exercise in Sound Fiscal Planning: A Rural County’s Public Works Professionals Evaluate Future Solid Waste Service Scenarios, Costs, and Financing Options
Residential Automated Collection Makes Sense for Idaho Falls
The Nuts and Bolts of Implementing a Residential Automated Collection Program
Conducting a Rate Analysis as Part of a Master Plan Study in Killeen, Texas
Financial Tools Assist in Completing Cost of Service Studies
Conducting Solid Waste Rate Studies and Business Plans
Get a Firm Handle on Solid Waste Costs to Optimize Performance
Cash Flow Analysis Forestalls Long-Term Debt
Is Privatization the Answer? You Need to Consider Several Factors Before Making the Decision for Solid Waste Services
Developing a Strategic Business Plan for Your Agency
Economic Feasibility 101 – Understanding the Tools of the Trade
Assessing a Solid Waste Agency’s Financial Health
Are Your Rates Correct? Collection and Disposal Rate Studies are a Valuable Tool
Integrating Financial Analysis into Solid Waste Operations Planning
High Costs and Limited Markets Put a Crack in Glass Recycling
Recycling Trends in the United States
Calculated Decisions: An Engineer’s Feasibility Report Can Help Communities and Financiers Assess the Risk of a Waste Conversion Project
Anaerobic Digester Economics
Give SCS a call or send an email to Service@scsengineers.com if you have questions. Find your local office here: https://www.scsengineers.com/locations/. Visit our Solid Waste Planning Services page for additional information, articles, whitepapers, and case studies.
Operational expenses such as replacing collection vehicles, considering and implementing recycling programs, and the impact of stricter environmental regulatory programs can all affect collection fees and the quality of service. Strategic business planning solves the ongoing process whereby an organization determines where it is going… plus how it will get there, and what tools and resources it will use.
The City of Killeen recently worked with SCS Engineers to create a 20-year master plan with modeling capabilities to determine the optimum scenarios that benefit the surrounding communities and one that helps manage environmental safety and the outlay of capital before the expense of planning, designing, and building begins. Population projections, demographics, cost and historical data, among other resources, make up the information that is then organized and analyzed to prepare projections based on changing scenarios over a period of years. This type of economic study enables the planning team on any proposed project to provide a “what if” analysis for the decision-makers with the potential impact a proposal may have on customer rates and fees.
The collaborative effort between the City and SCS has culminated in a long-term financial roadmap and planning tool, which evaluates the impact of operational expenses and provides a basis for planning capital expenditures. The plan is already in use by the City’s decision-makers to determine the efficiency of investing in equipment and a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) as part of a waste management plan. Key outputs of this study included the justification for the City’s acquiring new collection equipment and further assessment of the feasibility of implementing single-stream recycling.
This type of business analysis requires technical expertise in the many aspects of waste management. You’ve got to dig deep into the conditions that present a financial, environmental, or quality challenge to managing wastes in order to deliver a system that is serviceable for decision-makers to use for many years.
Most agencies conduct an annual rate study to evaluate the cost of providing solid waste, recycling, and composting curbside collection services. The study is used to develop recommended rates for these services for each new fiscal year, and to maintain uniform services with a variety of service level options throughout the community. Further, competition from private haulers requires municipal providers of solid waste services to look for ways to enhance revenues by expanding services such as commercial collection, utilizing roll-off pickups, and recycling services. Addressing long-term maintenance and vehicle replacement is complex and risky without a long-term financial plan.
I recommend a proactive approach to engineer, manage, and design a strategic, sustainable and detailed approach to long-term financial planning. A detailed approach provides the flexibility to establish fair, equitable, and effective solid waste system rates while enabling a decision-maker to compare and contrast alternative strategies which address these key issues:
A rate study, if conducted appropriately, can help provide the agency with a long-range financial business plan. Each rate study requires a task plan and a project concept (pictured below), and to manage the following:
In short, the rate study provides a deeper understanding of what rates should be and allocates costs appropriately to various functional areas of an operation. Also, it is used by SCS clients to estimate year-by-year what is possible using various scenarios. For example, a municipality would like to buy 5 new collection vehicles or expand their landfill or recycling center. A rate study allows the decision-maker to assess the impact of the purchase on the current budget; then determine if enough surpluses will remain at a specific point during the fiscal year to purchase, or if a rate adjustment is necessary how much to adjust the rates.
By Bob Gardner, PE, BCEE
For many municipalities, the solid waste collection budget represents a significant portion of its overall solid waste budget. Qualitative and material savings can be realized by focusing on optimizing a municipality’s solid waste collection routing.
A routing analysis involves assessing the performance metrics of your existing collection system, evaluating its unique characteristics, special considerations, and the geography of the municipality; then modeling the system using GIS database information and various modeling software; and lastly running optimization scenarios. The optimization scenarios allow testing of your routing model demonstrating the impact of various assumptions on productivity creating opportunities to improve your overall routing solution.
The City of Virginia Beach is the largest city in the Commonwealth, with a population of nearly 450,000. The City encompasses approximately 307 square miles, of which 248 square miles is land area and the rest water or wetlands. The City self-performs residential solid waste collection for approximately 122,000 customers. The northern sector of the City is devoted to more urban uses while the southern area remains more rural. Solid waste services include weekly automated residential household pickup, weekly manual yard waste collection and scheduled pick up of bulky wastes. The City contracts with a private company to collect and process single stream recyclables on an every-other-week basis.
SCS Engineers in conjunction with Route Optimization Consultants recently assisted the City to optimize their automated residential solid waste collection routes. The following improvements were realized as a result of the route optimization:
• 26% reduction in daily routes
– From 153 to 114 per week
– 38.25 to 28.5 per day
• $2,250,000 reduction in equipment inventory
• $1,100,000 annual savings in personnel, equipment maintenance, and fuel
• Route completion time extended from 7.6 to 9.2 hours, which translates into better utilization of personnel.
In short, the City of Virginia Beach by optimizing their solid waste routes created a sustainable solution and a positive return on investment.