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SWANA WASTECON 2021, Orlando, Florida

November 1, 2021

Meet many SCS professionals at SWANA WASTECON 2021, which will be held at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida (Orlando area), November 1-4, 2021.

SWANA’s WASTECON® helps public sector solid waste leaders and their teams plan sustainable futures for their communities.  WASTECON has been retooled into an enlightening and engaging executive-level event. The conference has been curated especially for solid waste leaders to immerse themselves in the latest executive topics.  Each solid waste leader contributes to this diverse learning and networking experience that makes this a truly unique industry event.

More details to be posted at the conference takes shape, including presentations to be delivered by SCS professionals.

For more information about WASTECON, visit WASTECON.org


Posted by Laura Dorn at 8:00 am
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WASTECON 2020, Dallas, Texas

December 7, 2020

Meet many SCS professionals at SWANA WASTECON 2020, which will be held at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas, December 7-10, 2020.

SWANA’s WASTECON® helps public sector solid waste leaders and their teams plan sustainable futures for their communities.  WASTECON has been retooled into an enlightening and engaging executive-level event. The conference has been curated especially for solid waste leaders to immerse themselves in the latest executive topics.  Each solid waste leader contributes to this diverse learning and networking experience that makes this a truly unique industry event.

More details to be posted at the conference takes shape, including presentations to be delivered by SCS professionals.

Posted by Laura Dorn at 8:00 am
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SWANAPalooza 2020, Atlanta, Georgia

March 23, 2020

Meet many SCS professionals at SWANAPalooza 2020 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, Georgia, March 23-26, 2020.

SWANApalooza is SWANA’s leading technical conference for professionals to explore environmental solutions for integrated solid waste management.

SWANApalooza presents the latest news and technology in the industry, as well as on-site training, local facility tours, and networking with top industry leaders.

Starting in 2020, SWANApalooza will also be incorporating municipal waste-to-energy operational issues, technology, and research initiatives into its programming.

More details to be posted as the conference takes shape, including presentations to be delivered by SCS professionals.  Visit the conference website

Posted by Laura Dorn at 8:00 am
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SWANA WASTECON 2019 – Phoenix

October 21, 2019

Meet lots of SCS Professionals at SWANA Wastecon 2019, October 21-24, at the Phoenix Convention Center.  Visit us in Booth 501 right at the main entrance!

This year’s conference is themed “Pathway to Innovation” and will feature interactive activities, tools and resources for solid waste leaders to explore the most important issues and find innovative and sustainable solutions for our environmental challenges.

Numerous SCS Professionals will deliver presentations and participate in panel discussions, including:

Bob Gardner will moderate in the discussion on #4 Mixed Waste Processing Facility Design and Operation

Michelle Leonard and Vita Quinn will present on merging Solid Waste Planing with Financial Forecasting

Pat Sullivan is making two presentations

Alex Stege will discuss the California’s Organic Waste Disposal changes

Lisa Coehlo and Manny Hernandez are participating in a communications panel discussion

Wastecon is one of the preeminent conferences bringing together thousands of solid waste and sustainability industry professionals. Conversations and presentations will focus on the future of our communities and how to lead the inevitable changes that we will face in the coming years

More conference details coming soon!

Posted by Laura Dorn at 8:00 am
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EREF Celebrates 25 Years of Industry Research and Education

October 18, 2019

This week the solid waste industry is celebrating 25 years of valuable research, inspiration, and support of solid waste professionals provided by the Environmental Research & Education Foundation. On Tuesday, industry leaders met to recognize EREF’s impact on the solid waste industry and acknowledge the role stakeholders play supporting the Foundation and sharing the resulting research.

EREF is a trusted source of data-driven, empirical science for the betterment of solid waste management and policy informing industry, federal and state agencies, academics, and the public. The foundation is also a resource for students and young professionals in the solid waste industry, by providing scholarships, internships, and MSW eTextbook programs. These programs inspire young professionals and ultimately add to EREF’s research and the industry as a whole.

EREF receives funding and participation from companies such as SCS Engineers to continue new research and scholarship programs such as the Robert P. Stearns Master’s Scholarship. The foundation is remarkably successful in producing unbiased reports, which translate ideas and data into action for sustainable waste management practices.

Thank you and congratulations from your colleagues at SCS Engineers for 25 years of scientific research and educational initiatives for the benefit of our industry and the communities we serve.





Posted by Diane Samuels at 9:28 am
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21st Annual Fall Conference – SWANA Pennsylvania Keystone Chapter and PWIA

September 4, 2019

The Pennsylvania Keystone Chapter of SWANA and the Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association will host their 21st Annual Joint Fall Conference, September 4 & 5, 2019, at the Harrisburg Hilton.

Visit SCS Engineers’ booth and meet our professionals at Pennsylvania’s premier solid waste management event.  Our Regional RMC Manager, David Hostetter will present on “The Internet of Things (IOT) and Supervisory Control and DATA Acquisition (SCADA) Systems”.

Other conference topics will include performance based post closure policy, co-processing food waste and wastewater for renewable energy, underground collection technologies, VOC control technology as applied to landfills and renewable energy, and much more!

Early bird registration rates available through May 31.  Register today!

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Choosing the Right Landfill Designer is Crucial to an Operator

July 9, 2019

Operators know that selecting a Landfill Designer involves careful consideration of the designer’s experience and knowledge of construction to control costs and capital outlay.

Landfill operators usually seek to pay the lowest price for design work. While this is in line with the competitive market models, operators need to be sure that the designer’s experience lines up with their desired outcome, or problems may arise later for the operator. If the designer’s general or specific experience in the region is lacking, reconsider your selection parameters.

General experience is the comprehensive knowledge of landfill design and the development of expertise gained on similar projects over an extended period. A few project experiences in the remote past do not adequately qualify a designer. Experience in the region means that your designer has designed and developed similar projects in the larger vicinity of the project.

Regional experience demonstrates that the designer has significant knowledge of geology, hydrogeology, climatology, and available constructions materials in the area. Without this level of experience and understanding, the operator risks ending up with a system that does not function well and may be susceptible to environmental conditions, causing excessive project maintenance costs over time.

I recommend that operators work with a known entity; look for a designer who has done similar projects on numerous occasions in your region, and who can provide proof of their experience and knowledge to design according to your specific goals. A designer may not meet the criteria of the least expensive vendor, but a properly designed and constructed project can save a tremendous amount of money by:

  • Avoiding design mistakes during construction
  • Ensuring proper integration with existing systems and technologies
  • Avoiding exorbitant O&M costs later

Landfills are unique systems that require explicit design and construction criteria in order to operate seamlessly and safely for a very long period of time. Developing landfills generally takes several decades to complete and requires a substantial amount of knowledge and design consistency to ensure that the various landfill components function together.

Some operators change designers every few years without realizing that they risk inconsistencies in the design and construction every time a new designer comes into the picture. For this reason, I recommend that operators find the most qualified designer who is also very familiar with the construction and field maintenance of similar projects, and then stick with that designer for a long time.

At times, several different designers may be involved with various components of the landfill. To improve design consistency, I recommend that the most experienced design group review each design package regularly in order to help eliminate inconsistencies, improve the overall design integrity, and facilitate proper operation of the constructed systems during operation.

Landfill Design-Build-OM&M

About the Author: Ali Khatami, Ph.D., PE, LEP, CGC, is a Vice President of SCS Engineers and the firm’s National Expert for Landfill Design, CQA, and Elevated Temperature Landfills (ETLFs). Ali has 40+ years of research and professional experience in mechanical, structural, and civil engineering acquiring extensive experience and knowledge in the areas of geology, hydrogeology, hydrology, hydraulics, liquids management, construction methods, material science, construction quality assurance (CQA), and stability of earth systems.

He applies his experience in the siting of numerous landfills and the remediation of hazardous waste contaminated sites. Ali’s expertise includes the design and permitting of civil/environmental projects such as surface water management systems, drainage structures, municipal solid waste landfills, hazardous solid waste landfills, low-level radioactive waste landfills, leachate and wastewater conveyance, and treatment systems.
His cross-practice experience includes the design of gas collection and disposal systems, hazardous and non-hazardous waste impoundments, storage tank systems, waste tire processing facilities, composting facilities, material recovery facilities, leachate evaporator systems, and liquid impoundment floating covers.





Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:05 am
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SCS Engineers Landfill and Solid Waste Seminar – Baltimore, MD

May 23, 2019

Join SCS Engineers for our 17th Annual Maryland Landfill & Solid Waste Seminar on May 23rd!

This half-day seminar will provide updates on the latest regulatory, policy, and technological developments in solid waste, landfill and landfill gas industries.The $100 registration fee includes breakfast, seminar materials, Orioles ticket, and certificate of completion. To register, download the Flyer and Registration Form.

Welcome and Introductions, by Paul Mandeville, PE
How Extreme Weather Can Impact Your Landfill, by Bob Isenberg, PE, CPG
Maryland 2019 Regulatory Update, by Jacob Shepherd, PE
LFG Design, History, and Compliance,  by Alex Mandeville, EIT
Sites That Take Special Waste, by Charles Warren, PE
What’s In Your Permit? by Tony Tomlin, PE
Solid Waste Facility Planning & Design: Integrated Approaches, by Ryan Duckett, PE
Baltimore Orioles vs. NY Yankees at Camden Yards

The seminar is intended for solid waste management professionals, landfill managers, waste/recycling 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.

Full event attendance provides three (3) Continuing Education Units for the SWANA Certification Program.

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Volusia County Selects SCS Engineers for Green Capital Improvements

May 15, 2019

County of Volusia’s green capital improvement plan supports sustainable solid waste management.

More than 500,000 people call Volusia County home. Situated on the east coast of Central Florida, the county has 47 miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches and beachfront cities including Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach and New Smyrna Beach. Volusia County has an abundance of natural beauty and some of the most beautiful parks in the United States.

Green Volusia is the county’s long-term initiative designed to provide residents and visitors with information about green, or sustainable, practices to reduce the impact on the environment. Green Volusia provides information about environmentally responsible practices that benefit the whole community as well as encouraging stewardship and conservation of our natural resources.

Despite the best green practices, it came time to expand the county’s landfill. The City Council approved a contract for Professional Construction Quality Assurance (CQA) and Engineering Services with SCS Engineers. SCS is an award-winning environmental consulting, engineering and construction company known for sustainable environmental solutions. The Council selected SCS for their in house expertise in MSW cell construction, and successful record of delivering the highest quality environmental engineering services.



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Waste Management Celebrates a Decade of Suporting Local Schools at 10th Annual Earth Day Event

April 24, 2019

These kids are among the more than 1,200 students and their families who took the pledge to recycle right at the 10th Annual Earth Day Event celebration hosted by Waste Management at Monarch Hill Renewable Energy Park. SCS Engineers professionals contributed their support and know-how to celebrate and educate at the environmental event.

Photo Credit: Kara Starzyk
Students from 16 area elementary schools learned about the environment in a fun-filled day at Monarch Hill Renewable Energy Park with the support of SCS Engineers.

For the past decade, the event has offered students hands-on recycling, renewable energy and environmental-related activities. One of the most popular activities at the anniversary celebration was a wind machine in which students hilariously tried to catch swirling “hurricane debris.” The most recent storm, Hurricane Irma, added 660,000 tons of debris into the landfill in just four months. Experts explained other inner workings of the Renewable Energy Park such as how landfill gas becomes electricity and “clean” renewable energy.

The day’s activities included stations where students target what can’t be recycled in a bow and suction cup arrow game; don WM vests and hardhats beside the CNG truck which reduces greenhouse gas emissions, make a landfill out of candy before taking a bus tour of the real landfill and use recycled materials to make art with Young at Art and musical instruments with the South Florida Junior Chamber Ensemble.

Proving that being good to the environment is a winning strategy, Miami Dolphins’ former wide receiver O.J. McDuffie and former cornerback Patrick Surtain were on hand to sign autographs and take photos, many of which were shared on social media at #greenbroward, a local initiative in Broward County by Waste Management designed to engage and educate the community on sustainability efforts.

As part of the Earth Day festivities, Waste Management also awarded funds to all participating schools. The Dumpster Art Contest featured the handiwork of 14 schools that all took home gift cards to Michaels for future art projects.



Posted by Diane Samuels at 9:27 am
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