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Florida SWANA 2022 Summer Conference

April 13, 2022

Meet SCS Engineers professionals at the 2022 SWANA Florida Summer Conference, July 25-27, at the Naples Grande Beach Resort.

The deadline for abstracts is May 15, 2022.   Suggested Topics include:

  • Rate Analysis/Financing/Efficiency Studies
  • Waste Reduction/Recycling/Zero Waste
  • Communications/Public Relations/Outreach
  • MSW Health & Safety Practices
  • Solid Waste Collection Programs
  • Landfill Design/Operations
  • Waste-to-Energy/Conversion Technology
  • Special Waste/Beneficial Reuse
  • Disaster Debris Management
  • Transfer Station Operations & Design
  • Recyclable Contamination Issues

The conference is taking shape – click and check back for details and registration information.



Posted by Laura Dorn at 6:37 pm

APWA Names Tim Flanagan 2022 Public Works Person of the Year

February 25, 2022

(L to R) Guy Petraborg, Mike Niccum, Tim Flanagan, Tim Brownell. We’ll have what they’re having; a great time!


The Monterey Bay Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) showed their appreciation of Tim Flanagan’s work at its General Meeting this week. The APWA’s Awards Committee and Board of Directors recognized Tim for his involvement with an extensive range of public works projects that greatly influence the community and continue positively impacting the environment.

Philip Edwards, Award Director, wrote in a letter to Tim, “Your support over the years of the Monterey Bay Chapter of APWA has been especially commendable and appreciated. We are pleased to recognize your outstanding work.”

Flanagan recognized the value of sustainable waste management long before others in the industry and played a key role in developing a pilot anaerobic digestion facility, which processes food waste and other organics into energy. This facility was the first in California to process organics from the municipal solid waste stream.

As the General Manager of the Monterey Regional Waste Management District (MRWMD), he acted as a leader in sustainable solid waste management and resource recovery. The Solid Waste Association of North America recognizes his work and the MRWMD as one of the “Best Solid Waste Systems in North America.”

In 2021, Flanagan initiated the partnership with the Veteran’s Transition Center of Monterey County with The Last Chance Mercantile. This public/non-profit partnership that Flanagan helped create has the benefit of providing stable jobs for our Veterans in transition and the reuse of recovered items instead of landfilling them.

Tim Flanagan continues making significant contributions in North America and globally. He does so as an SCS employee-owner. The award-winning environmental consulting and engineering firm has a history of innovation – a perfect fit for Tim to continue advancing programs in the region and across the U.S.

SCS Engineers Senior Vice President Michelle Leonard said, “This is the expert you want advising you on how to collect, transport, valorize, recover, and reuse various types of waste in a manner that does not jeopardize the environment, human health, or future generations.”


We send our congratulations to Tim with thanks to MRWMD and APWA!


Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am

Get to Know the WDNR’s Waste and Materials Management Study Group

April 5, 2017

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) initiated a Waste and Materials Management (WMM) Study Group to provide constructive feedback on policy and technical issues. There are also five subgroups assigned to research selected topics and develop recommendations for presentation to the full group.

The study group and subgroups include a mix of regulators, industry representatives, environmental group representatives, researchers/professors, and consultants.

The WMM study group has five subgroups working on along with resources related to the area of study:


Get Involved

  • Visit the Waste and Materials Management Study Group website
  • Subscribe to the WMM email list
  • Attend a study group meeting – all meetings are open to the public


Feel free to contact Tom Karwoski or Betsy Powers for more information; active study group members ready to answer your questions and help you get engaged in the WMM.

Betsy Powers, PE, SCS Engineers
Betsy Powers, PE, SCS Engineers 608.216.7347
Tom Karwoski, PG,  608.216.7369,











Posted by Diane Samuels at 9:14 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




Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am