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We’re Looking Forward to Seeing Our Colleagues at WASTECON 2021!

October 29, 2021

We could not resist sharing this picture!

 

SWANA’s WASTECON® helps public sector solid waste leaders and their teams plan sustainable futures for their communities. The conference is curated especially for solid waste leaders to immerse themselves in the latest executive topics.

 

See you there!

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 12:44 pm

SWANA WASTECON 2021 Virtual Event – Embracing Disruption

January 26, 2021

The solid waste and recycling industry is being reshaped by powerful forces – fiscal uncertainty, a critical need for infrastructure investment, local governments pushed to engage in creative city-to-city and public/private partnerships, and the need to leverage technology to connect to our communities and customers. “When we embrace disruptions, we can lean in and make decisions that help accelerate needed solutions and sunset legacy practices that can stand in the way of progress,” said SWANA Deputy Executive Director Meri Beth Wojtaszek. “This has some leaders replacing the phrase ‘before and after’ to ‘before and faster.’”

Visit WASTECON.org for program updates and registration information as it becomes available.

WASTECON Highlights

 

Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM (EST)
wastecon 2021Keynote: Outside the Box: Reinventing Your Organization in Response to COVID-19 features a diverse panel that will share some innovative ways their organizations have responded and reinvented themselves to remain relevant during the pandemic. Three speakers provide perspective including, Carlton Williams – City of Philadelphia; James Walsh – SCS Engineers; John Brusa, Jr. – Barton & Loguidice.

 

Thursday, January 28, at 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM (EST)
Keynote: Paying for Waste Services During the Downturn features a panel that will present options for financing solid waste operations during the economic downturn and ways to plan for the future. Economist Vita Quinn – SCS Engineers; John Chalmers – Baltimore City Department of Public Works; Kim Braun – Culver City, CA

 

Anytime! On-Demand Resourcesat your convenience, these short, non-commercial sessions are available in the SCS Learning Center. Click the title to begin playing.

Budget and Operational Strategies for Municipalities

A solid waste expert, an economist, and a city council member discuss municipal funding resources and strategies. Each brings their perspective and experience to inform and answer questions from a live audience including, the big picture approach, expense-based solutions, revenue diversification and optimization strategies, financial modeling of solid waste services.

Solid Waste Strategic Planning for Financial Security

This discussion, moderated by Bob Gardner, provides useful strategies when developing a business case analysis for SMM, recycling, or composting programs. The process also helps identify opportunities to increase efficiency, reduce operating costs, design a Capital Plan, and secure support for rate increases. Michelle Leonard assesses the pandemic’s effect on recycling programs, state regulatory policy, and funding challenges. Vita Quinn presents a financial modeling scenario employing financial modeling and solid waste facility software to help decision-makers visualize the impact of various alternatives on the planning process. The model is useful for budgeting and testing alternative scenarios for future waste policies, strategies, and funding.

 

Low Carbon Fuels Program SWANA Ohio 2020

Cassandra Drotman discusses the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard and market opportunities. She covers how the program works, what counts in California, and how other states are using California as a market in addition to their regional markets. She’s not just talking about green fuel; Cassandra examines the increasing range of low-carbon and renewable alternatives that are helping to drive transportation sector fuel pools to cleaner, reliable, and economically viable options.

Built to Last – Design, Build, and Operate Landfills for Extreme Weather Resiliency

Each U.S. region faces unique weather and climate events. Solid waste facilities and landfills are particularly vulnerable to extreme weather since they are exposed 24/7 to the environment. Extreme weather can disrupt safe and cost-effective operations, increase maintenance needs, and may compromise landfill stability. Increase your facility’s longevity and ability to survive extreme weather. The recording includes Q&A from solid waste professionals and features Robert Gardner and Bob Isenberg, who bring decades of expertise to the table, including landfill design and solid waste master planning. They provide strategies and resources based on successful solutions that help support your facility as you prepare for and likely will experience severe weather disruptions.

 

Staying Ahead of Odor Management at Solid Waste Facilities to Avoid Ramifications

More so than ever before, the solid waste industry faces complex and challenging odor issues based upon public, regulatory, and legal actions. Since odors are generally enforced through nuisance regulations, compliance can be difficult to achieve, not to mention almost impossible to define. Enforcement of odor nuisances is subjective, usually at the discretion of an environmental inspector or Air Pollution Control Officer, and often based upon citizen complaints. When citizen complaints mount and enforcement action is leveraged, lawsuits often surface as an added ongoing challenge to waste facility operations. This free webinar will help you develop capabilities to assess the potential for odor issues and, by doing so, set realistic benchmarks toward cost-effective and meaningful mitigation measures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Laura Dorn at 8:00 am

SWANA WASTECON® – Music to one’s ears

July 6, 2018

 

See you in Nashville! SCS Engineers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 1:42 pm

These guys know what’s coming down the road, or floor, as the case may be. Do you?

September 14, 2017

These guys don’t want to miss Resource Management and Waste Diversion: Evaluating the Impact on Waste Management caused by the Changing Waste Stream Composition at WasteCon/ISWA 2017.

Solid waste management, and in particular sanitary landfilling, is being impacted by the waste composition evolution. One notable change is an overall decrease in tonnage. Reasons for the reduced quantity may be attributed to factors such as increased diversion of recyclables, increased diversion of vegetative organics, evolving diversion of food waste, changes to packaging, expansion of fresh organic foods lifestyle, expansion of fitness lifestyles, as well as other generational life choices.

Learn more about this topic and many others at the ISWA/WasteCon conference in Baltimore, MD.

Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:03 am