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WasteExpo 2021, Las Vegas

June 28, 2021

Save the Date!  WasteExpo 2021 will now take place June 28-30, 2021, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

WasteExpo’s sessions explore top industry trends, inspiring talks from a wide array of thought leaders and visionaries, and four half-day workshops on, Zero Waste Certified Training, Food Waste & Organics Diversion Program Development, Safety, and Recycling.

 

Don’t miss these informative WasteExpo sessions:

 

waste expo 2021Moderator Tracie Onstad Bills of SCS Engineers leads the discussions of Anaerobic Digestion: Technologies, Feedstocks, Successful Case Studies

Monday, June 28, 2021:11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Room: N201-N204
Session Number: MORG211
/ CEU Credits:1
Tracks: Org Recyc&FRF Program- Organics Management Track

 


 

Patrick SullivanModerator Gary Bilbro leads Evaluation of Organics Management Options; Composting Odor Control; Equipment Maintenance including a feature presentation by Patrick Sullivan and Raymond Huff on the Comparison of Organic Waste Management Options in Terms of Air Quality and GHG Impacts. 

Raymond Huff

Tuesday, June 29, 2021:9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Room: N201-N204
Session Number: TORG111
Tracks: Org Recyc&FRF Program- Organics Management Track

 


 

US EPA’s Claudia Fabiano moderates Strategies and Policies for Food Waste and Increasing Recovery in Municipal, Regional, and State Programs, featuring success strategies you can use.

waste expo 2021 locationFood Recycling and Rescue – Los Angeles County’s Three-Pronged Approach. Michelle Leonard, Vice President, SCS Engineers, and Judi Gregory, Go2Zero Strategies. CA

 

lisa coelhoCommunity-Based Social Marketing (CBSM) of Food Waste Reduction Program in Santa Clara County and Food Recovery Efforts Project in Central Contra Costa County. Lisa Coelho, SCS Engineers, CA

 

waste expoThe Significance of Strategies to Reduce Food Waste. Amber Duran, SCS Engineers. CA

Tuesday, June 29, 2021:10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Room: N209-N212
Session Number: TFRF211
/ CEU Credits:1
Tracks: Org Recyc&FRF Program- Food Recovery Forum Track

 


 

Panel Discussion on The Future of Organics in California includes SCS Engineers’ Tracie Onstad Bills, Evan Edgar, and Bill Camarillo. They will discuss California’s SB 1383 implementation that will require a 75% diversion of organic waste from landfills by 2025. These industry policy leaders and composters present an interactive panel discussion regarding the collection, contamination, permitting, and markets of transforming organic wastes into compost and energy products. This lively conversation will include questions from the audience on how to develop over 100 facilities at a cost of $2 to $3 billion.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021:1:15 PM – 2:15 PM
Room: N201-N204
Session Number: TORG311
/ CEU Credits:1
Tracks: Org Recyc&FRF Program- Organics Management Track

 


 

 

lisa coelhoModerator Lisa Coelho leads Organics Infrastructure Development, Investing Strategies, and Case Studies demonstrating the opportunities, diversion and utilization options, and feedstocks for meeting capacity needs of organic resource programs.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021:3:00 PM – 4:15 PM
Room: N201-N204
Session Number: TORG411
/ CEU Credits:1
Tracks:
Org Recyc&FRF Program- Organics Management Track

 


 

 

lisa coelhoModerator Lisa Coelho also leads Food Waste and Food Production: Best Management Practices, Circular Economy, and Corporate Social Responsibility, covering Food production, waste, and recovery best practices.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021:4:15 PM – 5:45 PM
Room: N209-N212
Session Number: TFRF511
/ CEU Credits:1
Tracks: Org Recyc&FRF Program- Food Recovery Forum Track

 


 

 

Join Moderator Regina Anderson of the Food Recovery Network and Tracie Onstad Bills for The Effects of Organics Diversion Policies onFood Donation and Food Waste Recycling Programs. Tracie will review the successful RecycleSmart Edible Food Generator Survey, for the Contra Costa County Solid Waste Authority.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021:11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Room: N209-N212
Session Number: WFRF311
/ CEU Credits:1
Tracks:
Org Recyc&FRF Program- Food Recovery Forum Track

 

 

Visit the event website for details and registration information

 

 

Posted by Laura Dorn at 8:00 am

USGBC Panel on Landfills, Technology, and the Future

December 3, 2020

SCS Professionals Ali Khatami and David Hostetter, along with sustainability expert Leslie Lukacs will discuss “Landfills, Technology, and the Future” at a panel hosted by the US Green Building Council on December 3 (1:00 PM Eastern).

  • Dr. Khatami (Project Director and Vice President of SCS Engineers) will discuss the history of landfills and waste management, including engineering improvements to safety and environmental risk reduction;
  • Mr. Hostetter (Remote Monitoring and Controls Regional Manager of SCS Engineers) will talk about new landfill technologies, including using landfill gas to create energy from waste; and
  • Ms. Lukacs (Executive Director, Zero Waste Sonoma) will address sustainable materials management and the drive to Zero Waste, using Sonoma as a case study.
  • Jessica Wright, LEED Green Associate, TRUE Advisor, Senior Project Manager, ecoPreserve (Moderator)

Landfills are a part of what keeps our society moving. While they have their drawbacks, advances in landfill design and technology use in landfills are improving their operation and management. This panel will address what we see coming in the future to help our society manage our waste.

Event registration: https://101520landfills.eventbrite.com
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/643323933211008
LinkedIn event: https://www.linkedin.com/events/6718943429298003968/

 

 

Posted by Laura Dorn at 1:00 pm

WasteExpo 2020 Now Digital Event – Together Online

September 14, 2020

WASTE EXPO 2020 is now a digital event called WasteExpo Together Online, and will be held September 14-17.

The conference will feature a business forum and 20 virtual sessions on food recovery, composting, organics recycling, including the following presentations by SCS Professionals.

The Food Recovery Forum (FRF) will cover the progress of food waste prevention and reduction, including these presentations by SCS professionals  at the Reducing Food Waste and Increasing Recovery in Municipal, Regional, and State Programs sessions on Tuesday, September 15 – 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm EST:

  • SCS Vice President Michelle Leonard, will co-present with Judi Gregory, Go2Zero Strategies on Food Recycling and Rescue – Los Angeles County’s Three-Pronged Approach 
  • SCS Project Manager, Lisa Coelho, will cover Community Based Social Marketing (CBSM) for Food Waste Prevention and Food Recovery Programs in Santa Clara County and Central Contra Costa County

At WasteExpo Together Online (WTO) these two sessions will air on Wednesday, September 16:

  • SCS Vice Presidents, Pat Sullivan and Ray Huff, will discuss Comparison of Organic Waste Management Options in Terms of Air Quality and GHG Impacts at the Anaerobic Digestion, Composting, Successful Case Studies, and Comparison of Organic Waste Management  session – 12:30 pm EST
  • SCS Project Director, Tracie Bills, will moderate the session on A Balancing Act: Municipalities Talk Waste & Recycling (Ginger Spencer – Phoenix, AZ; Tori Carle – Charlotte, NC; John Welch – Dane County, WI) – 1:30 pm EST

Click here for the full agenda and registration information.

 

 

Posted by Laura Dorn at 8:00 am

CRRA Conference Goes Virtual

August 16, 2020

Each year, the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) organizes one of the most comprehensive and informative conferences dedicated to recycling and sustainable materials management in California and beyond. Due to the current epidemic, this year’s CRRA will host a Virtual Conference, August 16 – 19, 2020.

The conference will cover an array of Zero Waste topics including Climate Change; Zero Waste Programs; Food Rescue; California Mandates; China’s National Sword; Keeping Organics out of Landfills; and more.

Sessions are still taking shape.  Click here for more conference details and registration information.

 

 

Posted by Laura Dorn at 8:00 am

SWANAPalooza 2020 is now a Virtual Event

June 22, 2020

SWANAPalooza has been rescheduled to the week of June 22, 2020, and will now be a Virtual Event titled “Connecting our Resources”.  SWANA’s leadership anticipates that the virtual conference will allow even more of the solid waste community to participate in this important industry event.

SWANApalooza is SWANA’s leading conference for solid waste professionals to explore environmental solutions for integrated solid waste management.  SWANA is working around the clock to organize this important virtual event.

Numerous SCS professionals will deliver presentations, including these and on-demand at the SCS Booth.

  • Tuesday, June 23, 3:40 PM – 4:15 PM
    How Innovative Technologies are Improving Landfill Operations – David Hostetter, Chris Woloszyn, and Sam Rice
    Join a lively discussion on current and emerging technologies and how they are applied to landfills.
  • Can’t wait? Listen to this recently published podcast.
  • Wednesday, June 24, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
    Keynote: PFAS Management Research in Solid Waste Landfills – Viraj deSilva, Bryan Staley, Thabet, Tolaymat, Morton Barlaz, Timothy Townsend
    Learn about research to understand the environmental risks posed by PFAS in solid waste management.
  • Wednesday, June 24, 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM
    PFAS Treatment and Concentrated Waste Management Alternatives in Solid Waste Landfills – Viraj deSilva
    Compare the benefits, costs, and potential drawbacks to PFAS treatment options in landfill leachate.
  • Wednesday, June 24, 3:40 PM – 4:15 PM
    Navigating the Maze of Federal Air Quality Regulations for Landfills – Pat Sullivan
    Learn about the EPA’s landfill regulations, including NSPS, NESHAP, and Emission Guidelines.
  • Thursday, June 25, 4:30 PM – 5:15 PM
    Keynote: COVID-19 Steps to Recovery – The Path Forward – Michelle Leonard
    Join us to discuss the steps that the industry will take as we navigate to the ‘new normal’

 

For details and registration information visit https://swanapalooza.org

 

 

Posted by Laura Dorn at 8:00 am

Americans use 500 million straws a day; enough to fill Yankee Stadium over 9 times in a year!

August 30, 2019

Even the smallest change can make a big difference.

 

SCS is reaching out by providing regular tips to encourage more sustainable practices you can use at work and at home.

Do you really need to use a drinking straw? With most beverages, probably not! Make this one change and help America reduce the amount of plastic going into our landfills.

 

Tips:

  • Use a straw only when you must
  • If you must, use a paper straw or a reusable metal straw
  • If ordering a drink, tell your server “no straw, please”
  • Encourage your family and friends to make the change too.

Click to learn more about Sustainable Materials Management.

 

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am

Zero Waste: How to Plan Sustainable School Waste Programs

June 26, 2018

Many schools and school districts are prioritizing a shift toward zero waste and sustainability. However, learning to manage material resources on-site in a more sustainable manner presents operational and monetary challenges. Learn the benefits and steps to plan a financially sustainable program from Tracie Bills of SCS Engineers.

Tracie creates realistic approaches which allow for flexibility while maneuvering the unique challenges that occur. She takes you step-by-step through building a successful program and refers to established efforts such as in the City of San Jose that already have established zero waste programs in their schools.

Read the article by clicking here.

Posted by Diane Samuels at 10:25 am

SCS Advice From the Field: How to Plan for Success and Become a Sustainable School

May 23, 2018

Setting up a school zero waste program takes time, patience, excellent collaboration and communication, and a team that wants to achieve the same goal of zero waste. Tracie Bills recommends a realistic approach in her article. She provides examples and describes how a consulting firms, such as SCS Engineers, assist schools without materials management programs to launch zero waste programs.

Building a successful program does not happen overnight, but you can do it!

Read the article.

 

Tracie Onstad Bills is  SCS Engineers Northern California Director of Sustainable Materials Management. She has over 20 years of materials management experience, including working for a hauler, a county government, and a nonprofit, and over 12 years of experience with materials management consulting firms. She has provided commercial sector materials flow assessments; organics processing research and analysis; waste characterization studies; and recycling, organics, and waste management technical assistance to government agencies, schools, multi-family dwellings, and businesses. Ms. Bills has an environmental science degree from San Jose State and is an instructor for the SWANA Zero Waste certification program.

 

 

 

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:03 am

Reducing Groundwater Monitoring at Closed Landfills

February 1, 2018

Hundreds of closed landfills in Wisconsin are required to perform groundwater monitoring and reporting. Typically, the frequency of monitoring, size of the monitoring well arrays, and the list of required parameters, was established many years ago as part of the landfill operating permit or closure plan approval. There is a potential to reduce, or terminate landfill monitoring when groundwater quality improvements are documented. WDNR guidance entitled “Reducing or Terminating Groundwater Monitoring at Solid Waste Landfills,” (PUB-WA 1013) provides instructions for requesting reductions to monitoring requirements.

Learn about new revisions to the WDNR guidance, developed with input from the WDNR’s Waste and Materials Management Study Group, which are intended to improve both the range of options for monitoring reductions and the process for requesting reductions. In addition to providing procedures for reduction in monitoring frequency, new revisions to the guidance include procedures for requesting reductions to the required number of monitoring wells and parameters. The revised guidance also provides instructions for communicating monitoring reduction requests to the WDNR review hydrogeologists.

See event details here

 

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am

China and Recycled Commodities: The Perfect Storm?

January 18, 2018

Marc Rogoff sees unprecedented factors in play as “The Perfect Storm”—the banning of solid waste materials and imposing an almost unreachable contamination standard on bales entering China.

Read his recent article to get started on a solution relevant in your region and return again to follow our series of articles on what you can do to continue supporting or changing your program.

The article covers association actions, regional impacts, funding, and more.

Read it here.

Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:01 am