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Conference Topic: Circular Economy

ISWA’s Resource Management Task Force published a series of six reports on the circular economy.

The potential for effective resource management—and in particular the circular economy—to drive economic growth has caught the imagination of leading thinkers across the globe.

National environmental policies to reduce landfill disposal and landfill gas emissions are being overtaken by demands to rethink industrial processes. The waste industry is being driven to find new markets for secondary raw materials.

The unintended implication of these changes has been a global surge in secondary raw materials seeking markets. New patterns of global trade have emerged for recovered paper, plastics, textiles and waste-derived fuels despite fluctuating commodity prices. As the risks to raw material supply have become evident, government and business interests have sunk growing research funding into how to change current operating business models and to secure investment in new treatment technologies.

  • How the circular economy is an opportunity for the waste management sector—as a catalyst for new skills, innovation, knowledge and development—that will result in new technologies, business models and partnerships
  • How to contribute to sustainable materials and energy management
  • The role of energy from waste in the circular economy
  • How to integrate waste prevention activities into our business models
  • How to best support the commodity markets to mitigate price volatility and transaction risks
  • How to create and influence new policies necessary for the long-term success of sustainable resource management
  • How to actively engage with other stakeholders in the value chain—including designers, producers, manufacturers, consumers, policy makers

Conference Program: Circular Economy

Young Professionals

7:00 – 10:00

Student Design Competition — Part II

SWANA’s International Solid Waste Design Competition (SWDC) is a student team competition to solve “real world” problems faced by solid waste professionals.

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8:00 – 8:45

Poster Presentations

No concurrent activities are scheduled at this time. For the remainder of the event, posters will be left on display for viewing between sessions.

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8:00 – 20:00

Registration Open

8:30 – 9:00

CEU FasTrack Meet Up

9:15 – 9:45

Round Table Meet & Greet

Kick-off the week at the informal meet & greet round tables. Connect with old friends and make new ones.

10:00 – 10:30

Opening Ceremony

Antonis Mavropoulos, ISWA President
Richard Allen, SWANA President

ISWA Award Presentations Part 1

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Young Professionals

10:30 – 10:45

Introduction of the Key ISWA Issues

Young Professionals Group

Climate Change

11:00 – 11:45

Climate Change Keynote Session

Gary Crawford, VP International Affairs, Public Affairs Department, Veolia ES Solid Waste
Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute

11:45 – 12:45

CEO Roundtable Keynote Session

Introduction by Michael Hoffman, Managing Director, Stifel, Baltimore

Jim Fish, President and Chief Executive Officer, Waste Management
Steve Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Covanta Holding Corporation
Gustavo Coria, CEAMSE (Argentina)

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12:45 – 14:00

Flying “Sparcs” and “Ugly Foods” Luncheon

Thomas McQuillan, Business Analyst, Baldor Food
David Mahwhinney, Chef, Haven’s Kitchen

To show our commitment to mitigate organic waste, we”ve designed a beautiful lunch using Sparcs (that”s scraps spelled backwards) and other “ugly foods”.

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Climate Change

14:00 – 14:30

Achieving Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Ontario Waste Sector

Michael Cant, Principal, GHD, Canada

This presentation will examine how close Ontario is to achieving net zero emissions within its waste management system.

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Closing Dumpsites

14:00 – 14:30

Dump Site Fires: A Growing Problem in the Developing World

Dr. Tony Sperling, P.E., President, Landfill Fire Control, Inc.

This presentation explores the root causes of landfill fires and suggests several practical solutions that could be adopted to prevent them.

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Circular Economy

14:00 – 14:30

SUEZ Last References on Organics Agronomic Recovery with Green Energy

Jean-Luc Martel, Biological Treatment & Recovery Expert, SUEZ
Yves Decelle, Projects & Public Affair Expert, SUEZ R&R News

This presentation uses three French plants, one United Kingdom plant and one Hong Kong plant to illustrate some relevant new information on technical issues.

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Energy Recovery

14:00 – 14:30

Food Waste Diversion Effect on WtE Design and Performance

Mike Grimm, Business Development Manager, Outotec Energy Products, Idaho

This presentation evaluates the effect of food waste diversion on waste-to-energy projects.

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Resource Management

14:00 – 14:30

Thinking Outside of the Bin the Wearable Collections Way

Adam Baruchowitz, Founder and CEO, Wearable Collections

By injecting a bit of technology with some marketing know-how, we have been able to build a sustainable business.

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14:00 – 15:00

How to Get Published 101

Dr. Agamuthu Pariatamby, FASc, Professor, Institute of Biological Sciences University of Malaya (Editor-in-Chief of WM&R)
David E. Ross, PE, BCEE, SCS Engineers (Associate Editor of WM&R, Baltimore World Congress 2017 Special Issue Editor)
Matt Landau, Senior Publishing Editor, SAGE Publishing
Lucy Price, Marketing Manager, SAGE Publishing

This panel discussion is for those interested in publishing in the International Solid Waste Association’s academic journal, Waste Management and Research.

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14:00 – 15:00

UNEP Waste Management Outlooks: Opportunities and Solutions from the UNEP Regions

Linda Godfrey, Principal Scientist, Waste for Development, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa
Atilio Savino, Vice-President, ARS-Association for Solid Waste Studies, Latin America and Caribbean (Argentina)
Dr. Agamuthu Pariatamby, FASc, Professor, Institute of Biological Sciences University of Malaya (Editor-in-Chief of WM&R)
Jeff Seadon, Senior Research Fellow, Aukland University of Technology, New Zealand
Sivapalan Kathiravale, Environmental Preservation and Innovation Centre Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
Larisa Semernya, Vienna

The Global Waste Management Outlook received a very favourable response from various waste management actors globally.

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Energy Recovery

14:00 – 15:00

Advancing Sustainable Waste and Biomass to Energy in Cuba

Efstratios Kalogirou, Dr., Chemical Engineer, Greece
Antonios Sakalis, Greece
Carlo Vandecasteele, professor emeritus, Katholik University of Leuven, Belgium
Maritza Mariño Cala, Profesora Titular, Universidad de Oriente, Cuba

The purpose of this session is to analyze the legal framework and real business opportunities to increase renewable energy sources in Cuba.

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Resource Management

14:00 – 15:00

The Role of EPR in the Circular Economy
Smart Technologies

14:00 – 15:00

Smart Technologies Keynote Session — Smart Cities: The Data-Driven Evolution of Waste Management

Nate Morris, Rubicon
Marianne Blanc, Suez

Two keynote speakers detail how cloud-based waste and recycling solutions are bringing greater operational efficiency and smoother stewardship.

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Circular Economy

14:45 – 15:15

A Resource Classification Framework for Old Landfills in Flanders

Dr. Andrea Winterstetter, TU Wien University, Austria; founding member of and current vice chair of the ISWA Young Professional Group

This presentation shows how Material Flow Analysis and Discounted Cash Flow Analysis was used to evaluate resources in more than 2,000 landfills in Flanders.

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Climate Change

14:45 – 15:15

California’s Approach to Climate Change, Organics to Healthy Soil

Matthew Cotton, Principal, Integrated Waste Management Consulting, LLC

This presentation will detail the many policy efforts the Golden State is taking to divert organics from landfills.

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Closing Dumpsites

14:45 – 15:15

Landfill Mining Demonstration Project at Skaarup Landfill, Denmark

René Rosendal, Danish Waste Solutions ApS, Denmark

This presentation will allow participants to examine the economics of landfill mining, as well as benefits and barriers from Danish experiences.

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Energy Recovery

14:45 – 15:15

Feasibility Study for Zacatecas Landfill Gas Pilot Project, Mexico

Hong Sima, Ph.D., P.E., Senior Project Manager, EarthRes Group, Pennsylvania

This presentation uses a landfill gas recovery and utilization pilot feasibility study in Mexico as a model for similar projects across the world.

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Resource Management

14:45 – 15:15

Get Out of The Rut: Next Steps for High Achievers

Lisa Skumatz, Principal, SERA Skumatz Economic Research Associates, Inc, Colorado

This presentation summarizes analysis and suitability of strategies for communities trying to increase diversion and/or free up funds to capture “next streams”.

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15:30 – 16:00

Waste Management and Research’s ISWA Congress 2017 Special Issue

Presentations by Accepted Manuscript Authors

Authors of ISWA’s academic journal, Waste Management and Research’s 2017 Special Congress Issue, present their academic findings in waste management.

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Climate Change

15:30 – 16:00

Electric Cargo Bikes as Climate Smart Innovation for City Cleaning

Lukas Schaefer, Coordinator for Research, Stadtreinigung Hamburg, Germany

This presentation will illustrate new innovative processes for rolling out new technologies, such as electric vehicles.

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Closing Dumpsites

15:30 – 16:00

Sustainable ET Landfill Covers: A Savannah Based Ecosystem Design

Michael Kukuk, P.G., President, Blackstone Environmental, Kansas
Charlie Sedlock, Director, Hamm, Inc., Kansas

This presentation will show participants how to determine where alternative landfill caps are appropriate, while focusing on low-maintenance native solutions.

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Energy Recovery

15:30 – 16:00

Conversion of LFG and Biogas to Drop-in Diesel

Devin Walker, CEO/Co-founder, T2C-Energy, LLC, Florida

This presentation introduces a new catalytic technology capable of incorporating biogas into the hydrocarbon backbone of commercial waste-to-energy process.

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Smart Technologies

15:30 – 16:00

Ammonia Control in Landfill Leachate Treatment

Ivan Cooper, PE; BCEE, Principal, Civil and Environmental Consultants, Inc., North Carolina

Competing biological and physical/chemical technologies are compared for ammonia reduction in leachate discharges from three sites.

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Climate Change

15:30 – 16:30

Air Quality and GHG Regulatory Update for U.S. Landfills

Patrick Sullivan, Senior Vice President, SCS Engineers
Amy Banister, Senior Director Air Programs, Waste Management
Matt Stutz, Principal, Weaver Consultants Group
Niki Wuestenberg, Manager, Air Compliance, Republic Services

The focus of this presentation will be on regulatory requirements, interpretations, deadlines and issues related to the new NSPS and EG rules for landfills.

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Energy Recovery

15:30 – 16:30

Keeping the Lights On: WtE Facility Life Extension Lessons Learned

Shawn Worster, Associate Vice President and Senior Professional Associate, HDSR, Florida
Tom Adams, Chief Business Development Officer, Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, Pennsylvania
Didier Fontaine, President and COO, CNIM US Corp, France

This panel addresses the issue of life extension efforts at existing waste management facilities from public and private sector perspectives.

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Resource Management

15:30 – 16:30

View of International Adoption of EPR

Fabricio Soler, Partner, Environment and Sustainability Department, Felsberg Advogados, Brazil
Scott Cassel, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Product Stewardship Institute, Massachusetts

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Smart Technologies Resource Management

15:30 – 16:30

Tackling Wasted Food with Smart Technology

Chris Cochran, Executive Director, ReFED
Andrew Shakman, President & CEO, LeanPath
Cheryl Kollin, Program Director, Community Food Rescue
Michael Keleman, Manager of Environmental Engineering, Emerson

This session will highlight how adoption of smart technologies is creating new economic opportunities to reduce and reuse wasted food and increase recycling.

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Circular Economy

15:30 – 17:15

Circular Economy Keynote Session

15:30 – 15:45 — Introduction of Circular Economy Segment, ISWA Working Groups and SWANA Technical Divisions

15:45 – 16:45 — John Bradburn, General Motors

16:45 – 17:15 — Nelson Switzer, Nestle Water NA

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Young Professionals

15:45 – 18:30

YP Workshop: Finding Smart Technology Solutions to the World’s Biggest Waste Challenges
Closing Dumpsites

16:00 – 17:00

Challenges for Closing Open Dump Sites in India
Closing Dumpsites

16:00 – 18:00

Closing Open Dumps and Landfills

Lanier Hickman, former SWANA Executive Director
NC Vasuki, former ISWA president, former Delaware Solid Waste Authority CEO
James Law, Project Director, SCS Engineers, North Carolina
John Skinner, former ISWA president and former SWANA Executive Director
Luis Marinheiro, Senior Environmental Engineering Consultant, Chair of the Working Group on Landfill of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA)
Derek Greedy, retired, ISWA National Member, United Kingdom
Agamuthu Pariatamby, Research Associate, Institute of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, Malaysia
Dr. Sahadat Hossain, Ph.D., P.E., Professor, Department of Civil Engineering Director, Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability University of Texas at Arlington
Jeremy O’Brien, Director of Applied Research, SWANA
Anastasia Welch, Vice President/Project Director, SCS Engineers, Kansas

In this panel discussion, international perspectives on the closure of open dumps and the encouragement of modern sanitary landfills will be presented.

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Climate Change

16:15 – 16:45

Australian Municipal Waste Scenarios in a Low Carbon Future

Edmond Lascaris, Coordinator, Stormwater Management, City of Whittlesea, Victoria, Australia

This presentation will allow participants to examine what a de-carbonized economy will mean for landfills and the diversion of organic waste.

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Closing Dumpsites

16:15 – 16:45

WPC Plants in Developing Countries Replacing Dumps and Landfills

Sergio Lucke, Prof. Dr., UNICAMP/UNISAL/SAUBER Technologies, Brazil

This presentation will illustrate how waste processing centers are more advantageous than dumpsites and landfills in developing countries and emerging economies.

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Closing Dumpsites

16:15 – 16:45

Inclusive Recycling: Can Hiring Organized Waste Pickers be Good?

Nathalia Lima, Environmental Engineer, Giral Viveiro de Projetos, Brazil
Mateus Mendonça, Giral Viveiro de Projetos, Brazil
Debaters: Anne Scheinberg, Senior Solid Waste and Recycling Adviser, WASTE, The Netherlands
Jean Paul Leglise, Chair, Hazardous Waste Group of ISWA, France

Following this presentation, participants will be able to evaluate benefits and risks from waste pickers integration in formal waste management.

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Energy Recovery

16:15 – 16:45

Small Utilities Can Afford Sustainability with Dry AD and Biofuel Production

Alan Kirschner, Vice President, Brown and Caldwell, Massachusetts

This presentation discusses new efficient technologies small utilities can use to increase their recycling rates dramatically break even on capital costs.

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Smart Technologies

16:15 – 16:45

3D Modeling and Remote Monitoring Control (RMC) Systems for Landfills

Alexander Mandeville, E.I.T., Staff Professional, SCS Engineers, Virginia

This presentation will describe Three-dimensional Modeling and Remote Monitoring Control technologies and present examples of these technologies in action.

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Resource Management

16:45 – 17:45

Real Life Implementation of EPR in Various Countries for Various Products
Circular Economy

17:15 – 17:45

Minimizing the Costs of Waste Prevention through Behavior Change

Ana Paula Bortoleto, Assistant Professor, University of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil

This session presents research that may provide much-needed justification to municipal authorities to apply waste prevention programs.

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Resource Management

17:15 – 17:45

Oklahoma Hello: City’s Collection Changes in 2016

Robert Gardner, P.E., BCEE, Senior Vice President, SCS Engineers, Virginia
Jim Linn, Solid Waste Superintendent, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

This presentation will discuss options considered and service level changes Oklahoma City is making in its collections contract procurement.

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Smart Technologies

17:15 – 18:00

Smart Technologies Keynote Panel: Smart Technologies and their impact on Collection & Transportation of Waste

Antonis Mavropoulos, President, ISWA
Jason Gate, Compology
Don Diego Padilla, Fleetmind
Vivek Agrawal, WGCTT Chair, ISWA
Marc Rogoff, SCS Engineers

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18:30 – 21:00

Opening Reception — Exhibit Halls

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Young Professionals

21:00 – 23:00

Young Professionals Networking Event

Join the SWANA Young Professionals Group as they host their annual YP Networking Event in downtown Baltimore, MD. *Invitation and YP Only Event

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6:30 – 7:00

Morning Stretch

(Looking for volunteer activity leaders. If interested, contact mb@swana.org)

8:00 – 9:15

SWANA Awards and Business Meeting

All are welcome.

Climate Change

8:00 – 8:30

Quantifying GHG Emissions Reduction from Waste and Resource Management Techniques

Alex Stege, Senior Project Advisor, SCS Engineers, Arizona

This presentation will allow participants to understand the limitations of life-cycle analysis in guiding local solid waste management decisions.

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Climate Change

8:00 – 8:30

Greenhouse Gases and Waste: A Changing Climate for Decision-making

Dominic Hogg, Eunomia, United Kingdom

This presentation reviews the overall impact that improved waste and resource management may make to the balance of emissions from the waste management sector.

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Circular Economy

8:00 – 8:30

Combining Physical and Digital Product Lifecycles Enabling a Sustainable Circular Economy

Rupert Baumgarter, Prof. Dr., University of Graz, Austria

By attending this presentation, participants will be able to discuss the opportunities of digitalization for a sustainable and circular economy.

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Smart Technologies Resource Management

8:00 – 8:30

Meaningful Convergence of Smart City Solutions and Core City Services

Leila Dillon, Vice President, Global Marketing & NA Distribution, BigBelly, Massachusetts

This session steps outside the comfort zone to examine how smart, connected technology can transform public space waste management.

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Circular Economy Resource Management

8:00 – 9:30

Overcoming Barriers to Sustainable Resource Management to Move toward a Circular Economy

Björn Appelqvist, Ramboll. Chair of the ISWA Working Group on Recycling and Waste Minimisation
John Skinner, Environmental Consulting LLC (former ISWA President and former executive director of SWANA)
Ole Morten Petersen, Managing Director of DAKOFA (Waste and Resource Network Denmark)
Lykke Block Kjær, Design School Kolding

This session will present the outcome of ISWA’s Barriers to Sustainable Resource Management project, leading to a panel discussion from multiple perspectives.

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8:00 – 9:30

Grow Your Business, Reach New Markets: U.S. Government Value-Add Services for U.S. Exporters

Craig O’Connor, Director of Business Development, Renewable Energy & High Technology, U.S. Export-Import Bank
Rashanda Johnson, Business Development Specialist, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
David Vidal, International Trade Finance Policy Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

This session will highlight the resources that U.S. Government offers industry exporters to enter or increase their presence in international markets.

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Resource Management

8:00 – 9:30

Food Waste — One of the World’s Dumbest Problems

Ruth Abbe, Principal, Abbe Associates, California
Lana Suarez, Associate Chief, Materials Management, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Tamara Shulman, Team Lead, Solid Waste Planning, Tetra Tech, Canada

Learn about solutions to reduce food waste, expand food donation and feed hungry people.

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Smart Technologies

8:00 – 9:30

Smart Technologies in Collection Transportation, Part 2: “But Wait Here’s More”

Jason Gates, Co-Founder, Compology
Bryan Dodds, Director Aftermarket Product Development, McNeilus Truck
Don Diego Padilla, Vice President, FleetMind

As a follow-up to the discussion on Monday, this session will detail specific technologies and how they are transforming, and disrupting the industry.

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8:30 – 9:00

CEU FasTrack Meet Up
Circular Economy

8:45 – 9:15

Circular Economy in Hamburg

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rüdiger Siechau, CEO, Stadtreinigung Hamburg, Germany

Following this presentation, participants will be able to understand and evaluate ways waste treatment gains reusable products and generates electrical power.

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Closing Dumpsites

8:45 – 9:15

Transforming a Large Inactive Urban Landfill into a Successful Park

Joseph Curro, Principal Engineer, CDM Smith, Massachusetts

Following the presentation, participants will be able to monitor and document the activities involved in closing and capping a landfill properly.

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Waste Management Challenges

9:00 – 9:30

Modeling Heat Generation at Landfills Experiencing Elevated Temperatures

Dr. Morton Barlaz, Distinguished University Professor, North Carolina State University, North Carolina

This presentation will outline appropriate actions to manage landfills with elevated temperatures.

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9:30 – 10:30

Megacities Solid Waste Leaders Keynote Panel

Bruno Covas, Vice-Mayor, São Paulo, Brazil
Kathryn Garcia, City of New York
Jim McKay, City of Toronto

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10:00 – 14:00

Exhibit Hall Open
Young Professionals

10:45 – 12:00

How Local Government Waste Policies Resemble the Energizer Bunny

Barry Shanoff, Esq., General Counsel, SWANA

Besides summarizing key cases, Mr. Shanoff will discuss policy implications of court decisions that have shaped the development of solid waste law.

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12:00 – 13:00

Lunch Break in the Exhibit Hall
Young Professionals

12:00 – 13:00

SWANA YP Annual Meeting

14:00 – 14:30

Safeguarding the Future of Disposal: Hillsborough County’s Waste Profile Program
Circular Economy

14:00 – 14:30

Ternary Diagram Method for Dynamic Visualization of Waste Management Performance

Roland Pomberger, Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont., Head of Chair of Waste Processing Technology and Waste Management, Montanuniversitaet Leoben, AVAW, Austria

This presentation describes the dynamic visualization of waste management performance using the Ternary Diagram Method.

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Climate Change

14:00 – 14:30

Climate Change, Vulnerability through IWMS, Climate Resilience Analysis, Dubrovnik Croatia

Theofanis Lolos, Chemical Engineer, ENVIROPLAN S.A, Greece
Christos Tsompanidis, Chemical Engineer, ENVIROPLAN S.A, Greece
George Lolos, Agricultural Engineer, ENVIROPLAN S.A, Greece
Eleni Ieremiadi, Chemical Engineer, ENVIROPLAN S.A, Greece

This presentation will compare the results of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in various scenarios for integrated and sustainable waste management systems.

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Closing Dumpsites

14:00 – 14:30

Closing Dumpsites: Assessing the Practicality of a Solution

Bruce Clark, Project Director, SCS Engineers, Florida

This presentation compares the alternate design with the regulatory design of a dumpsite closure project, and the costs and practicality associated with both.

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Energy Recovery

14:00 – 14:30

New Community Engagement Techniques to Avoid Costly Delays for EfW

Paul Davison, Managing Director, Proteus Public Relations Ltd, United Kingdom

The presentation will explain the strategies and three levels of communications needed to gain public acceptance for energy from waste.

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Resource Management

14:00 – 14:30

Twelve Years of Quality Assurance System on Compost in Italy

Massimo Centemero, Professional Agronomist, General Manager, Italian Composting and Biogas Association, Italy
Marco Ricci, Senior Expert, Italian Composting and Biogas Association, Italy

This presentation will employ the Italian Composting Association’s (CIC) quality assurance system to evaluate agronomic parameters of green and mixed compost.

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Smart Technology

14:00 – 14:30

Using Machine Learning Algorithms to Predict Landfill Gas Potential

Robert Walker, Data Scientist, Geosyntec Consultants, Inc., Maryland
Jeremy Morris, Senior Engineer, Geosyntec Consultants, Inc., Maryland

This presentation will explore machine learning algorithms that can be used to predict how changes in landfill operations might affect long-term gas potential.

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Climate Change

14:00 – 14:45

Climate Change Keynote Session
Resource Management

14:00 – 15:30

A Hop across the Pond: A Discussion of U.S. and European Recycling and Waste Reduction

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland
Tracie Onstad Bills, Northern California Director SMM, SCS Engineers
Herman Huisman, Senior Advisor, RWS, Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment

Speakers will describe the similarities and differences between recycling and waste reduction policies and programs in the U.S. and Europe.

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Climate Change Resource Management

14:15 – 14:45

Composting in the U.S.: Using Organics to Reduce Climate Change

Matt Cotton, Principal, Integrated Waste Management Consulting, LLC, California

This presentation will highlight recent developments in both policy and practice towards reducing disposal of organics in landfills.

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Closing Dumpsites

14:15 – 14:45

Technical Problems and Challenges of Closing Open Dumps

James Law, P.E., BCEE, LEED AP BD&C, Project Director, SCS Engineers, North Carolina

This presentation addresses common challenges when closing open dumps in developing countries and aims to stimulate audience participation and discussion.

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Circular Economy

14:45 – 15:15

Accounting for Non-hazardous Industrial Waste in the United States

Jonathan Krones, Postdoctoral Associate, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Jon Powell, Ph.D. Student, Yale University

This presentation delivers a method to populate the first reliable, economy-wide account of non-hazardous industrial waste in the U.S.

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Climate Change Energy Recovery

14:45 – 15:15

New W2E Plant as a Catalyst for a Smart City

Philip Heylen, Chairman of the Board, ISVAG, Belgium

This presentation will examine the role of the waste-to-energy plant in the fight against climate change.

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Energy Recovery

14:45 – 15:15

Anaerobic Digestion of Organic Fraction from Municipal Solid Waste

Thomas Gratz, Director of Sales, Hitachi Zosen Inova USA, LLC, Georgia

By attending this presentation, participants will learn about the beneficial use of organics from municipal solid waste.

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Resource Management

14:45 – 15:15

Learning from the Successes of a Municipal Materials Reuse Program

La Shan Branham, Chief Operating Officer, LA SHARES, California

This presentation will examine how a municipal reuse program can address the escalating problem of overcrowded landfills.

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Smart Technology

14:45 – 15:15

ZenRobotics Automated Picking Stations

William Hancock, Vice President of Operations, Plexus Recycling Technologies, Colorado

The presentation will explain why robotics are the future of the solid waste industry.

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Waste Management Challenges

14:45 – 15:15

Drivers of Opportunity in Solid Waste

Michael Hoffman, Managing Director, Stifel, Baltimore

Audience participants will be presented with a dynamic assessment of how the fundamentals of solid waste management could change.

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Marine Litter

15:00 – 15:45

Marine Litter Keynote Session: Introduction of Marine Litter Segment

ISWA Marine Litter Task Force

Circular Economy

15:30 – 16:00

Navigating a Circular Economy Roadmap

Jeff George, Senior Associate, IMG Rebel, Washington, D.C.

By attending this presentation, participants will better be able to understand the principles of creating more circular cities using Rotterdam as an example.

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Climate Change

15:30 – 16:00

Reducing Our Carbon Footprint with Exposed Geosynthetic Cover Systems

Clay Reichert, P.E., Technical Manager, GSE Environmental, Georgia

This presentation will allow participants to understand the environmental and economic advantages to using an exposed geosynthetic cover system.

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Closing Dumpsites

15:30 – 16:00

Dump Closure as Part of Guam’s Solid Waste System Turnaround

Christopher Lund, P.E., PSS, CPESC, Senior Vice President/Owner, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc. (GBB), Virginia

This presentation will walk attendees through cover selection options for solid waste systems in extreme locations.

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Energy Recovery

15:30 – 16:00

Innovative Two-Phase Anaerobic Digestion

Jonathan Wong, Professor, Hong Kong Baptist University, China

This presentation will report on how two-phase anaerobic digestion will lead to better commercialization potential.

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Resource Management

15:30 – 16:00

High Diversion (HD) Mixed Waste Processing

Jake Westerhof, Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Canada Fibers/Urban Resource Group, Canada

This presentation will outline options for processing mixed solid waste to recover materials for recycling, composting and energy recovery.

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Smart Technology

15:30 – 16:00

Selective Collection Projects Using Mobile Technology: the Startup Minha Coleta
Waste Management Challenges

15:30 – 16:00

Master the Science of Solid Waste Operations through Process Improvement

Neal Bolton, President/Lead Consultant, Blue Ridge Services, Inc., California

Using case studies and real-life examples, this presentation will discuss how to master the science of solid waste operations through process improvement.

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Marine Litter

16:00 – 16:45

Marine Litter Keynote Session:

Chad Pegracke, Living Lands & Waters

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Young Professionals

17:45 – 18:15

Breakout Session with Chad Pegracke

The ISWA Young Professionals Group will host a post-session discussion with the presenter of the Marine Litter Keynote Session.

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Resource Management

16:00 – 18:00

Evaluating the Impact on Waste Management caused by the Changing Waste Stream Composition

Robert Schoenberger, P.E., Ph.D., Board Member, Chester County Solid Waste Authority
Alex Stege, Senior Project Advisor, SCS Engineers
James Law, S.C.,P.E., BCEE, LEED AP, Project Director, SCS Engineers
Tim Mitchell, P.E., Project Manager, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
David Dugger, S.C., Landfill Manager, City of Denton, TX

This panel discussion examines factors impacting changes to waste composition, and their implications for waste management, particularly sanitary landfilling.

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Circular Economy

16:15 – 16:45

Pulling Together Private and Public-Private Circular Economy Loop Deals

Roger Feldman, Esq., Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP, Washington, D.C.

This presentation explains new forms of transactions for government/private company collaborations in terms of their relationship to key legal /policy issues.

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Closing Dumpsites

16:15 – 16:45

Dumpsites Remediation Holistic Model

Lucia Barcia, CEO, Impactos Ambientales SA, Argentina
Santiago Pecotche, Manager, Impactos Ambientales SA, Argentina

This presentation will allow participants to better design, plan and develop a closing dumpsites project for Latin American and other developing countries.

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Energy Recovery

16:15 – 16:45

Smart Control Systems: Maximize Plant ROI and Support Preventative Maintenance

Allan Evora, President, Affinity Energy, North Carolina

This presentation will outline how to design your plant control system for maximum ROI by using a scalable and comprehensive SCADA system.

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Resource Management

16:15 – 16:45

Recycling Business Models that Work

Ron Gonen, CEO, Closed Loop Partners, New York

This presentation will demonstrate how to attract the capital to grow your recycling program, or to build a profitable program or business.

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Waste Management Challenges

16:15 – 16:45

How is the Housing Market Impacting Waste Management Today?

Mark Boud, Chief Economist, Metrostudy, Washington, D.C.

This presentation will share how waste management organizations are responding to pressure, preparing for growth, and capitalizing on opportunities in 2017.

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Closing Dumpsites

17:00 – 17:30

Management of Water in the Final Cover of Dumpsites

Ali Khatami, Vice President, SCS Engineers, Virgina

The intent of this presentation is to address the design of an effective management system for one of several types of liquids at a landfill facility.

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Energy Recovery

17:00 – 17:30

Solving the Biowaste, Sewage, Energy and Nutrient Nexus: The Role of Biogas As an Instrument for Sustainable Economic Growth

David Newman, General Secretary, Assobioplastiche (Italian Association of Bioplastics), Italy

The presentation explores reasons for sporadic biogas uptake in less developed regions, and how governments can enhance biogas technologies.

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Resource Management

17:00 – 17:30

Circular Economy Approach in Oman’s Waste Management

Sh. Mohammed Sulaiman Al-Harthy, Executive Vice President, Strategic Development, Oman Environmental Services Holding Company “be’ah”

This presentation will feature legacy issues and practices explaining how the company went about putting its circular economy strategy in place.

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Marine Litter

17:00 – 17:45

Marine Litter Keynote Session

19:00 – 23:00

Gala Networking Event

Dinner and entertainment at Camden Yards, the home stadium of the Baltimore Orioles, a major league baseball team.

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7:00 – 8:00

Morning Stretch

8:30 – 9:00

CEU FasTrack Meet up
Climate Change

9:00 – 9:30

Indicators of Financing “Readiness” for Projects in the Waste Sector
Circular Economy

9:00 – 9:30

Modern Waste-to-Energy is an Integral Part of a Circular Economy

Kimberly Clark, Vice President, Strategic Markets, Babcock & Wilcox, North Carolina

This presentation will demonstrate that at the end of a product’s lifetime, the best option is energy recovery.

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Energy Recovery

9:00 – 9:30

Recovery and Beneficial Use of Biogas from Municipal Solid Waste

Lauren Aepli, Program Manager, U.S. EPA Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP)
Kirsten Cappel, Program Manager, U.S. EPA Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP)

This presentation will discuss the state of landfill gas (LFG) beneficial use projects in the United States.

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Resource Management

9:00 – 9:30

How to Cope with the Ever-evolving Problem of Waste Disposal in the United States

Dennis Soriano, Director of Business Development and Strategic Relationships, BioHiTech Global, New York

The presentation demonstrates how High Efficiency Biological Treatment (HEBioT) can divert as much as 80 percent of mixed municipal solid waste from landfills.

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Resource Management

9:00 – 9:30

Waste Management in Malaysia: Towards a Holistic Approach

Datuk Mohamad Bin Mentek, Secretary General of Ministry of Urbanwellbeing, Housing and Local Government, Malaysia

This presentation will demonstrate how policy and legislation has put Malaysia on the right path towards sustainable solid waste management.

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Smart Technologies

9:00 – 9:30

Using Monitoring Data to Design a Sustainable Landfill Expansion

Lucas De Melo, P.E., Senior Principal Engineer, Geosyntech Consultants, Maryland
Lynsey Baer, S.C., P.E., Delaware Solid Waste Authority, Delaware

This presentation will discuss the possibilities for designing the reuse of existing landfill facilities.

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Energy Recovery

9:00 – 10:00

WTERT Session 1 — Organized by EEC|CCNY

Professor Marco J. Castaldi; Director, Earth Engineering Center, City College of New York; Professor, Chemical Engineering Department, The City College of New York, CUNY; Board of Directors Global WTERT Council
Demetra Tsiamis; Associate Director, Earth Engineering Center, City College of New York
Lorena Fortuna, Project Manager, NYC Center for Materials Reuse, Data Management & Research
Dana-Jill Stroeder, GDH, Canada

This session includes research findings from applied and practical investigations associated with all aspects of sustainable waste management by EEC|CCNY.

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Marine Litter

9:00 – 10:00

Plastic Waste and Marine Litter: Minimizing Our Footprint

Keith Alverson, United Nations Environment Programme

Plastic is now omnipresent in the ocean, and if we do nothing, there might be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050. How can we minimize our footprint?

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Resource Management

9:00 – 10:00

Needles in the Bin: American and International Perspectives

Dr. Anne Woolridge, FCIWM, DGSA, FHEA, Chair of the ISWA Healthcare Waste Working Group, Independent Safety Services, Ltd., United Kingdom
Selin Hoboy, Corporate Vice President, Legislative and Government Affairs, Stericycle, Inc.
Beatrice Giordani, Vice-Chair of the ISWA Healthcare Waste Working Group; International Relations Manager, Newster Technologies, Newster System SRL, Italy

Different countries have different extended producer responsibility (EPR) requirements. Join this session to learn how EPR efforts enhance your workers’ safety.

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9:30 – 10:30

The Global Biogas Opportunity

Global Methane Initiative

Climate Change

9:35 – 10:05

Accounting for Landfill Liabilities in the Context of Climate Change

David Espinoza, P.E., Senior Principal, Geosyntec Consultants, Maryland
Jeremy Morris, Senior Consultant, Geosyntec Consultants

This presentation discusses accounting for post-closure care (PCC) liabilities using risk-adjusted discounting techniques based on net present value (NPV).

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Energy Recovery

9:35 – 10:05

Maximizing Energy Recovery in Waste-to-Energy Plants

Ole Hedegaard Madsen, Technology Director, Babcock & Wilcox Vølund, Denmark

The presentation will describe flue gas condensation as one way to increase energy efficiency and is used in modern combined heat and power (CHP) plants.

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Smart Technologies

9:35 – 10:05

Phase II: Application of an Approved Alternative Intermediate Cover

Hala Sfeir, P.E., Principal, Brown and Caldwell, Florida
Scott Harper, Solid Waste Service Manager, Hernando County, Florida

This presentation will review the process of permitting use of alternative intermediate cover (AIC) at a Class I landfill.

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Energy Recovery

10:00 – 11:00

WTERT Session 2 — Organized by EEC-Columbia

Professor Nickolas J. Themelis, Director, Earth Engineering Center, Columbia University; Stanley-Thompson Professor Emeritus, Earth and Environmental Engineering (Henry Krumb School of Mines); Chair Global WTERT Council
Athanasios (Thanos) C. Bourtsalas; Adjunct Professor, Earth & Environmental Engineering, Columbia University; Manager, Earth Engineering Centre/ Global WTERT-Council
Christophe Cord’Homme, Development Director, CNIM of France
Dr. Renato Sarc, Deputy of the Chair of Waste Processing Technology and Waste Management, Montanuniversitaet Leoben, Austria

This session includes the results of EEC-Columbia studies on the inventory of anthropogenic mercury emissions in the U.S.

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Circular Economy

10:15 – 10:45

Recovery of Inorganic Residues for Commercialization in Lima

Alberto Huiman, Geographical Engineer, Peru Waste Innovation S.A.C.

This presentation will outline management models for the recovery of marketable inorganic waste.

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Closing Dumpsites

10:15 – 10:45

Using Methane Biological Oxidation to Finance Closure of Dumpsites

Tarek Abichou, Professor, Florida State University

By attending this presentation, participants will better be able to understand how to use methane oxidation in soils as a way to fund closure of dumpsites.

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Resource Management

10:15 – 10:45

Solid Waste Composition Analysis and Recycling Evaluation: Zaatari Syrian Refugees Camp, Jordan

Ammar Abu-Drais, General Manager, Greenplans Environmental Consultations Co., Limited, Jordan

The presentation demonstrates the composition of municipal solid waste (MSW) in Zaatari Syrian Refugee Camp in Jordan.

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Smart Technologies

10:15 – 10:45

Leveraging the Virtual Pipeline to Deliver Biomethane to Market
Waste Management Challenges

10:15 – 10:45

Prince George’s County, Maryland: Leading the Way in Recycling and Waste Diversion

Adam Ortiz, Director, Department of the Environment, Prince George’s County, Maryland

This presentation will highlight successes and resulting learning experiences while managing waste in a county of nearly 1,000,000 residents.

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Closing Dumpsites

11:00 – 11:50

Closing the Dump Sites Keynote Session/Proclamation

Antonis Mavropoulos, ISWA President
Timothy Bouldry, Program Director, The ISWA Scholarship Programme

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Young Professionals

11:50 – 12:10

ISWA YPG Solutions presentations

12:10 – 13:00

Closing Ceremonies
Energy Recovery

13:00

Is Anaerobic Digestion Ready for Refusal Waste Treatment?

Jacobo Moreno, Head of Environmental New Technology, Valoriza Servicios Medioambientales, Spain

Mr. Moreno will guide a group in the exhibit hall to discuss the complexity of pretreatment and preparation of organic fraction for anaerobic digestion.

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Young Professionals

13:00 – 14:00

ISWA YPG Annual Meeting

13:00 – 17:00

Closing Reception and Exhibit

13:00 – 17:00

ISWA Energy Recovery Working Group and SWANA Waste-to-Energy Technical Division Joint Meeting