Solid waste

Monday Sept. 10, 10:30 a.m.

Household Organics: Case Studies in Curbside Collecting and Composting

Hamilton, Ontario, decided to jump on the eco-friendly bandwagon with its Green Cart Smart biowaste management program. The practice provides curbside collection of organic materials from residences, which cuts down on landfill space.

“We'll talk about integrated waste-management planning, options for processing organics, and implementing a source-separated curbside organics program to 150,000 households,” says Pat Parker, manager of solid waste planning for the city.

Also covered will be a similar biowaste management program implemented by an agency in Austria.

Monday Sept. 10, 2 p.m.

Curbside Recycling Methods and Alternatives

There are nearly as many recycling methods to choose from as there are types of recyclables. Solid waste managers have to decide how to collect, how to sort, and how to promote their programs.

“There have been a lot of new developments in collection and processing of recyclable materials,” says speaker Richard Gertman, president of Environmental Planning Consultants. “You'll find out about these new developments and how they can improve recycling in your community.”

Gertman will discuss how automation has changed recycling, how to promote recycling to constituents, and how to market the sorted materials.

Monday Sept. 10, 3 p.m.

Landfill Gas as an Economic Resource

The public is clamoring for renewable energy sources, and ways to reduce dependence on foreign oil. Waste-to-energy technology is one way to meet this need, and it's a potential revenue stream.

“The beneficial use of landfill gas provides economic opportunities,” says Chad Leatherwood, senior project professional with SCS Engineers. “Additionally, landfill gas energy projects create local jobs and increase local economic output.”

The session also will explain the U.S. EPA's Landfill Methane Outreach Program, which provides free assistance to cities investigating the benefits of such projects.

Tuesday Sept. 11, 10 a.m.

Garbage Collection Has Been Franchised—Now the Real Work Begins

Outsourcing solid waste collection can be a load off your shoulders, but there are risks involved. How can you ensure you're getting good service, and that your collection needs will be met now and into the future?

“Organizations that are thinking of franchising solid waste collection should attend,” says presenter William Newman, operations manager for Lee County (Fla.). “We'll discuss setting up franchise areas, developing requests for proposal, contract monitoring, and ordinance compliance.”