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2013 Conference Program

WasteExpo Conference Schedule:

Monday, May 20, 2013

Recycling Commodities

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Hard to Recycle Materials: Part I - Paint, Carpet, and Mattresses
Interest in collecting "hard to recycle" materials continues to increase. Three industries - paint, carpet, and mattresses - will describe what they are doing to increase recycling.
Moderator: Kathy Trent, Director of Government Affairs, Waste Management, Inc.
Presenters: Marjaneh Zarrehparvar, Executive Director, PaintCare, Inc.; Robert Peeples, Executive Director, Carpet America Recovery Effort; and Ryan Trainer, President, International Sleep Products Association

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Hard to Recycle Materials: Part II - Rechargeable Batteries, Cell Phones, and Mercury Thermostats
Some products are easier to recycle than others. Three industries - batteries, electronics, and mercury thermostats - are dealing with unique collection and processing challenges posed by items that are physically small, yet common in consumer use.
Moderator: Anthony Colosimo, Chief Executive Officer, Phoenix Renewable Resources
Presenters: Mark Tibbetts, Executive Director, Thermostat Recycling Corp.; Linda Gabor, Vice President of Marketing and Customer Service, Call2Recycle; and Henry Leinweber, Managing Editor, E-Scrap News

Hands-On Professional Skills

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Dealing with the Media
In this interactive session, attendees will work on how to communicate with the media. This includes how to present your company in the best light and working through some scenarios of what a reporter might ask and how to answer these questions.
Moderator: Jim Johnson, Senior Reporter, Waste & Recycling News
Presenter: Frank Rizzo, Partner, Five Corners Strategies

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Building Customer Rapport
You may think that you know all of the tricks of sales, but in this workshop-style session, you will be provided with the latest information on how to sell in conditions of increased competition. Techniques will include telephone and email conversations as well as in-person sales.
Moderator: Laura Askin, Commercial Container Sales Manager, Rehrig Pacific Co.
Presenter: John Marshall, President, Results Driven - Business Coaching Success System

Collection Technology

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Alternative Fuels for Recycling and Garbage Trucks, A Status Report
Many waste and recycling collection operations are converting portions of their fleets to alternative fuels compressed natural gas, landfill gas, and biofuels). In this session, presenters will provide an update on current trends, why and how these decisions are being made, financial implications, and whether the trends will continue and for how long.
Moderator: Robert Lee, President, Eco-Tech Environmental Services LLC
Presenters: Josh Lieberman, Program Director, American Biogas Council, and Scott Edelbach, General Manager, Vocational Energy

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Go Paperless: How to Increase Customer Satisfaction with Electronic Billing and Payments
Through a case study, the presenter will provide information on how companies can go paperless and establish electronic billing and payment systems that make sense for the waste and recycling industry.
Moderator: Suzan Dammers, Waste IndustrySales Director, Billtrust
Presenter: Brian Giambagno, Chief Financial Officer, The Action Environmental Group, Inc.

Labor Relations

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Dealing with Difficult People at Work
Dealing with difficult co-workers, bosses, customers, and vendors is never a pleasant experience, but kicking them is not an option and every workplace has this problem. Mastering the skills to overcome this difficulty can be rewarding and help increase your self-esteem and professional courage. This interactive session is a must for everyone.
Moderator: Jane Dolezal, Safety and Compliance Director, Homewood Disposal Service, Inc.
Presenter: Richard Koethe III, Director of Human Resources, F35 Joint Strike Fighter Program

National Labor Relations

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Act and Social Media: Protect Your Business
Social media can be used to enhance a company's business and increase communication with the public, but social media also can chill employee rights and lead to sexual harassment, discrimination, and other violations of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Learn what actions an employer may take to prevent these charges without violating employee rights under the NLRA.
Moderator: George Wayne, Division Vice President - Southwest, Waste Connections, Inc.
Presenter: Ron Hedges, Principal, Ronald J.Hedges LLC (former Judge Magistrate)

Community Relations

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Being a Good Neighbor: Developing and Implementing Community Watch Programs
The waste and recycling industry travels through neighborhoods on a routine basis and is uniquely situated to help police and fire departments prevent crime. Successful community watch programs have made a difference and positioned a company well with customers. Get your company more involved.
Moderator: Kristy Pickurel, Director of Development and Communications, Environmental Research and Education Foundation
Presenter: Will Flower, Corporate Communications Expert

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Authentic Community Engagement: Opportunities to Win Permits and Contracts
The annual Saint Index continues to find opposition to waste and recycling industry projects. A new style of conversation with communities is required to overcome this opposition. Described as "identify, engage, harness, and mobilize," this approach leverages leadership and corporate responsibility to earn the respect of communities.
Moderator: Todd Green, General Manager, American Waste Control, Inc.
Presenter: Jay Vincent, Senior Vice President - Business Development, The Saint Consulting Group

Composting & Organics Recycling

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
The Organics Industry in the U.S. - Status, Barriers and Future Outlook
Moderator: Stuart Buckner, BE Associates

  • The Organics Industry in the U.S.: Current Status and Outlook for the Future. Paul Sellew, CEO, Harvest Power. Waltham, MA
  • Branding and Marketing Compost Products. Kathy Kellogg Johnson, Director of Sustainability, Kellogg Garden Products, Carson, CA
  • Throwing Away Energy? - Anaerobic Digestion, Changing the Waste Perspective. Amber Blythe, BIOFerm Energy Systems. Madison, WI

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Food Residuals Diversion and Composting - Policies and Programs

Moderator: Christian Garaffa, Novamont SPA

  • The Changing Policy and Opportunity for Organics in Massachusetts and Vermont. Jay Kilbourn, Vice President, Casella Organics. Portland, ME
  • Growing Food Waste Diversion Programs - Trends in Food Waste Composting in the Southeast. Mitch Kessler, President, Kessler Consulting, Inc. Tampa, FL
  • Composting in a Zero Waste Economy. Bob Gedert, Director, City of Austin Resource Recovery. Austin, TX Composting & Organics Recycling

1:45 - 3:00 p.m.
To Compost or Digest: Increasing Food Waste Recovery
Composting and anaerobic digestion offer two very different solutions to increased recovery of food waste. Learn about the opportunities and pitfalls involved in both of these processes.
Moderator: Monte Kamp, Division Manager, Republic Services, Inc. - Baltimore Business Unit Post Collections
Presenters: Brian Fuchs, Associate, W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.; Prentiss Shaw, Client Manager, Cornerstone Environmental Group LLC; and Willie Wainer, Chief Operating Officer, Bates Trucking, Inc.

Conference Workshop 1 - Landfills

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion on Public Affairs for Landfills
Moderator: Ed Hood, Program Manager, Civil and Environmental Consultants, Inc.,
Presenters: Frank Reed, Member, Frost Brown Todd LLC; Joel Gagne, Owner, Allerton Hill Consulting LLC; Matthew Segal, Campaign Manager, CalvertStreetGroup; Scott L. Brown, Vice President, Civil and Environmental Consultants, Inc., and Devon Moose, Director, Solid Waste Services, Environmental & Infrastructure, CB&I

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

1:30 - 3:15 p.m.
Landfill Gas Management
Topics Include: NSPS revisions, greenhouse gases, remote sensing of emissions.
Moderator: Bill Held, Vice President, Civil and Environmental Consultants, Inc.
Presenters: Matt Katz, Member - Business and Corporate (Landfill Gas-to-Energy and Beneficial Reuse Projects), Katz Barron Squitero Faust; Leslie Wong, Oil and Gas Regulatory and Sustainability Director, Golder Associates, Inc.; Ralph Hirshberg, Principal, Civil and Environmental Consultants, Inc.; and Tom Bilgri, Manager, LFG Engineering, Cornerstone Environmental Group.

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Improving the Bottom Line
Topics Include: improved design, alternative leachate treatment, stormwater management
Moderator: Andy Nickodem, Senior Consultant, Golder Associates, Inc.
Presenters: David Hildreth, Project Manager, Civil and Environmental Consultants, Inc.; Josh Miller, Marketing and Public Relations, New Logic Research, Inc.; and Jason Dremsa, Construction Manager and Restoration Ecologist, Applied Ecological Services

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Recycling Markets

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Paper Recycling Markets: Boom or Bust?
Paper markets cooled off in 2012. Will they boom or bust in 2013? Presenters will provide ideas on what to expect from markets for the next year.
Moderator: Allan Gerlat, New Editor, Waste Age Magazine
Presenters: Myles Cohen, President, Recycling Division, Pratt Recycling and Hannah Zhao, Economist, Recovered Paper, RISI, Inc.

1:45 - 3:00 p.m.
Glass Recycling: Processing and Markets Update
Through a case study, attendees will hear about an exciting new glass processing facility. In addition, trends in markets for processed glass will be discussed.
Moderator: Shawn Mandel, Director, Safety, Waste Connections, Inc.
Presenters: Steve Sargent, Director of Recycling, Rumpke Consolidated Cos. and Craig London, President and Chief Executive Officer, eCullet, Inc.

3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Bottles, Bags, and Bumpers: Plastics Recycling Update
Plastics recycling markets are growing. Which plastic products are benefiting from this growth? What are the best methods to collect and process different types of plastics to take advantage of market expansion?
Moderator: Chaz Miller, Director, Policy/Advocacy, National Solid Wastes Management Association
Presenters: Daniel Mohs, Chief Executive Officer, Placon Corp.; Patty Moore, Chief Executive Officer, Moore Recycling Associates, Inc.; and Kate Eagles, Communications Director - NAPCOR, Moore Recycling Associates, Inc.

Money and Finance

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Financing for Small and Medium-Sized Operations
This session focuses on financing options for small and medium-sized companies. Should you buy or lease a truck? What financial mechanisms are available for your operations? Attend this session and find out what questions you should ask when considering how to finance your business.
Moderator: Mike Paine Sr., President, Paine's, Inc.
Presenters: Joe Sikorski, Vice President, TCF Equipment Finance, and Arthur Colley, Managing Partner and Surety Bond Specialist, Nielson, Colley and Associates

1:45 - 3:00 p.m.
Volatility Trends, Profitability, and Leveraging Automation in Fuel
Best management practices in considering volatility, profitability, and automation in fuel purchasing will help you focus on the decision-making process at your company. Come to this session prepared to share your best management practices and get answers to your questions.
Moderator: Steven Averett, Content Director, Waste Age Magazine
Presenters: Ryan Mossman, Vice President and General Manager - Fuel Services, FuelQuest

3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Growth Investment or Cash Flow Annuity -- A Capital Markets Discussion
The solid waste sector has been changing for many years driven by consolidation, efficiency improvements, and increasing regulation that benefits private operators. Over the last several years, public and private market valuations have fallen and several industry leaders have shifted away from investments in core solid waste. Significant investments in private infrastructure have emerged. What this means today and for the future will be discussed by a panel of investors and public company representatives.
Moderators: John Pilant, Managing Director, Environmental Services Investment Banking, and Hamzah Mazari, Senior Analyst, Credit Suisse LLC
Presenters: Anna Davydova, Research Analyst, Fidelity Asset Management and Bo Wholey, Managing Director, Highstar Capital


10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Green Fleets: Five Practical Ways to Improve on Daily Operations in Tight Economic Times
Most reports on "green fleets" are focused on improving fuel consumption and reducing emissions that can be very costly and impractical. In this session, the presenter will offer five achievable steps to improve sustainability and your bottom line.
Moderator: Mike Camara, General Manager, ABC Disposal Service, Inc.
Presenter: Don Diego Padilla II, Vice President, FleetMind Solutions, Inc.

1:45 - 3:00 p.m.
Management of Non-Mobile Assets: Carts and Containers
Collection companies generally have excellent data and control of their mobile equipment. The same level of information often is not captured for nonmobile equipment. In addition to having a better handle on assets, there are significant opportunities for revenue improvement by matching actual service levels to invoicing. The panel will discuss the "nuts and bolts" of available technology and systems, and share implementation and success stories.
Moderator: Ron McCracken, Principal, RJM Associates
Presenters: Don Ross, Director of Operations, Kessler Consulting, Inc., Chad Grecsek, Assistant Director of Environmental Services, City of Deerfield Beach, Florida, and Rob Eck Environmental Sales Representation, Rehrig Pacific Co.

3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Managing Rejected Loads
When a disposal facility rejects a load because of illegal materials (low-level radioactive materials, hazardous waste) what do you do? Managing this waste is difficult but necessary because customers make mistakes. The goal of this session is to provide attendees with practical and proven options.
Moderator: David Knapp, Senior Landfill Gas Consultant, Golder Associates, Inc.
Presenters: Ryan Prettyman, Chief Executive Officer; Sales Manager, Radiation Detection Services, Inc. and Andrea Arredondo, President, Earth Compliance Solutions

Employment I

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
The Ever-Changing Employment Market
The desired talent in the waste industry is becoming increasingly difficult. Commodity rates for recycling are volatile such that companies hire one minute and fire the next. During economic hard times, professionals are more hesitant to move between companies. Soft real estate markets are affecting some candidates' willingness to move. Companies are "right-sizing" and requiring employees to perform the work of two people. Insights and suggestions to tackle these issues will be shared.
Moderator: Carolyn Hodges Stewart, President, ABC Waste of Savannah, Inc.
Presenters: Jim Ashburn, Executive Vice President, and Vincent Luca, Consultant, Waste and Recycling Division, Kimmel & Associates

1:45 - 3:00 p.m.
New Technologies for Employee Management and Other Human Resource Information Systems
The use of electronic systems to manage human resources has become the standard, but which system is right for your company? A case study will be provided along with an analysis of how to select from available technology.
Moderator: Bob Hyres, Senior Vice President, Waste Pro USA, Inc.
Presenters: Larry Argiro, Vice President of Human Resources, Waste Pro USA, Inc., and Bill Snyder, Chief Executive Officer, Information House, Inc.

3:15 - 4:30 p.m
Keeping a Firing from Backfiring
While many employers have the right to fire employees at will, federal labor laws protect workers from being fired because of certain acts of discrimination or retaliation. Additionally, workers may be protected by state law, public policy, and contractual obligations, such as collective bargaining agreements. In 2011 and 2012 over 11,000 retaliation claims were filed in U.S. courts. This session is a must for all employers to know how to avoid termination pitfalls.
Moderator: Edward Apuzzi, Regional Vice President, Roark Capital Group
Presenter: Steve Horowitz, Partner, Horowitz Law Group, Inc.


10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Preparing for Natural Disasters: What to Do Before, During, and After Waves
The key to dealing with natural disasters is to be prepared to respond quickly. The presenter will review critical steps stressing the importance of emergency planning and emergency recovery plans. Also on the agenda is the need for coordination between the private and public sectors, good communication systems with vendors, suppliers, and customers.
Moderator: Steve Changaris, Northeast Regional Manager, National Solid Wastes Management Association
Presenter: Will Flower, Corporate Communications Expert, and Armand Lembo Jr., President, Lemcor Inc.

1:45 - 3:00 p.m.
Extended Producer Responsibility, An Update for Operators
By now, the concept of extended producer responsibility in which manufacturers accept financial responsibility for taking back their products from consumers is well known. Panelists will discuss opportunities for the recycling and waste industry.
Moderator: Susan Robinson, Director, Public Affairs, Waste Management, Inc.
Presenters: Susan Robinson, Director, Public Affairs, Waste Management, Inc.; Geoff Rathbone, Vice President, Resource Recovery, Progressive Waste Solutions and Chaz Miller, Director, Policy/ Advocacy, National Solid Wastes Management Association

3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
The Changing Waste Stream
The waste stream is changing to include non-traditional materials such as waste from Marcellus shale operations. Some materials are subject to extended producer responsibility. For the waste and recycling industry to engage, companies need to understand this new customer base. This session describes these new customers and the opportunities available to companies of all sizes if they are willing to adjust.
Moderator: Bryan Staley, President, Environmental Research and Education Foundation
Presenter: Margie Campbell, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, New Waste Concepts, Inc., and Bryan Staley, President, Environmental Research and Education Foundation

Composting & Organics

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Anaerobic Digestion Systems and Case Studies
Moderator: Evan Edgar, Edgar & Associates

  • Anaerobic Digestion Projects in California - Organics to Energy: Permitting, Construction, Operation, Products. Eric Herbert, CEO, Zero Waste Energy, LLC. Lafayette, CA
  • Anaerobic Digestion Case Study in Vancouver, BC. Alex MacFarlane, Harvest Power. Waltham, MA
  • Anaerobic Digestion of MSW-Organics. Luc De Baere, Managing Director, Organic Waste Systems. Gent, Belgium

1:45 - 3:00 p.m.
Odor Control and Monitoring at Composting and Anaerobic Digestion Facilities and Landfills, Best Management Practices or Worker Health and Safety
Moderator: Nicole Chardoul, Resource Recycling Systems

  • Developing a Composting Facility with Effective Odor Control. Todd Williams, PE, CH2M HILL Inc. Mechanicsville, VA
  • Odor Monitoring for Anaerobic Digestion, Composting and Landfills. Ray Porter, Odotech, Inc., Montreal, Canada
  • Worker Safety and Health at Composting and Anaerobic Digestion Facilities. Nellie J. Brown, Director, Workplace Health and Safety Program, Cornell University. Buffalo, NY

3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Compostable Plastics -Standards, Products and Applications, Case Studies in Organics Diversion for Composting and Anaerobic Digestion
Moderator: Anne Ludvik, Specialized Environmental Technologies

  • The Language of "Bioplastics". Steve Mojo, Executive Director, Biodegradable Plastics Institute. NY
  • The Value of Certified Compostable Bags in Food Waste Diversion Programs. Christopher Bradlee, BASF. Liberty, OH
  • Compostable Bags for Food Waste Collection in European Anaerobic Digestion Facilities: State of the Art and Margins for Optimization. Christian Garaffa. Novamont SpA. Novara, Italy

4:45 - 5:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Organics Landfill Bans - The Final Debate
Moderator: Keith Edwards, BASF

  • An open forum of different perspectives on this issue from the waste/landfill and organics sectors Panelists include: Susan Robinson, Waste Management; JD Lindeberg, Resource Recycling Systems; John Casella, Casella Waste Systems; Rebecca Geraty, St. Louis Composting


12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Sustainability: Moving from Disposal to Materials and Energy Management
Our industry is moving away from traditional disposal and increasing waste diversion, creating energy and new markets through better utilization of resources. Current trends, sustainable infrastructure, beneficial uses, and industry positioning will be discussed.
Moderator: Tim Kelly, Senior Technical Consultant, Joyce Engineering, Inc.
Presenter: Craig Benson, Distinguished Professor of Engineering, Director of Sustainability Research and Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Workshop 2 - Leadership

10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Executive Management Leadership Skills: Reach Your Full Potential
Senior leadership roles carry a heavy responsibility and require strong examples to influence followers to embrace their vision. The burden of leadership is made more difficult by incomplete skills and talents that call for complementary roles to support the mission. This session will call attention to the participants' developmental challenges and highlight strategies to effectively transform intent to enthusiasm for successful execution of business plans. These practical solutions for lasting success will enhance your organization's performance and move it toward a competitive advantage in the marketplace. This session includes lunch.

  • 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. The Leader in You
  • 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:45 - 3:00 p.m. Pride Still Matters
  • 3:15 - 4:30 p.m. Engaging Your Competitive Advantage

Presenter: Kenneth Baylor, Vice President, Progressive Waste Solutions, Ltd.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

8:15 AM - 4:15 PM
Construction & Demolition Waste Recycling Training and Accreditation Course Eligible for GBCI & AIA Continuing Education Credit
Separate registration was required for this workshop.

Nationwide, owners are requiring construction waste recycling as a part of sustainable building. Building professionals who know how to recycle will be at a market advantage. Also, reduction, reuse and recycling is allowing contractors and owners to use project funds for buildings instead of waste disposal. One project WasteCap worked on recently saved 90% on their disposal costs by recycling - they would have paid over $117,000 without recycling and actually paid a little over $13,000 with recycling.

This course is recommended for the following audiences:

  • Haulers
  • Contractors
  • Architects
  • Regulators
  • Consultants

This training will provide participants with a competitive edge and should result in them saving money on every project where these methods are implemented. The course contains 12 sections and depending upon class size and industry demographic, WasteCap will tailor each training by spending time on the topics most pertinent and applicable to attendees.

Participants will learn:

  • why waste reduction, reuse and recycling is important and what the trends are.
  • how to save money and waste from construction and demolition projects
  • how to estimate how much project waste and recyclables will be generated
  • how to create a construction or demolition waste management plan
  • how to analyze hauling proposals based on projected quantities of debris
  • the markets for reuse and recycling including important hazardous waste and other regulations which affect your ability to reuse and recycle
  • how to educate crews and monitor for best compliance and efficiency

Participants will receive:

  • Accreditation in Construction Waste Management which for use in marketing efforts. Participants will be a WasteCap Accredited Professional (WC AP) in Construction Debris Recycling for three years.
  • Construction and Demolition Waste Management Toolkit to use in their projects. It will provide participants with the information they will need to develop successful reduction, reuse and recycling programs including market information, sample educational material, monitoring checklists, worksheets for conducting economic analyses, etc.
  • Everything they need to meet criteria for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Materials and Resources Credits.
  • 7.5 CEU's through USGBC if they are a LEED Green Associate or AP.
  • 7.5 LU's through AIA

Employment II

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Employee Motivation: When Salary Incentives are Unavailable
Keeping employees happy when salary increases are not an option requires employers to consider other incentives such as creating the right atmosphere, offering more work schedule flexibility, better benefits, and a long list of other ideas. Learn to "think outside the box."
Moderator: Joe Sikorski, Vice President, TCF Equipment Finance
Presentor: Kenneth Baylor, Vice President, Progressive Waste Solutions, Ltd.

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Retirement Planning, It's Not Just Financial When experts refer to retirement planning, they are usually offering assistance on developing financial protection. However, just as important as money, is planning for healthcare. Both of these topics will be covered.
Moderator: Larry Stone, Director of Safety, Rumpke Consolidated Co. Management II

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Building Your "A" Team -What You Should Seek in Your Financial Advisors
With stock markets volatile, tax rates uncertain and estate laws facing review, these are challenging times even for the best professional advisors. Are yours making the grade? Building your team of trusted financial advisers takes time and effort, but having people who are on your side can pay off handsomely. During this session a panel of industry experts will share best practices and provide answers to your questions in order to assist you in finding the best fit.
Moderator: Bita Ardalan, Executive Vice President, Specialized Industries Administration, Union Bank
Presenters: Mike Jones, Partner, Holland & Knight LLP, Anthony Caporrino, Managing Director, Transaction Advisory, Alvarez & Marsal; Tom Barry, Partner, Green Hasson Janks; Dickson Suit, Managing Director and Partner, Ironwood Capital; and Myra Juetten, Senior Vice President, SR Relationship Manager — Environmental Industries, Union Bank

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Improve Your Skills: Time Management, Internal Meeting Planning, and Team Building

Whether you are starting your management career or working in an executive position, techniques for time management, controlling the flow of internal company meetings, and keeping your teams working successfully are critically important. The latest techniques will be discussed.
Moderator: Linda Powell, General Manager, Palmatary's Sanitation Services, Inc.
Presenter: Pamela Schaard, Information Technology Director, Waste Industries

Safety II

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Safety Tools: Implementing the New Industry Manual

The National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA) received a grant from the Environmental Research and Education Foundation to update its safety manual for the waste and recycling industry. This session will review the contents of the revised manual, highlight key changes, and discuss how to use it to improve safety at your facility.
Moderator: Philip Hagan, Director of Safety, Environmental Industry Associations
Presenters: David Malter, President, Malter Associates, Inc., and David Biderman, Vice President, Government Affairs, National Solid Wastes Management Association

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Best Implementation Practices Using Technology for Driver Safety
A significant number of all collisions involve driver error. In-cab video technology enables fleets to identify and correct driver error, but the technology is merely a tool. A comprehensive and consistent approach to avoid collisions and ensure compliance is necessary. Presenters will discuss the steps for a successful program providing the latest information.
Moderator: Michael Puckett, Regional Safety Manager, Cincinnati Market, Rumpke Consolidated Cos.
Presenters: Del Lisk, Vice President of Safety, DriveCam, Inc., and John Nowak, East Region Safety Manager, Advanced Disposal Services, Inc.


9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Roadside Inspections

Attendees will be lead through a truck inspection on the show floor by enforcement officers. Don't be late; we leave for the show floor at 9:00 a.m.
Moderator: Aaron Gilman, Project Development, SCS Field Services
Presenter: Fertano Jackson, Lieutenant, Louisiana State Police - Transportation Safety Services

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
The Limits on Background Checks

Companies are conducting background checks on employees to avoid problems with criminal records, immigration status, and to ensure that the prospect is the right fit for a job. However, there are legal limits on what an employer can seek and what an employer can say about former employees. This session will discuss these limitations in the context of the waste management industry.
Moderator: Damon Toftey, National DOT Compliance Manager, Progressive Waste Solutions
Presenter: Steve Horowitz, Partner, Horowitz Law Group, Inc.

Composting & Organics Recycling

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Panel Discussion of the Salient Issues around Organics

Speakers will discuss:

  • Community Needs, Brenda Pulley, Keep America Beautiful • Barriers to Organics Recovery, JD Lindeberg, Resource Recycling Systems
  • Federal Focus on Organics, Deborah Goldblum, US EPA LOHAS Drivers (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability), Tom Wright, Sustainability Projects Manager to Whole Foods Markets
  • Persistent Herbicides in Compost and Landfill Bans, Cary Oshins, USCC

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Opportunities for Waste Management Companies and Haulers in the Organics Sector

Marty Seaman, Resource Recycling Systems

  • Working with Communities on Achieving Zero Waste Objectives and Greater Diversion of Organics From the Landfill: Recology's Work With San Francisco, and Other Communities. Chris Choate, Director and Vice President of Technology, Recology. CA
  • Organics Collection Programs - A Challenge or an Opportunity for Haulers? Kevin Tritz, President, Specialized Environmental Technologies, Inc. St. Paul, MN
  • Education and Training of Hauling Company Personnel on How to Develop an Organics Program. Anne Ludvik, Specialized Environmental Technologies, Inc. St. Paul, MN

1:45 - 3:00 p.m.
Organics Recovery Methods and Economic Analysis

  • Design of Systems for Recovering Organic Materials for Anaerobic Digestion and Composting. George Savage, Executive Vice President. CalRecovery Inc. Concord, CA
  • Food Waste Recovery Mechanisms: Developing community systems and collection strategies to cost effectively recover organics. Nicole Chardoul, Resource Recycling Systems. Ann Arbor, MI
  • Comparative Economic and Quantitative Environmental Indicators for Large Scale Community Organics Recovery - Brianne Haven, Resource Recycling Systems, Ann Arbor, MI

3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Compostable Plastics Role in Diversion of Food Residuals & Certification Standards
Moderator: Christopher Bradlee, BASF

  • Sustainable Saturdays at Seattle Mariners Safeco Field. Keith Edwards, Biopolymer Manager North America, BASF. Liberty, OH
  • Trends in Residential Food Waste Collection. Rhodes Yepsen, Novamont. Danbury, CT
  • Testing and Certification of Biopolymers: Challenges and New Developments. Luc De Baere, Managing Director, Organic Waste Systems. Gent, Belgium


12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
What to Expect from OSHA in 2013 and Beyond

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) agenda includes violator programs, enhanced penalties, and repeat citation liability. Knowing how to respond to OSHA inspections, understanding employer and employee rights, and defending against a citation will be provided through practical recommendations.
Moderator: Larry Stone, Director of Safety, Rumpke Consolidated Cos.
Presenter: Mark Lies, II, Labor and Employment Law Attorney and Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, and Francis Chin, Senior Legal Counsel Regulatory/HSE, Waste Management, Inc.