2018 SWANApalooza

March 5 - 7, 2018

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
1550 Court Place
Denver, CO
United States

Solid waste professionals from around the country will be gathering in Denver, Colorado, to discuss hot topics in the landfill, landfill gas and zero waste industries. Topics range from safety to food scrap disposal, and the conference is sure to leave no issues untouched. 

Many of our waste experts will be in attendance and involved in technical sessions.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Session: Zero What?
11:45 – 12:45 p.m.
Moderator: John Carlton, P.E., BCEE, Solid Waste Program Lead

Zero Waste means different things to different people and organizations. As we go down the road to zero waste, there are several paths to take, and they don’t necessarily lead to the same place. The term “Zero Waste” is arguably more about defining a vision of a world without waste. This panel discussion will include representatives from communities that are on the road to Zero Waste.

Session: Hands-On Communication Workshop for Zero Waste and Beyond
1:45 – 3:30 p.m.
Moderator: Jeff Martirano, P.E., Solid Waste Engineer

This session will guide participants through case studies of several SWANA Excellence Award winners, and then provide a practical overview of research and planning. Participants will then engage in hands-on activities related to research and planning.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Session: Special Planning and Management Session: Investments in Solid Waste
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Moderator: Jeff Murray, Solid Waste Section Manager, SWANA President

Panelists will discuss financing options for public sector solid waste facilities.

Session: The State of the Solid Waste Industry
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Moderator: Jeff Murray, Solid Waste Section Manager, SWANA President

This session will shed light on the financial status of the solid waste industry, as research expert Michael E. Hoffman, Stifel, dives into the trends, challenges, and future outlook of the business.

Session: Take My Job, Please
3 – 4 p.m.
Moderator: Jeff Martirano, P.E., Solid Waste Engineer

You are in the greatest industry in the world, and you love your job. But how do you continue your job growth and development? Do you want to move up the corporate or agency ladder? Or do you want to become the technical, sought after expert? This session will provide experience and tips from industry veterans on how they set their goals and objectives to obtain the positions they have achieved and some of the lessons they learned along the way.

Session: Biogas
Topic: Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority (RVSA) Organic Feedstock-to-Energy Public-Private Partnership
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Moderator: Karamjit Singh, Assistant Client Development Lead

To lower energy costs, minimize electrical grid dependence, increase revenues and reduce its carbon footprint, the Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority implemented a public-private partnership, whereby a vendor committed to design, build, finance, own and operate a facility that processes organic waste into a slurry to be delivered to the RVSA for digestion. This is anticipated to double biogas production, which will fuel the RVSA’s co-generation facility. This case study will explore the use of P3s to achieve the RVSA’s goals.

Featured Presentation

Session: Airspace Operations
Challenges to Successfully Manage Airspace
Tuesday, March 6 | 4:30 – 6:15 p.m.
Presenter: Doug Decesare, P.E., Senior Waste Engineer

Airspace management is one of the most significant challenges faced by today’s landfill owners and operators. Airspace represents the essential source of revenue for the landfill owner/operator and payment for its use, collected through gate/tipping fees, should cover all of the obligations associated with the facility. Therefore, developing, using, and caring for it is of utmost importance