SWANApalooza 2019 Highlights

SWANApalooza 2019 had many great attractions. We expect SWANApalooza 2020 to be even bigger and better!

Keynotes: Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The New Normal in Recycling for 2019 and Beyond

Ballroom B
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Our industry has a wonderful opportunity in North America for creating local jobs while generating processing capacity for recyclables that formerly were shipped outside the continent to markets in China and other Asian countries. Technology innovations and education campaigns are responding to demands for decreased contamination in materials sent for processing. We’re building the future that will help communities meet their waste reduction goals.

David Biderman, Executive Director and CEO, SWANA

David Biderman

David Biderman is the Executive Director and CEO of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), and has been a leader in the waste industry for more than 20 years. Mr. Biderman joined SWANA in April 2015 after 18 years with the National Waste & Recycling Association, where he was their General Counsel, Vice President for Government Affairs and Safety Director. Mr. Biderman is the former industry lobbyist in New York City and is very passionate about safety. Mr. Biderman was the recipient of Preco’s Safety in Motion award for 2016, given to an individual who is making a difference on safety. He has provided safety and compliance training to thousands of workers throughout the United States and Canada. Prior to entering the waste industry, Mr. Biderman was an attorney at the Washington DC law firm Steptoe & Johnson, where he specialized in environmental and transportation law. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Johns Hopkins University.


Bob Cappadona, Vice President, Casella Recycling
Bob Cappadona

Bob Cappadona is responsible for the oversight of Casella’s 17 recycling facilities, research and development of new markets, technology and equipment for capturing new material and improving the quality of materials recovered. Mr. Cappadona has more than 30 years of experience in the recycling industry, spending 19 years with Casella in roles including general manager for Casella’s largest materials recovery facility located in Charlestown, Massachusetts. He leads a team of professionals who market more than 850,000 tons of recyclable material each year and is key to the implementation of Casella’s long-term resource solution strategy.


Corinne Rico, Project Manager, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc.
Corrine Rico

Corinne Rico helps communities sustainably manage waste and recover resources through alternative streams including recycling, composting, and circular economy initiatives. Ms. Rico is currently a project manager with Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc. (GBB), based in McLean, Virginia, and speaks nationally on the topic of Circular Economy development. With her previous employer, the Sustainable Cities Institute at the National League of Cities, she was instrumental in researching and authoring the 2018 report, “Rethinking Recycling: How Cities Can Adapt to Evolving Markets.” Corinne has a history in the interior architecture and planning industry and holds a bachelor’s degree in design and environmental analysis from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, as well as a master’s degree in sustainable and resilient communities from Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont.

Robin Wiener, President, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc.
Robin Wiener

Robin K. Wiener leads the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI), in Washington DC, which represents approximately 1,600 private for-profit companies in approximately 36 countries. She joined ISRI in 1989, directing environmental compliance activities and was appointed executive director in 1997—and then President in March 2000. Ms. Wiener was appointed to the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Steel (ITAC-12) by the Secretary of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative. She also serves as Chairwoman on the NMVTIS Advisory Board. Ms. Wiener currently serves on the Boards of SERI and the National Recycling Coalition. She is a Past Chair of NAM, is a member of the Key Industry Associations Committee (KIAC) of ASAE, and is a member of the U.S. Chamber Committee of 100. She is also a director of the International Environment Council of the Bureau of International Recycling in Brussels, a member of BIR’s E-Scrap Steering Committee, and serves on the Steering Committee of Electronics Recycling Asia and on the Jason Learning Board. Ms. Wiener earned a J.D. degree cum laude (Georgetown University Law Center), her B.S.E. degree in chemical engineering (University of Pennsylvania), and is co-author of the RCRA Compliance and Enforcement Manual (Shepard’s McGraw-Hill, 1994) as part of its Environmental Law Series.

Stephanie Sidler, Manager, Municipal Contracts, Canada Fibers
Stephanie Sidler

Stephanie Sidler is a leader in the recycling and waste management field in Canada. During the past eight years, she has managed and optimized large-scale municipal waste and recycling contracts across Canada for both the private and public sectors. At Canada Fibers Ltd., Ms. Sidler has been able to leverage her familiarity with the municipal sector to drive value for contract stakeholders by using her understanding of waste management programs, government interfaces, and legislation and policy. Most recently, Ms. Sidler has been a key contributor in Canada Fibers’ growth and geographic expansion by working to secure contracts which have added to the more than 600,000 tonnes of recyclable material that the company processes and markets each year. Additionally, she has served on several boards and advisory committees, including the Municipal Waste Association (MWA) in Ontario, where she chaired the Markets, Operations and Contracts Committee.

Marine Litter—The Last Straw?

Ballroom B
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Every day brings new stories about creative ways that people are re-using plastic waste to make new products or communities considering banning plastic bags, straws, balloons and other materials that end up in rivers and oceans, impacting water quality and wildlife. But how do we prevent marine litter from getting into our waterways in the first place? Join our discussion of the future of marine litter education, research and funding for new ways to tackle plastic waste.


Jenna Jambeck, Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering, University of Georgia
Jenna Jambeck

Dr. Jenna Jambeck is an Associate Professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia (UGA). She has been conducting research on solid waste issues for 20 years with related projects on marine debris since 2001. She also specializes in global waste management issues and plastic contamination. Her work on plastic waste inputs into the ocean has been widely recognized by the global community and translated into policy discussions by the Global Ocean Commission, in testimony to U.S. Congress, G7, G20, and the United Nations Environment program. She has won awards for her teaching and research in the College of Engineering and the UGA Creative Research Medal, as well as a Public Service and Outreach Fellowship for 2016–2017. In 2014 she sailed across the Atlantic Ocean with 13 other women in XXpedition to sample land and open ocean plastic and encourage women to enter STEM disciplines. This trip translated into extensive outreach on this issue locally in K–12 schools and around the globe at speaking events. She is co-developer of the mobile app Marine Debris Tracker, a tool that continues to facilitate a growing global citizen science initiative. The app and citizen science program has documented the location of over one million litter and marine debris items removed from our environment throughout the world.


Yuanyuan (Chris) Cui, Director, China Programs, Closed Loop Fund
Yuanyuan (Chris) Cui

Chris Cui has 12 years of experience in financial service and philanthropy sectors in Asia, Europe and the United States, advising emerging market strategies for Fortunate 500s to capture growth potential from Asia. At Swiss Re, she led initiatives to promote climate risk solutions from solar panel performance guarantee to carbon emission reduction car insurance in China. She also led the outreach effort for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Hong Kong), where she secured funding and partnerships to set up its first center in China. Chris earned her Executive MBA from the global joint program with Columbia Business School, London Business School and Hong Kong University with scholarship. She served as an advisor for accelerator programs to support social enterprises, including the NYC Climate Braintrust, hosted by the World Economic Forum Global Shapers, and the Echoing Green Climate Fellow program.

Kara Lavender Law, Ph.D., Research Professor of Oceanography, Sea Education Association, Woods Hole Institute
Kara Law

At the Sea Education Association, Kara Lavender Law is studying the sources, distribution, transformation and fate of plastic debris in the ocean. Trained as a physical oceanographer, Dr. Law’s current research interests focus on the sources of plastic to the marine environment, understanding how ocean physics determines the distribution of plastic and other marine debris, and the degradation and ultimate fate of different plastic materials in the ocean. She is co-chair of the SCOR Working Group FLOTSAM (Floating Litter and its Oceanic TranSport Analysis and Modelling), and serves as the co-principal investigator of the Marine Debris Working Group at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). Dr. Law holds a Ph.D. degree in physical oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Duke University.

Michael Witt, Ph.D., Corporate Director, Plastics Circular Economy, The Dow Chemical Company
Michael Witt

Dr. Mike Witt has corporate management and strategy responsibility for driving a plastics circular economy, in addition to leading Dow’s effort for strategic implementation of a coalition aimed at ending plastic waste. Mike serves as leadership group chair within the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), where global industry advocacy is forged and implemented. Mike joined Dow in 1998 and has held many leadership positions throughout the company. He holds Masters and Doctoral degrees in environmental engineering from Michigan State University and a Bachelor’s degree in civil/environmental engineering from The University of Michigan. He also earned an MBA degree in management from Northwood University. He is the co-author of several publications and patents. He serves on the Board of The Dow Chemical Company Foundation, Board of the Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan, and the Board at the Chippewa Nature Center (Michigan).

April Crow, Principal and Consultant, Circulate Capital
April Crow

April Crow has worked more than two decades in a wide range of roles in sustainability, environmental affairs, scientific and regulatory affairs, and quality. She served as senior director, environment and sustainability for the Coca-Cola Company, providing leadership for the company’s environmental platform. Since 2005, she has been a leading industry voice for research, coalitions and programs to help understand and tackle the marine debris issue. She was instrumental in the founding of the Trash Free Seas Alliance and was a founding member of the American Institute for Packaging and the Environment. She has served on the Executive Committee for the Michigan State University Center for Packaging Innovation, the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, the Ocean Exchange and serves on NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuaries Business Advisory Council and as an advisor for the New Materials Institute. Ms. Crow is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s degree in environmental health and a Master’s degree in instructional technology.

Keynotes Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Shrinking Capacity, Rising Cost in New England Waste Management

Ballroom B
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Shrinking disposal options in New England, limited processing capacity and increased pressures on recycling markets are posing short and long-term operational and financial challenges for New England solid waste managers. Learn from three New England leaders how the Northeastern United States is adapting disposal and diversion practices to meet these challenges. Of particular interest will be how the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection is updating its solid waste master plan and the initial findings of a regional capacity analysis.


Arturo Santiago, Managing Editor, MSW Management magazine
Arturo Santiago

Arturo Santiago has been the managing editor for Forester Media for five years. Forester is the publisher of MSW Management, Stormwater, Erosion Control, Water Efficiency, Distributed Energy and Grading & Excavation Contractor magazines. He is the editor of MSW Management and Grading and Excavation Contractor, along with overseeing all editorial content that goes into Forester Media publications. He also serves as a Board member on the Southern California Waste Management Forum. Previously, he spent nearly two decades in broadcast news as a reporter and anchor in Flint, Michigan, Seattle, Washington, Denver, Colorado, and Santa Maria, California.


Phil Goddard, Manager of Facility Compliance and Technology Development, Town of Bourne, Massachusetts
Phil Goddard

Phil Goddard has worked for the Town of Bourne for 18 years and is responsible for permitting, health and safety, and site development projects that will maximize the long-term utility of the town’s property beyond the life of the landfill. He has more than 29 years of experience in the environmental sector, specializing in solid waste and recycling. In addition, Mr. Goddard serves as president of the Southern New England Chapter of SWANA, treasurer of MassRecycle and Chair of the Massachusetts Product Stewardship Council. He is a graduate of Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, majoring in marketing and also has recently completed a Graduate Certificate in environmental policy from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.

John Fischer, Commercial Waste Reduction and Waste Planning, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP)
John Fischer

John Fischer is branch chief for commercial waste reduction and waste planning at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). In this position, he coordinates MassDEP’s programs to advance waste reduction, recycling and composting by businesses and institutions in Massachusetts. Mr. Fischer also oversees development and implementation of Massachusetts’ Solid Waste Master Plan, solid waste and recycling data, the Solid Waste Advisory Committee and disaster debris planning.

Kevin Roche, General Manager, ecomaine
Kevin Roche

Kevin Roche joined ecomaine in 2004. He has worked in the field of solid waste management since 1988 and his experience includes positions as the Director of Solid Waste for Broome County (New York), Materials Recovery Administrator for the City of Glendale (Arizona), Manager for Metro Waste (Rochester, NY), Owner of MRF, Inc., a recycling facility in Rochester, New York, and Solid Waste Coordinator for both Monroe County and the City of Rochester (New York). MR. Roche is a 1989 graduate of the University of Buffalo, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in geography and urban planning. He also holds an associate degree in business administration.

State of Solid Waste 10 Years into a Business Cycle

Ballroom B
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Always one of the conference’s most popular speakers, Michael E. Hoffman wraps up SWANApalooza with a look to the future of the solid waste business cycle, providing data that supports an optimistic view of solid waste volume. Economic growth continues trending in U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP), housing starts, and non-residential construction, for example, even with the changes in commodity prices. You won’t want to miss this final session about how the future solid waste economy will impact your organization.


Michael E. Hoffman, Managing Director and Group Head of Diversified Industrials Research, Stifel
Michael Hoffman

Michael E. Hoffman joined Stifel in 2014. Based out of the Baltimore office, he is a managing director and group head of the diversified industrial research sector, covering environmental services. His past awards include ranking #2 in pollution control from Institutional Investor, Greenwich Associates, and Reuters. Mr. Hoffman has been an analyst for more than 29 years. He has been a director of research, president, chief operating officer of a broker-dealer, deputy director of research, head of fixed income research and group head of diversified industrial research, and head of global value research. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Widener University and an Master’s degree from the Johnson School at Cornell University. He is the 2001 owner/rider winner of the 105th Maryland Hunt Cup, an errant golfer and avid fly fisherman.

SWANApalooza 2019 Sponsors

SWANA extends a very big thank you to all the sponsors who helped make SWANApalooza 2019 a success.

Agru America

Young Professional Activities

AMCS Group

Coffee Break with Exhibits: Wednesday, February 27, 2:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Brown and Caldwell

Time for Relaxed Networking

Casella Resource Solutions

SWANA Training Center: Notebooks and Pens

Civil and Environmental Consultants, Inc.

Time for Relaxed Networking


Neck Wallets

Commonwealth Resource Management Corporation

Time for Relaxed Networking


Time for Relaxed Networking


Coffee Break with Exhibits: Tuesday, February 26, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Keurig Dr Pepper

Coffee Break with Exhibits: Tuesday, February 26, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Magellan GPS

Technical Session: Solid Waste Safety Practices in Dynamic Environments

MV Technologies

Coffee Break with Exhibits: Wednesday, February 27, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Organix Solutions

Training Center Lunch

SCS Engineers

Time for Relaxed Networking

Landfill Gas Systems Operations and Maintenance Training Course

Zero Waste Principles and Practices Training Course

Young Professional Activities


SWANA Training Center: Manager of Landfill Operations 3-Day Course

Tighe and Bond

Time for Relaxed Networking

Vilter Manufacturing

Lunch with Exhibits: Tuesday, February 26, 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.

Wastershed Geo

Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) Tour


Lunch with Exhibits: Wednesday, February 27, 11:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m.

Ruble Truck Sales
Harris Equipment
SSI Shredding Systems
Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc.
TBI Roll-off Covers

SWANApalooza 2019 Hotel Info

The Westin Peachtree Plaza

210 Peachtree Street Northwest,
Atlanta, GA 30303

1 (800) 937-8461