Invited Session: Resource Management & Waste Diversion

Franchising as a Tool to Foster Sustainable Materials Management (1 CEU)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
15:15 – 16:15
Room 310

Moderator: R.W. Craggs, National Manager, Solid Waste and Resource Recovery, Burns & McDonnell, Minnesota

Many U.S. local governments are undertaking zero waste planning initiatives within the context of sustainable materials management. However, recycling rates have become stagnant the last three to five year resulting in the need to identify innovative strategies to achieve the next incremental level of diversion. Communities have embarked on the implementation of “organized” collection to increase collection efficiency, reduce vehicles miles traveled and associated greenhouse gases, offer uniform services, provide for equitable rates, and increase the recovery of recyclable materials and organics. Organized collection in reflecting a community’s preferences may include such approaches as enhanced hauler licensing, exclusive or non-exclusive franchising, or actual municipalization. This panel discussion will focus on the application of residential and/or commercial collection franchising to meet various community objectives, including fostering additional waste diversion. The planning and implementation of collection franchising requires a unique mix of policy/public procurement strategies, stakeholder outreach, financial evaluation, and optimizing the collection system. Overall, franchising represents an innovative approach to achieving a number of community objectives within the context of zero waste planning.


David Herberholz, Director of Solid Waste and Recycling, City of Minneapolis, Minnesota

David Herberholz

David Herberholz is the director of solid waste and recycling in Public Works for the City of Minneapolis and is responsible for the City’s integrated residential solid waste management program. He came to Minneapolis from Tampa, Florida, where he managed the City of Tampa’s residential solid waste program. Mr. Herberholz is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources with a concentration in environmental policy and management. He is enrolled in the Sustainability Management Program at St. Petersburg College. He has more than 25 years of environmental and solid waste experience in the private and public sector. He worked for Waste Management as a municipal services manager. He also is a past director of recycling operations for City Management Corporation in Detroit, where his accomplishments include spearheading curbside recycling efforts and the construction of the first material recovery facility (MRF) in mid-Michigan in the early 1990s.

Erick Roberts, Superintendent, Environmental Services, City of Springfield, Missouri

Erick Roberts

Erick L. Roberts serves as the superintendent for the City of Springfield, Missouri, Solid Waste Management Division, and has been with the city since 2000. Along with managing the city’s integrated solid waste management system, Mr. Roberts also manages several aspects of environmental compliance for the city, serves as a project manager for the city, and assists with environmental education opportunities. He has a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from William Jewell College and graduate studies with an emphasis in environmental chemistry at Missouri State University. Mr. Roberts is a pastp of the Missouri Waste Control Coalition and serves on advisory boards for educational institutions including the Chemistry Board of Advisors for the Missouri State University, and the Chemical Laboratory Technical Committee at Ozarks Technical Community College.