Invited Session: Resource Management & Waste Diversion
How does a Waste Characterization Study help with Future Planning? (1 CEU)
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
9:00 – 10:00
Moderator: Bradley Kelley, Senior Project Engineer, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc., Virginia
Waste Characterization studies are an integral and valuable tool for the management of waste and recyclables, and many jurisdictions know that they need to have these studies conducted. However, many leaders are unclear as to what valuable information can be gleaned from these studies and how this information can help a municipality make informed decisions regarding the management of waste and recyclables in the future. This panel brings together three solid waste directors that have recently had detailed waste composition studies performed. Jeff Smithberger oversaw the recent waste study that focused on the recyclables still in the waste and also studied the statistical differences (if any) between the recyclables in the waste and the every-other-week collections of recyclables. Keith Howard oversaw the waste characterization study that looked at commercial and multifamily streams as well as recycling and is using this information to plan for the necessary infrastructure needed by the County in the next two decades. Robert Watts oversaw a two season waste study that gave them valuable information about what was still being landfilled and is utilizing this information to shape regulations going forward. Bradley Kelley, team lead for all of these studies will moderate.
Everyone knows that waste characterization studies are necessary, but what good do they do? And how is the information best used? This panel consists of municipal directors that have recently utilized waste characterizations to verify current statistics, plan for future infrastructure, and manage regulations. This interactive panel will allow the attendees to understand what is important with characterization studies, and how these directors use the information they gain to make better and more informed decisions. Questions and interactions with the panel will be encouraged.