Megacities Solid Waste Leaders Keynote Panel (1 CEU)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
9:30 – 10:30
Convention Center


Carlos Silva Filho, Executive Director, ABRELPE and ISWA Vice President, Brazil

Carlos Silva Filho

Carlos Silva Filho has actively participated in the creation, development and implementation of some of the Brazilian federal laws applied to waste management, such as Federal Law n. 11.079/2004 (Brazilian Private-Public Partnership [PPP] framework); Federal Law n. 11.445/2007 (National Basic Sanitation Policy) and Law n. 12.305/2010 (Solid Waste National Policy). As legal advisor and chair of the Legal Issues Working Group from ABRELPE, Senhor Silva was intrumental in the legislative process that ended with the implementation of many Brazilian legal frameworks. Sr. Filho consults in PPP projects. After the creation and implementation of the PPP framework in Brazil, some companies and municipalities asked for consultation to develop such projects. Since 2003, Senhor Silva provided coordination of the national survey, which resulted in the annual publication of the Panorama of Solid Waste in Brazil. The publication presents up-to-date information regarding the waste sector in the country. The publication has become a reference for waste information from Brazil for different institutions such as World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and the Brazilian Government. Sr. Filho is a member of the Steering Committee for the Global Waste Management Outlook, a tool to provide an authoritative overview, analysis and recommendations for action on policy instruments and financing models for waste management, under development by the UN Environment (UNEP) International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC), and in collaboration with the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA). He consults in administrative and economic regulation law, environmental law and solid waste management. He is author of articles, researches and studies on administrative, business and economic regulation law focused on the solid waste sector. Sr. Filho is author of the book Gestão de Resíduos Sólidos: o que diz a lei (Solid Waste Management: What the Law Says), published by Trevisan Editors in August 2012 and co-author of books related to waste management: Municipal Waste Management Systems, Reverse Logistics and E-Waste, New Perspectives for Waste Management in Brazil and Legal Framework for an Adequate Management of Used Pesticide Packaging. Sr. Filho is the organizer, coordinator and speaker of national and international congresses, seminars, courses and workshops.


Kathryn Garcia, Commissioner, New York City Department of Sanitation, New York

Kathryn Garcia

Appointed in March 2014 by Mayor Bill de Blasio, Commissioner Kathryn Garcia leads the nation’s largest municipal waste management agency and its 9,700 uniformed and civilian employees. Under her direction, they keep New York City healthy, safe and clean by collecting, recycling and disposing waste, cleaning streets and vacant lots, and clearing snow and ice. After her appointment as the Department’s 43rd commissioner, Commissioner Garcia set an ambitious long-term goal for New York City: send zero waste to landfills by 2030. From promoting electronics and textile recycling to enhancing composting programs that eliminate food from the waste stream, the Department of Sanitation is a leader in helping New York City achieve the City’s sustainability goals. A lifelong New Yorker, Commissioner Garcia launched her career as an intern at the Department of Sanitation. Before returning to the Department as commissioner, she served as Chief Operating Officer at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, where she was responsible for the operation of the city’s water, water supply, sewer system and wastewater treatment plants. Prior to her service at DEP, Garcia was vice president at Appleseed. Commissioner Garcia earned her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin.

Jim McKay, General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services, City of Toronto, Canada

Jim McKay

Jim McKay is the general manager of the City of Toronto’s Solid Waste Management Services Division. He is responsible for all of the solid waste management programs and services for Canada’s largest city, serving a population of approximately 2.8 million people. Mr. McKay is a recent addition to the City, coming from the consulting industry where he has a long history of working with municipalities across Canada and the United States on some of North America’s largest and most innovative solid waste projects and programs. Jim has an Honours Bachelor’s degree in human geography from Brock University and an Executive Development Series Certificate he received from Queens University School of Business.

Jose Henrique Penido Monteiro, Assistant to the Director and Former President of the Rio de Janeiro Municipal Waste Management Company, Brazil

Jose Monteiro

Bio forthcoming.

Jinghao Liu, China Urban Construction Design & Research Institute, China

Jinghao Liu

Jinghau Liu has 15 years of experience in the field of environmental sanitation and is a certificated expert/consultant.

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