Curated Session: Waste Management Challenges

Perspectives of Elected Officials on Waste Operations and Facilities (1 CEU)

Monday, September 25, 2017
14:00 – 15:00
Room 315

Moderator: Jean Kim, Senior Vice-President, TLM Government Relations, New York City

Elected officials at the state and local or provincial levels share their views on waste collection/disposal and facilities. Hear about how changes to waste collection can lead to hundreds of calls and emails from constituents, and why agencies and the private sector need to work together to communicate such changes to customers. Learn what type of information is useful to elected officials as they consider changes to laws governing solid waste and recycling.


Bernard C. “Jack” Young, Baltimore City Council President, Maryland

Bernard Young

Jack Young, president of the Baltimore, Maryland, City Council, was re-elected in 2016, garnering 76 percent of all votes in the citywide general election. He has made his mark in city government with a reputation for highly effective constituent service and a dedication to youth, seniors, education and public safety. He has spent all of his time on the City Council aggressively representing the interests of the citizens of Baltimore. He has championed efforts to increase government transparency, fight for equitable housing opportunities and bolster funding for education.

Pex Langenberg, Vice Mayor for Mobility, Sustainability and Culture, City of Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Pex Langenberg

Pex J. Langenberg studied political science at Leiden University in The Netherlands. After working with the national government at the Ministry of the Interior, he became involved in transport and transportation issues with the local governments of Leiden and Amsterdam. In 2002, he returned to the national level as Director for Public Transportation at the Department of Transportation. In this position, he was involved with the management of policy making and planning on federal level, advising the Dutch Secretary of Transportation. He was responsible for the introduction of a smart card system in transit and a system of tendering. From 2008–2013, he worked at the Embassy of the Netherlands in Washington, D.C. (USA), as transportation counselor. In this position, he advised the Ministry on issues like aviation, maritime affairs, logistics and water management. He coordinated the transfer of Dutch knowledge and expertise on water related issues after the flooding of the Mississippi and the hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. In his job as program director, he continues working in this field from the Ministry in the Netherlands, but now collaborating with more countries. He was involved with innovation in the water sector in The Netherlands, the development of business in this sector and the exchange of government to government assistance and expertise. Since May 2014, he has been Vice Mayor of the City of Rotterdam, responsible for mobility, sustainability and culture.

Nonito A. Llanos III, Member of the Provincial Legislature, Philippines

Nonito Llanos

Nonito “Dondon” Avilo Llanos III hails from the Philippines and has been elected as a member of the Provincial Legislature of Davao del Sur for three successive terms. In college, he joined others in creating the Junior Ecologist Movement, a school-based organization of students and teachers promoting awareness on environmental issues, instilling values on the protection and conservation of Mother Earth, and fostering commitment to valuable participation in environmental advocacies and education. In 1994, he represented Digos, Davao del Sur, Philippines, at age 19 as an Ambassador of Goodwill, chosen and sponsored by the Japanese government. From 1998 to 2001, he was elected as Municipal Councilor of Digos, where he promoted programs and projects for the environment. In 2001, he became a member of the Solid Waste Association of the Philippines and campaigned for the Solid Waste Management Act of the Philippines. In 2010, he was elected as Provincial Board Member of the Provincial Legislature of Davao del Sur. During his second term as Provincial Board Member, he was one of a group drafting an environmental code for his province, including provisions on solid waste management. He has attended leadership training at Ateneo de Manila University and legislative enhancements training at the University of the Philippines.