Wait, Is There a Plan for This? (1 CEU)
Wednesday, August 22
9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
SWANA’s Lawrence Lecturer award may be given annually to an individual recognized as a national/international leader and expert in the field of solid waste management, or another segment of the field of environmental protection. Recognition can be for work in research, management, publications, teaching and/or political action. Contributions should be substantial, significant and sustained. While emphasis is placed on the recipient working in the field of solid waste management, other fields of environmental protection also may be considered.
WASTECON® 2018’s Lawrence Lecturer Michael Cahill summarizes the transformation of solid waste management from the Garbage Barge of 1987 through today’s times, with observations on government, politics, regulators, technology, engineers, environmental activists, investment bankers, organized crime, the carting industry and the United States Supreme Court (not necessarily in that order). Having been involved in the flow control case at the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as representing a municipality in the famous garbage barge fiasco, Mr. Cahill provides unique and humorous insight into the shaping of modern history involving the solid waste and recycling industry.