SWANA

Keynote Event

Wait, Is There a Plan for This? (1 CEU)

Wednesday, August 22
9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
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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.

Michael Cahill, Partner, Germano & Cahill, PC

Michael Cahill

Michael J. Cahill is a partner in the firm of Germano & Cahill, P.C. of Holbrook, New York. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and DePaul University College of Law. Mr. Cahill has represented municipalities and public agencies in matters involving environmental issues, public contracts, construction disputes and particularly solid waste management for more than 20 years. From 1984 through 1991, he served as an assistant town attorney for the Town of Islip, New York, and later president of the Islip Resource Recovery Agency. Mr. Cahill has represented municipalities in lawsuits involving the power of local government to regulate solid waste services through “flow control” against challenges under the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. In 2007, he argued on behalf of the respondents before the U.S. Supreme Court in United Haulers Association et al v. Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Management Authority, et al. Since 2002, Mr. Cahill has taught environmental law at Stony Brook University in New York.