Deep Dive

New Innovations in Waste and Recycling Processing (2.5 CEUs)

Wednesday, August 22
3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Delta D

This session will provide an overview of new cutting edge waste processing and recyclable processing equipment and how it can be used to reduce contamination and increase product marketability and productivity.

Key business takeaways from this session:

  • Waste and recycling processing equipment is changing at a rapid pace
  • New technology can be used to reduce operating expense while at the same time, improve recyclable material quality
  • More materials can be recovered than ever before


Steven Viny, CEO, Envision Holdings

Steve Viny

Steven M. Viny is the CEO of Envision Waste Services, LLC. Mr. Viny has over 36 years of experience in the Solid Waste Industry including the design, construction, operation, and ownership of sanitary landfills, C&D landfills, transfer stations, recycling plants, compost facilities, and waste hauling operations. Over 20 years ago, Mr. Viny developed the original concept for a mixed waste processing facility known as the Medina County Central Processing Facility (CPF). He designed, built and has operated the CPF since its inception. Through its history, the Medina CPF was the recipient of the Silver Award for Recycling from the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), received recognition from the Governor of the State of Ohio, has been the subject of numerous journal articles and has been toured by tens of thousands of visitors from areas around the globe. Mr. Viny and his staff have earned a “Perfect Record” for operations and have never missed a single day of operations since the opening of the CPF in June of 1993. Mr. Viny and his staff have also earned a “Perfect Record” for the marketing of recyclables without a single load of any commodity rejected over a 20 year period. Mr. Viny recently developed the miniMRFTM system for mixed waste processing. The miniMRFTM is highly automated and features and extremely high throughput capacity while occupying a very small space. When coupled with the engineered fuel module, miniMRFTM has the capability to divert nearly 70% of the waste it processes into saleable recyclable products. A full scale miniMRFTM system has successfully operated for five years and the system has already earned industry recognition as one of the most efficient and cost effective solutions for waste diversion. Mr. Viny is well recognized in the solid waste industry. He received the Enterprise Innovation Award from the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management and Enterprise Development Inc. and holds two United States Patents for the separation of solid waste. Mr. Viny is a recipient of the Professional Achievement Award from SWANA—their highest honor. He was elected International President of SWANA in 2000 and is the only private sector president in the association’s history. Mr. Viny received the Special Award from the Association of Ohio Recyclers and recently received the Achievement in Excellence Award from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Mr. Viny was awarded an Honorary Life Membership from SWANA for his contributions and achievements to the Association and to the Solid Waste Industry. Mr. Viny has been recognized by SWANA with certification as a Manager of Landfill Operations, Manager of Recycling Systems, Manager of Transfer Stations, and a Manager of Collection Systems. Mr. Viny has been recognized by the Association of Energy Engineers as a Certified Cogeneration Professional. Mr. Viny received the first Class 1 Compost Permit ever issued by the State of Ohio. This facility, located in Medina County, Ohio is designed to compost mixed organics such as food waste and yard waste. In 1998, Mr. Viny designed, built, and operated the City of Flagstaff Material Recovery Facility, which is designed to process commingled recyclables. The facility serves as a benchmark for recycling in Northern Arizona. Mr. Viny started a rubbish hauling company in Cleveland, Ohio and in Northern Arizona where he also designed and operated a recycling program for the Grand Canyon National Park. Mr. Viny has published numerous articles and has been a frequent speaker at many conferences including Waste Conversion congress 2011, Biocycle, NRC, NSWMA, and SWANA as well as International Environmental Symposiums such as Resource '95 in Davos, Switzerland and EMPA in Geneva, Switzerland. Mr. Viny currently serves as a Director for the Ohio Buckeye Chapter of SWANA. Mr. Viny represented the United States and Canada at the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) Annual Director’s Meeting in Paris, France in 2000. He has held seminars throughout the State of Ohio on topics such as recycling, resource recovery, and new legislation and has assisted in new membership development.

Susan Graff, Vice President, Principal, Global Corporate Sustainability, Resource Recycling Systems

Susan Graff

Susan Graff is Vice President of Global Corporate Sustainability at Resource Recycling Systems. For over 30 years, Ms. Graff has provided individual and collaborative sustainability and materials management solutions to both industrial and government clients focused on reducing material and energy consumption while increasing recycling value capture. She led the development of The Sustainability Scorecard, an RRS analytic tool used by consumer brands and manufacturers to establish business goals, strategy, metrics, and employee training that improved a company’s sustainability profile. Ms. Graff spearheads a variety of RRS collective action projects including Materials Recovery for the Future (MRFF) and Beyond 34. She also serves on the REMADE Institute Technical Advisory Committee to advance manufacturing a sustainable future. Prior to RRS, Ms. Graff founded ERS Global, a sustainability consultancy that served Fortune 200 clients with enterprise wide sustainability program development. Having begun her career at the US EPA serving in several senior roles at the Southeast Region and Headquarters offices, Ms. Graff was responsible for waste management, policy development, environmental risk assessment, and public/private partnerships.

Chris Eichelberger, Vice President, Technical Marketing, Agru America, Inc.

Chris Eichelberger

Chris Eichelberger currently serves as Vice President, Technical Marketing for Agru America, the leading manufacturer of flat die, extrusion calendered geomembrane products and a leading manufacturer of geocomposite drainage products, geosynthetic clay liners, geotextiles, concrete protective liners, HDPE pipe fittings and other specialty products. His role includes oversight of the company’s complete geosynthetics product line, including management of the unique ClosureTurf system, which utilizes Agru structured membrane products in conjunction with product technology from Watershed Geosynthetics to provide engineered synthetic turf closure solutions for impoundments and landfills. MR. Eichelberger holds a BS from The Pennsylvania State University and over 14 years experience in the geosynthetics industry including; divisional management, business development, contract administration, project management, constructability reviews, installation of products, specification and material selection and field experience in CQA of soils and geosynthetic materials. Mr. Eichelberger serves the board of directors for the International Association of Geosynthetic Installers (IAGI) and has previously worked with large environmental construction and geotechnical engineering firms.

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