MRF Summit

Standardized Metrics for Developing and Measuring Municipal Recycling Goals (1 CEU)

Wednesday, August 22
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Moderator: Myles Cohen, President, Recycling Division, Pratt Industries

A major challenge in finding solutions to improved, measured output quality is the varying challenges of measuring the input of municipal and MRF recycling. This session will discuss the concept of creating a scorecard, using real data from a substantial set of U.S. cities that could become a common metric for these operations.


William P. Keegan, P.E., President, Dem-Con Companies

William Keegan

Biography forthcoming.

Will Sagar, Executive Director, Southeast Recycling Development Council

Will Sagar

Will Sagar is executive director with the Southeast Recycling Development Council. He works from his home town of Brevard, North Carolina. Mr. Sagar graduated from the University of North Carolina with a double major in economics and mathematics. After selling the excavation business he built and operated for a decade, he was the solid waste director for Transylvania County, North Carolina, for 16 years. While there he started the recycling program, built the first lined landfill in Western North Carolina; implemented a Pay As You Throw program; established a permanent household hazardous waste collection; and started an electronics recycling program. Later with Henderson County, he started electronics collection and created a county energy accounting system. Mr. Sagar is a past president of the Board of Directors of the Carolina Recycling Association. For several years, he also chaired the Board of the Free Clinic of Transylvania County, which serves the medical needs of the uninsured.

Scott Pasternak, Senior Project Manager for the Solid Waste and Resource Recovery Practice, Burns & McDonnell

Scott Pasternak

Mr. Scott Pasternak is an associate and senior project manager for the Solid Waste and Resource Recovery Practice for Burns & McDonnell, which focuses on advancing the solid waste and recycling programs for clients. Since the 1990s he has focused his career on working with clients to solve challenging technical and financial solid waste management and recycling issues. Geographically, he has worked for local, regional and state governments in 20 states. Mr. Pasternak holds a Masters’ of Science degree in Community and Regional Planning and Bachelor of Arts degree with honors, both from the University of Texas. He is the Director for SWANA’s Planning and Management Technical Division and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for MSW Management and on the Solid Waste and Resource Recovery Advisory Council for the State of Texas.

Dawn McCormick, Director, Communications and Community Relations, Waste Management

Dawn McCormick

Dawn McCormick is responsible for communications and community relations for Waste Management throughout Florida. She also co-manages the company’s Public Affairs in Tallahassee overseeing a team of lobbyists and consultants.

Barnes Johnson, Office Director, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Barnes Johnson

Barnes Johnson is the director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery (ORCR). The office is responsible for promoting resource conservation through sustainable materials management, ensuring safe management of solid and hazardous waste and cleaning up the environment by controlling facility hazardous waste contamination. Throughout Mr. Johnson’s quarter century career, he has severed in a number of positions inside the agency. Before rejoining ORCR as its director, Mr. Johnson served as deputy director of the Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation. Mr. Johnson also served as the deputy director of the Office of Radiation and Indoor Air, overseeing the coordination of homeland security issues across the Office of Air and Radiation. Before joining ORIA, Mr. Johnson had been with the Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery for 14 years. In addition, he has held positions in EPA’s policy, enforcement and water offices. Mr. Johnson began his career as a researcher at Louisiana State University, Center for Wetland Resources. He holds Master’s degrees in wildlife and fisheries management and applied statistics.

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