MRF Summit

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

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

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

William Keegan is a registered professional engineer and president of Dem-Con Companies, a third-generation family-owned solid waste management and processing company. One of his responsibilities include the management of the Dem-Con Material Recovery Facility (MRF), which processes mixed commercial and residential recyclable wastes. He has been in the solid waste industry for over 22 years and is active in several solid waste organizations including a current position as the chair of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Waste & Recycling Association, board member of the Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM), Minnesota Waste Wise Board Member; SWANA MOLO Instructor, and an instructor for the Minnesota Landfill Operator Training program.

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.

Ronald Vance, Chief of the Resource Conservation Branch in the Office of Land and Emergency Management, U.S. EPA

Ronald Vance

Ronald Vance oversees efforts related to materials measurement, sustainable packaging, green sports, and greening the federal government. Mr. Vance has more than 16 years of experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating measurement of materials management related efforts. Before joining EPA, Mr. Vance worked in consulting, non-profit, state government, and local government. Mr. Vance holds a M.S. in Environmental Science and Management from Duquesne University and a B.S. in Biology from Wake Forest University.

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