Wastecon® 2018 Nashville Tours

Create your own interactive experience at WASTECON® 2018 with technical tours. This year we are offering a variety of off-site educational opportunities. Whether whole day, half day, or just a couple of hours, we can provide you with a tour that fits your schedule.

SWANA reserves the right to cancel tours due to not reaching contracted minimums.

Facility Tours

Monday, August 20, 2018

WāstAway (4 CEUs)

9:00 a.m. Departure

WasteAway Exterior

As we look for more sustainable ways to manage our waste and generate electricity, advanced waste-to-energy solutions are quickly becoming an attractive means to provide baseload power demands, while also eliminating the need to landfill our solid waste. Originally designed under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, this innovative solution solves the negative impacts of landfills, while reducing the emissions profile at coal-fired power plants. You are invited to tour this state-of-the-art facility while you’re at WASTECON® 2018.

Transportation and Lunch provided by National Energy USA

Honky Tonk Glass Tour (4 CEUs)

1:00 p.m. Departure

Honky Tonk Glass

In January 2018 Metro Nashville Public Works in partnership with the Mayor’s Office rolled out the Honky Tonk Glass Bottle Recycling Program on the iconic lower Broadway of downtown Nashville. This unique program focuses on glass recycling for bars producing large amounts of glass bottles (an audit shows honky tonks have anywhere from 65-70% glass bottles in their waste stream). Participants will walk down the historic Ryman alley and visit one of the honky tonks to learn more about how the programs was rolled out and how the bar owners & staff have adjusted their operations to incorporate glass bottle recycling.

Second Harvest Food Bank (4 CEUs)

1:00 p.m. Departure

Second Harvest exterior

Organized in 1978, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is a private, not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization. Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee’s mission is to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community. Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is one of the largest and most comprehensive of over 200 food banks and food distribution centers nationwide and also a member of Feeding America—the nation’s food bank network. Second Harvest distributes food and other products to approximately 490+ nonprofit partner agencies in 46 counties in Middle and West Tennessee. Our partners include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, childcare facilities, senior centers, group homes, and youth enrichment programs. For more information on Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and its programs, please visit secondharvestmidtn.org.

Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) Tour (4 CEUs)

1:00 p.m. Departure

NRT Tour

Located in Nashville, Tennessee, National Recovery Technologies (NRT)—a subsidiary of BHS—is a leading provider of optical sorting technology. Since its inception in 1981, NRT has been home to industry thought-leaders and innovators dedicated to to technology innovation, quality manufacturing and a strong commitment to customer service. The tour explores NRT headquarters and features live equipment demonstrations, including: NRT’s optical sorting demonstration loop, the Max-AI AQC (Autonomous Quality Control) — an artificial intelligence powered robotic sorter, and Buhler Sortex flake sorters.

Aries Clean Energy (4 CEUs)

1:00 p.m. Departure

Aries panoramic

PROBLEM: The city of Lebanon, Tennessee, wanted to find a new way of waste disposal that would eliminate landfill trips and expenses and improve its sustainability footprint.

APPROACH: Aries Clean Energy developed the PHG LF64 (64T/day) downdraft gasification system on one acre in Lebanon, Tennessee, that operates on the following specifications:

  1. Input Materials: Wood is cut to 1- to 3-inch size; sludge is blended with wood before gasification.
  2. Process: Syngas produced (92% by volume input) is combusted in an industrial thermal oxidizer (an emissions control device). Thermal energy is transferred to heat water, which drives three Organic Rankine Cylinder generators with a total output capacity of 420 Kw that offsets the electrical usage at the wastewater treatment plant next door.
  3. Output: 8% of input results in biochar that is 70% carbon and recyclable.

RESULTS: The Aries Clean Energy downdraft gasification system yields waste, energy, and emissions benefits for Lebanon, Tennessee:

  • Waste: More than 16 million pounds diverted from landfills each year
  • Energy: More than 36 MW-hrs generated over the 20 year life of the project
  • Emissions: More than 5,000 pounds of carbon emissions averted annually

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Hotel Info

SWANA has negotiated discounted hotel rates for WASTECON® 2019 attendees. Hotel reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served, space available basis. Submit your request as soon as possible for the best opportunity of receiving your hotel choice.