TIME to SEE & EXPERIENCE: Showcase of Tours in the Mid-Atlantic Region

Create your own interactive experience at ISWA World Congress & WASTECON® 2017 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. Check out our tours on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday below.

Mobile Sessions

Free to attend on a first come, first serve basis. Limited seated. If selected, these tours will take the place of attending technical sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Wheelabrator Baltimore WTE Facility (2 CEUs)

Three Options:
Tuesday, September 26, 8:00 – 10:00
Tuesday, September 26, 14:00 – 16:00
Wednesday, September 27, 9:00 – 11:00
Max Attendees: 30 per tour

aerial view of Wheelabrator Baltimore

Anticipated Travel Time: 15 minutes each way

Operating since 1985, Wheelabrator Baltimore is a 64 MW waste-to-energy facility that uses up to 2,250 tons of post-recycled waste from area homes and businesses. In addition to fueling the plant’s operations, the renewable electricity is sold to the local utility — the equivalent of supplying the electrical needs of 40,000 Maryland homes. The plant provides steam to the downtown heating loop, which serves more than 230 businesses, including M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens.

The waste-to-energy facility successfully reduces the volume of incoming waste by approximately 90%. It also recovers ferrous metals from the ash residue, which are shipped off-site to be recycled. Tour participants will follow trash as it comes into the receiving pit and moves throughout the system.

Baltimore City Quarantine Road Landfill (2 CEUs)

14:00 – 16:00
Max Attendees: 24

Baltimore County Landfill

Anticipated Travel Time: 25 minutes each way

The Quarantine Road Landfill covers 125 acres and accepts annually approximately 330,000 tons of mixed waste and recycling. It is the only viable landfill in Baltimore City and is an essential component of the City’s solid waste program. The landfill currently accepts municipal solid waste, ash from solid waste combustion at the Wheelabrator waste-to-energy facility, industrial waste, City-owned wastewater treatment plant screenings and grit, and City-owned water and wastewater treatment plant residues. It also includes a recycling station that accepts single-stream recycling, electronics, waste oil, antifreeze, tires, scrap metal and white goods. In addition to seeing the landfill, participants will learn about the facility, which uses it to meet its federal mandates.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus (2 CEUs)

9:00 – 11:00
Max Attendees: 25

Anticipated Travel Time: 20 minutes each way

john hopkins university homewood main building

See and learn about the program’s resource reduction and recovery efforts that highlight: a dual stream system to collect fiber and container materials in academic buildings and residence halls. Tour also includes organics collection, electronics recycling, furniture reuse, and Terracyle brigades, plus biohazard waste collection. Explore a state-of-the-art undergraduate teaching lab, designed to focus on efficiency and sustainability.

Baltimore City Marine Litter Prevention (2 CEUs)

Two Options:
Wednesday, September 27, 9:00 – 11:00
Wednesday, September 27, 14:00 – 16:00
Max Attendees: 25

Baltimore Harbor's Mr. Trash Wheel

Anticipated Travel Time: 1 hour each way

This is a bus tour of sites focused on keeping trash out of the Baltimore Harbor. In addition to upstream prevention efforts such as street sweeping, storm drain screens, public trash cans and community enhancement efforts, participants will see Mr. Trash Wheel, the world’s first sustainably powered trash interceptor. The device uses solar and hydro power to turn a conveyor that lifts trash from the water. It is seen as an innovative, viable solution for removing trash from the oceans. Participants will view the Trash Wheel and hear from the owner and operator, as well as the company that invented the technology. In addition to viewing the Trash Wheel, tour participants will see a skimmer boat in action. The boat is one of a fleet of 13 vessels owned by the Baltimore Department of Public Works to collect trash and debris from the harbor.

Canoe ‘N’ Scoop (2 CEUs)

7:30 – 10:00
Max Attendees: 25


Anticipated Travel Time: 20 minutes each way

Explore the harbor via kayak or canoe while collecting trash with a trash picker through the Middle Branch of the Patapsco (to the south of Baltimore Refuse Energy Systems Company and Nick’s Fish House). Don’t miss this unique way to see the city from a different perspective while you see first-hand the impact of an urban environment, including the trash that builds up during downpours.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

National Aquarium (2 CEUs)

8:00 – 10:00
Max Attendees: 50

National Aquarium from outside

Baltimore National Aquarium offers a presentation on marine litter and aquatic animals. Following the presentation, attendees will have access to the aquarium exhibits.

Half-Day Tours

Each half-day facility tour is an off-site educational experience. Get a first-hand look at some of Maryland’s premiere facilities and operations. Space is limited, so don’t wait to register!

Registration cost: $105 members / $175 Nonmembers

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Anne Arundel County, Millersville Landfill and Resource Recovery Facility (3 CEUs)

12:30 – 16:30
Max Attendees: 30

Millersville Landfill

Anticipated Travel Time: 30 minutes each way

The Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works owns and manages the Millersville Landfill and Resource Recovery Facility located in Severn, Maryland. It is the only active municipal solid waste landfill owned by the County. Participants will see the landfill, the landfill-gas-to-electricity facility, cardboard baling operation and residential drop-off center.

Full-Day Tours

These full-day facility tours are off-site educational experiences. Get a first-hand look at some of Maryland and New York City’s premiere facilities and operations. Space is limited, so don't wait to register!

Registration cost: $105 members / $175 Nonmembers

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Prince George’s County Waste Management (6 CEUs)

8:30 – 16:30
Max Attendees: 30

P.G. County Landfill

Anticipated Travel Time: 1 hour each way

This full-day tour will include three facilities. The organics composting facility has been operated by Maryland Environmental Services as a yard waste composting facility for more than 25 years using an open windrow composting of yard trim and a GORE cover system for food organics. Approximately 35,000 to 45,000 tons of yard trim and 8,000 tons of food organics each year are made into a compost material marketed to the public under the brand name(s) of Leafgro and Leafgro Gold. The Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill Facility includes an active municipal solid waste landfill with a leachate pretreatment system and a landfill-gas-to-energy facility. The County materials recycling facility is a single stream facility that processes more than 250 tons of recyclables daily.

P.G. County Landfill
Baltimore County Central Acceptance Facility and Eastern Sanitary Landfill (6 CEUs)

8:30 – 16:00
Max Attendees: 30

Anticipated Travel Time: 40 minutes each way

This full-day tour will include two facilities. The Central Acceptance Facility includes three solid waste management activities:

  1. A single stream materials recovery process that recovers approximately 82,000 tons per year of material from Maryland residents
  2. A transfer station that processes approximately 1,000 tons of municipal solid waste per day
  3. A residents’ drop-off area for recyclables and trash and household hazardous waste

The Eastern Sanitary Landfill includes:

  • An active municipal solid waste landfill
  • A transfer station operation for residential and commercial MSW
  • A residents’ drop-off area for recyclables, trash and other items
  • Yard waste composting with a mulch site for wood
  • A 3 megawatt (MW) landfill gas to energy plant and a landfill gas well field
Montgomery County’s Integrated Solid Waste Management Facilities (6 CEUs)

8:30 – 17:00
Max Attendees: 24

Anticipated Travel Time: 75 minutes each way

In 2015, the County received SWANA’s Gold Excellence Award for the category of Integrated Solid Waste Management Systems. The full-day tour will include four facilities:

  1. Recycling Center—This facility received a SWANA 2004 Gold Recycling Excellence Award and a 2007 SWANA Gold Recycling Systems Award
  2. Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station—The roof of the Shady Grove Processing Facility and the transfer station is the site of the Montgomery County Government’s first large-scale solar project. In 2003, this facility won the SWANA Silver Transfer Station award. The facility also achieved the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) Star status with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the United States Department of Labor in 2011, the highest safety program recognition available.
  3. Resource Recovery Facility—This facility is the recipient of a SWANA Gold award, VPP Star designation, and is operated by Covanta.
  4. Compost Facility—The facility is independently certified as ISO4001:2015 compliant Environmental Management System and is operated by Maryland Environmental Services.
Fresh Kills Landfill / Freshkills Park in Staten Island; New York City (6 CEUs)

8:30 – 17:00
Max Attendees: 50
Registration Cost: $175 Members / $250 Nonmembers

Fresh Kills Landfill

On this full-day tour, participants will travel by bus to the Fresh Kills Landfill/Freshkills Park, a closed site that covered 2,200 acres in the New York City borough of Staten Island. It was once the largest landfill in the world. It was one of only two human made structures visible from space, the other being the Great Wall of China.

In October 2008, reclamation began on a 30-year site redevelopment for use as a park, which will be three times the size of Central Park in New York City. The park is scheduled for completion in 2037. Participants will see a highly engineered site that is at the same time, an incredibly beautiful landscape. The infrastructure systems that manage the landfill gas and leachate will be shown as well as the initial park projects that are beginning to transform the site. Tour guides will point out particular landfill features as well as returning natural habitats. A future public art installation will also be highlighted.

Following the tour, participants will travel by bus back to Penn Station in New York City to enjoy the city’s sight, continue down to Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey. If planning to depart from Newark Airport, participants are encouraged to book evening flights after 6:00 p.m. The bus will then continue back to the Baltimore Convention Center.

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New York SWANA

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