2012 Conference Presentations

Organics Council Technical Training  - Tuesday, November 13, 2012

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Overview of NYS’s Solid Waste Management Plan
The latest DEC revisions as well as comparisons with solid waste management plans from neighboring states
Speaker: Sally Rowland
, Chief, Organic Recycling & Beneficial Use Section, NYSDEC
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12:15 pm - 1:15pm
Planning an Organics Management Program
Rallying the Troops and Moving Forward Politically
Abby Lublin
, Chair of the Troy Citizens Working Group on Composting and Leader of the Troy Collard City Growersspoke about the committee and how the City of Troy agreed to the resolution and study group.
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Developing an Organics Diversion Program: A Public-Private Partnership

Barbara Eckstrom, Tompkins County Solid Waste Management, spoke about her county’s efforts toward residential collection and building capacity.
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1:15 pm – 2:00 pm
Pilot Projects
Organics Recovery Project: Ulster County
Michelle Bergkamp, Recycling Coordinator, UCRRA, will speak on Ulster County’s composting journey including program promotion and partnerships, acquiring quality feedstocks, educational components and the layout of the operation.
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Watervliet’s Voluntary Residential Food Scraps Recycling Program
Mike Manning, Mayor of Watervliet, will give an overview of their food scraps pilot project

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
School/College Programs
Composting Leaves and Lunch
Barbara Carlson, Director of Environmental Services at West Irondequoit Central School District, will give an overview of the use of the Earth Flow machine to compost kitchen prep scraps, wood chips and leaves gathered from district properties and how they plan to move forward by adding post plate lunch waste.
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St. John’s University Composting Program
Tom Goldsmith, Director of Energy and Environmental Conservation, St. John’s University, will give an overview of St. John’s new O2 composting system as well as what is happening with the Rocket food scrap composter.

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm
Education Models: Composting Education Program
Train the Trainer
Melissa Young, Program Manager, Environmental Finance Center, will give an overview of the center’s program designed to train Puerto Rican college students to be solid waste management stewards for local rural K-12 schools.

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
Energy from Organics

Anaerobic Digestion at WWTPs
George Bevington, Consultant, Gerhardt, LLC, will give an overview of energy recovery using anaerobic digestion.
View PresentationRenewable Thermal Energy from Compost Systems
Brian Jerose, Partner, WASTE NOT Resource Solutions, will speak about providing energy from the heat of composting.
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3:45 pm – 4:30pm
Organics Reduction
Weigh and Sort Programs
Jan Oatman, Regional Recycling Coordinator, Developmental Authority of the North Country, will talk about the value of weigh and sort programs at schools to help reduce waste and encourage organics diversion.
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Love 'Em and Leave 'Em Campaign
MJ Wilson, Village of Irvington Green Policy Task Force View Presentation, Anne Jaffe Holmes, Greenburgh Nature Center View Presentation and Marianne Petronella, Westchester County Department of Environmental Facilities will discuss mulch mowing leaves and grass, retaining organics on site.





Recycling Conference - Wednesday, November 14, 2012

11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Neighboring States New Laws and Regulations – The All-Stars!
Other states are developing and implementing new laws and regulations to improve diversion of materials from disposal.  Hear about how Connecticut’s bans were enacted and how they are working; Vermont’s new solid waste act and Rhode Island’s municipal cap calculations
Sarah Kite,
Director of Recycling Services, Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation
Yvonne Colton, Chief, Waste Management Bureau, CT Department of Environmental Protection
George Desch,
Manager, Waste Management Division, VT Department of Environmental Conservation View Presentation

1:30 pm - 3:15pm
Covering All the Bases with Hospital Recycling
Moderator: David Lupinski,
Recycling Coordinator, Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority
Kyle Metta, Resource Recycling Systems
Dr. Juliet Berling, Lourdes Hospital, Binghamton
Stefanie Gitter Feldman, Strategic Account Manager - Waste Management Inc.

1:30 pm – 3:15 pm
Food Scrap Composting on a Shoe String
Moderator:  Gary Feinland, Bureau of Waste Reduction & Recycling, NYSDEC
For schools, rural communities, apartment dwellers, restaurants and others, small scale composting is often the most environmentally sound way of recycling organic materials. These entities want to divert organics, but they are concerned that they don’t have enough time, money, space or knowledge to be able to do it properly. Speakers will discuss their experiences with setting up small scale, low-tech food scraps composting operations that work! 
Making Something out of (Almost) Nothing: Small Schools Can Go Green!
Speakers: Jessica Barnes,
Elementary School Teacher, Brenda Anderson, Middle School Teacher, Spencer Van-Etten School District View Presentation
I Can Pickle My Food Scraps?
Speaker: Vandra Thorburn, Vokashi – Kitchen Waste Solution View Presentation
People and Pedal-Power at Neighborhood-Scale
Speakers: Abby Lublin, Troy Citizens Working Group on Composting and Leader of Collard City Growers View Presentation and Riley Neugebauer, Sustainability Coordinator, Skidmore College View Presentation

3:45 pm – 5:15 pm
Product Stewardship – Carpet and Paint: Make it Home!
Moderator:  Andrew Radin, Director, Recycling and Waste Reduction, Onondaga Resource Recovery Agency
Hear about current proposals in the New York State Legislature requiring industry-supported systems for carpeting take-back, and used paint collection.  We will explore how this would impact solid waste management in your community, and across the state.  Also, the NY Product Stewardship Council will provide updates and information how your community can help advance Extended Producer Responsibility efforts to improve recycling rates.
Alison Keane,
Vice President, Government Affairs, American Coatings Association View Presentation
Sean Ragiel, President and Owner of Carpet Cycle, Newark, NJ
Marjorie Torelli, Administrator, New York Product Stewardship Council View Presentation





Recycling Conference - Thursday, November 15, 2012

8:00 am – 9:30 am
Batter up! The Start-Up of C&D Recycling: Adapt, Invest, Transform

Moderator: Linda Jacobs, Economic Development Specialist, Empire State Development
Adapt – How LeChase has adapted business and onsite practices to incorporate C&D recycling
Speaker: Steve Beck, Chief Sustainability Officer, LeChase View Presentation
Invest – Triad Recycle and Energy investment in the industry via his start up of C&D processing
Speaker: John Hannon, Owner, Triad Recycle and Energy View Presentation
Transform – Opportunities to capture more C&D for recycling in NYS
Speaker: Brenda Griffin, Director, Construction and Demolition Resource Center

8:00 am - 9:30am
Green Procurement – For Greener Fields
Moderator: James Gilbert
, Empire State Development
Learn what you can do to promote the purchasing and manufacturing of recycled-content and environmentally preferable products.
Beyond Recycling – Buy From a Sustainable Supplier
Speaker: Patricia Donohue, Senior Pollution Prevention Engineer, NYS Pollution Prevention Institute View Presentation
Proper Selection of Restroom Hand Drying Systems
Speaker: Danny McCoy, Vice President, Darman Manufacturing Co., Inc. View PresentationGreening NYS Purchasing: Experience with Executive Orders 4 & 18
Speaker: Elizabeth E. Meer, Special Assistant for Pollution Prevention and Green Procurement, NYSDEC View Presentation

9:30 am – 11:00 am
Take it out of the Park - Public Space and Event Recycling
Moderator: Dianne Woske, Recycling Coordinator, Fulton County
The Public in Public Space Recycling
Failure is easy.  Analyzing why it happened is not.  We'll take a look at some notable public events to see what went wrong and how it can be corrected in the future.
Speaker: Lorinda Hill, Assistant to the Director of Plant Facilities, Rockland County Community College View Presentation
Solid Waste Management at Utica’s 35th Annual Boilermaker 15K Road Race and Events
Successful recycling and waste reduction can be attained at a major public event with a little planning and cooperation.
Speaker: Dave Lupinski, Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority View Presentation
Monroe County EcoPark
This is a new permanent multi-use facility for education, & drop-off of many items (residential recycling, big stuff (barrels), oil, pharmaceuticals etc. (“the ultimate recycling facility”
Speaker: Tom Sinclair, Monroe County

9:30 am – 11:00 am
Mixed Rigid Plastics Recycling… Bat ‘em in!
Moderator: Michelle Bergkamp, Recycling Coordinator, Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency
Current Landscape for Mixed Rigid Plastics Recycling
How are communities tackling the recycling of non-bottle mixed rigid plastics such as tubs, pots and pails, and what are the characteristics of successful programs? New research funded by the American Chemistry Council will explore MRF handling and sorting practices, outreach and promotion efforts, bale requirements, recovery barriers, end-use markets and much more invaluable information.
Speaker: Ali Briggs-Ungerer, Resource Recycling, Portland, OR View Presentation
Program Spotlight – Rigid Plastics Recycling
Recycling program spotlight on a successful community drop-off and collection system of rigid plastics in Broome County, New York.
Speaker: Debra Smith, Materials Recovery Manager, Broome County, NY View Presentation
MRF Perspective – Processing Mixed Rigid Plastics
Mixed rigid plastic requirements for receiving, sorting and processing at the Materials Recovery Facility. Discussion will also include market and material specifications.
Speaker: Kevin Sutton
, Facility Manager, Recycle America’s MRF, Syracuse, NY

11:45 am – 1:00 pm
Taking the Mystery Out of Eco-Labels: The New Uniforms
Moderator:  John Halenar,
Coordinator, NYSAR3 College Council
From the ubiquitous chasing arrows to the more recent use of terms such as "organic" or "biodegradable," labels designed to help consumers make environmentally sound choices can actually result in more confusion.  A number of efforts are currently underway to change that and to make eco-labels clear, simple and understandable.  Our plenary session will explore some of those efforts.
Speakers: Mary Ellen Mallia, Director, Environmental Sustainability, SUNY Albany View Presentation
David Brooks, Certification Manager, Biodegradable Products Institute View Presentation
Daniella Peacock, Project Associate, GreenBlue View Presentation