2017 Schedule of Events

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Workshop: Waste Conversion From Planning to Execution

The workshop is designed to teach municipal and other government officials actionable approaches to planning, financing, permitting and building and operating waste conversion projects.

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Waste Conversion Industry Update

An overview of today's waste conversion market followed by presentations from those companies and municipalities that are implementing high-profile waste conversion projects.

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The Future of Advanced Fuels from Pyrolysis and Gasification

Pyrolysis and gasification have not developed as quickly as other conversion technologies. This panel discussion will take a look at the obstacles these conversion technologies must overcome to be considered viable solutions in today's circular economy.

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
What it Takes to Succeed

In this panel discussion, speakers who have experience in implementing waste conversion projects will provide practical advice on how to properly move a waste conversion process forward successfully in a Q&A format.

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closing the Loop with RNG

Disposal companies are fueling their collection trucks with the waste they collect, creating a true closed-loop system. This session will explore how companies have been able to accomplish this with processes such as anaerobic digestion, which creates renewable natural gas.

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Corporate Success with Waste Conversion

Corporations that are creating fuel from nonrecyclable materials are leading the sustainability charge and serving as an example to for others follow. Sustainability managers will share how they've been able to accomplish energy recovery from waste at the the corporate level.

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
From MRF to Fuel: How to Create RDF and AD-Ready Organics from Residuals

Contaminants and organics left over after the recycling process can make excellent feedstock for refuse-derived fuel or anaerobic digestion. This session will examine the best way to turn MRF discards into increased diversion and add value to the bottom line.

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tech Talks

Learn about what is happening at the research level to bring further acceptance of waste conversion technologies into solid waste management. The research being shared during this session will shape the future of the industry.

3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
The Lee County Success Story

Learn how Lee County, Florida's integrated waste management system has experienced decades of success with a waste-to-energy facility and a robust recycling programs working in tandum. The integrated appoach has allowed the county to generate electricity, earn revenue from recycling and reduce the amount of waste going to landfills.

4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Conference Takeaways
Speaker: Harvey Gershman, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton Inc.
Speaker: Kristin Smith, Renewable Energy from Waste magazine