2017 Schedule of Events

The past week has been a difficult time for the state of Florida and many in the southeastern U.S. Relief agencies, governments, residents and industry continue the cleanup and rebuilding process as a result of Hurricane Irma.

Unfortunately, southwest Florida and Fort Myers, Florida, where the 2017 Renewable Energy from Waste (REW) Conference was to be held Oct. 2-4, was one of the areas most affected by the disaster. Lee County, which includes Fort Myers, was scheduled to host a facility tour and give a presentation during the conference.

The Recycling Today Media Group, the REW Conference organizer, has decided that because of the storm damage and ongoing recovery efforts, it will change the format to a virtual conference for 2017. This means attendees will be able to participate from their own offices virtually, avoiding travel to the affected region.

Attendees will have access to the same great educational sessions and will be able to interact with presenters. The REW Virtual Conference will be Oct. 3 and 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST. There is no fee to participate in this virtual event. CLICK HERE to register.

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 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.

Speaker: Harvey Gershman, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc.
Speaker: Dennis Soriano, BioHitech
Speaker: Craig Stuart-Paul, Fiberright
Speaker: Dave Robau, National Energy
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Lessons From Abroad

Technology being applied to waste processing systems in Europe are successfully producing solid recovered fuel and organics for anaerobic digestion. How can these advanced processes be applied in the U.S.? This panel has the answers.

Speaker: Theofanis Tsilionis, Helector
Speaker: Simon Chignell, DONG Energy
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Developing Domestic Refuse-Derived Fuel Processing Systems and Creating Demand

Domestic development of waste-to-fuel processing systems can be successful as technologies to process municipal solid waste and residuals from material recovery facilities are advancing. Find out how from those producing the fuel and those consuming it.

Speaker: Nat Egosi, RRT Design & Construction
Speaker: Brian Schellati, Van Dyk Recyciling Solutions
Speaker: Jonathan Menard, Machinex
1:15 p.m. - 2:00 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.

Speaker: Randy Lack, Chief Marketing Officer, Element Markets
Speaker: Adam Comora, President, TruStar Energy
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.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 tandem. The integrated approach has allowed the county to generate electricity, earn revenue from recycling and reduce the amount of waste going to landfills.

Speaker: Keith Howard, Lee County
Speaker: Theirry Boveri, Public Resources Management Group, Inc.
Speaker: Mike Bedley, APEX Power Services Corp.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Expanding Integrated Waste Management Systems Toward a Circular Economy

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.

Speaker: Craig Cookson, American Chemistry Council
Speaker: Tom Smith, Chief: Solid Waste Management, Prince William County, Public Works
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 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.

Speaker: Marco Castaldi, City College of New York
Speaker: Jean-Michel Lavoie, University of Sherbrooke
Speaker: Mike Gillespie, CTO/Chief Engineer, Sustainable Waste Power Systems, Inc.
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Financing Strategies for Waste Conversion

Speakers offer effective strategies for securing financing for waste conversion projects that have worked on existing projects.

Speaker: Mark Reidy, Kilpatrick Townsend
Speaker: Jeffrey Weisz, Seniro Managing Director, New Canaan Capital Management, LLC
Speaker: Joe Regnery, Chief Commercial Officer, New Phase Energy