New York Solid Waste Association announces 2017 conference keynote panel

New York Solid Waste Association announces 2017 conference keynote panel

May 21-24 conference and trade show will discuss sustainable materials management as a replacement for the 3Rs.

February 21, 2017
Waste Today Staff
Conferences & Events Municipal / IC&I
The keynote panel at the Federation of New York Solid Waste Association Conference and Trade Show at The Sagamore in Lak, George, New York, May 21-24, 2017, will feature three notable private and public sector leaders answering the critical question in the waste and recycling industry at this moment: Can sustainable materials management (SMM) Really Replace the 3Rs, Recovery and Disposal?

Kathryn Garcia, New York City's Department of Sanitation commissioner; Resa Dimino, Resource Recycling Systems materials management expert; and John G. Waffenschmidt, Covanta vice president of environmental science and community affairs, will engage in discussion about the practicalities of SMM - the systematic approach to life cycle thinking coined by the EPA. The panel will be moderated by Michele Nestor, frequent contributor to Waste360 and expert on the rapidly evolving waste industry.

"Our opening plenary is designed to set the stage for continued discussion and debate throughout the conference" says Meg Morris, chairperson of the federation. "I'm sure our plenary panel will do a great job instigating and inviting discussions about this important topic."

The conference begins Sunday evening, May 21, with a barbecue buffet and opening of the trade show featuring more than 100 exhibitors - followed by fireworks over Lake George. This year, the technical portion of the conference will kick off Sunday with a workshop on aerated compost processing with heat recovery presented by Gaelan Brown of Vermont-based company, Agrilab Technologies. Each session attendee will be given a free copy of Brown's book titled "The Compost-Powered Water Heater Greenhouse."

On Monday, May 22, Venetia Lannon, deputy secretary for the environment, will provide an environmental perspective from the office of the governor. New York state is poised to pass a commercial organics law and Gov. Andrew Cuomo has included the plan in his proposed executive budget for 2018. The proposed legislation will require New York's 1,200 large food waste generators, such as grocery stores, colleges, hospitals, and restaurants to donate or recycle the estimated 275,000 tons of food waste produced annually.

Last year, more than 600 participants from New York, other northeast states, Canada and Europe attended the Federation of New York Solid Waste Associations' Conference and Trade Show.

Register by April 21 online at to qualify for a free gift and registration discount. Since 2000, the Conference and Trade Show has been held at The Sagamore, a historic four-diamond resort on Lake George. One of New York's landmark hotels, The Sagamore is situated on its own 80-acre island and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Federation of New York Solid Waste Associations is the umbrella organization for the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse & Recycling, the New York State Association for Solid Waste Management, and the Solid Waste Association of North America - New York State Chapter. Its goals are to develop recommendations for appropriate public policy for consideration by state and federal representatives, as well as to provide education, training, and networking opportunities through its annual solid waste and recycling conference.