Nearly 30 poster presentation abstracts were submitted ahead of Global Waste Management Symposium (GWMS) 2020, which was held last week in Palm Springs, Calif.
Posters presented embodied a range of diverse topics including solving solid waste challenges in developing countries, organics management and diversion, recycling and landfill management. Throughout the course of the conference, GWMS attendees were able to engage with poster presenters regarding their breakthrough research.
“The poster sessions have been a highly visible staple at GWMS since its inception in 2008, and they offer a unique way to learn about a topic,” explains Bryan Staley, president and CEO of the Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF), which is a strategic partner for GWMS. “A key advantage of the poster format is that it allows one-on-one engagement between the presenter and the attendee, which allows for a deeper understanding for why a topic is important.”
GWMS attendees selected the top-rated posters from this year’s event, with primary themes related to elevated temperature landfills, emerging contaminants and impacts of diverting materials from landfills.
At GWMS, Waste360 spoke with presenter Komal Charania, who is working on a master's degree at North Carolina State University and had the second highest ranked poster. She also has been working on projects as an EREF Research Assistant, focusing on measurements of fugitive emissions from landfills, which was also a major topic at GWMS.
The top 10 rated posters are below:
- Zisu Hao, North Carolina State University (Finite Element Model Describes Heat Generation, Transport and Accumulation in Elevated Temperature Landfills)
- Komal Charania, North Carolina State University (Contribution of Abiotic Cellulose Hydrolysis to Heat Accumulation in Landfills)
- Max Krause, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Effect of Food Waste Diversion of Landfill Gas and Leachate from Simulated Landfills)
- Julia Birdstrup, University of Virginia (Sorption Characteristics of Perfluorinated Compounds to Engineered Landfill Barriers)
- Amirhossein Adaryani, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (White-rot Fungi Biodegradation of Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Leachate)
- Max Krause, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (Trends and Analyses from the EPA Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program)
- Kienan Dalesandro/Grady Matthews, Penn State Harrisburg (Utilization of Reclaimed Waste-to-Energy Sands in Internally Cured Concrete)
- Tim Mitchell, Civil & Environmental Consultants (The Benefits of Liquid Removal from Landfills)
- Roland Leduc, University of Sherbrooke (Quebec) (Treatment of Landfill Leachate with Synthetic and Natural Coagulants and Flocculants)
- Alexander Ustimenko, Plasmatechnics R&R (Gasification of Wood Waste in Plasma Reactor)
Waste360 also caught up with Mitchell to discuss his research on “The Benefits of Liquid Removal from Landfills:”