WasteExpo Conference Sessions

Tuesday, April 4

Business Operations

Dealing with Unions
9:00 am - 10:15 am

The lines of communication and negotiation need to be open with union leaders to prevent labor disputes and strikes. This session will also address labor disputes, how to avoid work stoppages or slowdowns and dealing with strikes.

Speakers: Ken Baylor, Republic Services, Inc.; John Telford, Littler Mendelson, P.C.

Moderator: Ed Apuzzi, IESI

Putting a Value on Your Business
10:30 am - 11:45 am

This session will take attendees through the process of determining how much your business is worth.

Speaker: Doug Main, PriceWaterhouse Coopers

Moderator: Brian Petersen, LaSalle Bank

10 Secrets to Increase Your Profitability
10:30 am - 11:45 am

Learn how to improve profitability in 10 steps. The session will cover reducing costs without hurting customer service and employee morale and finding a mentor.

Speaker: Jerry Osteryoung, Florida State University

Moderator: Ron Proto, R.J. Proto Consulting

Hall of Famer: Lonnie Poole, Jr.
1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Lonnie Poole, Jr., Chairman, Waste Industries, Inc., former Chairman of EIA and a community business leader, will share his experiences and insights on what it takes to be successful and where he sees the industry moving.

Speaker: Lonnie Poole, Jr., Waste Industries, Inc.

Moderator: Bruce Parker, Environmental Industry Associations

Turning the Tables: When Garbagemen Become Politicians
3:15 pm - 4:30 pm

This an opportunity to interact with state officials who were once members of the solid waste industry. Learn how to lobby effectively and find out what works and what doesn't.

Speakers: The Honorable Tom Sawyer, Maine State Senate (Retired); Rosalie Mule, California Integrated Waste Management Board

Moderator: Steve Changaris, NSWMA

Emerging Technologies: Alternatives to Landfills and Incineration
3:15 pm - 4:30 pm

A presentation by experts who recently reviewed new options to land disposal and incinerators and feasibility data.

Speakers: Carmen Cognetta, New York City Council; Ted Pytlar, Dvirka & Bartilucci

Moderator: David Biderman, EIA

Technical Information

Complying with Emission Requirements: Alternative Fuels and Retrofitting
9:00 am -10:15 am

Tough new emission standards pushing to replace diesel fuel are forcing the waste industry to consider alternative fuels and retrofit its fleets. The panelists will discuss their experience with these vehicles and the new diesel engines that will meet the new emission requirements.

Speakers: Rocco DiRico, New York City Department of Sanitation; Vance Kemler, City of Denton

Moderator: David Loper, Hybrid Fuel Systems

Transfer Stations 101
10:30 am - 11:45 am

Discusses factors to consider when deciding to build a transfer station, including economic feasibility, capital costs, planning and design, selecting the proper site, and the most effective way to involve community stakeholders.

Speakers: Rich Peluso, EMCON/OWT

Moderator: Bob Stern, @Road, Inc.

Recycling Contracts
1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Experts explain how to best evaluate and manage government contracts for the collection, transfer and processing of recyclables, consulting services, pricing and variable rates.

Speakers: Mary Kliesmet, Waste Management; Susan Young, Minneapolis Solid Waste and Recycling Services

Moderator: Chaz Miller, NSWMA

Managing Solid Waste Facilities to Control Nuisances
1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Experts will discuss the different methods that have been used to control various nuisances at solid waste facilities.

Speakers: Bruce Maillet, EMCON/OWT; Tim O'Donnell, Republic Services

Moderator: Gary Satterfield, Waste Equipment Technology Association

3:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Issues to be discussed include cost factors, goals, and compost end use.

Speakers: Stuart Buckner, U.S. Composting Council; Bob Yost, A1 Organics

Moderator: Ed Dhoedt, ProWerx Disposal

History of Garbage
3:15 pm - 4:30 pm

The session will review how perceptions and practices have evolved as the types of waste materials have changed.

Speaker: Chaz Miller, NSWMA

Landfill Operations Workshop: Part I

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

The landfill workshop will provide landfill owners and operators with the management skills necessary to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and increase profits. Practical examples teach attendees to match resources to incoming tonnage, increase equipment productivity, establish benchmarks, and prepare operating plans.

Speaker: Leonard Joyce, Jr., P.E., Joyce Engineering

Wednesday, April 5

Business Operations

Dealing with the Media: How to Avoid Mistakes and Control Your Image
10:15 am - 11:45 am

This session will teach attendees the basic rules of dealing with the media whether being faced with an impromptu press call or TV cameras at the front gate.

Speakers: Deborah Muchmore, Marketing Resource Group

Moderator: Nancy Bretas, Republic Services, Inc.

Flow Control Update
1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

The general counsel of the National Solid Wastes Management Association will discuss the pros and cons of flow control, its impact on the industry and local governments and provide an update on recent flow control and interstate developments and important decisions.

Speaker: David Biderman, NSWMA

Management 101: From the Back of the Truck to the Front Office
3:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Making the transition to management may be one of your toughest career challenges. This session will identify the skills needed to be comfortable in this new role.

Speakers: John Johnson, Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority; Bill Terry, Republic Services, Inc.

Moderator: Ron Proto, R.J. Proto Consulting

Waste Management Brokers
3:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Multiple location businesses are looking to consolidate their waste services and cut costs. Independent haulers are looking to service these companies. A broker and a hauler will tell you how this process works.

Speakers: Jim Barnes, Oakleaf Waste Services

Moderator: Kevin Callen, Waste Bid

Technical Information

E-Waste: Recycling and Collection
10:15 am - 11:45 am

Hear experts discuss the role of manufacturers, local governments and haulers in managing, collecting and recycling e-waste and compliance issues.

Speakers: Chuck Newman, ReCellular, Inc.;

Moderator: Mike Huff, NSWMA

Single Stream Recycling
1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Learn how to use single stream to make collection and processing of recyclables more efficient and profitable while meeting end-user specifications.

Speakers: Richard Gertman, Environmental Planning Consultants; Mike Taylor, Recycle America Alliance

Moderator: Chaz Miller, NSWMA

C & D Processing
3:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Experts will discuss developing and understanding end markets as well as improving operations and processing efficiencies.

Speakers: Ken Binnix, Days Cove Reclamation Co.; William Turley, Construction Materials Recycling Association

Moderator: Peggy Macenas, NSWMA


Safety Innovations in Waste Collection
10:15 am - 11:45 am

Fewer claims and accidents mean a better bottom line. Learn how large and small companies and local governments are improving their safety programs.

Speakers: Rick Clem, City of Bloomington, IL;

Moderator: Ralph Ford, Waste Industries

Investing in Safety to Save Money
1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Safety directors will explain how specific short-term expenses have long-term benefits in reducing claims and accidents.

Speakers: Jane Dolezal, Homewood Disposal

Moderator: Chuck Blough, IESI

Practical Safety Tips for the Waste Industry
3:15 pm - 4:30 pm

This session will offer attendees proven ways to reduce accidents and injuries among their workforce.

Speakers: Rollie Biggs, Rollie T. Biggs Enterprises; Susan Eppes, EST Solutions, Inc.

Moderator: Bob Bartee, Waste Corporation of America Inc.


Is Privatizing Right for Your Town?
10:15 am -11:45 am

Is total or partial privatization the route for your municipality? Hear from speakers about how they made their decisions and whether it is working as expected.

Moderator: Ed Ward, Penn Waste

Bidding on Municipal Contracts
1:45 pm - 4:30 pm

For those seeking to improve their competitive edge as well as public sector employees trying to get a better understanding pricing and bidding.

Speakers: Tim Clark, Tim Clark Business Consulting; Michele Nestor, Nestor Resources

Landfill Operations Workshop: Part II

10:15 am - 4:30 pm

Building on the Landfill Operations Workshop Part I, this follow-up session provides advanced instruction on operating a landfill efficiently. Part II is designed for those individuals who have completed Part I or who have extensive landfill experience and would like a deeper understanding of the complex issues faced by landfill operators.

Speaker: Leonard Joyce, Jr., P.E., Joyce Engineering Thursday, April 6

Thursday, April 6

Business Operations

How to Hire and Keep Good Employees
9:00 am - 10:15 am

This session will teach attendees how to find the right candidates and what it will take to keep them satisfied.

Speakers: Mark Dorries, Waste Recruiters; Michele Nestor, Nestor Resources

Moderator: Lee Schreter, Littler Mendelson, P.C.

How to Discipline and Terminate Employees
10:30 am - 11:45 am

Learn important steps to try to improve employee performance, keep accurate records and proper techniques for disciplining and terminating employees.

Speakers: Joyce Thummel, IESI; Regina A. Young, Rogers Towers

Moderator: Lee Schreter, Littler Mendelson

Technical Information

Roadside Inspections: Will You Pass?
9:00 am - 10:15 am on show floor

Enforcement officers will use a refuse collection vehicle to show the types of violations they look for and the potential penalties.

Speaker: Sergeant Ken Roll, Nevada Department of Public Safety

Moderator: Chaz Miller, NSWMA

Using Route Optimization and GPS Technology
9:00 am - 10:15 am

Learn how to use tools to identify the best truck to respond to a service request, and the best location for the load to be dumped.

Speakers: Barry Grahek, Desert Micro

Moderator: Philip Headley, WASTEC

Special Delivery: Waste from Space
10:30 am - 11:45 am

Discover how this waste stream is managed and the challenges NASA and the astronauts faced.

Speakers: Jeevan Perera, NASA

Moderator: Bruce Parker, EIA


Municipal Contracting Issues
9:00 am - 11:45 am

Join our panel as they discuss the issues that are faced when working on contracting with a municipality.

Speakers: Bob Craggs, R.W. Beck; Constance Hornig, Constance Horning Law Offices

Emergency Planning

9:00 am - 10: 15 am

Join our panel as they discuss what plans they have implemented and how you can be best prepared if disaster strikes.

Speakers: Will Flower, Republic Services, Inc.; David Merrill, Delta Innovations; Ralph Foster, Illinois EPA

Moderator: Josh Hammond, Waste Industries

The Aftermath: Katrina Cleanup Operations
10:30 am -11:45 am

The Hurricane Katrina cleanup represents the biggest waste-disposal job in U.S. history. Dozens of landfills are required to handle all of the waste. Debris removal plans had to be drafted and quickly implemented. The panel discusses the challenges of removing and disposing of the waste that has been equated to filling 6 million dump trucks.

Speakers: Tim Berkhimer, Phillips & Jordan, Inc.; Lang Herndon, Allied Waste Industries, Inc.; Representative from Mississippi DEQ

Moderator:David Biderman, NSWMA

Pricing Residential Services
1:45 pm - 5:00 pm

This presentation will teach attendees to apply a systematic approach when pricing their residential services and account for potential cost increases.

Speakers: Tim Clark, Tim Clark Business Consulting; Michele Nestor, Nestor Resources

Everything You Wanted to Know about Recovered Paper Markets
1:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Learn what economic and political realities are driving changing market conditions for the paper grades that haulers most commonly recycle. Both U.S. domestic and important export markets (particularly China) will be examined.

Speaker: Bill Moore, Moore & Associates

Don't Hire a Crook
1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

An entertaining and timely presentation with a practical explanation of a variety of background checks that are available to an employer. Understand the legal implications of performing and not performing background checks.

Speaker: Arthur Cohen, Concorde Inc.; Stephen Rosenzweig, Concorde Inc.

Defensive Driving Techniques
1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

This session focuses on the most common accidents that occur by professional refuse drivers. Short videos will be presented on how to prevent accidents and drive defensively.

Speakers: Dennis Maisano, Safety Research Consultants; Garry Mosier, Allied Waste

Tough Issues in Drug Testing
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Speaker: Steve Rosenzweig, Concorde Inc.

Speakers: Bob Craggs, R.W. Beck; Constance Hornig, Constance Horning Law Offices

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