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Anaerobic Digestion - System Selection
Presenter: Prentiss A. Shaw, P.E
Already widely used in Europe and in response to increasing state waste conversion regulations, Anaerobic Digestion (AD) is emerging in the U.S. as one of the leading sustainable waste reuse and energy generating technologies available. Join Prentiss Shaw, P.E. for the first session in our 5-Session Organics Management Master Class Series to explore anaerobic digestion concepts, technology, and opportunities.
In this presentation, we’ll explore the history of Anaerobic Digestion and its implementation, as well as discuss and differentiate the different Anaerobic Digestion systems available (e.g., batch, continuous, wet, dry, etc.). Additionally, Shaw will identify and outline the key elements of and differences between Anaerobic Digestion systems, and discuss the systems currently being marketed addressing the direction of organics in the United States. Finally, within this discussion we’ll explore the increasing trend toward waste conversion state regulations, the alternatives being evaluated, and the resulting opportunities for your organization.
Introduction to Process Improvement
Presenter: Neal Bolton
You've heard the glowing reports of how giants like GE, NASCAR, and Toyota have implemented "process improvement" tools (e.g., Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, CEM, etc.) to streamline their operations and reduce costs…but what exactly are they talking about? What are Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, and the rest of the tools? And how can you apply these to your operations and reap the benefits?
Join Neal Bolton for the first session in our 4-session Process Improvement for Solid Waste Facilities Master Class Series to answer the question "what is process improvement?", and explore the different analytical tools (e.g., Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, Value Stream Mapping, CEM, etc.) and how these can be applied to improve your operations.
In this presentation, we'll explore what process improvement is and what makes it tick. Within this discussion, we'll examine real-world applications, and how you can apply process improvement tools to your operations to better evaluate your current processes and activities, identify in detail what's working and what isn't, and develop streamlined processes and practices to improve your operations. We'll also review the different types of process improvement tools (e.g., Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, Value Stream Mapping, CEM, etc.) and the elements and applications of each. And finally, we'll address how the same process improvement techniques that make Wall Street Journal news for international mega-corporations can also be implemented in your waste operations to increase your efficiency and reduce your costs whether you're involved in collection, landfills and disposal, or diversion and recycling.
Introduction to Zero Waste
Presenters: Antonia Graham, MPA, CSM, Env Sp
Get to the bottom of the Zero Waste! Join Antonia Graham to explore the concept of Zero Waste, the regulations behind the movement, and how to set-up a municipal/local recycling program that achieves Zero Waste at the local level.
In this first class of our 3-session Zero Waste Master Class Series, we’ll dive into the concepts of and regulations behind the Zero Waste movement, including a review of the Federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the EPA’s Beyond RCRA: Waste and Materials Management in the Year 2020 (e.g., “the 2020 vision”). Working from this framework, Graham will discuss how to set-up a municipal and local recycling program, and the steps to achieve Zero Waste at the local level. Additionally, Graham will review real-world case studies from communities who have both had success with Zero Waste planning, and those who have struggled (and why). Finally, we’ll discuss the importance of planning for and gaining community and elected officials buy-in.
From Gas to Renewable Energy
Presenter: Mike Michels, P.E.
Join Mike Michels, V.P. of Cornerstone Environmental Group, LLC, in exploring today’s innovation and application of biogas (beyond electric generation and boiler fuel) as new solutions benefiting your bottom-line, and mapping a plan for tomorrow.
Today, energy is at the forefront of national security, national economics and independence from foreign markets. While the USA struggles with the development and management of traditional energy (e.g., foreign oil, emissions from coal fired power plants, etc.) there are a wealth of opportunities in non-traditional fuel (e.g., natural gas, biogas, waste to energy, etc.) worth our exploration and application.
This presentation will focus on landfill gas-to-energy. In use since the late 70’s, landfill gas-to-energy projects are on the rise with more than 400 landfill gas-to-energy (LFGTE) projects in operation (including greenhouses, boilers, engines, turbines, automobiles, liquid evaporation, and many other applications). These projects have proven that LFG is an effective, dependable and consistent base fuel. Despite these effective and successful existing projects, today thousands of landfills still simply flare off their LFG having either not properly considered the gas asset.
Specifically, this presentation will summarize historic and today’s LFGTE projects, look at the economic factors that support and disincentives these projects. In addition, this presentation will explore new technologies that have the potential to change the historic poor financials at some undeveloped projects and turn them into gems going forward. These new technologies include, but are not limited to BioCNG, solar capping in conjunction with LFG to electricity, and many other applications.
Landfill Gas to Energy
Presenter: Kay Gilmer
In today's economic environment, firms more than ever are looking to streamline their operations, minimize costs, and reduce delays. As alternative energy is becoming increasingly popular and profitable, many firms are finding that air permitting can have significant impacts on these goals.
Join Kay Gilmer of Cornerstone Environmental Group LLC for a discussion of air quality New Source Review (NSR) permitting, the issues, and recommendations for early project planning tools to minimize unexpected project delays resulting from NSR permitting requirements. Through a discussion of landfill gas to energy (LFGTE) examples, Gilmer will guide the audience through the key points of New Source Review (NSR) as they pertain to an alternative energy project and illustrate how this air permitting program can have very significant impacts on a project’s budget and schedule. Too often these impacts go unidentified until too late into the project’s development to allow for effective decision making. This presentation illustrates how an early assessment of air quality permitting and regulatory requirements can guide the project’s planning phase and beyond.
When attending this online training webinar, you will take away a clear understanding of how key terms within the NSR program are defined and what are important to project planning. You will be provided a detailed guide to conducting one of the most important steps in the project, the development of a Facility-Wide Emissions Inventory, and what the results can tell you. Most importantly, you will walk away with an understanding of your options in terms of project design, operation and permitting that can assist you in any project planning you may undertake.
Negotiating with Haulers
Presenter: Constance Hornig, Esq
What is your contract “ideal”? If you reply “simply the best service for the most reasonable price”, you’re not being glib, just realistic.
Join industry expert, Constance Hornig, Esq. to examine both sides of this quality/cost coin:
1. encouraging “best service” by giving your contractor the right to term extensions for demonstrated “super-performance” of identified performance perquisites, and
2. securing the “most reasonable price” by limiting your contractor’s risks and correspondingly reducing its projected service costs.
Hornig will discuss the business terms and performance specifications that sometimes push all the wrong buttons for haulers and how to negotiate these. Additionally, we’ll explore the challenges in negotiations and the recommended language and tips to reach mutual agreement.
All sessions are presented in an on-demand format so you may attend at your leisure. Learning on your own at home, live and online, or with a group, Forester University’s Master Series is designed as an interactive experience with the leading experts in the field.
Contracting with Munipalities
Presenter: Constance Hornig, Esq.
What is on municipalities’ wish lists and how can you best address these business terms and performance specifications? Join Constance Hornig, Esq. to explore the challenges and terms in contracting with municipalities, and how to successfully reach agreement.
Municipalities want to procure a politically palatable price (involving probable risk assumption), yet avoid initial or subsequent rate spikes (tending towards risk aversion). The municipal procurement challenge is not only balancing these possibly conflicting goals, but ensuring that the streets will be garbage-free; hazardous wastes, safely discarded; and waste, diverted from disposal. This online training webinar will identify strategies to balance cost and service, such as:
- Balancing risk allocation between municipality and contractor:
- regular and special rate adjustment protocols
- size and type of performance assurance (such as letters of credit)
- Force majeure: anticipating labor disputes yet preventing service interruption
- Ensuring public health and safety:
- Incentives to provide excellent service (such as term extensions)
- Immediate, interim remedies
- Providing for service transition
In this second webinar of our 3-part Municipal Solid Waste Management Master Series, Hornig will discuss the challenges and business terms necessary and effective in contracting with municipalities, as well as considerations and techniques to successfully reach mutual agreement.
Thermal Processing of Municipal Solid Waste
Presenter: Walter R. Niessen, P.E., B.C.E.E.
The 1970’s saw the emergence of the incineration systems that started the Waste-to-Energy movement. Remarkable, these systems still dominate the world marketplace toda
So what is a municipal incinerator and how does it work?
Join Walter Niessen for the first session in our 3-part Incineration Series exploring the current options in mass burn incineration systems, their design and operating components, their relationship to the basic characteristics of domestic solid waste, and the special characteristics of refuse derived fuel (RDF) based combustion systems.
In this presentation we’ll take a step beyond our Combustion Series to delve into the details of the current waste combustion and waste-to-energy systems dominating the marketplace. We’ll start our discussion with the fundamental characteristics of solid waste and their impact on combustion systems and air emissions. We’ll discuss the key handling properties of combustion systems and each system’s characteristics (Maximum Continuous Rating) and how these define incinerator operations. We’ll explore the details of current mass market waste combustion systems, their designs, their operating features, and applications, as well as mass burn incineration, refuse derived fuel (RDF), and densified RDF. Within this discussion, we’ll discuss the elements, applications, and alternatives for incinerator components and sub-systems, including: waste receipt, storage, and feeding systems; combustion alternatives (grates, hearths, and fluidizing beds); enclosures; ash and ash processing systems; air pollution control systems; RDF-type incineration systems; and modular-type incineration systems. And finally we’ll end our discussion with an overview of municipal waste combustion where it is today, and preview our next session discussing where it is going tomorrow.
Optimizing Waste Diversion
Presenter: Alan Housley
We all want to reduce our waste, but how much can we really accomplish? And for large organizations (municipalities, universities, military bases, etc.) with high and visible diversion goals, how much can we accomplish WITHOUT breaking the bank?
Join Alan Housley to explore waste diversion and its available technologies, and how you can design, measure, and implement your waste diversion programs to meet your diversion goals, meet your CO2/GHG reduction goals, AND reduce your operating costs.
In this presentation, we’ll open with a look at “zero waste”, its technologies, its challenges, and the opportunities that exist for you and your organization (with a special look at large organizations, including: municipalities, universities, and military bases). Within this discussion, Housley will outline the best practices for designing and implementing your diversion program, as well as how to best measure your diversion results to meet your diversion and CO2/GHG reduction goals. Housley will also detail available technology (e.g., on-board truck scales, GPS devices, load management software, etc.) and how you can implement it to lower operational and capital costs in your organization. Finally, Housley will present real-world examples of large organizations that have implemented successful waste diversion programs and how you can too.
If you are responsible for sustainability programs at your institution, municipality, university, or military base this webinar is for you!
Applying Process Improvement to Waste Disposal
Presenter: Neal Bolton
Whether your landfill is processing 5 tons a day or thousands, it’s not a one-step process. Between daily waste processing, soil excavation, cell construction, daily cover, and traffic management (just to name a few) you have a lot on your hands…and by implementing process improvements…a lot of opportunity.
Join Neal Bolton for the second session in our 4-session Process Improvement for Solid Waste Facilities Master Class Series exploring how you can select and implement the best process improvement techniques and tools within your waste disposal operations (e.g., MSW landfills, C&D landfills, etc.) to increase your efficiency and cost savings.
In this presentation we’ll explore how every part of a landfill’s operation (e.g., processing, land development, cover, airspace utilization, etc.) has a specific cost and production rate, and how you can use process improvement tools to map out each activity, model your entire operational system, and evaluate what’s working and what’s not. Additionally, we’ll examine how by selecting the best process improvement techniques and tools for your operations, you can identify the opportunities for increased efficiency and cost-savings, and implement effective solutions. Finally, we’ll examine some real-world examples of how process improvement has increased efficiency and reduced costs at several landfills.
Get Smart! Cut Maintenance Costs with Smart Pump Technology
Presenter: Bob Beyer
Sponsored by: Jeneer Group
Keeping your landfill and Gas-To-Energy pumps performing can be challenging and costly…especially when dealing with odor issues, compliance problems, and shutdowns.
Join Bob Beyer from Jeneer Group for a webinar exploring the latest technology in landfill leachate pump operation and maintenance, and how you can integrate remote pneumatic pump monitoring into your operations to improve pump up-time and performance, improve data management, and reduce your maintenance time AND cost.
In this online training webinar, we'll start with a look at pneumatic pump operation principals (both conventional and smart technology), the considerations of each, and benefits. Beyer will then review pneumatic pump air pressure settings, flow rates, and construction materials, and outline the best practices in evaluating and selecting the best match for your site conditions. We'll take a look at difficult well conditions (e.g., varying, high vacuum, foaming, high temperature, high silts, and extreme precipitation), and discuss recommendations of how you can better manage these conditions. Additionally, Beyer will walk us through how to integrate remote monitoring of your critical condensate sumps to improve data collection/documentation and maximize uptime.
Finally, we'll take a look at smart pneumatic pumps in action. We'll learn how several Gas-To-Energy sites have improved their operations by deploying smart pump technology with consist dewatering, creating an improved and constant vacuum. We'll also review several case studies where smart pump technology improved operation in silty well conditions, critical condensate sumps, and take a look at the results of a three year maintenance cost comparison (smart pump vs. conventional pump).
Odor Control Using True Vapor-Phase Technology
Presenter: Marc L. Byers
Sponsored by: Byers Scientific & Manufacturing
Persistent odors emitted from landfills, MRFs, composting operations, and organics can be successfully mitigated (or eliminated) by leveraging a combination of chemical, hardware, and software technology.
Join Marc L. Byers for a webinar exploring chemical technology that allows a liquid deodorizer to be volatilized into a truly dry vapor state ready to be deployed to effectively combat airborne malodor.
In this online training webinar, we'll explore how to control landfill, waste transfer station, and compost facility odors by using proprietary biochemical additive formulas and a patent-pending vapor technology. Within this discussion, we'll outline the four points of action in an odor audit: 1) identify the source; 2) identify the component chemistry; 3) neutralize the odor; 4) establish a perimeter airborne defense. We'll start with how you can best identify the odor source and component chemistry. We'll then explore the best practices for neutralizing odor at its source using biochemical formulas designed for long-term odor mitigation programs and short-term immediate deodorization needs. Next, we'll discuss how to establish a perimeter airborne defense to mitigate fugitive airborne odors using a patent-pending dry vapor technology (the chemical itself and the distribution system). We'll compare and contrast this technology to misting/atomization systems, taking a look at the results and benefits (e.g., significantly less water usage). And finally, we'll wrap up the webinar with a tour of vapor phase technology in action through client success stories.
Waste Gas-to-Energy Projects
Presenters: Lance Roberts, William Slatosky, & Kyle Snyder
Sponsored by: Abutec
Many landfills and waste water facilities are looking to waste gas-to-energy systems to reduce and repurpose their waste gas into clean energy. But, what system works best? And…what's the best method for managing siloxanes?
Join Lance Roberts, William Slatosky, and Kyle Snyder as we explore waste gas-to-energy applications, technologies, real-world case studies (e.g., DC Water and Hickory Ridge Landfill), and how you can select, design, and implement waste gas-to-energy at your waste site.
In this online training webinar, we'll start with an exploration of gas analysis fundamentals, waste gas streams (e.g., components, types, etc.), and what is needed to convert these to energy. We'll take a look at waste gas-to-energy systems, including key components, regulations, and considerations, as well as the opportunities for repurposing this energy on-site or on the grid. Our speakers will then walk you through the process of analyzing your waste stream, selecting and designing the best waste gas-to-energy system for your site, and the best practices for successful implementation. We'll also dig into siloxanes (what they are, where they come from, etc.) and how you can handle these non-toxic, corrosive compounds. And finally, our speakers will take you on a tour of current waste gas-to-energy installations successfully recovering and repurposing waste gas into clean energy.
* Presentations are scheduled for approximately one hour with a 15-20 minute question and answer session to follow. Presentation may exceed scheduled time.
* Each state and certification agency has different requirements; it is your responsibility to know what they are. Note that 1 PDH = 0.1 CEU.
* Purchase of this course allows you one year access to the presentation(s) from the order date.