Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania

2019 Annual Recycling & Organics Conference
July 24 - 26, 2019

Best Western Premier
The Central Hotel & Conference Center | 800 East Park Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17111

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 Thank You to our
Current Sponsors!

Dauphin County Commissioners


West Goshen TWP Logo

CL Trading LLC

City of Philadelphia

Carton Council

Tuesday July 23, 2019
9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Registrations Open

10:00 am – 4:30 pm Certification Class: Recycling 601 - Succession Planning II (0.6 CEUs for Recertification)
Tuition: $260 Member / $390 Non-member
10:00 am – 4:30 pm Certification Class - Recycling 462 - Investigation and Prosecution Procedures - (Enforcement Specialization) (0.6 CEUs for Recertification)
Tuition: $260 Member / $390 Non-member
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Certification Exam
Students who have obtained 40 hours in the prescribed curriculum will be eligible to sit for the Professional Recycler Certification exam. Students who pass the exam will graduate from the program in a ceremony during the conference.
Tuition: $60
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm Exhibitor Early Set-up
Wednesday July 24, 2019
7:30 am – 4:00 pm Registration Open
7:30 am – 10:00 am Exhibitor Set-Up
9:30 am – 11:00 am

Coffee with the Exhibitors

10:00 am – 11:00 am PROP Board of Directors Meeting
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Exhibits Open

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Session 1: Analyzing Recycling Streams to Survive a Tough Market
Brent Dieleman, Senior Project Professional, SCS Engineers
Current recycling conditions can best be described as “challenging.” A significant market for recyclable materials has dried up and other international and domestic markets are not yet capable of accepting all the recyclable materials collected. This has left recycling professionals challenged to find options for processing and marketing the materials while considering updates to programs to align them with the current market. Solid waste professionals must position their programs to weather challenging market conditions and make them more sustainable. This can be done by producing quality recyclable streams that can be used as raw materials in our circular economy.
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

Opening Lunch - Welcome: Mike Pries, Dauphin County Commissioner

Keynote - Ann Germaine, Vice President of Technical & Regulatory Affairs for the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA)

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Session 2: Getting Public Buy-In Without Breaking the Bank
Dana D'Souza, Skumatz Economic Research Associates, Inc (SERA)
Education and outreach are vital to increasing recycling and organics diversion. However, traditional outreach is no longer breaking through busy marketplace “chatter” and changing behavior. This presentation summarizes research on three topics that are critical to getting a refined and effective diversion message to generators:

  • Addressing attitudes and “self-efficacy” in messaging to improve behavioral uptake
  • Recognizing that consumers make behavioral changes based on a “bundle” of attributes - “selling” what residents want to “buy” to increase adoption;
  • Conducting effective / cost-effective community-based social marketing (CBSM), and where it ranks in our toolkit of outreach / programmatic approaches.
1:30 pm – 2:45 pm Session 3: Panel Discussion: Single Stream is Not for Every Community
Walt Davenport, MSW Consultants
Over the past 10-15 years, populous regions have seen significant transition to single-stream recycling (SSR). Observing such, SSR seemingly became the system to move towards by recyclers overall. Some communities, however, are not well-suited for single stream systems due to location, population density, fluctuating volumes, etc. The Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority in Pennsylvania conducted a Single Stream Recycling and Cost of Service Study. Hear how this recycling service provider weighed through the considerations and determined that SSR is not the answer for them.
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Recycling 520: Data Management
Amy Mazzella di Bosco - Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority
(0.2 CEUs for Recertification)
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm Exhibit Hall Open & Refreshments
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm Session 4: Tools Rule: Resources for Recycling Programs & How to Measure their Impact
Scott Mouw – Recycling Partnership
Mouw will present conference-goers with The Partnership's free online tools and resources to boost communications for their recycling program, as well as how to harness data to measure a recycling program's impact. Session participants will walk away with:
  • Knowledge on how to effectively implement behavior change in their community
  • Data - both analytical and anecdotal - on communications best management practices and how to amplify their message
  • Free tools and resources available through The Recycling Partnership's online library, including a PDF Campaign Builder, GHG calculator, and Program Assessment Tool
  • Tactical approaches on measurement, including: what to measure, when, how, to what purpose, and how to use that data to better their program
5:00 pm

1st Bus trip leaves for Penn National Raceway 2nd Bus trip leaves at approximately 5:40pm or you may drive on your own or carpool.

5:30 pm - ? Reception & Dinner at Penn National Raceway
Reception starts at 5:30, Dinner starts around 6:15
Attendee Registration / Exhibitor Registration / Sponsorship Opportunities / Booklet Advertising
Thursday July 25, 2019
7:15 am – 6:00 pm Registration Open
7:00 am – 8:30 am Exhibits Open - Coffee available
8:30 am – 9:30 am Plenary: Global Markets & Local Solutions
Lisa Skumatz, Skumatz Economic Research Associates, Inc (SERA)
Recycling markets -- always up and down - are facing one of their biggest disruptions in Green Fence. Cities and processors are scrambling for best ways to survive and maintain programs, using solutions including cancellations and dramatic contract changes. How do we improve the quality of product in a way that works? Can single stream programs continue? Do contamination and single stream go hand in hand? What other options are available? We discuss nine methods that have been tried in multiple states in the US and overseas. We focus on the central role MRFs hold in the equation, and particularly discuss the economic principle of Gresham's Law and explain its application and lessons for recycling markets. We discuss three of the most promising strategies being tried to improve the situation in the US, and we present case studies pros and cons and how communities can move forward.
9:30am - 10:00am Visit with the Exhibitors
10:00 am - 11:15 am Session 5: What Drives Success in Yard Waste and Food Waste Programs?
Dana D'Souza, Skumatz Economic Research Associates, Inc (SERA)
Mandatory, Opt-in, Food or Yard Waste? There are so many program options, but what really drives diversion? We present the results of a study that used a nationwide survey of residential and commercial yard waste and food waste programs to identify the community, programmatic, and situational factors that lead to program implementation, and improved performance for organics programs.
This unique study involved statistical regression and correlation analysis of data gathered from several hundred communities to allow us to provide credible and “significant” conclusions about program causality, identifying community factors (tip fees, private vs. public facilities or collection, ESL, etc.), and programmatic variations (incentive levels, mandates, containerization, allowed materials, collection frequency, etc.) on program impacts and cost-effectiveness. The outcomes of the study are usable lessons allowing communities to predict the impacts of alternative yard waste and food waste program designs, and identifying effective and cost-effective changes from the status quo. We then address several special elements for success and best practices – and examine program incentives, mandates vs. opt-in vs. opt-out programs, and other design alternatives. Finally, to bring the discussion full circle, we also bring in the results of an analysis of food recovery programs, and the job creation and other effects from these efforts.
Outcomes / Lessons: Attendees will take home reliable, transferable information to guide specific decision-making on organics collection programs – guidance that is based on quantitative analysis of real-world, operating programs and their performance.
10:00 am - 11:15 am Session 6: Post-Disaster Debris Management
Chris Evans | Acting Director, Bureau of Recovery and Mitigation, PEMA - Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency
One of the more common tasks confronting municipal officials in disaster recovery involves debris clearance, removal and dispersal. Comprehensive debris management planning and preparation prevents confusion, waste and additional loss in the event of an emergency. Comprehensive planning for these operations also aides in compliance with FEMA reimbursement guidelines in the event of a Presidential Disaster Declaration.
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Recycling 540 - Non-DEP Grant Resources
Joanne Shafer - CCRRA
(0.2 CEUs for Recertification)
11:15 am - 12:00 pm Exhibits Open - Visit the Exhibitors
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch and PROP Annual Meeting
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Exhibits Open - Visit the Exhibitors
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Session 7: Contamination in the Crosshairs
Recycle Coach
When residents don’t know if something’s recyclable, they guess—which usually leads to contamination. Contamination poses a serious threat to recycling programs across the country. Right now, some communities are addressing the issue head on. They’re delivering targeted campaigns to residents where they’re most active and educating them about how to correctly dispose of specific problem items, like plastic bags. Not only are they getting measurable results, they’re also gaining useful insights which can be used to improve program performance.
In this co-presentation with one of our municipal partners in Pennsylvania, we’ll be discussing a real-life targeted campaign from start to finish, with an in-depth look at the actual results and how local governments can leverage this data to inform future decision-making.
In this session, you’ll learn to:
  • Identify current trends in recycling outreach and education
  • Develop a resident-first campaign that targets plastic bag contamination
  • Create invaluable feedback systems to inform and improve the delivery of your recycling program
  • Use the results to make your program better
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Session 8: Organics Waste Minimization in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s Largest City
Terry Keene, Keene Environmental Consulting, LLC / Scott McGrath, City of Philadelphia
Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the sixth largest city in the United States. The City has adopted a Zero Waste Plan that calls for a 90% reduction in municipal waste disposal by year 2035. In 2018, the City completed an Organic Waste Minimization Study that reviews changes in the City’s waste stream over the last eight years, evaluates existing public and private and infrastructure for processing organics, and recommends strategies and solutions to expand both public and private sector options for increasing organics minimization and recycling. This presentation will address the growing organics waste stream as a component of municipal and commercial waste, present public strategies for expanding organics collections and compost processing capacity at City sites, and discuss strategies for expanding private sector organics recycling, all as the City reviews its zero waste management goals under tight budgetary restrictions.
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Recycling 420 - Train the Trainer
(0.2 CEUs for Recertification)
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Session 9: Cyber Security for the Solid Waste Management Industry
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Session 10: Organics Nuts and Bolts
Sean Sweeney, Barton & Loguidice
This session will offer a comparison of Aerobic composting and Anaerobic Digestion processes,
technologies and financial opportunities for municipalities, counties and private entities to
manage food waste, yard waste, wastewater treatment sludge and other organics waste for
energy and beneficial reuse.
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm Session 11: Thinking Through Stuff: How Universities Can Reuse to Build Community
Moderator: Kathleen Grady Panelists: Caroline Burkholder / Connor Caruso / Jonathan Latko / Chelsea Williams
This panel discussion will use Temple University as a case study for how reuse programs can be designed to achieve multiple sustainability goals, including revenue generation and cost avoidance, waste reduction, and furthering social equity. The panel will have leaders from a number of Temple’s reuse programs, including the Computer Recycling Center, the Surplus Program, Give + Go Green and Temple Thrift, and Temple Office Supply Swap. The presentation will explore keys to launching the programs, building buy-in in a large organization, operational considerations, how evaluation is used in decision making, and the potential for growth. Unlike many other presentations, this panel will also share programmatic failures and missteps with the hope of helping attendees learn from Temple’s mistakes. By the end of the presentation, attendees will leave with an understanding of how to launch these programs, how to develop evaluations of the programs and resources used to operate the programs.
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Reception with the Exhibitors
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Dinner / Awards Ceremony
6:30 pm Exhibit Tear Down
Attendee Registration / Exhibitor Registration / Sponsorship Opportunities / Booklet Advertising

Friday July 26, 2019
8:00am – 10:00 am Registration Open
9:15 am – 10:15 am Session 12: Markets Update Panel
Bob Bylone, Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center
10:30 am - 11:30 am Plenary: PA DEP Updates
Larry Holley, Todd Pejack | DEP
Safe Journey Home!