PLENARY SESSIONS


Monday, October 8, 1 p.m. Welcome Session

​Safety Culture: How to Move the Safety Needle in the Waste Industry
Charlie Sedlock, Vice President Hamm Waste Services


This presentation provides insight into how the waste industry is currently handling safety and how a positive safety leadership culture can dramatically improve it. You’ll learn about one company’s journey from a traditional safety management system to a culture in which safety is incorporated into all aspects of the organization.


Monday, October 8, 3 p.m. Plenary Session

Zero Waste: What’s in the Name?

Allison Trulock, Vice-President of Solid Waste, NewGen Strategies and Solutions, LLC.

This presentation will discuss what is really meant by the phrase “zero waste”, with the objective of showing the importance of keeping the aim of best management of resources, whether the name “zero waste” is used or not.  The discussion will provide examples of communities with zero waste goals, and how those goals are defined in each community.  Stressing the importance of reflecting on community values, finding the right balance of diversion and recycling efforts and engaging stakeholders early and often throughout a planning process.  This presentation will demonstrate that not every planning process ends with an explicit zero waste goal. It is possible to keep the aim, of minimizing generation and maximizing diversion, which should be accomplished in a manner and at a pace that is right for the community.  

Tuesday, October 9, 8:30 a.m. Plenary Session

Iowa DNR Update

Jennifer Wright, Environmental Program Supervisor, Iowa Department of Natural Resources Land Quality Bureau


Jennifer Wright will discuss IDNR's Financial and Business Assistance program updates and cover several solid waste items.  

​​Addressing Changing Recycling Markets

David Biderman, Executive Director and CEO, Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA)


The China waste ban and restrictions on the import of materials has created new challenges throughout the supply chain of scrap, from residents to solid waste departments, material recovery facilities, processors, end users and beyond. Biderman will discuss the current issues surrounding the restrictions and investigate next steps for SWANA and the industry.

Tuesday, October 9, 12:45 p.m. Keynote Session

A Piece of the Puzzle

Kevin Kush, Coach, Author and ABC World News Tonight's Person of the Week


Kevin Kush will present a keynote titled, "A Piece of the Puzzle." This presentation focuses on the characteristics of a quality team member--selflessness, respect, ability to adapt, accepting feedback and accountability. Using vivid examples, compelling stories, and humor, Mr. Kush will teach you to be the best you that you can be and in turn, contribute to the success of your organization!


Wednesday, October 10, 8:30 a.m. Plenary Session

Enhancing Recycling Through Market Development and Product Stewardship
Michelle Leonard, Vice-President, Director of Sustainable Materials Management, SCS Engineers


Recycling markets are struggling, as China imposes trade barriers and the responses have been to cease accepting certain materials or stockpile materials until the markets re-bound.  This market shift has put a burden on managers to identify opportunities to increase participation in recycling, while maintaining financially viable programs.  Development of local markets is necessary and will take time.  Policies that encourage local market development, including product stewardship and extended producer responsibility have proven successful in stimulating the recycling of certain materials.  This presentation will provide examples of successful market development activities, and tools for municipal managers to utilize to identify appropriate, relevant programs for their solid waste systems.