​Wednesday, October 10
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

New this year, on Wednesday, October 10, after the morning plenary session, you will choose one of the following optional training sessions or a tour. Each option is from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The cost is included in your full conference or Wednesday only registration fee, but you are asked to RSVP for your choice during the online registration process.

Option 1*: Tour of Sarpy County Landfill & Transfer Station and First Star Fiber Material Recovery Facility (MRF)

  • Sarpy County Landfill Tour, led by Art Beccard, PE – Manager of Environmental Services, Sarpy County. Sarpy County Landfill, a Subtitle D landfill, went through final closure last year, which will be discussed.
  • Sarpy County Transfer Station Tour, led by Dennis Herskind – Waste Connections Transfer Station Manager. Sarpy County waste now runs through the co-located transfer station and is long-hauled to a Waste Connections landfill in David City. Attendees will see the transfer station and learn about the do's and dont's of operations.
  • First Star Fiber Material Recovery Facility (MRF), led by Dale Gubbels – proprietor. First Star employs over 110 people at its Omaha and Lincoln recycling operations. The company processes recyclables for businesses and communities throughout the Midwest, including Omaha, and markets close to 100,000 tons annually to end users throughout the country and internationally. *Closed-toe shoes are required for this tour.

Option 2: Market Boot Camp

This training session will focus on the current state of recycling markets. Moderated by Dave Keeling, president of National Recycling Coalition, you'll hear from experts across the country on the current and projected status for domestic and international markets for these commodities: 

  • Fiber
  • Plastics 
  • Metal 
  • Glass

There will be time for question and answer in small group settings.

Option 3:Organics Boot Camp

This training session will focus on a wide variety of organic waste studies, programs and operations. Topics (subject to change) include:

  • Waste Characterization Study Benefits Community Programming
  • Food Waste Minimization in Iowa Schools
  • Composting Operations from an Operators Viewpoint
  • Organics Processing Facilities – Making Sense than Ever
  • Modeling the Impacts of Organic Waste Diversion on Landfill Gas Recovery from Landfills​​​