March 29, 2011
Non Members: $300.00
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NOTE: This is an edited rebroadcast of the original program. It is offered again due to popular demand, in case you were not able to attend. This event will be streamed to you and will require use of your computer’s speakers.
REBROADCAST: Organics Recycling: Going Beyond Yard Waste
Tons of organic waste including food residuals, yard clippings, paper, and woody debris are sent to the landfill every year. Treat your organic discarded materials as resources, not waste, and balance your waste diversion and recycling goals with economic feasibility and environmental sustainability.
This program examines the merits of organic recycling and explores ways that source-separated organic discards are being recycled or composted by some communities who are striving to achieve their goals of waste reduction and diversion through curbside organics recycling programs.
After viewing this program, participants will better be able to:
• Understand the value and costs of including organic recycling in their integrated waste management systems
• Develop a broad-based understanding of how organics recycling fits into optimizing materials management
• Communicate the benefits and operations of organics recycling to their communities
This program has been approved for .2 CEUs or 2 PDHs. The form to request
these credits is included in the handouts for this program. Please note there is
a $5 fee per individual requesting CEUs.
Kessler Consulting, Inc.
Mitch Kessler, President of Kessler Consulting, Inc. has more than 25 years in the solid waste industry and has been responsible for over 200 projects pertaining to comprehensive waste management, collection, recycling, and composting programs for municipalities, institutions, and private corporations. Mitch served on the Florida DEP’s Compost Rule Change Technical Advisory Committee and was the founding Chair of the Florida Organics Recyclers Association. Mitch’s firm currently manages and has overseen FORCE, the Florida Organics Recycling Center for Excellence, since its inception 10 years ago.
Mr. Kessler has been a long-standing member of the United States Composting Council and is the current Vice President of Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA) Florida Sunshine Chapter. He is a certified SWANA instructor for both Manager of Recycling Systems and Composting Systems Manager certification courses.
Kessler Consulting, Inc. has been providing solid waste consulting services to over 100 government and private sector clients for 22 years. The firm has expertise in the areas of solid waste master planning, waste collection, disposal and processing, commercial and residential waste reduction and recycling program evaluations and implementation, and waste composition and generation studies.
Director of Support Services
Operations & Waste Management Division
City of Hamilton
Pat Parker was appointed as the Director of Support Services in the Operations & Waste Management Division for the City of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in a Public Works Department reorganization in 2009. In this role, her group provides planning and programing services, customer service and community outreach, cemeteries administration, data management, health and safety and administrative services to a broad range of operating groups including cemeteries, forestry, horticulture, parks, roads and maintenance and waste management.
Before 2009, Pat was the Manager of Solid Waste Planning in the Waste Management Division for the City of Hamilton managing the activities of the Community Outreach and Policy and Planning groups. The Community Outreach group was responsible for developing, producing and delivering promotional and educational services and material on waste diversion programs. The Policy and Planning group planned, developed and implemented new programs and program improvements for waste management. Some of these programs included the preparation of a new draft Waste Management By-law, the implementation of the Green Cart program, a public space recycling program and the initiation of the City’s Environment Days. Pat has been involved in the process of awarding the contracts to design, construct and operate a new Materials Recycling Facility and Central Composting Facility and the Niagara-Hamilton WastePlan project for long term disposal options following Ontario’s Environmental Assessment process.
Prior to joining the Waste Management Division in 2001, Pat was employed in the Planning Department of the former Town of Flamborough in several positions including Manager of Community Planning, for a total of thirteen years. Before that she was in the private planning consulting business for fourteen years.
Pat is a graduate of the Community Planning course at Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology, and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute.
City of Dubuque
Resource Management Coordinator
Paul Schultz works for the City of Dubuque Iowa (60,000 citizens) and recently became its Resource Management Coordinator. He initiated the City of Dubuque’s Environmental Stewardship Advisory Commission, Pay As You Throw program and composed the initial draft of its sustainability principles, Green Vision - Schools program and Green Asset Map. In 2006 he launched the first phase of its food scrap curbside co-collection and composting program. He directed the development of the 2009 DMASWA Landfill Diversion Roadmap designed to achieve a 50% per capita diversion from current landfilling to beneficial use.
For 18 years he was an organic fruit farmer, small scale food processor, produce aggregator/distributor and on-farm composter. He moved to Dubuque and became the General Manager for the Environmental Recycling Corporation before joining the City of Dubuque in 1995 to manage its solid waste collection and beneficiation programs.