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2015 Municipal Waste Management Association (MWMA) Fall Summit
Monday October 12 - Wednesday, October14
The Hilton Orrington
Evanston, IL

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Plastic Bag Bans and Fees: How They're Working in Selected Cities

Although plastic grocery bags make up just 15% of film plastic discards in the United States and a small percentage of the overall waste stream, they have become the target of a wide array of legislative and management strategies nationwide. This webinar examined two different and increasingly popular legislative options for reducing the use of plastic bags in communities – bans, and fees/taxes. Representatives of municipalities that implemented these strategies (Los Angeles, CA and Washington, DC) discussed the history, benefits and drawbacks to each of their models, the successes they've achieved and/or challenges they've faced, and their advice to municipalities that might be considering one of these strategies.  

Presenters (click on the presenter's name to download a PDF of their presentation):

  • Kate Judson, Environmental Protection Specialist, Washington, DC Dept. of the Environment

  • Jinderpal Bhandal, Environmental Specialist, City of Los Angeles Department of Sanitation

Turning Garbage Into Gold: Evaluating Emerging Solid Waste Technologies
Every day, it seems there’s another technology emerging that promises to divert more tons of waste from landfills, while offering energy recovery and a host of other economic and environmental benefits. During this webinar presenter Rick Sapir (a partner with Hawkins, Delafield & Wood LLP) discussed the many factors that cities need to account for when making a decision about whether to implement any emerging technology. He covered issues such as feasibility/scalability, project ownership and assumption of risk, options for financing mechanisms, and more.
2014 MWMA Fall Summit

The Fall Summit brought together public sector leaders with private sector executives to discuss trends, emerging technologies, and best practices in solid waste, recycling, fleet management, product stewardship, sustainability, disaster preparedness and other issues.

Click here to visit our Virtual Conference Center.


Five Driver Behaviors That Might Contribute to Collisions - And How to Address Them: RePlay the Webinar NOW

There are any number of factors that can contribute to collisions in your solid waste fleet - some of them beyond your control. You can, however, monitor driver behavior, and provide coaching to reduce behavior-related collisions. In this session you'll learn about the five driver behaviors that most frequently contribute to collisions, and also learn strategies for addressing those behaviors.

To play the webinar, click on the “RePlay!” link above, or cut and paste this URL into your web browser:

10 Things You Should Do in the New Year to Improve Safety

Despite significant safety improvements, solid waste collection continues to be one of America's most dangerous jobs. This presentation covers some of the most effective strategies you can implement in your department to increase safety, and save long-term costs as well.

Presenter: David Biderman, General Counsel and Director, Safety, NSWMA
View David's presentation

Single Stream Recycling - or, The Carted Dream

So many cities are moving toward "single stream" as a cost-effective way to collect and process a city's recyclables. But with the costs of carts and equipment conversion, among other considerations, it often becomes a distant goal for many municipalities. In this session, learned how two cities made the switch, and made it work for them financially.  They also heard from the private sector about ways to achieve conversion cost-effectively. Take a look at presentations by:

Five Cost-Saving Solutions to Cut $1 Million from Your Solid Waste Budget

This presentation by Orlando solid waste manager and MWMA Past President Mike Carroll includes common-sense ideas to trim - and maximize - the municipal solid waste budget.

Download the PowerPoint presentation

For information please contact:

Judy Sheahan
Assistant Executive Director,
The U.S. Conference of Mayors
(202) 861-6775

Jubi Headley
Managing Director
Municipal Waste Management Association
(202) 861-6798