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Disaster Debris Management Planning – A Community’s Best Defense

Disaster DebrisA Debris Management Plan is a written document that establishes procedures and guidelines for managing disaster debris in a coordinated, environmentally-responsible, and cost-effective manner. Having such a plan allows to respond and resume operations quickly; return the community to a working state of normalcy as soon as possible; reduce the impact to the environment; ensure effective use of resources; and comply with local, state and federal regulations.

In the winter 2017-18 edition of the GBB Waste Outlook newsletter, GBB Senior Vice President Lori Scozzafava highlights the key elements of a debris management plan.

Disaster Debris

Assisting with Hurricane Recovery

American Red Cross - Hurricane RecoveryIn recognition of the immense damage brought by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria to our southern states, especially Florida and Texas, and to Puerto Rico, GBB has donated $1,000 to the Red Cross for the relief and recovery efforts. We encourage those who can to also contribute and donate. The American Red Cross is using donor dollars to provide shelter, food, comfort and emergency support for individuals and families affected by the hurricanes. Financial donations are used to help people recover and get back on their feet in the challenging weeks and months ahead.

Kent County, MI Sustainable Business Park Updates

Kent County Sustainable Business ParkGBB has been selected by the Kent County, MI Department of Public Works (DPW) to develop a Master Plan for 200+ acres of property to convert waste materials into marketable products. As part of its long-term vision to implement Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) strategies, the DPW is pursuing the development of the Sustainable Business Park as a key component of its SMM system, to house facilities to recover discarded materials, to reuse and recycle the recovered material, and to convert non-recyclable material into intermediate products or to recover the energy value of those discards. Joining GBB for this key assignment as planning partners are Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc., a local Grand Rapids-based Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Architecture, and Construction Management firm; Byrum & Fisk Advocacy Communications, a local stakeholders engagement communications firm; and Stern Brothers & Co., an independent investment banking firm who provides various public and private infrastructure finance opportunities. Stern Brothers is one of the nation's largest certified 100% woman-owned business enterprise investment bank.

The long-term goal for the Sustainable Business Park is to displace landfill use for disposal of waste materials as much as possible by attracting new business ventures that will not only recover waste materials, but also convert them into new, domestically manufactured, products through innovative technologies. As part of the assignment, the GBB Project Team will conduct stakeholders' meetings; perform waste stream and market analyses; evaluate technologies; develop a Master Plan for the design and construction of necessary public infrastructure; research funding sources; and evaluate how the services provided by the Resource Park tenants might interact with Kent County's existing waste management infrastructure.

Visit Kent County’s Reimagine Trash website to learn more about the ambitious project!

Kent County Sustainable Business Park

Below are regularly updated links to the latest news and information about the Sustainable Business Park:

Quotes"In 2016, we set a roadmap to achieve 20% reduction in landfilled waste by 2020, and 90% by 2030, to bring Kent County closer to a circular economy system. A key component of that strategy is the successful establishment of the Resource Park.

The GBB Project Team has proven that it's up to the challenge with the combination of a clear understanding of our vision, a sensible project approach, past success stories, strength of the project team, and recent projects performed for the County."

Dar Baas
Director Kent County, Department of Public Works

"As evidenced by China's recent waste import ban, America's recycling future is highly dependent upon the development of domestic outlets for its recovered materials.

Resource Parks, such as the one envisioned for Kent County, can play a vital role in the development of that domestic capacity while providing green collar jobs for local communities."

Steve Simmons
GBB Senior Vice President

Solid Waste Conversion Technologies Session in Boston Metro Area

On March 27, 2017, GBB President Harvey Gershman was in Framingham, MA, at the SWANA Southern New England Recycling and Solid Waste Conference, co-located with the MASSRecycle R3 Conference, to talk about the latest solid waste conversion technologies, projects and trends. 


Renewable Energy from Waste Conference Podcast Series: Harvey Gershman

REW Podcast - Harvey Gershman

Listen to GBB President Harvey Gershman providing some insight into the practical information that will be covered during the pre-conference workshop, "From Concept to Reality – Waste Conversion Project Implementation," held in advance of the Renewable Energy from Waste Conference, November 14-16 in Long Beach, California.

GBB Co-Organizes the Renewable Energy from Waste Summer School Series – Anaerobic Digestion Webinars

Renewable Energy from WasteGBB has once again partnered with Renewable Energy from Waste (REW) magazine, to offer a series of webinars to help operators and project developers get the most value out of existing and proposed anaerobic digestion facilities.

The REW Summer School Series: Anaerobic Digestion, will provide key insights into the process of anaerobic digestion imperative to municipalities and companies deploying this anaerobic digestion as a way to capture value from a variety of organic waste streams. This three-part series provides key insights into how to make this technology profitable from the organic material introduced to the system to the final gas and digestate products produced.

Looking Forward to WASTECON! GBB Exhibiting, Presenting and Co-Sponsoring SWANA’s Young Professionals Booth

SWANA Young ProfessionalsWASTECON is right around the corner, on August 22-25, 2016, in Indianapolis, IN. GBB is proud to once again co-sponsor the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA)’s Young Professionals (YP) booth. Since 1980, GBB mentored and empowered dozens of young professionals who joined the firm as consultants or as part of the internship program. The internship program has provided opportunities to motivated individuals to acquire hands-on experience in the solid waste management industry, further their knowledge in the environmental field, and work with GBB consultants.

Additionally, GBB will be at booth #1219, right next to the break zone, and speak/moderate at thefollowing sessions:

  • GBB WASTECON booth"Waste-to-Energy on a Very Small Scale: The Metlakatla Indian Community Experience" 
    John Carlton, P.E., BCEE (Speaker)
    Tuesday, August 23 at 5pm
  • "Waste-to-Energy Lessons Learned: A 30-Year Evaluation on Why Projects Succeeded or Failed" 
    Harvey Gershman (Speaker)
    Wednesday, August 24 at 10:15am
  • "Yard Waste Composting Versus Landfill Gas Recovery: The Iowa Story: What Really Happened" 
    John Carlton, P.E., BCEE (Moderator)
    Wednesday, August 24 at 10:15am
  • "The Measure of Success: How to Measure Recycling Program Success in the Era of the Changing Ton" 
    John Carlton, P.E., BCEE (Speaker)
    Thursday, August 25 at 10:15am

See press release announcing the co-sponsorship of the SWANA YP booth.

We look forward to seeing you there! 

Renewable Energy from Waste Conference: Premier Waste Conversion Industry Event

Renewable Energy from Waste Conference 2016

Now in its fourth year, the Renewable Energy from Waste (REW) Conference will take place November 14-16, 2016 in Long Beach, CA. Established to provide the latest information for the rapidly developing and dynamic waste conversion industry, REW Conference is designed to broaden attendees’ understanding of waste conversion technologies and the market trends that are critical to the development of new projects. More than 30 experts will share case studies and real-world experience in planning, implementing and operating successful projects during the 2016 event. We hope to see you there!

When: November 14-16, 2016
Where: The Westin Long Beach, CA

The event is an ideal environment for key industry players to learn, network, and exchange ideas, the conference provides deep insights into technology, markets and application of the technologies that can provide solutions to waste problems. Any business, waste and recycling firm, or government official trying to understand how energy recovery can be part of a waste diversion program will want to attend.

GBB on the Program:

  • Harvey Gershman


    • Pre-Conference Workshop
    • "Waste Conversion Market Update"
    • Conference Takeaways
  • Steve Simmons


    • "Advancing Gasification and Pyrolysis"
  • Ljupka Arsova


    • ​"Opportunities in Biogas"

Conference Program

Two full days of sessions will cover a wide range of topics critical to understanding the industry, including:

  • The role of waste-to-energy in the circular economy;
  • National, state and local market outlooks;
  • Fuel processing innovations;
  • Structuring effective public-private partnerships; and
  • Opportunities for biogas.

Pre-Conference Workshop

Harvey Gershman - REW 2015Attendees will also have the option to register, with a separate fee, for a half-day pre-conference workshop entitled “From Concept to Reality – Waste Conversion Project Implementation,” led and facilitated by GBB. This is a unique opportunity, for public and private-sector conference attendees, to leverage and further maximize their conference experience by learning from, and exchanging ideas with, industry experts and colleagues with similar experiences in an intimate workshop setting conducive to in-depth discussions.

The workshop will show industry professionals how to cut through the noise and provide the technology overview, permitting and financing considerations, and project procurement approaches needed to successfully implement a waste conversion project that can help your integrated solid waste management system get closer to zero waste to landfill. The afternoon will be broken down into 4 sessions:

Stephen SimmonsStatus of Waste Conversion Technologies
Stephen Simmons
GBB Vice President
Clements-80Permitting Considerations for Waste Conversion Project
Chip Clements, P.E.
President / Founder of Clements Environmental Corporation
Harvey W. GershmanConducting a Procurement and Development Process
Harvey Gershman
GBB President
May-80Involving an Investment Banker to Raise Equity and Debt
John May
Stern Brothers & Co Managing Director

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International Compost Awareness Week

compost-postersCelebrated each year in the first full week of May, the International Compost Awareness Week is the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry. Visit the US Composting Council website for information about activities to be held this year.

Having worked closely with Prince William County, VA, on the upcoming innovative organic waste processing facility public-private partnership, GBB is proud to sponsor the County’s Compost Awareness Day  held as part of the week festivities!


Renewable Energy from Waste Conference: 3rd Edition of the Premier Event in the Waste Conversion Industry

Renewable Energy from Waste Conference

The Renewable Energy from Waste (REW) Conference has become firmly established as the premier event for the rapidly developing and dynamic waste conversion industry. No other conference delves as deep into the issues or offers the insights that the REW Conference continues to provide each year since 2013.

The 2015 edition, taking place November 16-19, in Orlando, FL, combines education, networking and tours to get the most value out of the event. See what past attendees had to say and learn what is in store for this year:

Renewable Energy from Waste Conference

The unique event provides an environment to discuss a comprehensive range of waste conversion technologies, providing critical insight into the necessary technologies, regulations, and financing options shaping the industry and to build relationships with partners to enable companies to capture value within this fastest growing sector of the waste and recycling industry.

Sessions Include 

  • Smart Business – A Look at Industrial Applications for RDF and Waste Conversion
  • An Optimal Environment – Why Waste-to-Energy Works in Florida
  • Financing in the Real World
  • Status Update – Waste Conversion Projects
  • Gasification and Advanced Biofuels are the Future

In addition to the core two days of educational sessions with presentations from more than 40 industry experts covering complex subjects and providing real-world advice, the conference features two optional events:

Workshop: Planning for success – Public Sector Planning and Implementation of Waste Conversion Projects  

This half day workshop will provide an in-depth discussion and exchange on how to approach new projects to maximize return and address the many risks that need to be considered in structuring project agreements. Speakers:

  • Harvey Gershman, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc.
  • Rick Sapir, Hawkins, Delafield & Wood LLC
  • Mark Hammond, Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County

Tour: Harvest Power's Energy Garden in Orlando

Don't miss out on touring what has been described as one of the most innovative anaerobic digestion projects of its kind in North America. This facility provides waste management through its specially engineered design to codigest biosolids with food wastes from local resorts, restaurants, grocery stores, hotels, sports arenas, golf courses and the food processing community. The capacity is 130,000 tons per year with 5.4 megawatts of combined heat-and-power (CHP) output.

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