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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
GBB 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.
Sign up for one or more sessions in this series and listen from the convenience of your office as speakers share how anaerobic digestion can create value for your operation and how the technology can vary from input to output.
Looking Forward to WASTECON! GBB Exhibiting, Presenting and Co-Sponsoring SWANA’s Young Professionals Booth
WASTECON 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:
"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
We look forward to seeing you there!
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:
- Pre-Conference Workshop
- "Waste Conversion Market Update"
- Conference Takeaways
- "Advancing Gasification and Pyrolysis"
- "Opportunities in Biogas"
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.
Attendees 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:
Status of Waste Conversion Technologies
GBB Vice President
Permitting Considerations for Waste Conversion Project
Chip Clements, P.E.
President / Founder of Clements Environmental Corporation
Conducting a Procurement and Development Process
Involving an Investment Banker to Raise Equity and Debt
Stern Brothers & Co Managing Director
Celebrated 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
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:
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.
- 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.
On August 11, 1980, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc. began operations as a solid waste management consulting firm with a passion for the environment and a desire to make a difference. Founders Harvey Gershman, Bob Brickner, and Tim Bratton believed that effective management of solid waste was an imperative that directly affected the health of our planet. In a world of limited resources, they regarded solid waste as a valuable resource that could be creatively managed while protecting our soil, air, water, and people. They considered sustainability to involve a balance among environmental, economic, and community needs. Achievement of this balance, along with cost-effective, efficient, and innovative solid waste solutions, was their passion and focus.
Thirty-five years later, this passion is still the driving force behind GBB, along with many award-winning facilities and services success stories, lessons learned, and great people met along the way.
GBB is celebrating 35 years of passion for the environment and, more importantly, 35 years of working with great employees, associates, clients, colleagues, and friends.
The second edition of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) Beacon Conference, entitled “Resources from Waste: Sorting and Treatment Techniques” is taking place October 14-15, 2015, in Hamburg, Germany. As part of the “Separation of Metal from Incinerator Ash and Industrial Slags” session, Bob Brickner will make a presentation on the Incinerator ash metals recycling project at the Harrisburg, PA plant.
Learn more about the conference:
On June 24, 2015, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued a news release announcing the publication of a report on mixed waste processing, prepared by Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc.
On May 31, 2016, the ACC published a supplemental report, prepared by GBB, that examines ten types of equipment, including optical sorting systems, bag openers, air separation systems and densifiers. The evaluations include the quality of the finished product, the volumes that are captured versus lost, and the speed at which the processing equipment works.
Both reports were commissioned by the Plastics Division of the ACC, which is examining methods to increase recovery of plastics.
- May 2016 Supplemental Report: The Evolution of Mixed Waste Processing Facilities—Technology and Equipment Guide
- June 2015 Report: The Evolution of Mixed Waste Processing Facilities – 1970-Today
- ACC 2016 News Release: Report Evaluates Modern Technologies for Mixed Waste Processing
- ACC 2015 News Release: Report: Mixed Waste Processing May Have Potential to Increase Recycling and Waste Diversion Rates
Special North American Workshop at the 2015 International Symposium on MBT, MRF & Recycling in Germany
Everyone wants to do better with municipal solid waste, and mechanical biological treatment (MBT) is one avenue. But is it right for every community? The single best place to learn about MBT is where it’s being done, by the folks who know the most about it. That happens only once every two years in Germany with renowned MBT expert Dr. Matthias Kuehle-Weidemeier, CEO of the Germany-based waste treatment specialists Wasteconsult International. Your next chance to hear from Dr. Kuehle-Weidemeier is this May in Hanover, Germany.
With participants from about 40 countries attending previous editions, Waste-to-Resources is the world’s largest conference on MBT & Material Recovery Facilities (MRF). The combination of conference, commercial exhibition, and site visits will make Waste-to-Resources 2015 again a prime event for operators, authorities, consultants, and technology providers. The conference, which will be held May 5-8, 2015, will cover a wide range of topics, including:
- MBT & MRF in different countries
- Targets, legal aspects, boundary values
- Basics, possibilities, limits, and relevance of MBT & MRF
- Competition and material (waste) streams
- Functionality, economic efficiency, and lifecycle balance
- Experience with new and rebuilt plants
- New developments in machine and system engineering
- Anaerobic digestion of organic waste fractions
- Energy recovery by RDF power plants, gasification, liquidization, and more
- Conditioning, use, and sale of MBT & MRF output fractions (e.g. RDF, metals)
- Process control and analytics
- Emissions and their treatment
- Bio/Pyro and Hydro-char (HTC)
- Landfilling of MBT-waste
North American Workshop
As part of the conference, GBB will host a special complimentary workshop for colleagues from North America, on May 7, 2015, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This workshop will be tailored for and limited to attendees from North America, and will be facilitated by John Carlton, P.E., BCEE, Senior Vice President with GBB and Dr. Kuehle-Weidemeier, and supported by Michael Balhar, CEO of ASA GmbH. The workshop will feature a facilitated discussion on the following topics:
- The development of modern MBT systems and how they can reduce landfill input and aftercare costs;
- Insight into commercial MBT systems in Europe and how these systems could work in North America;
- Practical experience and lessons learned from operating MBT systems in Europe; and
- Implementing MBT processing as part of a North American integrated solid waste management system.
In addition, there will be reserved time to discuss your specific operating systems or solid waste management strategies and brainstorm together the best way to incorporate MBT into your current or future plans. After attending this workshop, attendees will come away with the latest information on MBT and how it could play a role in helping achieve their solid waste management goals.
As a bonus, in addition to access to the special North American workshop, North American attendees will also receive the proceedings (448 pages) of the previous Waste-to-Resources conference as a bonus.
To view the conference program, register, and reserve your space at this workshop, please visit www.waste-to-resources.eu.
We hope to see you there!