Continuing Education

SERC 2019 has been approved for Continuing Education for Solid Waste Management Facility Operators and Spotters in Florida 

  • Landfill/C&D: 2 CEU hours
  • TS Operator: 2 CEU hours
  • MRF Operator: 6 CEU hours

In Addition SERC 2019 has applied for CEUs from SWANA.  We hope to have this approved soon.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Note:  Session titles and names highlighted in GREEN are linked to pages that contain speaker/moderator profiles.

Noon – 6:30 pm                        Registration Open                                           (Room: Registration Desk 1)

1:00 pm – 4:30 pm                   Exhibitor Setup                                                  (Room: Grand Ballroom C)

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm                  Pre-Conference Workshop                          (Room: Salon 4)

Mixed Paper – What Will We Do With It Now?

Bill Moore, President, and Dan Gee, Senior Associate, Moore & Associates

A separate fee of $67 is required for this workshop.

Click HERE, to Register for this workshop.

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm                   Welcome Reception – Exhibit Hall        (Room: Grand Ballroom C)

Monday, February 25, 2019

7:45 am – 6:30 pm                  Registration Open                                           (Room: Registration Desk 1)

7:45 am – 8:30 am                  Continental Breakfast – Exhibit Hall       (Room: Grand Ballroom C)

8:30 am – 10:00 am                Opening Session (Plenary)                           (Room: Grand Ballroom A)

Welcome: Gene Jones, CEO, Southern Waste Information eXchange, Inc.

Moderator: TBD

Science, Not Wishful Thinking, Should Guide Recycling Programs

Chaz Miller, President, Miller and Associates

Sustaining Recycling

Bill Caesar, CEO, WCA Waste Corporation

OCC & The Future of China’s Paper Business

DJ VanDeusen, Senior Vice President, Recycling Division, WestRock

10:00 am – 10:30 am              Refreshment Break – Exhibit Hall         (Room: Grand Ballroom C)

10:30 am –  12:00 pm            Session I                                                               (Room: Grand Ballroom A)

                                                             Overview of Domestic and Foreign Recycling Markets

Moderator: TBD

The Changing World of Recycling

Amy Boyson, Community Affairs Manager, Waste Management

East Asian Recycling Market Update

Dr. Steve Wong, Chairman, Fukutimi Recycling Co., Ltd.

The Future of Paper Manufacturing in India

Rahul Kejriwal, Chairman, Kejriwal Group International

Missed Opportunities in the Latin American Market

Daryl Arias, CEO and President, GreenAF Waste, Nix Waste

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm               Lunch                                                                       (Room: Grand Ballroom)

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm                   Session II                                                              (Room: Grand Ballroom A)

                                                             Maximizing Value and Market Development with Plastics

Moderator: Ashley Hood-Morley, Director, Sustainability, The Plastics Industry Association

Bulky Rigids & 3-7: Maximize Value & Guarantee Movement

Igor Beylin,  Owner, Universal Commodity Services, Inc.

Recovering Difficult to Recycle Plastics Through Hefty® EnergyBag® Program

Betsy Dorn, Director, RSE USA

Market Development Opportunities for Recycled Content in Plastic

Dr. Bryan Hauger, President, Bryan Hauger Consulting, Inc.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm                  Refreshment Break – Exhibit Hall          (Room: Grand Ballroom C)

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm                  Session III                                                              (Room: Grand Ballroom A)

                                                          General Recycling Session

Moderator: TBD

Advance Screening for Single-Stream MRF Recycling

Bob Huffer, Eastern Regional Sales Manager, General Kinematics

The Dangers of Lithium Batteries in Lead Battery Waste Systems

Tod Lyons, Communications and Sustainability Manager, Interstate Batteries Recycling

Material and Energy Recovery at the Palm Beach Renewable Energy Park

Raymond H. Schauer, Director of Engineering and Public Works, Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County

The State of Carpet Recycling in the U.S.

Dr. Robert Peoples, Executive Director, Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE)

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm                   Reception                                                             (Room: Grand Ballroom C)

7:30 pm - 10:30 pm                VIP Outing at TopGolf

                                                            VIP Network Outing is for Sponsors, Exhibitors and 

                                                            VIP Registrants

                                                            (Includes dinner, open bar and 3 hours of unlimited TopGolf Play)

                                                            A separate fee of $115 is required.  Space is Limited.

                                                           Contact Nicki Mayfield for more info.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

O8:00 am – 12:00 pm                  Registration Open                                           (Room: Registration Desk 1)

8:00 am – 8:45 am                  Continental Breakfast 

                                                           Networking Session – Exhibit Hall           (Room: Grand Ballroom C)

8:45 am – 10:30 am                Session IV                                                              (Room: Grand Ballroom A)

                                                            A Review of Recovered Material Considerations

Moderator: TBD

Case Study: Converting a Single Stream City Back to Dual

Willie Puz, Director of Public Affairs and Recycling, Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County

Recycling in Crisis: Is Glass a Culprit? Should we just Throw Everything in the Landfill?

Michael Durfor, Executive Director, Northeast Resource Recovery Association

Measuring Composition and Contamination at the MRF

John Culbertson, Vice President, MSW Consultants, LLC

The Importance of Used Beverage Can (UBC) Product Quality Specifications

Steven Noack, Senior Buyer, Novelis

10:30 am - 11:00 am               Refreshment Break - Exhibit Hall      (Room: Grand Ballroom C)

11:00 am - Noon                       Session V                                                           (Room: Grand Ballroom A)

                                                            The Incorporation of Technology in Waste Management
                                                            and Recycling

Moderator: TBD

Which Metrics Matter Most When It Comes to the Circular Economy?

David Rachelson, Vice President of Sustainability, Rubicon Global

Advancements in Quality Measurement Technologies

Presenter TBD, merQbiz

11:15 am – 5:00 pm                 Golf Outing - Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Course

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm                Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm                   Specialty Workshop                           (Room : TBD)

                                                             Storm Debris Management Workshop

Post Disaster Debris Management 101
Brittany Perkins Castillo, CEO, AshBritt, Inc.

Be Prepared: Disaster Planning and Response – Guidance, Lessons Learned from the Caribbean, Opportunities for International Collaboration, and Forging a New Paradigm for a Sustainable and Resilient Future

Kimiko Link, USEPA Region 2, Sustainable Materials Management Program

This workshop is free to SERC and RFT attendees.  Seating is limited.

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm                    Understanding Hazardous Waste 

                                                             in Solid Waste Operations
                                                             Training Course                                               (Room: Salon 1)

A separate fee of $145 is required for this training course.

Click HERE, to Register for this workshop.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019


2:00 pm – 7:00 pm                   Registration Open                                          (Room: Registration Desk 1)


10:00 am – Noon                     RFT Board Meeting                                         (Room: Salon 2)


2:00 pm – 5:00 pm                  Beyond 34 Regional Town Hall                 (Room: Salon 4)


6:00 pm – 7:00 pm                  Welcome Reception:

                                                            Evening Networking Mixer                          (Room: TBD)

Wednesday, February 27, 2019*

* Room for Breaks and meetings will be in Grand Ballroom A.   

8:00 am – 5:00 pm                  Registration Open                                          (Room: Registration Desk 1)


8:00 am – 8:30 am                  Continental Breakfast


8:30 am – 8:45 am                   Welcome and Opening Remarks


8:45 am – 10:00 am                 General Session 1

Creating Success in your Program 

Session summary: In this informative lightning round session, hear from a number of recycling pros who have created far-reaching, effective programs. 


10:00 am – 10:30 am             Morning Networking Break


10:30 am – 11:45 am             General Session 2 

Current Organics Recycling Issues 

Session summary: Session will include presentations on the compelling issues in the arena of Florida Organics Recycling! These will include: 

  • The ongoing efforts of FDEP’s Technical Advisory Committee on Biosolids Management, 
  • FDEP’s Upcoming Rule Making for 62-709, Criteria for the Production and Use of Compost Made from Solid Waste, and 
  • FDEP’s current efforts to promote Food Waste Recycling! Join us for these informative presentations and discussions! 


11:45 am – Noon                     Association Updates 


Noon – 1:15 pm                       Lunch – On Your Own 

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm                 General Session 3

Contracts: What to Look For, What to Do When Changes Occur, and Lessons Learned 

Session summary: This session will discuss contract basics, what to look for in negotiations, how to address unforeseen changes in the market, and lessons learned. 


2:30 pm – 3:00 pm                 Afternoon Networking Refreshment Break 


3:00 pm – 4:15 pm                General Session 4

Florida Legislative Updates 

Session summary: Join us for updates on what you may expect to hear this session and gain tools to help you keep on top of the latest legislative developments taking place in Florida. 


4:15 pm – 5:00 pm                  General Session 5

Trending Topics Quick-Fire Discussion 

Session summary: Here’s your opportunity to share and be heard in this session where you are the speaker. During this block we’ll discuss the 3 most popular talking points facing our industry today as polled and submitted by attendees in a moderator lead quick-fire. 


5:00 pm                                           Adjourn