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 approved for up to 12 CEUs from SWANA.  

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)

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm                    Florida Recycling Coordinator Training     (Room: Salon 3)

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection will be conducing Recycling Coordinator Training for Florida county and city recycling coordinators.  The training is free.  Space is limited.


Karen Moore, Environmental Administrator, Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Suzanne Boroff, Government Operations Consultant II, Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Jennifer L. Simmons, Office Automation Specialist, Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Click HERE, to Register for the training.

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.

5:00 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: Nancy Womack, Director of Account and Representative Development, Greif Recycling

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

                                                             Overview of Domestic and Foreign Recycling Markets

Moderator: Thomas Edwards, Vice President, Southern Waste Information eXchange, Inc.

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

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm               Lunch                                                                       (Room: Grand Ballroom C and B)

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

                                                             Maximizing Value and Market Development with Plastics

Moderator: Suzanne Boroff, Government Operations Consultant II, Florida Department of Environmental Protection

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 Piping

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: Sidney Wildes, Partner, Waste 2 Solutions

Advanced Screening for 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.

Anthony Cline, Operations 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

7:45 am – 12:00 pm              Registration Open                                           (Room: Registration Desk 1)

7:45 am – 8:30 am                  Continental Breakfast 

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

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

                                                            A Review of Recovered Material Considerations

Moderator: Jim Reece, CHMM, Solid Waste and Recycling Coordinator, Okaloosa County Public Works

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 Simpson, 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: Dr. Jon Powell, P.E., Yale University/PTP Informatics/Waste University

Using Technology to Improve Organics Recycling

Ryan Cooper, Waste Diversion Manager, Rubicon Global

Advancements in Quality Measurement Technologies

Michael McSween, Head of R&D and Quality, merQbiz

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

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

1:00 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 13/14)


2:00 pm – 5:00 pm                  Beyond 34 Regional Town Hall                 (Room: Grand Ballroom A)


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

                                                            Evening Networking Mixer                          (Room: Salon 3)

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. 

Joseph England, City of Orlando – Moderator 

George Landry, St. Lucie County, FL 

Jeanmarie Massa and Gayle Love, Miami-Dade Solid Waste Management 

Phil Bresee, MSW Consultants 


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: 


David Hill, CycleLogic – Moderator 

  • The ongoing efforts of FDEP’s Technical Advisory Committee on Biosolids Management, 

                 David Hill, CycleLogic 

                 Darren Midlane, Harvest Quest 

  • FDEP’s Upcoming Rule Making for 62-709, Criteria for the Production and Use of Compost Made from Solid Waste

                 David Hill, CycleLogic 

                 Denise Houghtaling, MW Horticulture Recycling 

                 Levin Gaston, Wood Resource Recovery, LLC 

                 Chris Snow, Consolidated Resource Recovery 

  • FDEP’s current efforts to promote Food Waste Recycling! 

                Karen Moore, Florida Department of Environmental Protection 

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. 

Carmen Bruno, Hernando County, FL – Moderator 

Lacey Larramore, Marion County, FL 

Lisa McNeight, Waste Management Inc. of Florida 

Lisa A. Skumatz, Ph.D., Skumatz Economic Research Associates (SERA) 


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. 


Willie Puz, Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County, FL – Moderator 

Keyna Cory, NWRA-FL Chapter 

Karen Moore, Florida Department of Environmental Protection 

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. 


Dee Dee Green, City of Key, FL – Moderator 

5:00 pm                                           Adjourn