Law Seminars International Presents:

An In-Depth Seminar on New Developments for

Solid Waste in Washington

New regulations, challenges, and opportunities; practical tips and strategies

August 6, 2019

Seattle, WA

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Program Overview

Who Should Order

Environmental, transportation, and solid waste attorneys and consultants; government and regulatory officials; waste management companies and landfill operators; recyclers; hazardous materials handlers and processors

Why You Should Order

Waste management in Washington essentially is a partnership between local governments and private businesses with guidance from the state government. We'll start this timely program with an update on the Department of Ecology's revisions to its solid waste handling regulations.

We'll then have an expert panel discuss current issues in solid waste collection, transportation, and disposal from operator, local government, and legal perspectives. You'll hear tips that will help local governments develop policies and operators effectively address environmental and other issues.

Landfills fill up, close, and then .... One option is to convert landfills to solar farms and the federal government has a program to facilitate that. Technological advances have made it feasible to generate solar power in the often-cloudy Pacific Northwest. We'll feature a case study of the Republic Services' solar installation at the Roosevelt landfill.

On the economic front, we also have the downside of China's decision to dramatically tighten restrictions on the recycled items it will accept. You'll hear a status report on this issue as part of the larger fabric of our current trade negotiations with China.

We'll close with a panel offering practical perspectives on the most effective strategies for local governments moving forward. We hope you'll join us for what promises to be a very interesting and practical program.

~ P. Stephen DiJulio, Esq. of Foster Pepper and David W. Wiley, Esq. of Williams Kastner, Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn

  • Ecology's revisions to its solid waste handling regulations
  • Assessment of environmental impacts from waste streams and cleanup of contaminated sites
  • Regulated transportation as an essential part of the business
  • Solid waste procurement processes: Case study of the Snohomish County RFP process
  • Opportunities from converting closed landfills to solar farms
  • China and the impact on recycling
  • What next for cities and counties: Practical tips for dealing with the overall mix of new developments

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Tuesday, August 06, 2019

8:30 am

Registration Opens

9:00 am

Introduction & Overview

P. Stephen DiJulio, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Foster Pepper / Seattle, WA

David W. Wiley, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Williams Kastner / Seattle, WA

9:15 am

Ecology's Revisions to Its Solid Waste Handling Regulations

Distinguishing between solid waste, recyclables, and recyclable commodities: How the new regulations are working; practical problems and potential solutions

Andrew M. Kenefick, Esq. , Senior Counsel
Waste Management Inc. / Kirkland, WA

10:00 am


10:15 am

Current Issues in Solid Waste Collection, Transportation, and Disposal Regulation

Assessment of environmental impacts from waste streams and cleanup of contaminated sites

Dwight Miller, PE, ENV SP , Principal Consultant
Parametrix / Seattle, WA

Regulated transportation as an essential part of the business

Blair I. Fassburg, Esq.
Williams Kastner / Seattle, WA

Solid waste procurement processes: Case study of the Snohomish County RFP process

Matt Zybas , Director of Solid Waste Services
Snohomish County Public Works Department / Everett, WA

12:00 pm

Lunch (on Your Own)

1:15 pm

Landfills as Profit Centers: Converting Closed Landfills to Solar Farms

The U.S. Department of Energy's RE-Powering America's Land program; the economic feasibility of solar generation in the Puget Sound region; lessons from the Roosevelt installation

Jim Hutchinson , NW Area Director, Municipal
Republic Services, Inc. / Bellevue, WA

2:00 pm

Recycling: China and Resulting Issues

Status report on the trade issues and implications of the restrictions for solid waste handling practices

Susan Robinson , Federal Public Affairs Director
Waste Management Inc. / Sammamish, WA

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

What Next for Cities and Counties?

Perspectives on how to deal with China and changes in recycled materials markets; tips for managing the overall mix of solid waste issues

Ron Jones , Senior Planner
City of Olympia / Olympia, WA

Brad Lovaas , Executive Director
Washington Refuse & Recycling Association / Lacey, WA

Heather Trim, Ph.D. , Executive Director
Zero Waste Washington / Seattle, WA

Hans Van Dusen , Solid Waste Contracts Manager
Seattle Public Utilities / Seattle, WA

4:30 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn

Faculty Bios

P. Stephen DiJulio, P. Stephen DiJulio, Program Co-Chair, serves as the managing member of Foster Pepper. He focuses on litigation involving state and local governments, and land use and environmental law. This includes representation of water, wastewater, storm water, solid waste systems, and of local improvement districts.

David W. Wiley, David W. Wiley, Program Co-Chair, is a member at Williams Kastner. His practice concentrates on representation of the transportation and solid waste industries. His clients include solid, biomedical, and hazardous waste carriers.

Blair I. Fassburg Blair I. Fassburg is a member of Williams Kastner. He focuses on representing regulated industries with a focus on the transportation and solid waste industries.

Jim Hutchinson Jim Hutchinson is NW Area Director, Municipal for Republic Services, Inc.

Ron Jones Ron Jones is a Senior Planner for the City of Olympia in the Waste ReSources Utility. He also is the current president of the Washington State Recycling Association and serves on the Statewide Recycle Steering Committee.

Andrew M. Kenefick Andrew M. Kenefick is Senior Counsel at Waste Management, Inc. He represents the company on all aspects of its solid waste, hazardous waste, and recycling businesses throughout the western United States.

Brad Lovaas Brad Lovaas is Executive Director of the Washington Refuse & Recycling Association. He previously served as legislative staff for the Transportation Committee and as the Transportation Budget Director.

Dwight Miller is a Princi Dwight Miller is a Princi pal Consultant at Parametrix. He has worked on solid and hazardous waste, industrial, bioenergy, and composting projects for over 33 years, with particular emphasis on supporting clients' plans for new and expanded facilities.

Susan Robinson Susan Robinson is Federal Public Affairs Director for Waste Management Inc. She leads the company's Sustainability Team. Her experience includes global commodity marketing, research and analysis of industry trends, and twenty years managing municipal solid waste and recycling contracts.

Heather Trim, Ph.D., Heather Trim, Ph.D., is Executive Director of Zero Waste Washington and has been ramping up programs to reduce upstream sources of waste, get toxic chemicals out of products, and reduce plastic pollution.

Hans Van Dusen Hans Van Dusen is Solid Waste Contracts Manager for Seattle Public Utilities. He is the City lead for purchasing, negotiating, and administering a portfolio of over $100M per year in service contracts covering Seattle's solid waste collection, transfer, processing, rail haul, and disposal.

Matt Zybas Matt Zybas is Director of Solid Waste Services for the Snohomish County Public Works Department. He previously served as the Utility Manager for San Juan County, responsible for solid waste and stormwater programs.

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: This program qualifies for 5.5 Washington MCLE credits and 5.5 AICP planner credits. Upon request, we will help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.