2022 PROP Conference Schedule

Sessions (as of June 22, 2022) - Sessions & Presenters Subject to Change.
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Tuesday July 26, 2022
Pre-Conference Certification Classes
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Certification Class #540 - Grant(Re-Certification Credits Available - 0.6 CEUs)
Tuition: $260 Member / $390 Non-member (Lunch included)

Course Description:

The instructors will introduce the concept of grant writing and talk generally about what information Grant Foundations look for. Participants will look at sample working, graphics, and electronics that Grant Institutions find desirable. Participants will also find ways to locate funding sources. Section 900 DEP grants will be covered in detail.

1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Certification Class #405 - Special Materials Collection  (Re-Certification Credits Available - 0.3 CEUs)
Tuition: $159 Member / $299 Non-member (Lunch included)

Course Description:

This course goes beyond Special Materials Collection I to expand on the details of administering a permanent special collection facility. Lancaster County’s permanent collection facility will be examined, and details of the operation and economics will be explained. A tour of the facility will be included. In addition, smaller permanent facilities will also be case studied. A representative from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will be on hand to discuss the regulatory issues and we will also hear from a panel of experts describing the details of various collection sites.

Being held at the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, the class will include a tour of the HHW collection site.

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Certification Exam
Tuition: $60.00

5:30 PM - ??

Golf Outing at the Willow Valley Golf Course, right behind the DoubleTree.

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The Willow Valley Golf Course is made up of 35 acres of manicured tee's, water hazards, and fairways. Elevation changes offer variety and make the course challenging enough for seasoned golfers, yet friendly to beginners and players of all skill levels.

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Early Exhibitor Setup
Wednesday, July 27, 2022
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM  Exhibitor Setup
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Morning Break - Coffee/Tea with Danishes & Muffins & Whole Fruits available in the Exhibit Hall
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Board of Directors Meeting
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Exhibit Hall Open
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

Welcome & Opening Lunch with the Exhibitors

  • Keynote Speaker:
    • Gisele Barreto Fetterman

      Gisele Barreto Fetterman is Pennsylvania's Second Lady and is an unofficial-Professional Recycler of Pennsylvania. She has implemented initiatives that have diverted over 22 million pounds of food and over 30 million pounds of textiles from the waste cycle. 

1:30 – 2:30 PM

Session 1: Source reduction that works

Join us as PRC Deputy Director Sarah Alessio Shea discusses the Pennsylvania Resources Council’s “ReuseFest” – a one-of-a-kind drop-off collection now in its 11th year.  This innovative event addresses the vital waste hierarchy principle of reuse by partnering with numerous local nonprofits in western PA to collect gently used materials to directly benefit their missions.

  •  Presenter: Sarah Alessio Shea – Pennsylvania Resources Council
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Certification Class #415 - Youth Education  (Re-Certification Credits Available - 0.2 CEUs)
Tuition: Included with Conference Registration

Course Description:

With Pennsylvania’s environmental education standards, an opportunity for youth education continues to grow. This course will feature a panel of educators to discuss which education methods have been successful in Pennsylvania. A roundtable discussion will give the participants a chance to ask questions and share ideas.

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Session 2: Additional Environmental Benefits of Recycling

Moderator - Dan Snowden

“Air Quality Benefits of Mine Land Reclamation Performed by the Coal Refuse Reclamation to Energy Industry” presented by - Cristy Sweeney, ARIPPA

“The Utilization of C&D Fines for Mine Reclamation and Economic Development”, presented by -Morgan Popple, Earth Revival

“Land Recycling – Reclaiming Abandoned Mine Lands into Suitable Sites for Development”, presented by - Jason Tarnowski, Earth Conservancy

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM Exhibit Hall Open - {Afternoon Break with the Exhibitors} in the Exhibit Hall
3:45 PM – 4:45 PM

Session 3: Glass Programs that Work

Prism Glass - Public-Private and B2B Partnerships to Improve Glass Recycling

  • Presenters:
    • Laura Guncheon, VP Project Management
    • Nicholas Bruno, Business Development Manager

PRC - Dormont Borough Glass Recycling Collaborative & The Traveling Glass Bin

  • Presenter:  
    • Ashley DiGregorio
3:45 PM – 4:45 PM

Session 4: Pennsylvania's Litter Action Plan

 Designed to provide participants with an overview of the litter problem in Pennsylvania and how local governments can play a role in being a part of the solution, this workshop will review data on the causes and types of litter in Pennsylvania compiled as part of the Pennsylvania Litter Research Study and recommended solutions for solving the state’s littering problem developed by state government, local governments, the General Assembly, community groups, and industry stakeholders as outlined in the Statewide Litter Action Plan.

  • Presenters:
    • Natasha Fackler, Policy Director for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)
    • Jessica Shirley, Policy Director for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
5:00 PM
1st shuttle leaves the DoubleTree for the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
5:30 PM – 7:15 PM PROP Annual Picnic at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
7:00 PM
1st shuttle back to the DoubleTree
7:30 PM - ??
Exhibitor Reception at the DoubleTree (Terrace Room)
Thursday, July 28, 2022
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Morning Break - Coffee/Tea with Danishes & Muffins & Whole Fruits available in the Exhibit Hall
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Session 5: Social Media Marketing for the Public Domain

Learn how to develop a social media strategy that maintains a clear, impactful, and authentic presence that resonates with your audience. 

  • Presenter:
    • Nicole Biesecker, Bee & Cole Group   
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Certification Class - Composting Overview & Equipment  (Re-Certification Credits Available - 0.2 CEUs)

Lifecycle of compost from Feedstocks to Finish Product & Compost Equipment overview, from backyard composting to large-scale compost operations.
  • Presenters:
    • William J. Bedics III, Product Support Specialist / Recycling Coordinator - CEC
    • Doug Orner, Program Manager - Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania
    • Ashley Dobak, Managing Engineer - Barton & Loguidice
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Exhibit Hall Open
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Session 6: Public-Private Partnerships

Have you ever wished that you had a magic wand or a genie in a bottle?  Holly and Doug might be able to offer some solutions to your problems with regards to actions that can be taken to make it look like you had some pixie dust.  How often do you use your leverage to accomplish the task of funding, obtaining resources, or gathering volunteers?  Learn how a big part of the solution is associated with the “ask.”  This will be a fun session to obtain valuable information that will empower you to possibly step outside of your normal operations to achieve better results.

  • Presenters:
    • Holly Vogt, Director – Beaver County Dept. of Sustainability and Waste Mgmnt.
    • Doug Orner, Program Manager – Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Session 7: Bid Specifications & Municipal Contracts

Join us for a discussion on Bid Specifications and Municipal Contracts. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to service specifications, contracts, negotiations, and implementation of collection or processing agreements. This session will demonstrate what tools and methods are necessary to avoid problems before they occur.

  • Presenters:
    • Charles Raudenbush, Consultant
    • Dominic Fulginiti, Republic Services

(Re-Certification Credits Available - 0.1 CEUs)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch & Annual Members Meeting

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Plenary: Legislative Update

  • Presenter:
    • Veronica Harris - Montgomery County Planning Commission (Chair of the PROP Legislative Committee)
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM  Exhibit Hall Open - {Afternoon Break with the Exhibitors} in the Exhibit Hall
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Session 8: Managing Organics in your Community (Re-Certification Credits Available - 0.1 CEUs)

Bennett Compost is a Philadelphia company that picks up food scraps from nearly 6,000 households and businesses every week, keeping over 85 tons of material out of the landfill every month. Based in the Lawncrest neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia, Bennett Compost's mission is to make composting simple for urban residents. Founded by Tim Bennett in 2009 with $100 and a desire to compost himself, Bennett Compost's mission is to make composting simple for urban residents and connect them to the earth through composting. Bennett Compost is committed to a fair and equitable workplace and provides living wage jobs with benefits to its 17 employees.   For more information visit,  www.bennettcompost.com

  • Presenter:
    • Tim Bennett of Bennett Compost will discuss their innovative municipal composting model.

The Lancaster Composting Co-Ops are a volunteer-driven composting initiative with the mission of making the benefits of composting accessible to all residents in the City of Lancaster. Founded in April 2021 with support from Franklin & Marshall College's Center for Sustained Engagement with Lancaster, the initiative is supported by a partnership with the City of Lancaster and is organized as a network of composting cooperatives with free, volunteer-led participation open to all who complete a brief training session. The initiative has seven bin locations (four of which launched Spring / Summer 2022), and over 115 participating households. For more information, visit www.LancasterCompost.us

  • Presenter:
    • Dr. Eve Bratman from Franklin and Marshall College will discuss the Lancaster City & Franklin & Marshall Co-op.
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Session 9: The EPA National Recycling Strategy

The EPA's National Recycling Strategy launched on November 15, 2021, and EPA’s associated plans for grant funding will be highlighted.  This Strategy identifies actions to address challenges facing the U.S. municipal solid waste recycling system. 

  • Presenter:
    • Dana Aunkst - Land, Chemicals, and Redevelopment Division’s Director
5:15 PM - 6:00 PM
Reception with the Exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall
6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
Annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony
Friday, July 29, 2022
8:45 am – 10:45 am Morning Break - Coffee/Tea with Danishes & Muffins & Whole Fruits
9:15 am - 10:15 am

Plenary – Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center Annual Markets Panel Updates
Presenters: TBA

Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center Inc

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Plenary – Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Updates

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

11:30 am Conference Wrap-up and Safe Journey Home