Waste Information Exchange Technical Program

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Get the inside scoop on the latest waste-related topics from EPA and industry experts. 
   (updated 4/3) 
Intended to be a forum for the true exchange of information, the unique format of technical sessions features a lead-off EPA speaker, followed by the industry, state, or research perspective, and an interactive discussion among the audience and presenters. Attendees will enjoy plenty of time interacting with presenters and sponsors during breaks, lunch, and the open Q & A time after each session. 

Keynote Presentation:  US EPA Solid and Hazardous Waste Priorities
Carolyn Hoskinson, Director, EPA Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery

In September 2020, Carolyn Hoskinson joined EPA’s Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery (ORCR) as the Director. ORCR promotes the conservation of resources, ensuring the proper management of waste, preventing harmful exposures, and overseeing the cleanup of land for productive use. ORCR’s portfolio includes: reducing waste, recycling, beneficial reuse of wastes, proper municipal solid waste and hazardous management and disposal, hazardous waste cleanup, international waste import and export, and global issues such as marine litter and plastics.  Carolyn has nearly 30 years of experience in EPA programs. Immediately prior to coming to ORCR, Carolyn was the Director of EPA’s Office of Underground Storage Tanks (OUST) for 11 years, and before that she served in several other positions at EPA.  She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications, Law, Economics and Government from The American University in Washington, DC. 

Solid Waste Priorities, Applied Research, and Impacts 
Jesse Maxwell, Sr. Manager for Advocacy and Safety, Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA)

Jesse Maxwell is the Advocacy & Safety Senior Manager for the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). Jesse regularly tracks and reports on legislative and regulatory issues in the municipal solid waste industry and directs safety-related programming. Prior to working at SWANA, Jesse received an M.A. in liberal arts from St. John’s College, Annapolis, Maryland, in 2010. He graduated with a B.A. in English and political science from Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana, in 2007.

Navigating the Hazardous Waste Thermal Capacity
Derek Bedle, General Manager, Veolia North America

Mr. Bedle has 36+ years of business development, operations, and leadership experience in the waste management industry. Currently, he oversees the Veolia Trade Waste Incineration facility complex that operates three hazardous waste incinerators. Prior to his current role, he led the West Carrollton, OH solvent recovery, fuels blending and service operations.

Wednesday's opening panel on Facilitating Data Driven Regulatory Advancements will discuss how to best facilitate data driven regulatory advancements with interagency and stakeholder collaboration.  Examples will be provided from recent and ongoing regulatory efforts in the waste sector.  The panel will be a moderated discussion, followed by audience questions and interaction.  Panelists include: 
  • Joe Benco, Director, Engineering, Republic Services
  • Mike Crisenbery, Vice President, Environmental Compliance, Clean Harbors
  • Anne Germain, Chief Operating Officer and Sr VP of Technical and Regulatory Affairs, National Waste & Recycling Association
  • Sushma Masemore, Assistant Secretary for Environment, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality
  • Dania Rodriguez, Executive Director, Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials