Organics, the next frontier in solid waste and resource management, will be thoroughly explored at the 2014 Federation of New York Solid Waste Association’s Conference – starting with a plenary speaker from US Composting Council. An evolution in how these materials are managed is taking place, as recycling rates continue to rise and composting is taken out of the backyard.

The nationally known Federation conference, held May 18 – 21 at The Sagamore in Bolton Landing,NY, continues to offer timely topics and trends by its ability to attract top speakers and experts in all fields. You may be an “expert in the field” and not recognize it, but sharing information is how knowledge is passed on. Abstracts are now being accepted to develop the 2014 program. If you have an innovative program or improved process that you’d like to share with hundreds of your peers, please consider presenting at the 2014 Federation of New York Solid Waste Association’s Conference.
Abstracts of up to 250 words will be accepted through Nov. 1, 2013, on any topics associated with solid waste, including waste reduction, reuse, recycling, composting, waste-to-energy (WTE) and landfilling operations. Abstracts on topics that would advance sustainable materials management (i.e., product and packaging stewardship, organics diversion) in this cultural and industry change are also welcome. Topics, which tie recycling and engineering together and are considered PE eligible, will receive immediate consideration. Abstracts of papers are easily submitted through the Conference website at (Papers from the 2013 Conference can be viewed there also).

Presentations are generally 20 minutes, followed by questions and answers. We have expanded our traditional 2.5 day format into 3 days of technical presentations. 2014’s plenary session, featuring Lori Scozzafava, Executive Director of the US Composting Council, will have an organics focus which will address broad issues of concern to all attendees. The breakout session tracks are designed to provide more in-depth discussions of solid waste/materials management issues. Topics for the 2014 conference are envisioned to include all things green: from engineering design to technologies to ultimate product management; sustainability; waste diversion; carbon offsets; environmental outreach and education; organics; deconstruction; landfill closure and post-closure; WTE/alternative energy trends; regulatory and compliance concerns; special/hazardous waste management; legal/contracting issues and more.

This is the 15th year the Conference will take place at The Sagamore, a historic four-diamond resort on Lake George. The conference draws upwards of 700 attendees from around the Northeast, Midwest, South, Canada and Europe.

For more information, contact Luann Meyer at (585) 325-71