March 17, 2016 Plant Tour and Recycling Technology (New dinner location)

Eventbrite - ASQ Section 1212 March 2016 Meeting and DinnerWe listen to your request to have some meetings earlier in the day;

You wanted more plant tours;

You wanted alternate locations.

 So this month we’re doing all three.

 

2:00 – 3:00 Plant Tour – WMI (Waste Management Inc.) material recover facility (MRF), 

30869 N. Route 83, Grayslake, IL 60030. Max. limit 30 people, so sign up early.

5:00 – 6:00 Dinner and Networking at Primo Italian American Cuisine,

 720 Milwaukee Ave, Gurnee, IL 60031

6:00 – 7:00  Post- Dinner Speaker:  Walter Willis, Executive Director, Solid Waste Agency of Lake County. Topic: Recycling Technology

Ticket prices at the door are $35.00 check or cash.

Join us for a Plant Tour of WMI

WMI hosts this event at its Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Grayslake where most of SWALCO’s residential recyclable materials are processed, baled, and shipped to markets.
The MRF has an EduCenter where Walter Willis and Scott Combis will demonstrate the operation of the MRF, how the recyclables are segregated and the typical end use markets.  WMI will also discuss the issue of quality control as it applies to the amount of contamination it sees with recyclables received from the residential sector, which unfortunately over time has increased and is a growing concern for WMI and SWALCO.
Scott Combis

Scott Combis is the Lake County MRF plant manager who is a 26+ year veteran in the solid waste and recycling industries.  His roles have ranged from engineering to environmental, health, and safety to operations management.  His role at the Lake County MRF started in Q4 2014.

After Dinner Speaker: Walter Willis

Mr. Willis plans an overview of SWALCO as an organization. He’ll explain the services Solid Waste Management of Lake County (SWALCO) provides its 44 municipal members and the Lake County.  Mr. Willis will discuss the Agency’s collection programs for household chemical waste, electronics, and clothing/shoes/textiles, and the efforts of SWALCO and Lake County to achieve a 60% recycling rate by 2020.  He will also provide information on the Agency’s education efforts, and more recent programs targeted at food scrap composting.
Walter Willis

Walter Willis has been the Executive Director of the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County since 2007 and is responsible for overseeing the Agency’s solid waste and resource management programs, and implementing the Lake County Solid Waste Management Plan.  Mr. Willis is a board member of the Illinois Chapter of SWANA, and the Product Stewardship Institute.

Prior to joining SWALCO, Mr. Willis worked in the waste industry as a consultant for about 20 years developing solid waste management plans and assisting with solid waste facility development projects throughout the United States.  He began his solid waste career with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency back in 1987 after receiving his Masters in Public Administration from Southern Illinois University.