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April 26th, 2009
Local waste management summit scheduled

STAFF REPORT

Registration is open for the Construction and Demolition Waste Management Summit on May 6, at the Austin Convention Center, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The summit, presented by the Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG), in partnership with the City of Austin Solid Waste Services, Austin Energy and The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

The summit is an educational and networking event focusing on reduction and proper management of construction and demolition (CD) materials and waste. It will include a general session, along with two concurrent sessions to be held with experts in the fields of regulatory guidance, case studies and project management tools. Participants can also choose between two processing and materials management facility tours.

The summit will have two concurrent tracks.

The commercial track will provide builders, contractors, service providers or other commercial companies with a chance to learn about new methods to manage CD waste, and find new and existing resources available in the region.

Entrepreneurs ans small business owners will learn the regulator requirements for operating a CD material management facility and gain an understanding of how to work with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and other end product users to meet material specifications.

The municipal track gives participants the chance to learn how CD waste management systems are established in other cities, how similar systems can benefit their communities and how to measure the success of a CD recycling program.

Municipal presentations will include an overview of CD waste management, case studies by the City of Huntsville CD Warehouse Program, the City of Plano’s Recycling Ordinance, an overview of CD management tools available from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), regulatory requirements for operating a CD management facility, TxDOT reuse and recycling programs and material specifications, Habitat for Humanity deconstruction programs and material reuse and small business development opportunities in Central Texas.

To register, visit the CAPCOG website. Registration is $55, which includes breakfast, lunch and one of two afternoon tours. For more information, contact Kelly Freeman, Solid Waste Program Coordinator, at (512) 916-6040, or via email.

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