Solid Waste & Recycling


GWMS 2010 to include solar cap landfill tour

Penton Media's 2010 Global Waste Management Symposium (GWMS), a biennial international forum for the presentat...

Penton Media’s 2010 Global Waste Management Symposium (GWMS), a biennial international forum for the presentation of peer-reviewed applied and fundamental research and case studies on waste management, recently announced that a tour of the United States’ first landfill solar energy cover system will be included in the program schedule for all participants at the 2010 event.

The Global Waste Management Symposium will be held October 3 to 6, 2010 in San Antonio, Texas at the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort & Spa.

Integrating new and existing technologies, the innovative solar cover project at Tessman Road Landfill in San Antonio, Texas was brought online by Republic Services, as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to creating cleaner, greener communities. It generates clean, renewable energy, reducing dependence on nonrenewable sources.

The solar energy cover system has been designed to complement landfill gas technology to increase overall energy output, or it can be used as a stand alone system.

For decades, the gas produced naturally through the decomposition of waste has been tapped as a renewable energy source. Republic Services’ breakthrough technology takes the generation of green energy at landfills one step further by capping closed portions of landfills in an environmentally-sustainable manner to collect solar energy for conversion into electricity.

Combined, the two systems can turn landfills into renewable energy parks, offering multiple sources of environmentally friendly power production for their communities.

“We are very pleased to provide this rare opportunity to see, up-close, America’s first system of this type,” says Rita Ugianskis, group show director for Penton Media. “As part of the Global Waste Management Symposium’s mission to promote technology and scientific innovation within the solid waste industry, breakthrough technologies like the landfill solar cover system by Republic Services can spur on continued innovations in the international industry community served by the Global Waste Management Symposium, leading to a cleaner world for us all.”

The Global Waste Management Symposium draws a wide coalition of government agencies, waste services companies, consultants, vendors/suppliers, researchers, and leading trade organizations and scientific foundations from the U.S. and abroad.

International participation in the 2008 GWMS inaugural event included participants from 26 countries. The GWMS includes networking opportunities for technical interaction and discussion among participants who share ideas, and problem solve with colleagues and sponsors on topics critical to the community of designers, facility owners and operators, policymakers, and researchers.

Topics for the 2010 GWMS include:

-Methane Emissions Monitoring
-Gas Management
-Environmental Characteristics of Waste
-Climate Change and Carbon Sequestration
-Waste Minimization

The final program will be announced in early summer 2010 and posted on the event’s website at

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