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NAHMMA Florida Chapter 2015 Workshop
The 2015 Annual Conference was held in Sarasota, Florida at the Lido Beach resort with 128 attendees.
Lido Beach was a perfect location for this year’s event.
Our workshop was officially kicked off with the “Presentation of Colors” ceremony by the Sarasota County Fire Department Honor Guard, welcome speeches by the Chapter President, Director of Sarasota County Public Utilities and the Director of FDEP South District.
The sessions, trainings and the keynote address were well attended and of great value to our members.
The Hazwaste Olympics were held on the beach with perfect beach weather of sun and breeze and the appearance of some cute inflated penguins, which contributed to the great fun with the “Duct Tape” team snagging Gold.
Keynote speaker - Professor Timothy G. Townsend, Ph.D., P.E delivered a very interesting presentation regarding “a discussion of future issues regarding the characterization of hazardous waste.”
The tours were greatly enjoyed by all participants, having been to the Mote Marine Aquarium, Tervis Tumbler manufacturer, the Bee Ridge Chemical Collection Center and the Central County Customer Convenience Center.
We thank the Planning committee, Training committee, Host “Sarasota County” and the chapter executive for all their hard work, dedication and sacrifice in making everything come together so smoothly for another successful workshop.
We would also like to again thank the 10 vendors who participated in our 2015 workshop.
We look forward to the 2016 Chapter Workshop in Jacksonville, Florida!
NW Chapter Conference
- Registration for the NW Chapter Conference is now live, here, along with details about speakers, tours and trainings
- Accommodations - link here
- Scholarships - the Chapter will again be offering scholarships to cover registration costs, application form here
- If you may be interested in a vendor display or otherwise sponsoring the conference, see info here
- Presentations from past years' NAHMMA Northwest Chapter conferences are available for perusal here
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2015 annual conference call for presenters
TOPIC IDEAS INCLUDE:
HHW, Facility Design And Operations, Outreach/Community Engagement, Universal Waste, Paint,
Toxicology/Environmental, Health Spill Response/Emergency Management/Facility Safety,
Hazardous Waste - Small Business, Debris Management/Disaster Clean-up,
Public Awareness/Education/Advertising, EPR/Product Stewardship, Pharmaceuticals, Zero Waste,
Chemical Policy, Diversion and more!
5 ways to get people to recycle more electronics
Apple sold a record 74.5 million iPhones in last year's fourth quarter. That "incredible quarter," as Apple CEO Tim Cook called it, was due in large part to the debut of the iPhone 6, which prompted millions of people to swap out their old smartphone for a new one. But trading in the old for the new is quickly becoming an almost yearly ritual for many: Rapid advances in technology mean that our cellphones, tablets and TVs are "obsolete" in 18 months. So what happens to all those gadgets once we're done with them?
Chemicals used in flavoring e-cigarettes can be as harmful as cigarettes
A new study has examined that the components of electronic cigarettes are not regulated and standardized as compared to standard cigarettes and this is why they vary widely between products.
The study conducted at American Thoracic Society suggested that the characteristics of these e-cigarette elements, including their delivery systems, combustion apparatuses, and the composition of the nicotine solutions they contain may affect the levels of potentially hazardous substances in the vapor they produce.
This is what happens to your body when you switch to organic food
By this point we are all more than aware of the options we are faced with when shopping for food, especially produce. Mostly because of its higher price point – although the gap is shrinking – the vast majority of us opt away from the organic section to buy conventional.
How many chemicals do you put on your body every day?
Is it any surprise that the lotions, soaps and other products we use to make ourselves look younger or "better" might contain a nasty slew of chemicals?
If you're unsure or want to understand what these chemicals can do to your health, a recent report in The Guardian would be a good place to start. The report says that although many of these chemicals might be harmless, others might be endocrine disruptors, carcinogens and neurotoxins.
Making a living in the toxic world of discarded electronics
The Washington Post
The first time photographer Valentino Bellini visited an e-waste dump, he was shocked.
"It was like hell," Bellini said in a phone interview. "Huge, lots of stuff everywhere. The air was heavy from burning plastic." Bellini's first experience with e-waste was in 2012, when he visited Agbogbloshie, reportedly the world's largest e-waste dumping site, in the middle of Ghana's capitol city, Accra.
9 oil well deaths lead to warning about inhaling chemicals
The Associated Press via ABC News
Federal officials have issued a warning about the danger of inhaling chemicals at oil wells following the deaths of nine workers in the past five years.
All the deaths involved people at crude production tanks. Colorado and North Dakota each had three deaths, and Texas, Oklahoma and Montana each had one death.
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