Solid Waste Technical Series

Solid Waste Webinar Series

June 24
11 a.m. – 12 noon
Online via the Zoom Platform

Plan to attend this new webinar series hosted by ESD and the Michigan Waste & Recycling Association (MWRA). National PFAS experts will be speaking on a variety of important topics related to these “forever chemicals” at waste disposal facilities. The series is intended for a broad group of environmental professionals representing industry, consulting and regulatory agencies.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Longer-Term Temporal Trends in PFAS Concentrations at Midwestern Landfills
Presented by: Terry Johnson, Sr. Director of Research and Environmental Protection, Waste Management, Inc.

While considerable data has been generated for current PFAS concentrations in landfill leachate, little published information exists concerning longer-term trends in PFAS compounds in landfill leachate.  In contrast, human blood concentrations have been monitored since the early 2000s, with decreasing trends in legacy PFAS compounds PFOA and PFOS evident presumably as a result of phase out programs.  In this presentation we examine data from four landfills located in similar climatic conditions in the Midwest where monitoring over a span of decade for PFAS has been conducted.  These data are examined in the context of PFOA and PFOS phase out actions and initiatives.  Increased usage of replacement chemicals is also examined.   An understanding of PFAS trends in landfill leachate is important to inform public policy, regulatory matters and other potential actions. 

For over 30 years, ESD has partnered with MWRA to host events focused on cutting-edge technological innovations and solutions related to the solid waste industry. The 31st Annual Solid Waste Technical Conference is scheduled for November 4, 2021.

Webinar attendees can request a certificate of attendance that can be used for eligible continuing education credits based on hours of instruction time.

$25 for ESD/MWRA members: $35 for non-members.

Register online by using the link to the right.

For more information, contact Leslie Smith, CMP, at or 248-353-0735, ext. 152.