- Don Ross, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, New Way
Vivian Schau, Zero Waste Coordinator, Regional District of Nanaimo, BC
Michael Fernandez, Director, Miami-Dade Department of Solid Waste Management, FL
Don Ross of New Way discusses the history of automation and the latest technologies. He also outlines the benefits, including safety. Vivan Schau of the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) and Michael Fernandez of Miami-Dade County (MDC) then share their first-hand experience. RDN began automated collection in Fall 2020 and Schau shares the innovative way they structured their contract and did outreach and community education, as well as lessons learned. MDC has had automation for a while and Fernandez speaks to the benefits, including during the pandemic. He gives background on MDC's program, as well as provides data comparing it to REL.