Tony Miano

Tony Miano

Speaker | City of Tempe

Tempe, AZ |

Tony Miano has 39 years in the public sector retiring from the City of Phoenix as the Interim Assistant Public Works Director. He currently is the Public Works Manager-Solid Waste for the City of Tempe. Tony holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Occupational Education from Wayland Baptist University, graduating Cum Laude. Over the last 5 years, working in Tempe, his focus has been building programs from Safety, Green Organics – Inert Yard, Alley Maintenance and strategies to manage and lead his organization in a strong customer service culture.

Session Name: Municipal Composting 1: Building and Financing Yard Debris Facilities

Session Time: Wednesday, January 29, 8:00 to 9:15 AM

Presentation Title: Can a Small City Build Compost yard?

Presentation Description: Green organics represents approximately 30% of the total waste collected from our municipality. The majority of this material ends up in the landfill. Green organics represent both an opportunity to divert from the landfill and a potential market revenue to the municipalities and is major contributor to landfill-generated methane emissions. The rising economic cost of transportation, handling and tipping fees, and the associated environmental costs have solid waste managers searching for alternatives that will reduce cost and extract value from the green organic feed stock. In our ongoing efforts to increase efficiency, save money and help the environment, the city of Tempe is building a compost yard to turn inert material and green organics into compost. We are a city of 33,500 homes and we are is changing the way we look at waste. We are building copacity to divert and reuse 15,000 tons annually. We have proven that a small city can change the way we collect, process and reuse our commodity (trash). This presentation can demonstrate the steps provided to build a program from scratch and how we are leading the way in the valley with our programs, from equipment, processing, collecting and providing finished product.