SWANApalooza is Back!

SWANApalooza 2020: Connecting Our Resources is Coming to Atlanta

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SWANApalooza is SWANA’s premier technical conference showcasing technologies and solutions to transform waste into a resource. This four-day technical conference takes place March 23–26 in Atlanta, GA, and offers participants the opportunity to dive deep into the industry’s biggest challenges, learn best practices, and cultivate a meaningful network.

Together in 2020, let’s “connect our resources” and find solutions to address topics including recycling and sustainability, waste-to-energy, EPA landfill regulations, PFAS, and more! 

Participants will gain access to:

  • The highest level of technical education that helps achieve career goals and increase industry knowledge
  • The latest in products, trends, and technologies
  • Networking opportunities to exchange ideas and build a professional support group.

Be in-the-know about the latest products, technologies, safety issues, and processes that apply to your day-to-day work.Be in-the-know about the latest products, technologies, safety issues, and processes that apply to your day-to-day work.

Products, Technologies, and Solutions
SWANApalooza features dozens of exhibitors positioned for face-to-face meetings that let you explain professional challenges and seek solutions. Experience groundbreaking products and services all in one location and time.

Learn from industry experts and work through real-life solutions with your peers.Learn from industry experts and work through real-life solutions with your peers.

Training Certification Courses
SWANApalooza offers industry-leading, instructor-led training on proven strategies and practices in eight areas of solid-waste-specific education to become SWANA Certified in the discipline. Learn solutions for every level of employee to ensure ongoing development.

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Networking Opportunities
SWANApalooza helps you network with other professionals and vendors in the industry. Be in-the-know about the latest products, technologies, safety issues, and processes that apply to your day-to-day work.

Key Challenges Addressed at SWANApalooza 2020

  • Waste-to-Energy
    SWANApalooza is the premier conference for professionals looking for new and emerging technologies to convert waste into reliable, renewable power. Find ways to improve waste-to-energy plant operations or how to better integrate or enhance waste conversion and energy recovery as a viable option in your solid waste management program. Connect with industry experts to discuss innovative conversion technologies including anaerobic digestion, energy diversification strategies, plant maintenance, and the economics of energy from waste. 
  • PFAS
    Current environmental challenges present both technical and fiscal puzzles for regulators, business groups, and public officials. Difficult policy choices can look easier when seen from different perspectives. Participate in the new PFAS Summit and learn about landfill design, groundwater protection, closure and post-closure care and funding, and landfill operations. 
  • Recycling/Sustainability
    SWANA is working with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and leaders across North America to develop a framework to improve America’s recycling infrastructure. Explore innovative waste reduction strategies and learn about cutting-edge progress tackling food waste, plastics and marine litter, composting, and recycling. 

Join us as we connect our resources and examine the groundbreaking work of advancing solid waste management. Register before February 7, 2020, to save with Early Bird pricing, SWANA’s absolute lowest prices! Visit SWANApalooza.org for more information.


SWANA, EPA Address Recycling’s Future at America Recycles Day Events

Innovation Fair & National Recycling Framework to Guide America Recycling

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) co-sponsored the America Recycles Innovation Fair and played a leading role at the 2019 America Recycles Summit on November 14 and 15, 2019, with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Keep America Beautiful, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, and The Recycling Partnership. These events were part of America Recycles Day (ARD) 2019 that was being celebrated nationally.

The week of America Recycles Day (ARD) is an important opportunity for organizations involved in the recycling and materials management industries to come together. Many organizations use this time to celebrate and promote the United States’ recycling system and have planned events during this week. Due to the major changes occurring within the recycling system, this year’s ARD events were focused on ensuring the sustainable future of American recycling.

The America Recycles Innovation Fair occurred on November 14, 2019, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC. The free Innovation Fair was designed to connect investors with recycling innovators—helping to spur market development and adoption of new technologies to increase recycling rates as well as create new products comprised of post-recycled content. Nearly 40 exhibitors showcased new recyclable products, goods made from recycled content, the latest in recycling and manufacturing research, education and outreach, and exciting new technologies that are advancing recycling today and into the future.

SWANA Executive Director and CEO, David Biderman, speaking on the panel at the America Recycles Summit in Washington, DCSWANA Executive Director and CEO, David Biderman, speaking on the panel at the America Recycles Summit in Washington, DC

On November 15, 2019, the 2019 America Recycles Summit reconvened the organizations that signed the America Recycles Day Pledge in 2018 to introduce the Framework to Advance the U.S. Recycling System and exchange ideas on additional actions that are needed to improve recycling in America. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler joined the nearly 200 organizations that have now signed onto the pledge to commit to continue working together to build on their successes and implement the national framework. SWANA Executive Director and CEO, David Biderman, was a panelist at this event.

The Summit was preceded by a Recycling Roundtable with Administrator Wheeler and recycling stakeholders, including Biderman, to discuss the issues and opportunities facing American recycling in further detail.

These events, as well as other ARD messaging, were promoted on social media using #AmericaRecycles and #RecycleRight.


SWANA’s Report on Curbside Recycling Programs Free to Members

SWANA’s Applied Research Foundation report looks at the impact of China’s National Sword Policy.

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An important new report issued by the Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA) Applied Research Foundation (ARF) provides a number of significant observations and insights regarding the impacts of China’s National Sword Policy on curbside recycling programs in the US and Canada and the resets that can be made to address them.

At WASTECON®, in Phoenix, Arizona, David Biderman, SWANA’s Executive Director and CEO, announced that the report, “Resetting Curbside Recycling Programs in the Wake of China,” would be made available immediately to SWANA members for free. This announcement came after a substantial number of requests for the report.

“I am very pleased to make this important report available to our members, as it contains useful information that municipal officials and others need during these challenging times,” said David Biderman, SWANA’s Executive Director and CEO. He added, “Local governments have several options that are preferable to dropping curbside recycling, and this ARF report provides crucial data, guidance, and recommendations that will help them assess these alternatives.”

China’s National Sword policy banned the import of several recyclable materials from all countries—including mixed paper and mixed plastics—on January 1, 2018, and reduced the acceptable level of contamination in scrap and recyclable materials not banned to 0.5% effective March 1, 2018. China also imposed tariffs on many recyclables specifically from the United States—including cardboard, other recovered fiber, metals, and plastics—in August 2018.

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According to the ARF report, National Sword has contributed substantially to a 50% reduction in the revenues received from the sale of recyclables recovered through curbside recycling. In addition, it has resulted in increased processing costs at materials recovery facilities (MRFs).

“The China National Sword policy is providing recycling program managers with an opportunity to reevaluate the costs, funding mechanisms, and materials targeted by their curbside recycling programs in an effort to make them more sustainable and effective,” said Jeremy O’Brien, P.E., SWANA’s Director of Applied Research.

The report presents several options that can be implemented to counter the impacts of China’s National Sword policy. One example would be to switch from a weekly to bi-weekly schedule for curbside recyclables collection.

November was an active one on the recycling policy front with the November 15 release of EPA’s long-awaited national recycling framework, as part of its America Recycles Day (ARD) activities and continued congressional activity on a variety of bills that provide financial support to municipal recycling programs.

SWANA members can download the report, “Resetting Curbside Recycling Programs in the Wake of China,” for free at https://bit.ly/2r6H8qi[/.


SWANA Lawrence LecturerRecognized at WASTECON®

Harvey Gershman of GBB awarded at WASTECON 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona

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The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) awarded Harvey Gershman, Founder Owner Associate and Co-Founder of Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc. (GBB), the 2019 Lawrence Lecture Award at WASTECON.

SWANA’s Lawrence Lecturer Award is presented to an individual recognized as a national or international industry leader and expert with substantial, significant, and sustained contributions to the solid waste management field. Recognition can be for work in research, management, publications, teaching, and/or political action.

“Harvey Gershman has been a leader in the solid waste industry, and in SWANA, for decades. Harvey is a consummate industry professional, with experience in a wide variety of solid waste systems and topics, and has certainly earned his legacy in the industry,” said David Biderman, SWANA’s Executive Director and CEO.

With a passion for the environment that stems from the first Earth Day in 1970, Harvey co-founded solid waste management consulting firm GBB nearly 40 years ago and dedicated his whole career to the development of innovative solutions that resulted in sustainable, efficient integrated waste management systems accepted by their communities and leadership. He has managed the preparation of long-term plans, market studies, feasibility analyses, technology reviews, procurements, and project financing activities for a broad range of solid waste management, recycling, composting, and waste-to-energy projects worldwide.

Harvey is also a career-long active SWANA member. He was a past International Board member, helped launch SWANA’s Recycling technical division, and led the development and teaching of the “paying for your integrated solid waste management system” SWANA training course.

“I am honored to receive this award and thankful for all the friends, mentors, colleagues, clients, and organizations that made it possible to pursue my passion for the environment throughout my career. I hope the forthcoming generation of solid waste management professionals can move the needle much further toward zero waste to landfill in the US,” noted Gershman.

Harvey was honored at WASTECON® 2019: Pathway to Innovation in Phoenix, Arizona, where he gave his Lawrence Lecturer keynote presentation. He provided his firsthand take into the evolution of solid waste management since the 1970s; lessons learned along the way; insight into key projects; words of wisdom; and some interesting anecdotes based on his extensive industry experience.

Watch Harvey’s interview with SWANA to learn more about his career and experience on SWANA’s YouTube channel at https://bit.ly/2rYRlFP.

For more information on SWANA’s Lawrence Lecturer Award, visit SWANA.org.


Dr. Marc Rogoff Awarded 2019 SWANA Life Member Award

Dr. Rogoff was presented with the award at WASTECON® 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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On October 23, 2019, Dr. Marc J. Rogoff, senior consultant at Geosyntec Consultants, was awarded the Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA) 2019 Life Member Award. Dr. Rogoff was nominated by Dr. Jeremy Morris, Principal at Geosyntec, for his valuable contributions to the industry, SWANA, and Geosyntec Consultants.

To be considered for the Life Member Award, the person must meet the following criteria: length of service, commitment to SWANA and its chapters, and superior commitment and service to their employer. This award is given with the approval of SWANA’s Board of Directors, conveying its stature, and entitles recipients to full membership status, without charge, in SWANA and all chapters during their lifetime.

“This is a well-deserved recognition for Marc, who has been a leader in SWANA at the chapter and national level for decades. I appreciate his insights and experience on a wide variety of topics, as well as his strong commitment to maintaining SWANA’s position as the leading solid waste association in the United States and Canada,” stated David Biderman, SWANA’s Executive Director and CEO.

With more than 38 years of experience in solid waste management as a public agency manager and consultant, Dr. Marc J. Rogoff has completed more than 500 assignments worldwide on all facets of solid waste management. He is recognized internationally as an expert in the procurement and operations of solid waste collection, recycling and materials recovery programs and facilities, and the economic feasibility of solid waste systems. In feasibility studies alone, Dr. Rogoff has brought to completion nearly two dozen solid waste projects totaling more than $1.2 billion in project financings.

Dr. Rogoff is also widely published in the fields of solid waste and recycling, with more than 200 articles appearing in trade and peer-reviewed journals. He has published eight major textbooks and has presented at dozens of chapter events and national symposia and conferences.

Dr. Rogoff has served SWANA in many capacities at chapter and international level, having joined in 1981 when SWANA was known as GRCDA. Based in Tampa, he has been heavily involved in the Florida Sunshine Chapter in many leadership positions. He served as the director of two technical divisions, representing them to the International Board and serving as the representative for all technical divisions on the Executive Committee. In that role, he helped supervise a project to bring consistent formatting and updated language to the body of all SWANA Technical Policies.

“I am honored to be nominated for the Life Membership Award from SWANA,” said Dr. Rogoff. “For the past 40 years, I have completed solid waste assignments in 48 out of 50 states and 30 countries. During this time, I have been fortunate to have participated in more than $2.3 billion of solid waste projects. SWANA has been a big part of my life since I joined in 1981. The friendships and personal relationships that I have enabled me to be a better manager and consultant. Many thanks for thinking of me for this award.”

Dr. Rogoff was honored at SWANA’s Annual Business Meeting at WASTECON® 2019: Pathway to Innovation in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dr. Rogoff sat down with SWANA to discuss his award, his career, and his time being a part of SWANA. Watch the interview on SWANA’s YouTube channel at https://bit.ly/2O4NCzb.

For more information on SWANA’s Professional Achievement Awards, visit SWANA.org.


YP Spotlight

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The SWANA Young Professionals (YP) group continues to grow and expand across the country. SWANA YP members have been busy this past year speaking at SWANA events, leading teams, mentoring students, and making strides in every aspect of the industry. With more than 1,000 YPs, their accomplishments are certainly something to be very proud of.

Meet Bridget Wlosek, Environmental Engineer, CDM Smith

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Bridget Wlosek is an environmental engineer at CDM Smith. She joined SWANA in 2016 as a YP soon after starting at CDM Smith in order to stay involved with the industry. In 2018, she joined the YP Steering Committee and has enjoyed being able to play a larger role in organizing YP activities. Being part of SWANA and the YPs has allowed Bridget to network with other professionals and YPs in the industry. Her favorite part about SWANA is attending conferences, either locally or nationally, which she believes is a huge benefit of being a member of SWANA and a YP. She believes conferences are a great way to network and learn about upcoming technologies in the solid waste field, and she enjoys being able to take the knowledge gained from the conference and relaying the information to her clients.

Since Bridget started her career at CDM Smith, she has been able to fully design, bid, and construct multiple projects. She believes seeing a project go from concept to completion is very rewarding! About a year after she started at CDM Smith, Bridget was given the opportunity to travel internationally and conduct a solid waste master plan project in Bahrain. More recently, Bridget was named one of CDM Smith’s Rising Stars. “It is a huge honor to be selected as one of CDM Smith’s Rising Stars. Only 13 people were selected this year out of CDM Smith’s 4,000-plus employees,” she says.

Her favorite project is any project that directly benefits the community and helps protect the environment.

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