SWANA Safety Matters

Arecent increase in fatal accidents involving garbage trucks is of great concern and is unacceptable. In March, SWANA’s safety tracking identified ten separate incidents in which someone in the United States has been killed in an accident involving a truck carrying garbage or recyclables.

ms1606_24_1SWANA has developed several free safety resources for public and private sector waste employers and employees. These include a backing toolkit and the 5 To Stay Alive poster (both available in Spanish). In addition, nearly 100 companies and local governments have ordered more than 3,000 Slow Down to Get Around stickers from SWANA.

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SWANA Executive Director and CEO, David Biderman, calls on industry peers and SWANA members to join our effort to get waste collection employees off the list of top 10 most dangerous occupations.

He said, “This will be difficult to accomplish, as many of these fatal accidents are not the driver or helper’s fault. We are working with several associations, companies, and local governments on safety-related educational projects, reflecting our view that safety is not proprietary, and that it will take leadership, collaboration, and teamwork to make this industry safer.”

SWANA pledges to continue to expand communications regarding safety, including at the Chapter level through the Safety Ambassador initiative.

ms1606_24_2At SWANA, we know nothing is more important than safety, and we will continue to spread that message.

For more information on SWANA’s Safety Matters program and for the latest in safety news, visit https://swana.org/safety.

Be sure to follow SWANA on social media and use hashtag #SWANAsafety.

“Our increased focus on safety is consistent with SWANA’s Strategic Plan and is the right thing to do. Our members have embraced SWANA’s new safety initiatives, and our new Safety Ambassador program will improve the industry’s safety culture at the chapter and local levels.” – Michelle Leonard, SWANA President


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ms1606_26Fast Lane to the Future: WASTECON 2016 is at the Turn

WASTECON® is the premier solid waste industry-focused conference that brings you the latest news, education, advancements and products to help you achieve success in your business, all in one setting. The 54th Annual WASTECON conference will take place in Indianapolis, Indiana, from August 22–25, 2016.

WASTECON maintains the standard of excellence you’ve come to expect from SWANA by offering opportunities to see what’s new in collection, processing, marketing and management of compost, recyclables and solid waste.

Join thousands of industry professionals for training, technical sessions, exhibits and networking opportunities. Explore a variety of new topics and expand your knowledge of what’s happening in solid waste management.

Safety Summit returns! • Celebration of Excellence, featuring the debut of SWANA Safety Award Recipients • Hot Topics: Food Waste 4-1-1, Waste in the Circular Economy, Got Smart Trucks? & much more… • Facility Tours • Over 200 Exhibitors Indiana & Ohio Chapters’ Indy Motor Speedway Wednesday Night Event • YP Activities:2nd Annual Student Solid Waste Design Competition, YP Meet & Greet and Minute Mentoring events • Elected Officials Track • SWANA Training & Exam Center

This is just a glimpse of what you can expect to experience at WASTECON® 2016. Let’s not forget the technical tours, 5K Fun Run/Walk, golf tournament and other social events for the informal networking experiences that mean so much.

Registration is open now! Register at www.WASTECON.org.

New in 2016! WASTECON is co-located with StormCon, The North American Surface Water Quality Conference & Exposition.

Exclusive Exhibit Hall Hours
Tuesday, August 23 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Wednesday, August 24 | 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. (Reception in exhibit hall from 3–5pm)

NOTE: Show hours subject to change.

ms1606_27_1Race Over to Wednesday Night’s Motor Speedway Event

Experience Indiana’s historic landmark, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where you’ll make epic memories at WASTECON’s annual Wednesday Night Chapter Networking event, proudly co-hosted by the Indiana & Ohio Chapters of SWANA, in partnership with StormCon.ms1606_27_2

Home of the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400, the Speedway’s track opened in 1909 and is currently the world’s largest spectator facility. As part of this year’s festivities, you’ll spend an evening with industry colleagues that will leave you with tales to tell for years to come.

At the “Starting Gate,” attendees will enjoy:

• Food and refreshments served in The Pagoda, one of the most recognizable structures in worldwide motorsports with an enviable view of the start/finish lines.

• “Kissing the Bricks” on the Brick Yard, the original surface of the Speedway featuring its 36-inch intact strip of the original bricks at the start-finish line.

• Racetrack Rides (tickets available to ride) to roar around the track at speeds of up to 150 miles per hour on the legendary 2.5-mile oval track.

• Dance and capture a selfie in Victory Circle after crossing the finish line as the checkered flag is waved.


On Your Mark. Get Set. GOLF!

golfThe Hoosier and Buckeye SWANA Chapters invite you to join the WASTECON 2016 Golf Tournament held at the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Monday, August 22, 2016
9:00 a.m. Tee Time
This Pete Dye designed golf course has four holes inside the racetrack.

Located: 4400 W. 16th Street • Indianapolis, IN 46222
(Bus transportation from conference hotel available)

Cost: $125.00 per player – Limited availability
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.
Cost includes: Golf, Cart, Range Balls, Beverages, Breakfast, Lunch, Prizes

Club rental: Rental Clubs are available at the course for $70.00 per set. Contact the course for information: (317) 492-6417 • Email: golfshop@brickyard.com

Deadline: Registration must be received before August 5, 2016

For complete details, visit WASTECON.org and look under “Events” for the golf tournament.

ms1606_28_1Summer Training & Exam Center

(Co-Located with WASTECON 2016)

SWANA’s industry-recognized training programs strive to ensure that SWANA members and other industry professionals stay competitive, up-to-date and in compliance with current best practices within the solid waste industry.

SWANA’s Summer Training & Exam Center is a popular destination for solid waste, recycling and resource management professionals seeking to advance their career. Choose from our extensive course list of 2-, 3- and 4-day technical training courses.

ms1606_28_2TWO-DAY COURSES
•  Managing Collection Systems – 20 CEUs
Monday, August 22 – Tuesday, August 23, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Managing Collection Systems addresses the collection of residential solid waste and recyclables from single-family and multi-family residences. The course includes a discussion of state-of-the-art technology and best practices as reported in the literature and practice. The course provides information that will assist individuals and organizations in the planning, operations and management of residential solid waste and recyclables collection systems.

•  Organics Collection – 30 CEUs
Monday, August 22 – Tuesday, August 23, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Organics Collection is one the hottest trends in solid waste management today. This course discusses the specifics of developing an organics collection program. The course includes extensive discussion of case studies of existing residential, commercial and institutional organic collection programs.

• Transfer Station Management
Monday, August 22 – Wednesday, August 24, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
This course addresses the factors in the design, operation and management of a transfer station. It deals with how to effectively communicate and overcome the challenges in planning and operating a transfer station and how planning and design affect construction and operation. You will also learn how a well-planned, designed and operated transfer station provides advantages and flexibility to a waste management system.

•  Managing Composting Programs – 30 CEUs
Monday, August 22 – Wednesday, August 24, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
This course addresses concepts critical to successfully managing composting programs including the rationale for composting, planning and site development, economics and operations. This course includes information on new practices, emerging technologies, and management issues inherent in municipal composting programs. The course consists of class lecture, classroom activities and a facility tour.

•  Managing Integrated Solid Waste Management Systems – 30 CEUs
Monday, August 22 – Wednesday, August 24, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
This course addresses the issues confronting managers of integrated municipal solid waste management systems. Master concepts of planning, developing and managing solid waste systems are discussed along with specific system management issues. The course is taught by MSW managers, systems planners and officials with years of experience in planning, budgeting, personnel management, and policy issues as they relate to MSW management. The course also serves as preparation for the MSW Management certification exam.

•  Managing Recycling Systems – 30 CEUs
Monday, August 22 – Wednesday, August 24, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
This course provides the information needed to successfully plan, develop, market, and manage recycling programs. It also addresses collection, processing, end-use standards application and protection of human health and the environment.

•  HHW & CESQG Collection Operations – 30 CEUs
Monday, August 22 – Wednesday, August 24, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
This course is designed to satisfy the 24-hour OSHA HAZWOPER health and safety training as required by many states for HHW/CESQG operations.


Manager of Landfill Operations (MOLO) Bootcamp – 30 CEUs
Sunday, August 21 – Wednesday, August 24, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30p.m.

MOLO Bootcamp began as a special Training@HQ course, and now it’s making its way to Indianapolis!

SWANA is offering a unique experience to optimize your time, energy and money by attending this four-day intense Boot Camp training format. The Manager of Landfill Operations (MOLO) course provides a comprehensive study of efficient landfill operations, including site design, compliance with regulations, and issues to consider when planning, operating, and closing landfills.


Certification can be the key to a higher salary and greater job fulfillment. Join the SWANA strong, and get certified to demonstrate your commitment to the industry, your career, and your employer.

Exam Center 1: Wednesday, August 24 | 8:00a.m – 11:30a.m.
Recommended for 2-day courses

Exam Center 2: Thursday, August 25 | 8:00a.m – 11:30a.m.
Recommended for 3-day courses

If you are taking an exam only, register for either day.
Exam check-in: 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Exams: 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Certification

Exams are offered for nine disciplines:

• Bioreactor and Leachate Recirculation Landfills
• Collection Systems
• Composting Programs
• Construction & Demolition Materials Management
• HHW/CESQG Facility Operations
• Integrated Solid Waste Management Systems
• Landfill Management (MOLO)
• Recycling Systems
• Transfer Station Systems

It WAS a SWANApalooza!

SWANApalooza 2016 in Charleston, South Carolina, was a terrific event! More than 1,200 people attended, bringing together several important SWANA events, including the Landfill Gas & Biogas Symposium, Landfill Symposium, the Road to Zero Waste Conference, and our popular Spring Training Center. For the second consecutive year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held its annual Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) workshop at SWANApalooza. SWANA even partnered with Fleet Management Expo to feature even more exhibitors, attendees, and excitement to Charleston.

SWANApalooza featured a very high quality of content at the various sessions. Whether it was reviewing recent and expected EPA activities in Technical Division meetings, learning about the potential impacts of food waste diversion on landfills, or listening to LMOP representatives describe potential changes to their program, the information shared at these sessions was timely, topical, and well-presented.


Of particular note was EPA Assistant Administrator Mathy Stanislaus’ presentation on the joint EPA/USDA food waste reduction goal. These two federal agencies established a 50 percent food waste reduction goal by 2030. Stanislaus discussed how the agriculture, manufacturing and waste industries will need to work together to achieve this ambitious goal. Although the lack of alternative food waste disposal facilities and economic concerns are a challenge, SWANA members will be leaders in this effort.

SWANApalooza is becoming one of SWANA’s largest events, and we look forward to its continued growth in coming years. For pictures, event details, and access to proceedings visit SWANApalooza.org.


ms1606_32_2YP Spotlight

The SWANA Young Professionals group continues to grow and expand across the country, with more than 500 members busy this past year speaking at SWANA events, leading teams, mentoring students and making strides in every aspect of the industry.

Meet Our Featured YP:

Matthew J. DeNafo
Sr. Engineer, SWANA NJ Chapter Board Member
Atlantic County Utilities Authority

ms1606_32_1Matthew J. DeNafo is a senior engineer with Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA). He recently completed the design and construction of a 30-acre temporary landfill rain cover to prevent fugitive gas from escaping ACUA’s landfill and reduce the daily maintenance of side slope erosion repair. The project was a huge success and has had a significant and positive impact on the management of gas collection, which also reduces the potential for future odor issues.

Matthew also is very involved with SWANA. He became a SWANA Member in 2012 and was appointed as the New Jersey YP Liaison in 2013. After a year of serving as the YP Liaison, in 2014 he was elected a SWANA New Jersey Chapter Board Member, where he sat on the Awards Committee and helped to develop the Sustainability Award Program. Over the past four years, Matthew also has helped coordinate the Annual SWANA NJ Chapter Spring Conferences and seminars.

“The YP membership has been a great experience that has offered so many opportunities to learn, collaborate and network with like-minded individuals in the solid waste industry.”

Keep up the good work, Matthew!


YP of the Month submissions can be made to Shelby Truxon, Membership Program Manager, at struxon@swana.org.


SWANA’s Young Professionals Present:
2nd Annual National Solid Waste Design Competition (SWDC)
WASTECON 2016 • Indianapolis, Indiana • August 22–25, 2016

The SWDC is a student team competition held at SWANA’s WASTECON® conference to solve a “real world” problem faced by solid waste professionals. The competition aims at providing design experience for students interested in pursuing an education and/or career in solid waste management.

Last year’s inaugural competition featured four teams from top U.S. schools: Florida Atlantic University, University of Miami, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and University of Florida.

This year’s competition will feature NEW teams, a NEW problem statement, NEW innovative ideas, and RENEWED excitement as last year’s successful competition is followed up.

To register for WASTECON or learn more about the Solid Waste Design Competition, visit www.WASTECON.org.

Contact struxon@swana.org with any questions. MSW_bug_web


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