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A "Young Professional" is defined as an individual in the solid waste industry 35 or younger.  That's actual age, not just how you feel.

What is SWANA’s Young Professionals Group?

SWANA's Young Professionals (YP) logo

We are a group of individuals who represent the future of the solid waste industry. We are passionate about the environment, our industry, and helping each other succeed. We are eager to offer advice, brainstorm ideas, develop solutions, and share in the struggles and triumphs of working in this business.

We are energetic. We are motivated. We are committed. We are the next generation of SWANA.


Why Join?

Here are a few of the many benefits you’ll receive by joining SWANA’s Young Professional group:

  • Excellent networking opportunities at events, conferences, and online
  • Webinars targeted at helping you navigate the challenges of the solid waste industry
  • Resources that provide you with tools and information needed to succeed in your career
  • Opportunities to voice your opinion about the future of SWANA

How Do I Join?

New member Young Professionals pay a special first-year membership fee of $100.

The renewal rates for new YP members following their first year will be as follows:

  • Year 2: $150 for a renewing YP under the Public, Private, or Small Business sector
  • Year 3: $200 for a renewing YP under the Public, Private, or Small Business sector
  • Year 4: Back to full price at the standard membership rate for the industry sector

Must be a YP member for 3 consecutive years to receive the discounted YP membership rates. Then once your membership is complete, log-in to your MySWANA account to connect with other YPs under the community tab, interact with us on Twitter @SWANA or check in with the YP Linkedin Group.

If you have any questions, please contact Shelby Truxon, YP Program Manager.


How Do I Get Involved Locally?

Recruitment, development and involvement of Young Professionals (YPs) are critical to the future of SWANA. That’s why SWANA developed a Regional Representative Initiative to foster YP participation at the local level through a team of regional reps and chapter liaisons.

Contact your regional rep to get in touch with your local YP chapter liaison or inquire about open leadership positions. For further assistance, contact the YP Program Manager, Shelby Truxon, at struxon@swana.org.

Region 1
Andrea Ramirez Email: andrea.ramirez@hdrinc.com
Region 2
OPEN Email: struxon@swana.org
Region 3
Roxanne Wienkes Email: rrwienkes@gmail.com
Region 4
OPEN Email: struxon@swana.org
Region 5
Nicholas Guarriello Email: nguarriello@cecenv.com

How Do I Get Involved Internationally?

The ISWA Young Professionals Group aims to bring about new ideas and initiatives that address the challenges in waste management through engagement with wider society. In addition, the YPG strives to make global connection to people, ideas and knowledge more accessible. ISWA YPG is open to anyone under the age of 35 who is working in the field of waste management. SWANA has partnered with ISWA to offer a free 6-month trial of ISWA membership.


How Do I Get In Touch with the YP Leadership?

Feel free to contact Shelby Truxon at struxon@swana.org for any further information.

FY2017 YP Steering Committee City and State
Vanessa Ellison Denton, TX
Ashley Evans Arlington, VA
John Hedlund Providence, RI
Lynsey Baer Felton, DE
Nathan Mayer West Palm Beach, FL
Hanna Rodriguez San Juan, PR
Karamjit Singh Orlando, FL
Karen Storry Burnaby, BC
John Welch Madison, WI
FY2017 Technical Division YP TD Chairs
Landfill Gas Nicole Burkhardt
Communications, Education, and Marketing Vanessa Ellison
Landfill Management Erik Lietz
Collection and Transfer Bryan Dodds and Kyle Foreman
Waste-to-Energy Jeffrey Martirano
Sustainable Materials Management Sara Nichols

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