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SWANA's Landfill Gas and Biogas Technical Division

With a proven, groundbreaking 30+ year history in the field and more than 500 subscribers, SWANA’s Landfill Gas and Biogas Division is widely recognized as the premier authority on issues surrounding landfill gas (LFG) recovery, control, management, utilization, system design, operation, and maintenance.


The Landfill Gas and Biogas Symposium

Landfill Gas and Biogas Symposium

40th Annual Landfill Gas and Biogas Symposium, March 27–30, 2017, Reno, Nevada

Theme: CH4-CH4-CH4-CH4-Changes: How Will Landfill Gas and Biogas be Affected?

With changing regulations, a new federal administration, organics diversion, and an uncertain energy market, the Program Committee seeks multimedia presentations that involve the audience in a discussion about what’s next for the industry. Your proposal should include a description of your creative ways to engage learners and enhance the learning process as well as the content you will cover.

If you have any questions, please contact techdivisions@swana.org.


Leadership Opportunities

Awards Committee
Co-chairs: Pete Woodfill, CH2MHill, Inc., and Pete Carrico, SCS Engineers
Evaluates nominations and presents two SWANA Excellence Awards for “Landfill Gas Utilization” and “Landfill Gas Control”. Learn more about these awards.

Call for Nominations for the 2018 DIAA Award is now open.
Download and fill out this form and send to techdivisions@swana.org.
Deadline is December 17, 2017, at midnight Eastern time.

Advocacy Committee
Co-chairs: Frank Caponi, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, and Kerry Kelly, Waste Management
Tracks current and pending legislation at the federal and state levels, providing comments and writing letters to elected officials in support of SWANA’s stance on key issues.

Biogas Committee
Chair: Mark McDannel, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts
Join the committee by sending your name, email and phone number to techdivisions@swana.org and putting “Biogas Committee” in the subject line.

Extraction and Control Systems Committee
Chair: Dave Kaminski, QED Environmental Systems, Inc.
Uses the combined experience and knowledge base of the industry to upgrade standards of practice in the design and installation of lanfdill gas and biogas (LFG) management systems.

Field Practices Committee
Chair: Carlo Lebron, SCS Engineers
Tracks and communicates developments and practices for LFG collection systems through a Manual of Practice for three areas: Health and Safety, Materials and Equipment, and Sampling and Analysis.

Program Committee
Chair: Tom Bilgri, Cornerstone Environmental Group
Reviews abstracts submitted for WASTECON. The committee also suggests future conference sites, technical presentations and tours for the annual Landfill Gas Symposium, the largest LFG conference and trade show in North America. Members also can serve as moderators for technical sessions and contribute to the topic and speaker selection process for SWANA’s monthly Webinars.

Rules and Regulations Committee
Chair: Niki Wuestenberg, Republic Services
Tracks and analyzes regulations, interfacing with agencies seeking to regulate LFG, and actively providing input into regulatory and environmental policy, as well as SWANA’s technical policies.

Training Committee
Chair: Farideh Kia, ES Engineering Services, LLC
Provides training and education through courses and publications, assuring program quality. Courses have included:

  • Landfill Gas Systems
  • Operation and Maintenance
  • Landfill Gas Basics
  • A home-study training package called Managing Landfill Gas at MSW Landfills

Utilization Committee
Chair: Benny Benson, ENERGYneering Solutions, Inc./Flowing
Expands the use of LFG by identifying existing and emerging technologies and addressing barriers to growth. This includes technical, regulatory, environmental and financial challenges.

Young Professionals Committee
Chair: Nicole Burkhardt, Delaware Solid Waste Authority
The committee’s role is to help attract more young professionals to the LFG waste sector and represent YP interests within the Technical Division. LBG-YP Committee members will be the voice of the next generation in SWANA landfill gas and biogas initiatives.

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Director: Patrick Sullivan, Senior Vice President, SCS Engineers, CA (Term: 03/2018)

Vice Director: David Kaminski, Senior Vice President, QED Environmental Systems, Inc., CA (Term: 03/2018)

Past Director: Robert Watts, Executive Director, Chester County Solid Waste Authority, PA (Term: 03/2018)

Technical Division Representative to the International Board: Amy Banister, Waste Management (Term: 08/2018)


"My leadership position in SWANA’s Landfill Gas and Biogas Technical Division has allowed me to make connections with experts in the field from around North America."

— Bob Watts, LGB Division Director