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SWANA's Landfill Gas & 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

SWANA’s Landfill Gas Symposium (held as part of SWANApalooza) takes an in depth look at issues surrounding landfill gas (LFG) recovery, control, management and maintenance, utilization, system design, operation, and more.

The 41st Annual Landfill Gas and Biogas Symposium will be held March 5–7, 2018, in Denver, Colorado.


Landfill Gas and Biogas Technical Division Leadership

Amy Banister

Technical Division International Board Representative (Term: 08/2018)

Amy Banister, Senior Director Air Programs, Waste Management

Robert Watts

Past Director (Term: 08/2018)

Robert Watts, Executive Director, Chester County Solid Waste Authority, Pennsylvania

Patrick Sullivan

Director (Term: 08/2018)

Patrick Sullivan, Senior Vice President, SCS Engineers

David Kaminski

Vice Director (Term: 08/2018)

David Kaminski, Senior Vice President, QED Environmental Systems Inc.


Awards Committee

  1. Evaluates nominations and presents a SWANA Excellence Award for “Landfill Gas and Biogas”
  2. Evaluates nominations and presents a division Distinguished Individual Achievement Award at the Landfill Gas and Biogas Symposium each spring
  3. Evaluates nominations and adds members to the Division Hall of Flame every three years, presenting the honorees at the Landfill Gas and Biogas Symposium each spring
  4. Evaluates nominations honoring the memory of industry leaders who have passed away and presents an Eternal Flame award to the family of the honoree at the Landfill Gas and Biogas Symposium each spring

The deadline to submit nominations for Landfill Gas and Biogas Technical Division recognition is now closed.


Legislative and Regulatory Committee

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

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

Uses the combined experience and knowledge base of the industry to upgrade standards of practice in the design and installation of landfill gas and biogas (LFG) management systems.

Field Practices Committee

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

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

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 and management policies.

Training Committee

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

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

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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"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 Past Director