SWANA's Landfill Management Technical Division

SWANA’s Landfill Management Technical Division helps provide practical solutions to the multitude of issues and challenges concerning the planning, design, construction, closure, and post-closure care of today’s landfills.

With more than 1,000 members, SWANA’s Landfill Management Division remains one of our largest and most active technical divisions, currently focused on two main issues:

  • Leachate and liquids management, which represents one of the largest cost categories for many landfills 
  • Long-term management of landfills after the U.S. EPA regulatory post-closure period ends

The Landfill Symposium

SWANA’s Landfill Symposium (held as part of SWANApalooza) features the latest issues facing managers who understand that effective landfill management involves far more than burying waste.

The 22nd annual Landfill Symposium will be held February 25–28, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Landfill Symposium features technical sessions, great networking opportunities, and a facility tour.

Landfill Management Technical Division Leadership

Lynsey B. Kocenko

Technical Division International Board Representative (Term: 08/2019)

Lynsey B. Kocenko, P.E., BCEE, Facility Manager, Delaware Solid Waste Authority

Anastasia Welch

Past Director (Term: 10/2019)

Anastasia Welch, Vice President/Project Director, SCS Engineers

Tim Mitchell

Director (Term: 10/2019)

Tim Mitchell, P.E., Project Manager, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.

Dave Vladic

Vice Director (Term: 10/2019)

Dave Vladic, P.E., Director Engineering, Field Operations, Republic Services

Landfill Health & Safety Committee

Encourages the presentation of specific topics at international and regional SWANA symposia, online training sessions and appropriate technical division bulletins.

Leachate and Landfill Liquids Committee

Addresses leachate treatment costs, which represent one of the largest (if not the largest) cost category for many landfills. In addition, wastewater discharge regulations are tightening and, as a result, there’s a growing interest in and need for on-site treatment.

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.

Long Term Management Committee

Addresses a lack of guidance on the type of long-term care needed for landfills beyond what is required by federal regulations. The 30-year post-closure care (PCC) period prescribed in federal regulations can be decreased or extended by the director of an approved state if the state determines that the change is protective of human health and the environment. If the decision is made to extend the monitoring, then the committee will recommend the type, level and frequency of monitoring activities that should be required.

Program Committee

Develops and oversees the Division’s technical programs at WASTECON®. The committee also suggests future conference sites, technical presentations and tours for the annual Landfill Symposium. Members also can serve as moderators for technical sessions and contribute to the topic and speaker selection process for SWANA's regular Webinars.

Training Committee

Provides training and education through courses and publications, assuring program quality. Courses have included:

  • Manager of Landfill Operations (MOLO) Certification Course
  • Manager of Bioreactor Landfill Operations Certification Course
  • Landfill Operational Issues
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The Landfill Symposium is Colocated with

The solid waste industry is constantly changing and evolving due to new and stricter regulations, and the development of new management strategies and technologies. Through the years, SWANA’s technical and management divisions have had significant influence on shaping this industry. Being a part of the Landfill Management Technical Division has enhanced my career by providing opportunities to enhance my knowledge on the latest trends and technologies. As the new Chair of the Rules and Regulations committee, I look forward to further shaping and guiding our industry. I encourage you to leave your personal mark as well by joining a committee today!

— Ravi Kadambala, Ph.D., P.E., SCS Engineers

SWANA’s Landfill Management Technical Division provides excellent career and leadership opportunities. I remember attending one of the division meetings at WASTECON and somebody raised my hand to volunteer for the division activities. Before I know, I became director of the technical division, which is valued immensely in the industry. Most of all, there is a lot of personal satisfaction to be part of something that contributes to the society. I always wonder ‘who’ raised my hand.

— Aamod Sonawane, LFM Past Director