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SWANA's Landfill Management Technical Division

With more than 1,000 members, SWANA’s Landfill Management Division remains one of the largest and most active technical divisions.

The SWANA Landfill Management Technical Division (LFMTD) is committed to:

  • Increasing awareness of the essential role that landfills play in integrated solid waste management systems
  • Fostering environmentally protective development for safe and efficient operations of landfills through education and advocacy
  • Addressing landfill related critical issues through subcommittees
  • Performing as the medium among various groups of professionals within the landfill management profession
  • Promoting transfer of knowledge to solid waste young professionals
  • Promoting practices that sustainably protect public health and safety in the disposal and long-term management of solid wastes

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.


Landfill Management Technical Division Leadership

Lynsey Baer

Technical Division Advisory Board Delegate

Lynsey Baer, S.C., P.E., Facility Manager, Delaware Solid Waste Authority

Tim Mitchell

Past Director

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

Dave Vladic

Director

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

Viraj deSilva

Vice Director

Viraj deSilva, Director, Wastewater Treatment, SCS Engineers, Inc.


Bioreactor Committee

The Bioreactor Committee monitors the continued development of bioreactor technology in the U.S. and provides a review of new federal regulations, as appropriate.

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 Communication, Education & Marketing Technical Division’s technical programs at WASTECON®. The committee also suggests future conference sites, technical presentations and tours for SWANApalooza. 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 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