SWANA's Planning & Management Technical Division

The Planning and Management Division (PM) has more than 700 directors and managers focused on developing innovative solutions to challenges faced by today’s solid waste decision-makers, and provides members with the information they need to stay on the cutting-edge of the solid waste field.

Planning & Management Technical Division Leadership

Robert Craggs

Technical Division Advisory Board Delegate

Robert W. Craggs, Jr., Manager and Solid Waste Management and Sustainability Consultant, Burns & McDonnell

Scott Pasternak

Past Director

Scott Pasternak, Senior Project Manager for the Solid Waste and Resource Recovery Practice, Burns & McDonnell

Robert Smouse


Robert Smouse, Assistant Director, Solid Waste Services, City of Fort Worth, Texas

Tyler Hurd

Vice Director

Tyler Hurd, Waste Collections Manager, City of Irving, Texas

Awards Committee

The Planning & Management (PM) Technical Division Awards committee evaluates nominations and presents SWANA Award.

PM Distinguished Achievement Award

The PM Distinguished Individual Achievement Award (DIAA) recognizes efforts on behalf of individual SWANA members for service to SWANA’s Planning & Management Technical Division.

PM Technical Division Organization Award

The PM Division Organization Award recognizes an organization that is advancing the integration of solid waste management principles into an effective and sustainable organization.

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.

Program Committee

Develops and oversees the Division’s technical programs at WASTECON®. 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 PM-related training and education through courses and publications, assuring program quality. Technical courses include:

  • Managing Integrated Solid Waste Management Systems Certification Course