SWANA’s Sustainable Materials Management Technical Division

With more than 1,000 members, the Sustainable Materials Management (formerly known as the Recycling and Special Waste) Technical Division has many opportunities for you to benefit from the wealth of knowledge in this active group dedicated to environmental sustainability and the economics of minimizing municipal solid waste disposal.

The Division actively works to provide and promote state-of-the-art approaches to improving management and profitability of waste reduction, recycling, composting and special waste programs.

  • Recycling provides US manufacturing jobs.
  • Recycling conserves natural resources and prevents pollution caused by extracting virgin materials
  • Recycling saves energy
  • Recycling decreases greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change
  • Recycling helps sustain the environment for future generations

The Road to Zero Waste Conference

SWANA’s Road to Zero Waste Conference (held as part of SWANApalooza) provides the latest information on how to invest your solid waste budget, staff time and attention addressing the diversion of waste, from food waste to hard-to-recycle materials.

Sustainable Materials Management Technical Division Leadership

Elizabeth Roe

Technical Division Advisory Board Delegate

Elizabeth Roe, President, EcoPartners, Inc.

Stacey Demers

Past Director

Stacey Demers, Project Director, SCS Engineers

Allison Trulock


Allison Trulock, Executive Consultant, Environmental Practice, NewGen Strategies & Solutions, LLC, Florida

Catelyn Scholwinski

Vice Director

Catelyn Scholwinski, Recycling Coordinator, City of New Braunfels, Texas

Awards Committee

The Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Technical Division Awards committee evaluates nominations and presents SWANA Awards.

SMM Distinguished Achievement Award

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

SMM Technical Division Organization Award

The SMM 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®, SWANApalooza and other events. 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 SMM-related training and education through courses and publications, assuring program quality, working with SWANA’s Manager of Training and Certification Programs. Technical courses include:

  • Household Hazardous Waste and CESQG Collection Facility Operations Certification Course
  • Managing Municipal Solid Waste Recycling Systems Certification Course
  • Managing Composting Programs Certification Course
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SSI Shredding Systems
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Harris Equipment
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“Leadership opportunities in SWANA’'s Recycling and Special Waste Technical Division have allowed me to meet many new colleagues that have assisted in resolving existing operational issues in waste and recycling collections, planning new zero waste programs, researching new alternative disposal technologies reviewing and opining on pending legislation.

More importantly, SWANA Leadership opportunities have led me to new friends both nationally and internationally that I look forward to seeing at our many conferences and events.

— Kim Braun, SMM Division Past Director