SWANA

SWANA's Sustainable Materials Management Technical Division

With more than 550 members, the Sustainable Materials Management Division (formerly known as the Recycling and Special Waste 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

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The Road to Zero Waste conference will be held March 27–30, 2017, Reno, Nevada.

Theme: The Long and Winding Road to Sustainable Materials Management

The Road to Zero Waste is not a straight one. What drives your community’s decisions on how to invest your solid waste budget, staff time and attention in deciding what to divert and where it goes, what to recycle and how to collect it, and how to educate community members to make your program successful? What does the future of the reduce-reuse-recycle hierarchy look like in your area?

Get REAL—Discussions, solutions and experiences to best navigate the road to zero waste ahead.

For questions, please contact techdivisions@swana.org.


Leadership Opportunities

Awards Committee

Evaluates nominations and presents SWANA Excellence Awards for “Recycling”, “Composting” and “Special Waste.” Learn more about these awards.

Call for Nominations for the 2018 DIAA Award is now open.
Download and fill out this form and send to techdivisions@swana.org.
Deadline is October 17, 2017, at midnight Eastern time.

Call for Nominations for Division Hall of Fame

Beginning in 2014, the Recycling and Special Waste Division Hall of Fame will recognize those who have made a significant contribution to the recycling and special waste industry. The call for nominations is now open. Candidates for the Hall Fame may be self-nominated or nominated by another person.

To nominate yourself or another individual, please provide:

  1. Name of nominee
  2. Professional title
  3. Organization nominee worked for at the time of the contributions being considered
  4. Time period being considered
  5. A brief description of what s/he did to merit inclusion (no more than 500 words)
  6. Indication of service as a SMM Technical Division Director or Committee Chair, if applicable
  7. A photo of the nominee 1 MB or larger

Send nominations to techdivisions@swana.org by midnight Eastern time on December 15, 2016.

The first will be presented at the Road to Zero Waste conference in March 2017 in Reno, Nevada.

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, the annual Road to Zero Waste Conference 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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Director:  Stacy Demers, Project Director, SCS Engineers
(Term: 08/2018)

Vice Director: Wendy Chance, City of Denton, TX
(Term: 08/2018)

Past Director: Kim Braun, Resource Recovery & Recycling Manager, City of Santa Monica
(Term: 08/2018)

Technical Division International Board Representative: Tim Flanagan, Assistant General Manager, Monterey Regional Waste Management District, CA
(Term: 10/2016)


“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