SWANA

SWANA's Sustainable Materials Management Technical Division

With more than 550 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

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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.

The Road to Zero Waste Conference will be held March 5–7, 2018, in Denver, Colorado.


Sustainable Materials Management Technical Division Leadership

Tim Flanagan

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

Tim Flanagan, General Manager, Monterey Regional Waste Management District

Kim Braun

Past Director (Term: 08/2019)

Kim Braun, Environmental Programs & Operations Manager, Culver City, California

Stacey Demers

Director (Term: 08/2019)

Stacey Demers, Project Director, SCS Engineers

Wendy Chance

Vice Director (Term: 08/2019)

Wendy Chance, Business Account Coordinator, City of Denton Solid Waste and Recycling, Texas


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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Call for Nominations

For Sustainable Materials Management Technical Division Recognition at SWANApalooza


“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