SWANA

About the Applied Research Foundation

Since its founding in 1961, the Solid Waste Association of North America continues to fullfill its mission “to advance the practice of environmentally and economically sound management of municipal solid waste in North America.” Today SWANA continues to grow with more than 10,000 members and 45 chapters in the United States and Canada.

Through the vision and commitment of a group of SWANA members, the Applied Research Foundation was created in the fall of 2000. ARF’s goal is to support SWANA’s mission through leveraging research dollars to conduct collectively-funded and defined applied research projects that address pressing solid waste issues.

By working together, subscribing organizations have the unique opportunity to determine what research topics should be addressed and to participate in the conduct of the research. The results of this research increase knowledge and efficiency by directly confronting problems of the solid waste industry.


SWANA Applied Research Foundation – Fiscal Year 2020 Subscribers

FY2020 Disposal Group
Jurisdiction Representative Title
Chester County Solid Waste Authority, PA Robert Watts Executive Director
Delaware County Solid Waste Authority, PA Joseph Vasturia, P.E. Chief Executive Officer
Delaware Solid Waste Authority Jason Munyon, P.E., BCEE Manager of Engineering
Iowa SWANA Chapter William Rowland Director, Landfill of North Iowa
King County, WA Laura Belt Special Projects Manager
Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (PA) Erin Saylor Business Development Manager
Mecklenburg County, NC Jeff Smithberger Director, Solid Waste Management
New Jersey SWANA Chapter Gary Conover ACUA Solid Waste Director
New River Resource Authority, VA Joe Levine, P.E. Executive Director
New River Solid Waste Association, FL Darrel O’Neal Executive Director
North Carolina SWANA Chapter Joe Hack Mecklenburg County Solid Waste Contracted Operations Core Process Manager
Prince William County, VA Tom Smith Solid Waste Division Chief
San Joaquin County, CA Jim Stone Deputy Director of Public Works/Operations
SCS Engineers Robert Gardner, P.E., BCEE Senior Vice President
Smith Gardner Inc. Mike Brinchek, P.E., BCEE Senior Project Manager
Solid Waste Disposal Authority of Huntsville, AL John “Doc” Holladay Executive Director
Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio Scott Perry Operations Director
Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County, FL Dan Pellowitz Executive Director
City of Tucson, AZ Martin Bey Landfill Services Administrator
Waste Commission of Scott County, IA Kathy Morris Director
Winston-Salem City/County Utilities, NC Jan McHargue, P.E. Solid Waste Administrator
FY2020 ARF Collection Group
Jurisdiction Representative Title
City of Charlotte, NC Victoria Johnson Director, Solid Waste Services
City of Clearwater, FL Earl Gloster Director, Solid Waste/General Services
City of Durham, NC Jim Reinbruger Assistant Director
City of Pensacola, FL John Pittman Director, Sanitation Services and Fleet Management
City of Phoenix, Az Felipe Morales Deputy Solid Waste Director
City of Tucson, AZ Pat Tapia, S.C. Collections Administrator
FY2020 ARF Sustainable Materials Management Group
Jurisdiction Representative Title
City of Edmonton, Alberta, CA Hamid Zaman, PhD, PEng. General Supervisor, Utility Engineering
Fairfax County, VA Eric Forbes Chief, Recycling, Compliance and Planning, Solid Waste Management Program
Illinois Land of Lincoln SWANA Chapter Christopher Peters Operations Director, Tetra Tech
Mecklenburg County, NC Joe Hack Contracted Operations Core Process Manager
Medina County Solid Waste District, OH Elizabeth Biggins-Ramer, S.C. District Coordinator
Miami-Dade County, FL Mike Fernandez Director, Dept. of Solid Waste Management
Monterey Regional Waste Management District, CA Tim Flanagan General Manager
New York State SWANA Chapter Luann Meyer Solid Waste Administrator, Monroe County NY Dept. of Env. Svs.
Rethink Waste Hilary Gans Sr. Operations and Contract Manager
Solid Waste Association of Northern Cook County, IL Dave Van Vooren Executive Director
City of Tucson, AZ Frank Bonillas Environmental Manager
FY2020 ARF Waste Conversion and Energy Recovery Group
Jurisdiction Representative Title
CDM Smith Wei Liu Project Engineer
City and County of Honolulu, HI Manuel Lanuevo, P.E. Chief, Refuse Division
I-95 Landfill Owners Group John Snarr Metropolitan Washington COG
Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, PA Erin Saylor Business Development Manager
New River Resource Authority, VA Joe Levine, P.E. Executive Director
Olmsted County, MN Tony Hill Environmental Resources Director
Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County, FL Dan Pellowitz Executive Director
Solid Waste Disposal Authority of Huntsville, AL John “Doc” Holladay Executive Director
York County Solid Waste Authority Dave Vollero Executive Director