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Planning & Management

The Planning & Management Division (P&M) 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.

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Planning & Management Technical Division Leadership

Advisory Board Delegate

Mr. Robert W. Craggs
Mr. Robert W. Craggs
National Manager, Solid Waste and Resource Recovery, Burns & McDonnell

Past Director

Mr. Robert Smouse
Mr. Robert Smouse
Alternative Fuels - Senior Manager, Cemex USA

Tech Division Director

Ms. Kate Bartelt
Ms. Kate Bartelt
Senior Waste/Environmental Project Manager, HDR, Inc.

Vice Director

Ms. Ashley V. Evans, PE


Ms. Ashley V. Evans, PE
Market Area Engineer, Waste Management

Hot Topics

The Planning & Management Technical Division is focusing on these hot topics:

Environmental justice and how to effectively address in the solid waste planning process (e.g., representing BIPOC communities)
Innovative funding/financing of solid waste and recycling programs and facilities (e.g., tax credits, cooperative purchasing of goods and services, environmental credits, others)
ESG programs driving solid waste and recycling business decisions (e.g., climate and financial risks)

Planning & Management Technical Division Committees

Awards Committee

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

Legislative & Regulatory Committee

Tracks current and pending legislation at the federal and state levels, providing comments and writing letters to elected officials in support of the stance taken by SWANA on key issues.

Program Committee

Reviews speaking proposals submitted for SWANA events (national and other). Members also can serve as moderators for technical sessions at events.

Training Committee

Provides P&M-related training and education through courses and publications, assuring program quality.



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