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Sustainable Materials Management Technical Division

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With more than 1,000 members, the Sustainable Materials Management Technical Division (SMM) 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

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.

You must be a member of both SWANA and the Technical Division to join a committee.

Sustainable Materials Management Technical Division Leadership

Legislative and Regulatory Committee Chair

Krysten Oldendorf
Kristyn Oldendorf
Policy Analyst, Baltimore City Department of Public Works

Technical Division Advisory Board Delegate

Mrs. Elizabeth T. Roe
President, Eco Partners, Inc.

Training Committee Chair

Susan Lasdin Momberger
Susan Lasdin Momberger
Professional Engineer, Self

Young Professionals Representative

Sara Nichols
Sara Nichols
Program Director, Keep Texas Beautiful

Past Director

Ms. Stacey Demers
Project Director, SCS Engineers

Vice Director



Mrs. Catelyn C. Scholwinski, S.C.
Recycling Coordinator, City of New Braunfels


Ms. Allison S. Trulock
Vice President - Solid Waste, NewGen Strategies

Sustainable Materials Management Technical Division Committees

Awards Committee

The Awards committee evaluates nominations and presents division Awards.

SMM Distinguished Individual Achievement Award

The SMM Distinguished Individual Achievement Award (DIAA) recognizes efforts on behalf of individual SWANA members for service to SWANA and the Technical Division.

View Past Winners of the SMM Technical Division Distinguished Individual Achievement Award

SMM Organization Award

The SMM Organization Award recognizes an organization that is advancing the integration of solid waste management principles into an effective and sustainable organization.

View the SMM Technical Division Organization Award

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.


Volunteer for the Sustainable Materials Management Technical Division

SWANA’s Sustainable Materials Management Technical Division is looking for volunteers.

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