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Waste Conversion & Energy Recovery Technical Division

The Waste Conversion and Energy Recovery Technical Division (WCER) provides a forum for waste management professionals committed to the reduction and conversion of waste into valuable products, fuel, and energy, as well as the recovery of materials for re-use and recycling. The WCER focuses on increasing the profile of waste conversion within integrated waste management systems. Waste conversion technologies support increased recycling rates, generate clean energy and/or products, reduce reliance on fossil fuels, and lower greenhouse gas emissions through the diversion of waste from landfills. The WCER promotes the exchange of experience, information, and innovation for waste-to-energy facilities alongside research, development, and adoption of demonstrated and developmental waste conversion technologies.

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

Advisory Board Delegate

Mr. Greg H. Gesell
Mechanical Engineer, HDR (HQ)

Past Director

Mr. Thomas Reardon
Vice President, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc. (GBB) (HQ)

Tech Division Director

Ms. Jean Lucas
President & CEO, Eco Waste Solutions

Vice Director

Mr. Glen Tobiason
President & CEO, InnoWaCon LLC

YP Chapter Liaison


Abigail Fleming

Waste Conversion & Energy Recovery Technical Division Committees

Awards Committee

The Awards Committee seeks to identify and showcase projects, teams (facility owners, operators, and consultants), and industry trailblazers that have demonstrated excellence and professionalism in the execution of projects which support the advancement of their solid waste management goals.

Conversion Technologies Committee

The Conversion Technologies Committee is focused on the advancement of waste conversion technologies (processes that repurpose, recycle or convert waste material into higher value added products beyond disposal). The committee will act as a technology-inclusive working group that offers a forum for experts to come together to discuss commercialization of new technologies, innovations on traditional technologies, optimal applications of each, as well as the synergies between complementary technologies.

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 SOAR, WASTECON® 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 waste-to-energy training and education through courses and publications, assuring program quality.



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