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Waste Conversion & Energy Recovery Technical Division

The Waste Conversion & 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 Tech Division Representative


Abigail Fleming

Hot Topics

The Waste Conversion & Energy Recovery Technical Division is focusing on these hot topics:

Recognition and verification of the role of waste-to-energy and waste conversion systems in the waste hierarchy
Ability of current waste-to-energy facilities to destroy PFAS
Preparing for new and revised regulatory requirements

Waste Conversion & Energy Recovery Technical Division Committees

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 that support the advancement of their solid waste management goals and the solid waste industry.

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 waste conversion and energy recovery training and education through courses and publications, assuring program quality.



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