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Testimonials: What They Say about SWANA

Since 1961, SWANA has always been at the forefront of solid waste developments. As the industry goes through rapid changes, SWANA initiatives gain national (and sometimes international) attention. Here are what SWANA members have to say about us.

Testimonials about SWANA Membership

I joined SWANA to build on my academic experience by learning more about the waste management industry for personal growth and to discover how I can contribute to its advancement.

– Ben Brako - Student Royal Roads University, BC

Naomi Lue

I really like SWANA because in California we have a really strong conference out here but I appreciate SWANA for having an International perspective and being able to talk with professionals in the hauling field. That’s one of SWANA’s strengths.

– Naomi Lue - Zero Waste Supervisor Castro Valley Sanitary District


It’s the relationships from the time I started at the local level in North Carolina and also at the national level. It’s helped me connect with people across the states and Canada.

– Michael Brinchek - Senior Project Manager Smith Gardner, Inc.

What has been able to keep me informed about what the industry is seeing has been my membership in the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). SWANA offers the industry professional valuable insight, resources, and an uncommon look at what’s next.

– Jerry Schuber - Assistant Director of Public Utilities City of Freson, CA

Testimonials about SWANA Events

Christina Seibert

Through things like the MentorMatch Mixer at SWANApalooza, where you're getting in with so many people at so many different levels of their career. You have the opportunity to walk the exhibit floor and just mix and mingle, and just randomly strike up conversations and find things in common with people you may never have otherwise encountered.

– Christina Siebert - Project Manager Aptim

Morgan Thomas

The thing I like about SWANApalooza is that people will get more from an event, because now they have the recycling track; they have the landfill gas track; they have all the education. So you get a lot more exhibitors involved too, which are a part of learning.

– Morgan Thomas - Sales Representative Municipal Equipment


By attending SWANA events… allows you to network with your peers. Share your war stories; share your successes; help identify some common themes that you have with your colleagues in the industry. So just having that face-to-face ability to network with others in the industry can help you do your job better and help the industry grow as well.

– Jeff Murray - Solid Waste Section Manager HDR

Other SWANA Testimonials


To continue to seek out new technologies, updated regulations at the state and federal level, applied sciences that involve the solid waste industry, there is only one organization, SWANA, that can deliver.

Anyone willing to apply themselves, through attending the training courses and technical sessions approved by SWANA can learn an unlimited amount of information that will be most beneficial to anyone working in the solid waste field. I support and recommend any SWANA certification or continuing education for ‘I am SWANA CERTIFIED’. Just an added note, I not only talk the talk, I walk the walk, I hold currently hold seven SWANA certifications.

– Robert Fickle - City of Kingsport, TN

Job Board

I have a really great new job. I would not have found it without SWANA’s Online Career Center!

– Cathleen Hall - Solid Waste Manager Pitkin County, Colorado


Brian Gordon
I would like to say that SWANA’s exhibit hall was one of the best-catered trade shows I have been to in years. Staff did a great job of taking care of new vendors, members like me who are new to SWANA and longtime members who were there for training. The show was well-organized and easy to get our equipment into and out.

– Brian Gordon - IPD Parts Exhibitor 2013 Landfill Gas Conference