SWANA To Premiere New Recycling Certification Course In February

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has announced that its new Manager of Recycling Systems Course will premiere on February 11, 2009 in Portland, Oregon. The Association contracted with Kessler Consulting, Inc. and R.W. Beck on this project, which is in the final stages of development. The training, which will prepare recycling professionals for the new Recycling Certification exam, will provide the knowledge needed to successfully manage a municipal solid waste recycling operation.

The need for industry-wide recycling training with current practices, technologies and case studies prompted the association to develop the new course. SWANA had previously offered a Manager of Recycling Systems program, but a thorough review of the content determined that the significant changes in the industry warranted a new course.
The development has been guided by the Manager of Recycling Body of Knowledge (BOK), which details the core skills, knowledge and abilities of a recycling manager. This document was developed by surveying current recycling professionals and through expert review of the subject matter to identify the necessary information needed to manage today's recycling facility. Throughout its development, the three-day Manager of Recycling Systems Course has been reviewed by a team of recycling experts representing both private and public operations from around North America.
The Manager of Recycling Systems course will be offered at SWANA's Winter Training Center, held in conjunction with the Thinking Outside the Blue Box Conference, which focuses on recycling and special waste. The faculty for the February premiere will be Mitch Kessler, President of Kessler Consulting and Karen Luken of the Clinton Climate Exchange.  Mr. Kessler and Mrs. Luken are current faculty members with SWANA and also served as lead writers on the project.
For more information on the Manager of Recycling Systems Course, download the course agenda at


The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is an organization of more than 10,000 public and private sector professionals committed to advancing from solid waste management to resource management through their shared emphasis on education, advocacy and research. For more than 60 years, SWANA has been the leading association in the solid waste management field. SWANA serves industry professionals through technical conferences, certifications, publications and a large offering of technical training courses.

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