Landfill Management Tech News

Leadership Note

Editor’s Note: This quarter’s column is written by Kevin D. Yard, P.E. BCEE, as Vice Director. Kevin transitioned to Division Director in October.



At the time of this article, having reviewed the final agenda for WASTECON® 2013, I am assured that the conference will again be successful in addressing the needs not only of the diverse population of SWANA members, but also of the Landfill Management (LFM) Division members. Now that WASTECON® has transpired, and SWANA staff can breathe a momentary sigh of relief, we can reflect on the accomplishment of addressing the broad array of interests in our industry such as:

  • Waste processing considerations ranging from green waste composting to technologically complex waste conversion processes
  • Recycling issues ranging from collection challenges to a variety of material recovery processes
  • Non-technical issues ranging from flow control and local politics to the continued greening of our industry and a diverse range of technological papers, and
  • Landfill issues including final covers, landfill-gas-to-energy (LFGE), permitting and development of solar power.
  • With more than 600 members, the Landfill Management Technical Division (LMTD) remains one of the largest and most active divisions. During the course of this year, the LMTD leadership and SWANA staff discussed how we can continue meeting the needs of the LMTD. In meeting the needs of the LMTD, we are reminded that, while landfills remain an integral component of integrated solid waste management systems, many municipal solid waste management facilities have dramatically evolved from just landfills to complex, multi-faceted facilities that include a broad range of operations including material recovery facilities, green waste composting, LFGE, household hazardous waste management facilities, citizens’ convenience, scrap tire processing, etc. Furthermore, with increased buffer zones and productive post-closure land use, landfills have become better integrated into local land use patterns. In view of such changes in these facilities, we are continuing to expand the focus of the LMTD, including a possible “re-branding” of the Technical Division. In this “rebranding” discussion, the following new names for the TD have been mentioned:

  • Landfill and Resource Management TD
  • Integrated Waste Management TD
  • Materials Management TD.
  • Of course, any change of this nature will entail the full participation of the LFTD membership. To that end, your TD leadership and SWANA staff welcome your suggestions regarding this possible re-branding or other ideas for the current Landfill Management TD. Furthermore, we currently have openings on each of our committees, including Training, Rules and Regulations, Health and Safety, Program, and Awards, where you can contribute directly to the continued growth and development of our industry.  

    As of September 20, 2013, I am honored to say that, consistent with SWANA’s tradition of progressing from Vice Director to Director, I will begin my two-year term as the Director of the Landfill Management Technical Division. As in my prior role as Vice Director, please contact me at if you have any questions, comments or suggestions regarding the Division’s programs or activities.

    Also in this edition of Landfill Management Tech News:
  • Technical Division Elections
  • Congratulations, Award Winners!
  • Call for Nominations for Division Distinguished Individual Achievement Award
  • PW Solid Waste Division Wins Governor’s Award
  • Legislative & Regulatory Op-Ed
  • Welcome, New Members!
  • MySWANA Community
  • SWANA-Certified Instructors Needed!
  • Certification Recognition
  • SWANA Remembers
  • New Director of OC Waste and Recycling
  • Florida Chapter News
  • AAEES Chooses SWANA Member for Recognition
  • SWANA Member Seeks Feedback on Engineering Consulting Service Quality
  • SWANA Member Authors Book

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    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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