SWANA Announces 2023 Young Professionals of the Year

September 19, 2023 — The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA)’s Young Professional of the Year Award formally acknowledges the hard work and dedication of young professionals (YPs) in the solid waste industry.

Applicants submitted a letter of interest, a current resume, and letters of recommendation from an immediate supervisor and a professional in the solid waste industry with over 10 years of experience.

The award, which is presented to three exemplary Young Professional members annually, recognizes YPs for outstanding performance and dedication to the solid waste and resource management industry.

Congratulations to the 2023 Young Professionals of the Year!

  • Allison Omens, Zero Waste Program Coordinator at Metro Nashville Waste Services (Nashville, TN)
  • Mateja Vidović Klanac, Project Professional at SCS Engineers (West Palm Beach, FL)
  • David Henry, P.E., Consulting Engineer at Harbin Engineering (Forsyth, GA)
2023 YP of the Year Award winners

“We are excited to congratulate this year’s recipients, spotlight the future leaders of our industry, and celebrate their incredible contributions,” said Richard Yep, Interim Executive Director and CEO at SWANA.

Each YP of the Year will receive a one-year SWANA membership, a WASTECON® or SOAR attendance voucher, a physical award presented at WASTECON® 2023, a member spotlight heading into next year’s conference, recognition from industry leaders, and more.

Join us as we formally recognize their achievements at WASTECON® 2023 during the Awards Ceremony.

Interested in attending? Register for WASTECON® 2023 by visiting

Once again, congratulations to SWANA’s 2023 Young Professionals of the Year!


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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