SWANApalooza Sessions Now Available for Purchase

SWANApalooza Sessions Now Available for Purchase

Keynotes from SWANA’s Technical Conference including COVID-19, Recycling, PFAS, and more

Silver Spring, MD – The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is making individual keynote sessions from virtual SWANApalooza available for purchase. These recordings are now available for download and viewing. This provides solid waste and recycling professionals a convenient (and affordable) way to satisfy recertification requirements from the comfort of their home or office. Each session provides the purchaser with 1 SWANA Continuing Education Unit (CEU). Session topics include the impact and steps to recovery from COVID-19, marine litter, PFAS, zero waste, recycling, and the state of the solid waste and recycling industry.

One attendee said “The keynote sessions were my favorite part. I thoroughly enjoyed all of them. The chosen speakers were extremely knowledgeable, provided insight on industry issues I haven’t yet heard explored in detail, and were engaging to listen to.”

Sessions Available

New York City’s Commissioner Kathryn Garcia sits down for a conversation with SWANA CEO David Biderman and provides a first-hand account from the epicenter of this pandemic about impacts, lessons learned, and resiliency. 

Dr. Jenna Jambeck, a leading global expert on marine litter, shares her latest work and discoveries in waste management innovation — from marine plastic pollution to novel biodegradable materials. Learn how the world of solid waste management is changing with the availability of new technology and information.

This keynote session examines the findings and state of research being conducted by the U.S. EPA, North Carolina State University, University of Florida, and EREF to further understand the environmental risks posed by PFAS in solid waste management and to identify practical approaches to manage PFAS. Covered topics include methods to sample and analyze PFAS, PFAS modeling, leachate treatment technologies, and lifecycle and economic assessments.

Stephen Simmons, President of Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc. and a lively panel explore the legislation, investment and national capacity-building that will help North America foster the resilience and sustainable and economical materials management needed over the next 20 years to deliver on the ‘zero waste to landfill by 2040’ promise.

Recycling was the biggest industry challenge before COVID-19 and is rapidly emerging again as a major issue.  Join the EPA’s Kathleen Salyer, Susan Robinson from Waste Management, and other recycling experts in an engaging conversation about how local governments and the industry are tackling challenges in recycling and embracing new ways and opportunities for managing it.

Join five solid waste leaders, including Waste Connections CEO & President Worthing Jackman and SCS Engineers Vice President Michelle Leonard, as they discuss the steps that the industry and local governments need to take as we navigate to the “new normal” in a post-COVID world.

Join Michael E. Hoffman for a discussion on what and how public agencies, public/private service companies, suppliers and vendors are adapting to the significant alterations to their operating model posed by COVID-19. This includes changes in relationships with employees, vendors and customers. The big environmental issues, such as PFAS, CO2, GHG, HG, CH4, CCRs – environmental services can and should own this discussion.

“SWANA is very pleased to offer these top-notch educational sessions to members and other solid waste leaders and professionals, for purchase on an a la carte basis,” stated David Biderman, SWANA Executive Director and CEO. “We’ve received a lot of very positive feedback on these sessions, which contain truckloads full of useful and actionable data and insights that can be used to improve operations. I invite public sector officials and private sector managers in both the United States and Canada to take full advantage of this unique educational opportunity.”

Each session is available for just $79 for SWANA Members and $99 for non-members.

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