The “Biggest Little City in the World” is hosting SWANApalooza 2017 and it is an event you will not want to miss.

From March 27 – 30 in Reno, NV, SWANA is combining three conferences—a safety summit, the U.S. EPA’s Landfill Methane outreach program session and a training center—all in one location for a week of insightful speakers, cutting-edge technical sessions, relationship-building and stunning sights in Reno.

SWANApalooza Features

40th Annual Landfill Gas & Biogas Symposium: CH4-CH4-CH4-CH4-Changes: How Will Landfill Gas and Biogas be Affected?

With changing regulations, a new federal administration, organics diversion and an uncertain energy market, be fully engaged in discussions determining what is next for the industry.

21st Annual Landfill Symposium: Landfills of the Future: What Changes are Coming?

What changes will drive the development of future waste disposal options? Landfill-focused sessions help guide you to manage for success and optimization in an ever-changing environment.

Road to Zero Waste Conference: The Long and Winding Road to Sustainable Materials Management

What drives your community’s decisions on how to invest your solid waste budget, staff time and attention in deciding what to divert and where it goes; what to recycle and how to collect it; and how to educate community members to make your program successful? What does the future of the reduce-reuse-recycle hierarchy look like in your area?

U.S. EPA’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program’s (LMOP) National Landfill Gas Energy Special Session

The LMOP Special Session, free to anyone interested in participating (registration required), returns as an integral part of SWANApalooza’s Landfill Gas & Biogas Symposium. LMOP is a voluntary program that works cooperatively with industry stakeholders and waste officials to reduce or avoid methane emissions from landfills. LMOP encourages the recovery and beneficial use of biogas generated from organic municipal solid waste.

SWANA’s Spring Training & Exam Center

Choose from a selection of two-day and three-day technical training courses to help advance your industry technical knowledge, improve skills and maybe even help get that promotion you have had your eye on by becoming SWANA certified.

Safety Summit

SWANA recognizes that, in this industry, #SafetyMatters. That is why we have curated a program track that focuses solely on industry safety. Participate in an in-depth look at the state of safety today and to learn great new techniques for building your own safety culture.

REAL Inspiration

Keynote Speaker: Mike Sangiacomo, Recology President and CEO

At SWANApalooza, Mike’s plenary presentation, Recology’s Goal: A World without Waste, will discuss the growth of Recology, its curbside organics collection programs, and how it continues to implement its vision of a world without waste in a challenging economic environment and with a changing waste stream. He also will discuss the importance of safety at Recology and how the company positively contributes to the quality of life in the communities it serves.

Opening Plenary Presentation: Recology’s Goal: A World without Waste, Mike Sangiacomo, Recology President and CEO

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 | 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Mike Sangiacomo is the CEO of Recology, Inc., the largest privately held solid waste company in the U.S. Recology is an industry leader in innovative waste diversion and recycling, and serves many communities with an interest in Zero Waste. In addition to his job at Recology, Mike has been a leader in the community, reflecting his belief in corporate citizenship. He serves on many boards in the Northern California-area and in 2008, was honored as San Francisco’s “sustainability leader” in the San Francisco Business Times’ annual celebration of the city’s most admired CEOs.

REAL Issues

Are You Hungry for Good Recipes to Reduce and Manage Food Scraps?

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

If you love food, but not waste, then you are seeking creative ways to re-use food that is no longer useful for your own table, whether that is from point of sale or meal preparation in restaurants or homes, both single and multi-family. In this 90-minute session, learn four different ways to re-direct unused food or food scraps to benefit your community.

 How Sweeping Changes to NSPS Impact Your Facility

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

A panel of experts will review the recent amendments to the Federal New Source Performance Standards (Subpart XXX), how the new rules change what we have come to expect from the NSPS, when the changes will take place and who will be impacted by these changes. These rule changes have the potential to be the most sweeping in decades, with a broad range of operational and regulatory impacts.

 REAL Insight

Got Real Worker Safety?

The Safety Summit, offers sessions to keep you up-to-date with the latest industry developments and offers ideas to build a real and impactful culture of safety within your company. Join us for a look at the state of safety today and to learn great new techniques for building your own program to keep workers safe on the job and going home in one piece to their families every evening.

Managing the Aging Workforce & Employee Health

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Like most sectors today, the solid waste industry is dealing with an aging workforce. Add on the fact that many of these jobs are very physical and repetitive, and you have a recipe for disaster. Injuries cost both you and your employees time, money and anguish, so reducing them benefits everyone.
Elevated Temperatures in Landfills: Health & Safety Challenges

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Attend this combined LGB & Landfill Symposium event to find out how to safely manage elevated temperatures in your landfill. Our speakers will start with a short background presentation on the known causes of elevated temperatures, what to look out for and what types of materials should be used to deal with it. Also explore the health and safety issues that must be taken into consideration when working on a landfill with elevated temperatures, including specific guidelines that should be followed.

REAL Experiences

Complete your SWANApalooza experience—participate in one of the unique industry-focused tours being hosted while in the Reno area. Registration is required. Sign up as part of your initial registration process.
Cost: Members $105; Non-members $175

Lockwood Landfill

Thursday, March 30, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Check-In Time: 8:00 a.m.

The Lockwood Regional Landfill is located within Storey County approximately 10 miles east of Reno. This modern, RCRA Subtitle D landfill began accepting waste in June 1969. Currently occupying approximately 350 acres of nearly 2,700-acres site, Lockwood Landfill is engineered to protect the air, surface and groundwater. In 2012, a landfill gas-to-energy facility was built to naturally derive from the organics in a landfill, making it a source of “green” energy. The Lockwood Regional Landfill also accepts certain approved special wastes as detailed in the site’s operating plan.

RT Donovan Co. Inc.

Thursday, March 30, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Check-In Time: 8:00 a.m.

Family-owned and operated in Spanish Springs since 1959, the prime source of landscape materials in the Northern Nevada region. RT Donovan is the only permitted commercial composter in Washoe County, and its compost is made exclusively with material brought by local residents and businesses.

Bently Ranch

Thursday, March 30, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Check-In Time: 8:00 a.m.

Bently Ranch promotes a sustainable ranching model by using renewable energy, supporting the local community and conserving resources. The 50,000 acres of ranch and farmland are maintained with green practices ranging from how the water is used, not relying on fossil fuels and accepting biomass, which is turned into compost to use at the ranch helping to reduce waste protecting the land to keep the community vibrant and healthy.

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino

Thursday, March 30, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Check-In Time: 8:00 a.m.

Join us for Peppermill Resort Spa Casino’s Green Initiative Tour. Peppermill Resort takes their environmental footprint seriously and,  as such, this state-of-the-art facility touts not only a four diamond resort full of enjoyable pass times, but also a resort that invests in limiting impact and supporting a green environment. On this exciting tour you will learn about the resort’s investments in premier Geothermal Energy Resources, the Clean the World Recycling program, water recycling programs, facility practices that save environmental impact and more.

It is not too late!  Make plans now to attend SWANApalooza 2017 in Reno, NV from March 27 – 30, 2017.

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