SWANApalooza 2020: Connecting Our Resources is coming to Atlanta.

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SWANApalooza is SWANA’s premier technical conference showcasing technologies and solutions to transform waste into a resource. This four-day technical gathering takes place March 23 – 26, in Atlanta, GA, and offers participants the opportunity to dive deeply into the industry’s biggest challenges, learn best practices and cultivate a high-impact network.

Together in 2020, let’s connect our resources and address topics including waste conversion and energy recovery, EPA landfill regulations, landfill gas and biogas, collection and transfer, sustainable materials management and more!

Participants will gain access to:
• The highest level of technical education to achieve career goals and increase industry knowledge.
• The latest in products, trends and technologies.
• Networking opportunities to exchange ideas and build a professional support group.

Image-3Products, Technologies, and Solutions
SWANApalooza features a rich, vibrant exhibition floor, with exhibitors positioned for face-to-face meetings that let you address your challenges and seek solutions. Experience groundbreaking products and services all in one location and time.

Training Certification Courses
SWANApalooza offers industry-leading, instructor-led training on proven strategies and practices in six areas of solid waste-specific education to become SWANA Certified in the discipline. Learn solutions for every responsibility level to ensure continuing development, helping you collaborate, network and grow professionally in your field.
Already certified? CEU FasTrack is the fastest and easiest way to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to renew your SWANA certifications. As a participant in this facilitated program for SWANA-certified individuals, you will:
• Hear from thought leaders on relevant industry topics
• Engage in discussions about common issues and challenges
• Attend conference education sessions and keynote addresses
• Network with industry professionals from across North America
• Discover solutions to “what keeps you up at night” in the exhibit hall

Image-4Participating in CEU FasTrack covers the certification renewal fee and gives you access to all Keynote and breakout sessions, the welcome reception, networking party, the SWANApalooza Tradeshow and conference proceedings.

Young Professionals
SWANA’s Young Professionals group (YPs) is made up of individuals in the solid waste industry who are 35 years or younger. SWANA recognizes that this special group represents the future of the solid waste industry and gives YPs a discounted conference pass. SWANApalooza provides a place for YPs to come together to meet, connect, engage and grow. Join up with your peers in the YP booth at the SWANApalooza Tradeshow or at the networking event after the opening ceremony reception.

Networking Opportunities and Social Events
SWANApalooza provides you a rare opportunity to network with peers, professionals and vendors in the industry in one place at one time. Be in-the-know about the latest products, technologies, safety issues and processes that apply to your day-to-day work.

Join participants at the Party on the Roof at Ponce, the biggest networking event of the week, hosted by SWANA’s Georgia Chapter. Held atop Atlanta’s Ponce City Market, the magnificent city views, midway games, miniature golf, and more provide the perfect atmosphere for a night full of mingling, connecting and developing your network.

Engage your peers in a fun, laid-back setting with SWANA social events. This year, SWANA is headed to a shooting range with clay targets. Tom Lowe Shooting Grounds is a publicly owned facility constructed on a closed landfill and known for hosting the 1996 Summer Olympics shooting event. A unique experience you do not want to miss!

Complete your SWANApalooza experience by participating in one of the tours being hosted in the Atlanta area. Tour options include:
• Technology and Disposal Tour
o Participants will tour the following facilities at the Seminole Road Landfill in Dekalb County: Renewable Fuel Facility, Green Energy Facility, Composting Area, Recycling Area, New Cell Construction Area.
• Waste Reduction and Reuse Tour
o Visit three facilities that encourage waste reduction and reuse, including Atlanta CHaRM, Lifecycle and re:loom.
• Recycling Tour
o Explore Pratt Industries Recovered Material Processing Facility. Pratt’s recycling subsidiary, Pratt Recycling, Inc., works with communities and businesses across America to maximize landfill diversion by “harvesting the urban forest.” The rapidly-expanding division has recycling and recovery facilities in eight states—and their operational footprint stretches from New York to California.

• Waste Conversion and Energy Tour
o Nexus Fuels, LLC is a waste management and energy production company that has developed a commercial-scale process operating today for converting waste plastics into feedstocks for plastics production and fuels, which can be further refined into a full range of products. Nexus has engineered a process that is economical, scalable, versatile and environmentally positive.

Image-6Key Challenges Addressed at SWANApalooza 2020
Discover new ways to meet your challenges. Get a first look into the latest research, deliver a safer workplace, and learn how to apply the most current and promising innovations.
• Waste-to-Energy
o Find ways to improve waste-to-energy plant operations or how to better integrate or enhance waste conversion and energy recovery as a viable option in your solid waste management program. Connect with industry experts to discuss innovative conversion technologies including anaerobic digestion, energy diversification strategies, plant maintenance and the economics of energy from waste.
o Current environmental challenges present both technical and fiscal puzzles for regulators, business groups and public officials. Participate in the new PFAS Summit and learn about landfill design, groundwater protection, closure and post-closure care and funding, and landfill operations.
• Recycling/Sustainability
o Explore innovative waste reduction strategies and learn about cutting-edge progress tackling food waste, plastics and marine litter, composting and recycling.

Join us as we connect our resources and examine the groundbreaking work of advancing solid waste management in beautiful Atlanta! | WA

For more information and to register today, visit SWANApalooza.org.