Technical Sessions

SWANA Evergreen Chapter hosts Technical Sessions throughout the year, for promotion of effective and environmentally responsive solid waste and recycling practices by our members.

Each Technical Session is 4 to 6 hours and includes lunch if you register before the deadline. Cost is $50 for members and $75 for non-members.

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SWANA Evergreen Chapter is authorized by SWANA International to award continuing education units (CEUs) for attendance at technical meetings and symposia. 

CEUs are assessed for each event on the merit of program content and relevance to industry issues.  Members typically earn 3 or 4 CEUs per meeting.

CEU forms will be available for each event and must be filled out by the applicant and signed by the SWANA host.

Upcoming Sessions

Register NOW for this Upcoming Technical Session!

Waste Management in Rural Areas
Thursday, September 13, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.
25901 Vantage Highway
Ellensburg, WA

Join us as we discuss facility master planning, challenges of rural collection and operations, equipment and more. This session also includes a tour of the Wild Horse Wind & Solar Facility.

Additional details and the program schedule can be found on the Agenda.

Contact: Patti Johnson, Email or 509-962-7070

Register: Click here

Continuing Education Units: 5 CEUs (pending)

Session Sponsors:
Washington Refuse & Recycling Association

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Recent Sessions

Technical Session

Material Diversion 5: Responding to China's "National Sword"
February 23, 2018
Seattle, WA


Response to China's National Sword
Brad Lovaas, Washington Refuse and Recycling Association

Free to Choose: Costly If You Don't, You Will Pay If You Do!
Pat McLaughlin, King County

Improving Material Quality at the Curb and Expanding Recycling Market Opportunities
Amity Lumper, Cascadia Consulting Group

Addressing Lithium Battery Recycling and Disposal
Tracie Onstad Bills, SCS Engineers

Putting a Price on Recycling: Potential Effects of the Scrap Import Ban on Customer Rates
Matt Hobson, FCS Group

Navigating Through the China Sword
Kevin Kelley, Recology

Local Perspective on China's National Sword: Cleaning up the Recycling Stream Through Education and Outreach
Lisa Sepanski, King County

Landfill Technical Session

November 9, 2017
Yakima, WA


Utility-Scale Solar Power Projects at Closed Landfills
Robert WF Fritz, Project Navigator, Ltd.

Forecasting the Long-Term Care Period for MSW Landfills
Travis Pyle, Great West Engineering

Landfill Safety
Kevin Green, Waste Connections, Inc.

Long-Term Solutions for Post-Closure Care
Glen Wallace, Pacific Groundwater Group

Renewable Energy Projects - Roosevelt Regional Landfill
Art Mains, Republic Services
Kevin Ricks, Klickitat Public Utility District
Dan Waineo, ES Engineering Services

Benefits of Fill Sequencing Plans
Ted Massart, SCS Engineers

Landfill and Transfer Station Safety

September 15, 2017
Spokane, WA


Available upon request. Please contact Scott Windsor.

Material Diversion 4: On the Road to Zero Waste

February 24, 2017
Seattle, WA


Improvements in Multifamily Recycling
Sara Kirby, Oregon Metro

California's Tire Recycling Program
Ed Boisson, Boisson Consulting

King County Green Schools Program
Dale Alekel, King County

Mixed Waste Processing MRF Case Study
Rutger Zweers, Stadler America

Getting at the Last 25%
Tracie Bills, SCS Engineers

Successful Outreach in Mandatory Recycling Environments
Christine Goudreau, Cascadia Consulting Group

Transfer Station Resource Recovery Update
Eric Johnson, King County Solid Waste

Threadcycle and Recycled Asphalt Shingle Programs Update
Kris Beatty, King County

Multifamily Organics Program Update
Socorro Medina, Seattle Public Utilities

Organics Management: On the Road to Zero Waste

June 3, 2016
Puyallup, WA


EPA Boiler Maximum Achievable Control Technology
Terry Gillis, Recovery 1

Managing Urban Wood Waste
Joshua Proudfoot, Good Company

Commercial Food Waste Grant Program
Karen May, King County

Material Diversion 3: On the Road to Zero Waste

February 26, 2016
Seattle, WA


Garbage as a Resource
Rob Smoot, Oregon Metro

Thinking Outside the Ton
Amity Lumper, Cascadia Consulting Group

Product Stewardship for Mercury Containing Lights:
First Year Results

Peter Thermos, LightRecycle Washington

Developing a Long-Term Sustainable Materials Management Plan
Gary Kato, City of Tacoma

Resource Recovery Planning and Implementation for the
City of Dallas

Bob Craggs, Burns and McDonnell

Transfer Station Resource Recovery Implementation
Eric Johnson, King County Solid Waste Division

C&D Recycling
Jim Neely, King County Solid Waste Division

City of San Jose Diversions Program Report Card
Jeff Anderson, City of San Jose