Welcome to the Colorado Rocky Mountain Chapter of SWANA,
the Solid Waste Association of North America.
To advance the practice of environmentally and economically sound
municipal solid waste management.
SWANA is the oldest, largest and most well-respected professional
organization in the solid waste field. The association represents
some 7,000 solid waste professionals nationwide.
Take a moment to look around and check out our newsletter to see
what is happening here at the Colorado Chapter. You can also
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Colorado Rocky Mountain SWANA is hosting a technical session on "Civil Engineering Applications of Tire Derived Aggregate" with a Landfill Focus. The primary presenter for this session will be Dr. Dana N. Humphrey, Ph.D., P.E., and Professor of Civil Engineering with the University of Maine.
The Colorado SWANA Truck Road-E-O is a dynamic event that brings together solid waste professionals from around the state for an opportunity to show off their excellent skills behind the wheel and under the hood.
Contestants representing public and private waste collection operations will be competing for top driving and mechanical honors. Truck drivers and heavy equipment operators are required to maneuver competition vehicles through a preset course and mechanics will troubleshoot against the clock. All categories are judged on accuracy and time.
The Colorado Rocky Mountain SWANA Chapter in conjunction with Heartland Environmental Services is providing the National SWANA Waste Screening Training in Glenwood Springs, Colorado on March 5, 2014. The class will follow the SWANA Waste Screening at MSW Management Facilities Training course. Check in will be at 8 am and the class will end by 5 PM with two breaks and one luncheon meal.
Colorado Rocky Mountain SWANA is hosting a technical session on Hydraulic Fracturing, Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM to include the impacts on solid waste management in Colorado. As more exploration and production in the oil and gas industry is spreading throughout Colorado, more solid waste facilities – both the specialized as well as municipal solid waste are dealing with more and more requests to handle the drill cuttings, waste products and other items from this industrial action.
Colorado SWANA is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the 2014 International SWANA Road-E-O here in Denver. This is an exciting opportunity for the Chapter to show off our state to solid waste professionals from all around the country. The exact date and location of this event has not been officially determined at this point, but tentatively we are looking at having the event in early to mid-September 2014.
DoubleTree by Hilton Denver – Stapleton North
Please note: There are two DoubleTree hotels on Quebec Street within a few blocks of each other.
Our conference will be in the "Stapleton North" hotel (formerly the Red Lion Hotel) which is located at 4040 Quebec Street, just southeast of the I-70 and Quebec Street intersection.
The 2013 Colorado SWANA Annual Conference will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Denver – Stapleton North. The conference dates and session time will remain pretty much the same as what was previously scheduled. An updated conference agenda is available.
We are substituting in new tour sites for Thursday afternoon. We'll be visiting both:
- Alpine Waste & Recycling's East Regional Landfill & Compost Facility
- Waste Management's Denver Single Stream Recycling Processing Center.
Tour groups will be divided buses leaving directly from the hotel.
Unfortunately, the Stapleton North DoubleTree near capacity for guest rooms on October 2nd and 3rd. However, additional rooms are available at the nearby DoubleTree (Quebec St. & MLK Blvd.). Room rates are $104/night (+tax) for the Stapleton North and $109/night (+tax) at the nearby DoubleTree. For reservations contact our hotel conference representative directly to make your reservations ASAP.
Reservations: Contact Nicole Garcia at 303-262-7718 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to the recent floods and loss of basic infrastructure in and around Estes Park, the 2013 Colorado SWANA Annual Conference is being relocated to a new venue. Even though Estes Park could use the financial support of our Chapter’s conference, the town is just not capable of handling visitors at this time. Instead, Colorado SWANA is committed to holding a future annual conference in Estes Park. We have discussed this with the hotel and conference center and they are in agreement with this decision.
Your Colorado SWANA board is currently hard at work on finding an alternative venue for the 2013 Annual Conference. Right now, the goal is to try and keep the conference dates same and keep as much of the program intact as possible. Given that the flooding has impacted so many areas in Colorado, the alternative conference site will likely be in the Denver Metro area, as this area seems to have suffered the least amount of damage. Stay tuned for an announcement, hopefully by the end of this week, on the conference relocation. More information will also follow on conference reimbursements instructions and other related details.
Colorado SWANA will attempt to have the Rocky Mountain Park Inn cancel all SWANA guests hotel reservations, but to be on the safe side individuals should call the hotel (970-586-2333) to confirm on canceling their room.
For those individuals wishing to help Colorado communities in impacted by the recent floods, there are several ways you can contribute to the relief efforts. Here is a list of some of the groups accepting donations for flood victims:
Colorado SWANA Rocky Mountain Chapter
Attendees and Sponsors - Register Now for the 2013 Annual Conference!
Colorado SWANA will be offering MOLO (Manager of Landfill Operations) certification training classes in Sterling, Colorado at the Ramada Inn from November 4 - 6, 2013. Certification testing will be in the same hotel on the morning of November 7. The Sterling MOLO training will touch on the unique needs and challenges of rural landfills. Also, an optional Math Tutoring session will be offered to students the evening of Tuesday, November 5. The Math Tutoring session fee will be included in the registration fee, but attendees must indicate attendance when registering.
Overall Truck Driving Champion, Andrew Stuart from the City of Loveland
Overall Champion: Andrew Stuart, City of Loveland
Complete list of winners.
Please note that the date for this year's Truck Road-E-O has changed to Saturday, June 22nd. The new registration deadline is June 5.
Are you working on an exciting project or program that you would like to share with other professionals in your industry? We'll here is your opportunity!
Colorado SWANA is actively seeking presentation proposals for the Chapter's 2013 Annual Conference taking place in Estes Park on October 3rd and 4th. Presenters will receive FREE registration for the entire two-day conference.
Topics for presentations might include:
- Compliance Issues
- Landfill Management
- Operations Strategies
- Regulatory Developments
- Recycling and Composting
- Education Programs
- Conversion Technology
- Greenhouse Gas Reporting
- and/or other solid waste related subjects.
For more information and to submit a presentation proposal, please review, complete and return the attached presentation form by June 14, 2013.
START YOUR ENGINES! The 2013 Colorado SWANA Truck and Mechanics Road-E-O will be held on Saturday, June 22nd at Wagner Equipment Company's Aurora site. New this year will be the Landfill Equipment Operators Skills competition and the addition of tractor-trailers to the obstacle course. The Road-E-O planning committee is meeting regularly to work out all the details for this year's event and announcements on when registration opens will be made shortly. If you or someone would like to join the planning committee, please contact Ken Arguello.
Pulling off a successful Road-E-O requires the support and hard work of many individuals and organizations. The planning committee will be reaching out to sponsors to help support this exciting event and volunteer call-outs will be made soon. Let's have the best Road-E-O ever!
Colorado Rocky Mountain SWANA is hosting a technical session on electronics recycling on February 20, 2013 from 9 am - 2 PM to discuss the current regulations for electronic waste diversion impacts on haulers, transfer stations, and landfills; education outreach; options for collecting and handling electronic waste whether by community events or year around efforts; and how to contract for services to reduce potential liability.