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
click on the SWANA Logo to reach SWANA's National Home page. Enjoy!
Early this month, the New York Times published an opinion piece, "The Reign of Recycling," which took issue with recycling in the United States. SWANA promptly submitted a letter to the editor to the Times and also teamed with the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) and Keep America Beautiful (KAB) to develop a joint response. The Times declined to print either response. The more detailed joint response is being distributed today to nearly 50 newspapers and trade publications across the United States. You are also encouraged to post it on your chapter websites and distribute it to media outlets in your area. Please let us know who you submit it to, and whether it is published. Thank you.
Executive Director and CEO
Solid Waste Association of North America
Joint Industry Viewpoint on Recycling Response Letter
Original "The Reign of Recycling"
article as published in the New York Times on October 3, 2015.
The results and scores (Excel) from this year's Truck Road-e-o are available. Congratulations to all the winners.
Registration for the 2015 Annual Conference, September 21 – 23 (Mon - Wed) in Pueblo, Colorado is now open.
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.
Colorado SWANA Road-E-O winners will receive valuable prizes, trophies, and recognition as being the best of the best in Colorado! The top winner in truck driving, landfill, and mechanic categories will receive an all expense paid trip to compete in the 2015 SWANA International Road-E-O to the to be held in Phoenix, Arizona in October.
There will be activities for the whole family at this event and everyone is invited to the awards lunch following the end of the competitions.
Colorado Rocky Mountain SWANA is hosting a technical session on Glass Recycling to present the unique conditions of glass recycling to new product in the Front Range area. The session will walk you through the new fascinating technology and processes involved with taking broken dirty glass from Colorado single-stream recycling plants and transforming it into clean feedstock to make new glass. You will also get a look inside the mysterious process of how glass is manufactured, with a clear account of the economic value proposition in glass recycling.
Coloradans generate a lot of glass and export a lot of glass product (i.e., beer bottles), but we don't import enough new glass that gets used and recycled for making new beer bottles! What is glass cullet, how is it produced and provided "mill ready" to make new glass?
Come hear the big news: Front Range is getting its own cullet plant which will draw "garbage glass" bound for landfills in Colorado and neighboring states and make enough clean feedstock to produce new glass.
Colorado SWANA Rocky Mountain Chapter is offering MOLO (Manager of Landfill Operations) certification training classes at the Holiday Inn Lakewood, 7390 W. Hampden Ave., in Lakewood, CO, Monday through Wednesday, April 6–8, 2015. Certification testing will be at the same location on Thursday morning, April 9, 2015.
This MOLO training will touch on the unique needs and challenges of rural landfills as well as introducing some Colorado-specific issues for Colorado attendees. An optional Math Tutoring session, offered Tuesday evening, April 7, is included in the registration fee; indicate attendance when registering.
Glenwood Springs Community Center
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, 2015. The class will follow the SWANA Waste Screening at MSW Management Facilities Training course.
The 2015 Annual Conference will be September 21 – 23 (Mon - Wed) in Pueblo, Colorado. More information will be posted soon.