August 2018 Print

Letter from the President

Greetings Kansas SWANA members,

Welcome to our newly re-designed website,! The Chapter Board of Directors hopes you will visit the website frequently to check out upcoming events, scholarship and training opportunities, and chapter news. You may also follow Kansas SWANA news through the Chapter’s Facebook page.

One upcoming event featured on our website is the 2018 Kansas Solid Waste Management Conference and Operator Training Course. The conference will be held on October 2nd through the 4th at the Kansas Star Conference Center located at 777 Kansas Star Drive in Mulvane. There will be four technical tracks with a variety of presentations to choose from, a large exhibitor area with indoor heavy equipment displays, and fun networking events in the evenings. The annual Golf Tournament, held on the first day of the conference, is a great opportunity to network and win prizes. The SWANA Kansas Sunflower Chapter and the KDHE Bureau of Waste Management invite you to join us at the conference as an exhibitor, sponsor, golfer, and conference attendee. Register online today!

The annual Chapter Awards Program recognizes outstanding solid waste projects, programs, and individuals throughout Kansas. Receive the recognition you, your facility, and/or program deserve! Award applications are due by Friday, August 31st. To be eligible, at least one person from your organization must be a SWANA member. Award winners will be announced at the 2018 Kansas Solid Waste Management Conference in Mulvane.

Earlier this year, the Chapter Board of Directors had the honor to award a $1,000 scholarship to Anelise Sedlock, daughter of SWANA member Charlie Sedlock, and $750 scholarship to Grayson Gilbert, son of SWANA member Darren Gilbert. Congratulations to Anelise and Grayson! This fall, Anelise will be attending the University of Kansas and Grayson will be attending Kansas State University. In addition, Anelise’s scholarship application was submitted to the SWANA International Scholarship Committee and she was awarded the $5,000 Grant H. Flint Scholarship!

In Kansas safety news, on June 29th, Kansas Governor Jeff Coyler held a signing ceremony for the state’s new Slow Down to Get Around legislation. The new law requires drivers to slow down and safely change lanes or be prepared to stop when approaching solid waste and recycling vehicles. The SWANA Kansas Sunflower Chapter stood in support of this legislation which will protect waste and recycling collection workers who work hard every day to keep our Kansas communities clean and safe. The most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the waste and recycling collection occupation ranks fifth in the nation for fatal work injury rates, higher fatality rates than police and firefighters. Recent data shows that many accidents involving waste and recycling collection workers are caused by inattentive motorists and distracted driving. This legislation will save lives, prevent unnecessary accidents and injuries, and make the roads in our Kansas communities safer.

It has been a busy year for the Chapter Board of Directors and I appreciate the tremendous support each of them gives to our organization. Thank you to Phil, John, Mike, Nathan, Craig, Kyle, and Laura for your time and dedication to the SWANA Kansas Sunflower Chapter!


Kathy Richardson, Chapter President

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Kansas SWANA Roundtable Meetings

Every year the SWANA Kansas Sunflower Chapter coordinates with several host cities to conduct Solid Waste Management Roundtable Meetings throughout the state. This year we hosted a roundtable meeting in Lawrence on February 21st and one in Hays on June 7th. Thank you to the hosts and attendees for participating in these meetings!

There is one more Solid Waste Management Roundtable Meeting scheduled this year. It will take place in Emporia on November 8th.

SWANA Solid Waste Roundtable Meeting details:

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018

Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Location: Civic Building, Room #1AB, 111 E. 6th Avenue, Emporia

A SWANA membership is not required for attendance and there is no charge. However, space may be limited. Therefore, to properly prepare for the meeting, we need an approximate head count by Monday, November 5th. If you and/or your staff plan to attend this meeting, please R.S.V.P. by emailing Craig Wood at or calling (913) 715-6917.

This is a great opportunity for you to join government and private solid waste management officials to discuss similar interests and/or concerns that affect your community and the services you provide. In addition, it is a chance to network with others, discover new solutions to old problems, and share your own expertise with the group. The moderator will help guide the discussion around whichever topics the group feels are most important. General topics for discussion could include: Recycling Programs, Collection Operations, Landfill Operational Issues, Composting Operations, Household Hazardous Waste Facilities, Vehicle Maintenance / Fuel Issues, Safety and Training Programs, Public Education Programs, Compliance and Regulatory Agency Standards, State and/or National Legislation, Community Relations / Customer Service, and open forum decided by participants at the meeting.

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Not A SWANA Member Yet? Join Now!

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is the leading professional association in the solid waste industry. With the mission to advance the practice of environmentally and economically sound management of municipal solid waste, SWANA provides education and networking opportunities to solid waste professionals in every facet of the industry, benefitting individual members while also furthering the work of the profession.

Members receive SWANA’s monthly newsletter, I AM SWANA News, as well as MSW Management, SWANA’s official bi-monthly magazine. Members also receive access to the members’ only section of the SWANA website, which includes SWANA’s online collection of technical resources, the eLibrary. Members receive discounts on SWANA training, technical symposia, online training. SWANA offers endless opportunities to show your dedication to the solid waste industry and develop your leadership skills. Become a Technical Division Committee Chair, Chapter Officer, International Board Member or the next SWANA President. There are always new volunteer opportunities for those ready to lead SWANA into the future.

As a member, you will also become a member of the SWANA Kansas Sunflower Chapter, helping you connect with other solid waste professionals in Kansas. Membership includes scholarship and training opportunities, a quarterly newsletter, and an awards program.

Join today,!

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Calendar of Events

SWANA WASTECON, August 20 - 23, 2018, Nashville, TN

Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA),

Hazardous Materials Management Conference, August 26 - 31, 2018, Portland, ME

North American Hazardous Materials Management Association (NAHMMA),

Kansas Solid Waste Management Conference & Operator Training Course, October 2 - 4, 2018, Mulvane, KS

SWANA Kansas Sunflower Chapter,

Resource Recycling Conference, October 22 - 24, 2018, St. Louis, MO

Resource Recycling,

SWANApalooza, February 25 - 28, 2019, Boston, MA

Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA),

Kansas WORKS! Conference, March 19 - 21, 2019, Lindsborg, KS

Kansas Organization of Recyclers (KOR),

WASTE EXPO, May 6 - 9, 2019, Las Vegas, NV

National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA),

Other Training Opportunities:
SWANA has been committed to providing the highest quality training in the solid waste industry. SWANA offers many training options including: Training Centers and Chapter Training, SWANA eLearning (eSessions, eSeries, eCourses), SWANA Training@Work, and SWANA Training@Home. For more information, visit

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Contact the Kansas SWANA Chapter

Questions and suggestions may be sent directly to:

SWANA Kansas Sunflower Chapter

Kathy Richardson, President

P.O. Box 708, Lawrence, Kansas 66044

(785) 832-3076

Please “LIKE” our Facebook page to stay up-to-date on Kansas SWANA news,

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