February 2020 Print

Letter from the President

Sunflower Chapter Members and Visitors,

The Chapter Board of Directors is looking forward to working with you this year.

As we start a new decade, we are nearing a milestone as the Chapter is nearing its 30th Anniversary. I am honored to lead this chapter as we continue to offer our popular Roundtable Sessions and a Fall conference and find new ways to provide young and longtime professionals the information and resources they need to excel at their jobs.

Safety, one of our biggest challenges, continues to be a primary focus. We all need take the time to be safe. I don’t know anyone that wants to take unnecessary risks at work. As an industry, we can find ourselves alone without anyone else to watch out for potential dangers or talk about how to make a situation safe. What can be done? Many times, we push forward because we must get the job done and no one else is going to do it for us. That is when we need to take the time to step back and really focus on safety.

Do we need to take the time to get the right tools and personnel to do the job and get home safely or take our chances? Our goal is to have every solid waste person in Kansas to make it home every day. Each of you is valuable to our communities.  Kansas SWANA is here to help everyone be safe.

The Eastern Roundtable coming up on March 4 in Olathe, KS, Go to the Events page for more details and RSVP information. 

We hope to see you soon. 


Craig Wood, 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. 

The next Solid Waste Management Roundtable Meeting scheduled for March 4th, 2020 and will take place in Olathe, Kansas. 

SWANA Solid Waste Roundtable Meeting details:

Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 

Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Location: City of Olathe Public Works Office, 1385 S. Robinson St. Olathe, KS 66061 

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 4th. If you and/or your staff plan to attend this meeting, please R.S.V.P. by emailing Laura Drescher at [email protected]  

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, www.swana.org!  

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Calendar of Events

SWANA Roundtable, March 4, 2020, Olathe, KS 

Kansas SWANA, www.swanaks.org.


SWANApalooza, March 23 - 26, 2020, Atlanta, GA

Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), www.swana.org.


Kansas WORKS! Conference, March 31 – April 2, 2020, Topeka, KS

Kansas Organization of Recyclers (KOR), www.kskor.org.


WASTE EXPO, May 4 - 7, 2020, New Orleans, LA

National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA), www.wasteexpo.com.

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Contact the Kansas SWANA Chapter

Questions and suggestions may be sent directly to:

SWANA Kansas Sunflower Chapter

Craig Wood, President

11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 2700, Olathe, KS 66061 

(913) 715-6917 

[email protected]

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