Northern New England Chapter of SWANA

Welcome to the official website for the Northern New England Chapter of SWANA.

Our Mission:  To advance the practice of environmentally and economically sound municipal solid waste management in North America.

Browse through our site and see why becoming a SWANA NNEC member is for you!

The Northern New England Chapter of SWANA is made up of over 80 of the most diverse solid waste professionals in the nation with members from Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. We host three technical conferences per year and one annual fall meeting, attracting speakers from across the country to discuss timely and upcoming issues. Our organization is made up of solid waste managers, regulators, engineers, consultants, operators, private haulers, and recyclers. Operations in our states include management of solid, hazardous, universal, and infectious waste; incinerators, landfills, transfer stations and recycling facilities. Current issues in the NNE Chapter include bioreactor landfills, international hauling, landfill gas management, maximizing disposal space, post-closure use, and gas to energy projects.

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Technical Session: “Safety in the Solid Waste Industry”

February 22, 2018, 9:00 a.m.

University of Southern Maine
Hannaford Hall in the Abromson Community Education Center
88 Bedford Street
Portland, ME 04101

The NNE Chapter of SWANA is hosting a Technical Session on Safety in the Solid Waste Industry. Solid Waste is the 5th most dangerous field of employment. Accidents, injuries and fatalities continue to impact the industry and operations throughout the United States have made improving safety their number one priority.

Our Technical Session will focus on identifying safety issues in the Solid Waste Industry with an emphasis on prevention and best practices in collection, transfer stations, recycling centers and disposal facilities.

David Biderman, Executive Director of SWANA (Solid Waste Association of North America) will be our key-note speaker on Safety – An Industry Perspective. A host of professionals focused on Safety and Prevention include:

  • Jerry Sjogren, E.L. Harvey – Safety in Transfer Stations
  • Al Sabino, Casella – Collection
  • Mark Maritato, ecomaine – Lithium Ion Batteries
  • Dr. Anne Hewes, ecomaine – Safety Certification

Download flyer and registration form [PDF]


The Northern New England Chapter of SWANA October 24, 2017 Technical Session

Landfill, Leachate and Health Risks: PFAS and Other Emerging Contaminants

October 24, 2017
Norwich University 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield VT

This SWANA program provides an opportunity for technical, regulatory, and legal perspectives on Per-and Polyfluoralkyl Substances (PFAS) and other emerging contaminants as they relate to landfills, leachate, and associated health risks. PFAS have been identified in landfill leachate and groundwater monitoring wells at levels above the 20 ppt drinking water health advisory level established in Vermont in 2016. Can PFAS releases from landfills lead to PFAS levels above 20 ppt in drinking water? What are the concerns over exposure to PFAS? What options are available for evaluating and mitigating PFAS risks? Information shared by a panel of experts will help shed light on these issues and identify remaining uncertainties as knowledge and regulation of PFAS and other emerging contaminants continue to develop.

Agenda

Proceedings:

Stephen Zemba, Ph.D., P.E.: PFAS and Landfills

Samuel C. Nicolai: PFAS and Other Emerging Contaminants—Industry Perspective

Trey Martin: PFAS and Other Emerging Contaminants

Kasey Kathan: Regulatory Perspective—Solid Waste Management Program



Waste Conversion Technologies 101

Waste Conversion Technologies 101 presentation cover

Presented by:
Lori Scozzafava & Steve Simmons
Gershman, Brickner, & Bratton, Inc. (GBB)
February 15, 2017

This training session presented a clear overview of the types of waste conversion technologies being considered, the pros and cons of each, and what's moving forward and where.

Download Workshop Presentation (PDF 10MB)


NNE Chapter SWANA 2017 Scholarship Awards Program

The Northern New England Chapter of SWANA (Solid Waste Association of North America) is announcing the availability of a scholarship for current undergraduates, graduate students, or high school seniors who have been accepted into an undergraduate program committed to a degree closely tied to Solid Waste Management, Environmental Science, Engineering or a related field of study.

The award is offered in remembrance of Steve Parker, a founding member of the SWANA Northern New England Chapter and long-term member of International Board of Directors. The scholarship is for $1000.00 and is limited to students from Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Applicants do not have to be SWANA members; however, if the applicant has identified a SWANA family member (parent, grand-parent etc.) their application may be submitted for consideration for additional scholarship funding from the International Board of SWANA for up to $5,000.00.

Download Application here

Please mail completed application to:

ecomaine
64 Blueberry Road
Portland ME 04102
ATTN: Kevin Roche

Completed applications must be returned no later than March 8, 2017. For questions you may contact Kevin Roche or Denise Mungen @ 207-523-3100 or email mungen@ecomaine.org.


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