Two SWANA Certification Programs to Launch in 2001

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), Silver Spring, Md., has announced it will add two new certification programs to its list of manager training courses.

Responding to its members' requests for information on the construction and demolition (C&D) market, SWANA has joined the Construction Materials Recycling Association (CMRA), Lisle, Ill., to develop a C&D waste management certification program, says Lori Scozzafava, SWANA director of technical programs.

Set to launch at SWANA's July 2001 Training Center in Salt Lake City, the three-day C&D training course targets solid waste managers currently handling C&D wastes, as well as managers looking to add C&D waste processing to their existing operations.

"C&D is more hidden, but it's a bigger waste stream than [most]," says William Turley, executive director of the CMRA, who adds that C&D increasingly is becoming an issue for many solid waste managers.

Additionally, SWANA will join the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB), Sacramento, Calif., to develop a California-specific manager of landfill operations (MOLO) pilot program that targets managers in rural areas.

"It was clear to me and others that if SWANA could tailor its program to meet federal Subtitle D standards, as well as California's standards - which often are more stringent than federal standards - then we wouldn't have to reinvent the wheel," CIWMB member Steve Jones says.

Initially, California's program will be voluntary. However, after studying the program's results during the next four years, CIWMB plans to ask California's governor and legislature to consider making the program mandatory.

SWANA hopes other states eventually will look to California's program as a model. "More states should follow California's lead," SWANA President Steve Viny said in a recent press release.

For both the C&D and California certification programs, SWANA will use instructors who are experts in the field, Scozzafava says.

"Students appreciate our faculty because we choose people who are giving them real-life examples," she adds.

In California, CIWMB members, local enforcement agents and rural landfill operators will come together to learn from each other, Jones says.

Both of SWANA's new training programs will include a training course and a certification exam designed to complement the course, Scozzafava says. However, individuals with previous C&D or landfill manager training can take the exam without attending the course.

After the C&D program's July 2001 launch, additional sessions will be offered at SWANA's WASTECON show in September 2001, and at SWANA members' requests.

The California program will take place at least once during 2001, but Scozzafava says regional SWANA chapters already have expressed interest in additional sessions.

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