SWANA overhauls its recycling certification program.

Reacting to recent changes in the industry, the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), Silver Spring, Md., will premiere its new Manager of Recycling Systems course in Portland, Ore., on Feb. 11, 2009. According to SWANA, the overhaul takes into account changing regulations at the state and local level, technological developments, the availability of new recycling systems, and methods to contract recycling programs.

"Given the current state of weaker recycling markets, it is important for communities to put together sustainable recycling programs," according to a SWANA press release. "This course provides detailed guidance on how to do that. Now, more than ever, solid waste professionals are turning to SWANA training programs to better manage their operations, as well as keep up with and advance their careers."

The association contracted with Kessler Consulting, Tampa, Fla., and Seattle-based R.W. Beck to update the course for the first time in nearly eight years. The three-day course includes three 8-hour sessions designed to provide recycling professionals with the knowledge needed to successfully manage a municipal solid waste recycling operation. After completing the course, professionals must take an updated certification exam.

The SWANA recycling certification lasts three years before it must be renewed. Industry professionals have the option of renewing by either repeating the course every three years or obtaining 30 continuing education units by attending SWANA training events or SWANA-approved events during the three-year certification period. Besides the initial course offering in Portland, SWANA also plans to offer the course at its annual WASTECON convention. This year, WASTECON will be held Sept. 22-24 in Long Beach, Calif.

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