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SWANAPalooza 2020, Atlanta, Georgia

March 23, 2020

Meet many SCS professionals at SWANAPalooza 2020 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, Georgia, March 23-26, 2020.

SWANApalooza is SWANA’s leading technical conference for professionals to explore environmental solutions for integrated solid waste management.

SWANApalooza presents the latest news and technology in the industry, as well as on-site training, local facility tours, and networking with top industry leaders.

Starting in 2020, SWANApalooza will also be incorporating municipal waste-to-energy operational issues, technology, and research initiatives into its programming.

More details to be posted as the conference takes shape, including presentations to be delivered by SCS professionals.  Visit the conference website

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SCS Engineers SWANA Members Adopt a River

July 26, 2019

SCS Engineers’ Associate Professional, Lindsey Carlson recently coordinated a cleanup on the Beaver Dam River in Wisconsin. The cleanup is a part of the mission of Living Lands and Waters to clean the nation’s major rivers and watersheds. The Adopt A River Mile program enables people to support the mission in their own communities. SCS Engineers joined other members of the SWANA Badger Chapter, the Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin, and five members of the Beaver Dam community.  SCS’s Adam Gorski and Phil Gearing are shown removing a tractor tire and other debris here.





Phil called the experience “a great time and very fulfilling.”

While getting wet and muddy, the team picked up trash and debris that filled one 5’x8’ utility trailer plus two pickup truck beds – that’s about 8 cubic yards for those not in the waste management industry 😉

The trash included a tractor tire; about seven car tires; an aluminum truck topper; an office chair; two bicycles (one still ridable); a motorcycle helmet; at least 15 feet of culvert piping; about 10 trash bags full of plastic bottles and other lightweight garbage; and quite a few other miscellaneous items.

The kid in Phil, wet and muddy riding a bike recovered from the river.

Lindsey served as a volunteer on Living Lands and Waters’ barges during a week-long cleanup in Memphis in 2017, and “that’s how I came to know and become passionate about their cause,” she says.

Contact Living Lands and Waters to clean up your mile of river. Every mile makes a difference to help watershed conservation efforts in your community. Imagine the impact thousands of volunteers of all ages, willing to roll up their sleeves and get dirty are making. Thank you!






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reTHINK before reCYCLE – Association Poster Supports Customer Education and Safety

June 26, 2019

Download the free poster here.

NWRA, SWANA, NERC, and ISRA  jointly developed the “Think Twice” poster to help communities and individuals recycle materials in safe and appropriate ways. The poster is free and allows users to add their own website URL to provide more useful information.

Free Poster for Download


Ask SCS about waste characterization, education, and outreach programs.










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Wisconsin Integrated Resource Management Conference

February 27, 2019

Meet SCS professionals, Sherren Clark and Phil Gearing, who will be presenting at the Wisconsin Integrated Resource Management Conference to be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Stevens Point, WI, February 27 – March 1, 2019.

This will be the 18th year the conference is jointly hosted by the Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin (AROW), the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) – Badger Chapter, and the Wisconsin Counties Solid Waste Managers Association (WCSWMA). This partnership has allowed professionals from all aspects of the solid waste & recycling industry to collaborate and learn from one another.

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SWANAPalooza 2019 – Boston

February 25, 2019

SCS Booth 401, at the main entrance to Exhibit Hall D, is open:
Monday, February 25, 2019: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM during the Opening Reception.
Tuesday, February 26, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday, February 27th, 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Building the Future is the focus of SWANAPalooza 2019. The conference offers opportunities for finding long-term solutions for domestic recycling, landfill technical operations, and safety best practices with experts, government officials and SCS professionals from a range of industry areas. Discover the future of solid waste and recycling at SWANApalooza in Boston!

Session Highlights!

Monday, February 25, 2019: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Landfill Gas Systems Operations and Maintenance, Day 1 (of 3)

SWANA’s Landfill Gas Systems Operations and Maintenance course will explore the daily challenges associated with the operation and maintenance of LFG systems by discussing generally accepted industry practices as well as some new and alternative approaches for the capture, control, and management of landfill gas.

The information in this three-day course is useful for hands-on practical use in the field and presented in an easy to understand format. Class participants and instructors discuss alternative practices, lessons learned, and issues debated in the industry.


Monday, February 25, 2019: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Zero Waste Principles and Practices, Day 1 (of 3)

Professionals who take the new SWANA/CRRA Zero Waste Principles and Practices certification course will have the ability to integrate their understanding of Zero Waste with their existing waste management systems, practices and policies to move local systems toward locally-defined zero waste goals.


Monday, February 25, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
MentorMatch Mixer – Room 200
Grab a drink, then mix and mingle with potential mentors and mentees at SWANApalooza’s MentorMatch Mixer! Face-to-face interaction with experienced professionals (mentors) willing to start a six-month mentorship where they can share their expertise with fellow colleagues (mentees) looking for career guidance or professional development within the solid waste management and recycling industry.


Tuesday, February 26, 8:55 AM – 9:30 AM
SWANA Technical Division Awards – Ballroom B

Congratulate the first-ever winners of the SWANA Technical Division for Sustainable Materials Management. The first division award for an organization’s leadership and an individual’s achievements goes to…

2019 Sustainable Materials Management Award Winner: Interior Removal Specialist, Inc.

2019 Sustainable Materials Management DIAA Recipient: Michelle Leonard, Vice President, SCS Engineers


Tuesday, February 26, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
YP Morning Meet-Up – YP Exhibit Hall Lounge

Grab a cup of coffee and join active Young Professional volunteers in the YP Exhibit Hall Lounge! Catch up with old friends, make new ones, and learn about what we do and how you can get more involved in the YP Group.


Tuesday, February 26, 12:45 PM – 1:15 PM
YP Meet & Greet with Speaker Corrine Rico – YP Exhibit Hall Lounge

Meet speaker Corrine Rico face-to-face and further discuss her Keynote Plenary topic “The New Normal in Recycling for 2019 and Beyond”. Take some time to ask questions, say hello, and further discuss with fellow session attendees and Young Professionals.


Tuesday, February 26, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Young Professionals Mid-Year Meeting – Room 209


Tuesday, February 26, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Deep Dive: Emphasizing Food Recovery and Reuse to Help Meet Diversion Goals – Room 200

Grocery chains, schools, municipal waste departments, nonprofit organizations, and legislative bodies are all looking for ways to keep food in the hands of people who need it for nourishment and NOT send it to a landfill. This session offers a plethora of programs—see if there’s one that you can add to redirect food to the needy.


Take My Job, Please – Room 209

Join David Walker of SCS Engineers and other professionals who love their jobs, and continue to grow and develop within our industry.


Tuesday, February 26, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Time for Relaxed Networking – Ballroom A

Join SCS and the Southern New England Chapter for a taste of New England’s many contributions to food and drink, plus popular music courtesy of “The Proper Bostonians”. Featuring dynamic vocal harmonies and stellar musicianship from some of Boston’s most highly regarded musicians, this band has an infectious energy that keeps you on the dance floor. A fun photo booth will let you take a breather from dancing to capture memories of friends new and old.


Wednesday, February 27, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Tips for Aspiring Writers – Room 209

In today’s competitive marketplace, young professionals must perfect the art of personal branding — developing a unique professional identity. Personal branding not only benefits your own career, but it also enhances your organization’s image. A key element in building a personal brand is outreach: getting exposure and connecting in places where your target audience spends time. Prominent among these settings are industry publications and websites. This session will focus on writing skills to improve the chances that your product will be published.


Wednesday, February 27, 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
YP Meet & Greet with Speaker Phil Goddard – YP Exhibit Hall Lounge

Join SCS in the YP Exhibit Hall Lounge to meet speaker Phil Goddard face-to-face and further discuss his Keynote Plenary session topic “Capacity Trends in Southern New England: Short Term Risks and Long Term Solutions”. Take some time to ask questions, say hello, and further discuss with fellow session attendees and Young Professionals.


Wednesday, February 27, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Tackling Key Safety Issues – Ballroom B

Join  Scott Lambert, Project Superintendent,  Suzanne Sturgeon, CSMS, Health and Safety Manager, and Patrick Sullivan, Senior Vice President, all of SCS Engineers to discuss keeping your people safe at your facility. Experts in health risk analysis and tools for employee health and safety will help you be proactive in promoting a culture of safety.



Contact us if you’d like to arrange discussions on specific topics with our professionals. See you in Boston.




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To Our Colleagues – STAY SAFE

January 25, 2019


17 industry-related deaths within the first 22 days of 2019 is a tragedy in any industry.

SWANA provides free resources on its Safety Matters webpage, which contains valuable tools for both collection and post-collection. SWANA will also host numerous safety events this year, including a live safety webinar on January 29 at noon EST. Safety issues will also be discussed at SWANApalooza in Boston, Massachusetts, February 25-28, as well as at SWANA’s 7th Safety Summit at WASTECON in Phoenix, Arizona, October 21-24.

Safety is a top priority for National Waste & Recycling Association and its members. NWRA offers a wide range of comprehensive safety programs for its member companies, including these resources online:


Health & Safety Training

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SCS Engineers’ Tom Lock Elected as SWANA Keystone Officer

September 25, 2018


Tom Lock of SCS Engineers recently elected as a SWANA Keystone Chapter Officer.

The SWANA Keystone Chapter has elected Tom Lock of SCS Engineers as Secretary of the Chapter. Tom assumed his new position following the Board of Director’s meeting on September 6, 2018.

Tom continues to provide leadership and representation for the waste management industry and in the use of renewable energy resources such as landfill gas and solar in the region. In his new position, he is responsible for keeping full minutes of all proceedings of the Chapter, its members, directors, and committees, and maintaining Chapter records. Tom will issue notices required by law and SWANA bylaws, prepare and submit required annual, periodic or special reports, and shall perform other duties as requested by the Board of Directors. He is a SWANA member of over 25 years and regularly participates in regional and national conferences.

Tom, a Project Manager for SCS Engineers, has three decades of experience in environmental field services and project management, with an emphasis on waste industry operations and maintenance. He manages the SCS Engineers Harrisburg office and coordinates with the firm’s offices and operations nationwide. Lock’s expertise is in Operations, Maintenance, and Monitoring (OM&M) of environmental control systems. His work involves OM&M of renewable energy resources such as landfill gas using a sophisticated collection, monitoring, and reporting system SCSeTools®.

Our congratulations to Tom and the other newly elected officers.






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SWANA WASTECON® – Music to one’s ears

July 6, 2018


See you in Nashville! SCS Engineers








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Odor Management at Solid Waste Facilities: Be Proactive, Not Reactive

May 3, 2018

Through the implementation of odor management strategies and a preemptive approach to odor concerns, solid waste facilities can successfully avoid the lawsuits, regulatory actions, permitting difficulties, early facility closures and costs that all stem from a landfill odor issue.

Take the first step in prevention and sign up for this  SWANA Webinar today.  SWANA 1 CEU Point.

Related article by Patrick Sullivan



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SWANA Webinar: Landfill Gas Data Collection and Analysis, May 2

April 17, 2018

Join William J. Perez, Project Manager, SCS Field Services for the SWANA webinar LFG Data Collection and Analysis, on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 1:45 pm ET.

GCCS is installed with the operational goals of complying with federal, state and local regulations, preventing LFG migration, and controlling odors. Their proper operation along with data collection is essential to achieving compliance and operating at peak efficiency without challenges.

Once data is collected it is then analyzed to determine if there are problems at data collection points. Problems can include; air leaks, over pull conditions, high gas temperature, low or no flow, low available system pressure, high methane, high static pressure, or other issues. Bill Perez discusses these challenges to efficiency; how to identify them as well as what corrective actions to take.

The Methane Range Map at left shows wells with high levels of methane and identifies areas that are being under-extracted. This information can be used to locate new wells or tune existing wells to increase capture. On the right, the Pressure Range Map looks for wells that may be blocked with liquid or may have collapsed, or that are possibly maxed out.

Register Today on the SWANA Website





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