SWANA Training

SWANA Training


May 20, 21 & 22, 2019
Certification Exam held on May 23
Chester County Solid Waste Authority
7224 Division Highway
Narvon, PA 17555


$899 for Keystone SWANA Members - COURSE ONLY

$999 for Non-members - COURSE ONLY

$200 for Certification Exam

The Zero Waste Course can be taken for CEUs only, but it is necessary to take the exam to receive certification. 

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Zero Waste Principles and Practices Cover

Information obtained from the SWANA Training Catalog:

Zero Waste Principles and Practices

Professionals who take this new 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.

The Zero Waste Principles and Practices certification course is a joint undertaking of SWANA and the California Resource Recovery Association. CRRA is dedicated to achieving environmental sustainability in and beyond California through Zero Waste strategies. SWANA, with its work in 45 chapters across the United States and Canada, is committed to educating professionals working in the industry and to moving the industry as a whole from a focus on solid waste management to resource management.

Content and Approach

The Zero Waste Principles and Practices course encompasses a broad overview of Zero Waste principles and practices in 10 modules covering public policy, programs, technology and measurement:

  • Introduction to Zero Waste, including a survey of different definitions and perspectives
  • What’s In Your Waste Stream?
  • Upstream, Midstream and Downstream: understanding Zero Waste strategies as they affect each stage of product lifestyles
  • Collections Options
  • Processing Technology Options
  • Managing Organics
  • Public Venues and Challenging Materials
  • Changing Behavior through Education and Outreach
  • Financing and Funding
  • Contracting and Partnerships

The course provides many opportunities for discussion among instructors and participants. It draws on current materials and examples from outside the published manual and engages students in several in-class exercises.

Who Should Attend?

Entry and mid-level managers of programs and systems serving local governments and other industry professionals that work in an advisory or consulting capacity with municipal programs and staff.


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