About MWMA

As the environmental affiliate of The United States Conference of Mayors, MWMA is dedicated to and driven by the needs of municipal solid waste directors, environmental commissioners, and public works professionals. Formed in 1982, our mission is to impact policy, share best practices, promote operational efficiencies, and provide information on innovations in the delivery of integrated waste management services. MWMA, or the Municipal Waste Management Association,  is a national membership association, representing solid waste directors, environmental commissioners, and other municipal solid waste decision makers from major cities, counties, and other local and regional public authorities and agencies across the country.

Membership Info

Who can join MWMA?
Membership is open to solid waste, recycling, and environmental professionals working for cities, counties, and other local and regional public authorities and agencies.  Our members have such diverse job titles as: 
Solid Waste Services Administrator/Director/Bureau Chief, Director of Public Works, Recycling Manager/Coordinator, Environmental Services Director, or Sanitation Commissioner.  (MWMA has a separate category and dues structure for private sector membership, through our Solid Waste Advisory Council.)How much does it cost to join MWMA?
Public sector  membership dues are calculated on a sliding scale, based on your municipality’s population.  Ever mindful of the budget constraints of our members, we’ve kept MWMA  dues constant for the past five years.Two people from my department want to join MWMA.  Can we get a discount on the second membership fee?

No need!  For one low MWMA membership fee, there’s no limit to the number of staff who can participate in MWMA – from your administrative assistant to the Mayor him/herself.  And everyone will receive the same member benefits, from our weekly news alerts to discounted registration rates for our annual Fall Summit.

Speaking of which…what are the benefits of MWMA Membership?
We’re glad you asked.  For your annual MWMA membership, you’ll receive an array of benefits, including:

 

  • deeply discounted registration to the MWMA Fall Summit, which brings together public sector leaders with private sector executives, to learn about trends and emerging technologies in operational efficiency, recycling, waste-to-energy, and other issues;
  • free, interactive, members-only webinars.  Each webinar features presentations and discussion by industry experts on some of the industry’s hottest topics. Check out some of our recent webinars.
  • a complimentary subscription to “Municipal News Headlines,” a weekly e-bulletin featuring timely and relevant news from the solid waste industry;
  • access to the members-only MWMA listserv, where you can  share information and ideas with, and solicit feedback from, hundreds of other municipal solid waste professionals across the country; and
  • the opportunity to network with and learn from your peers – public and private sector leaders and professionals throughout the industry.

 

For more information please contact Jubi Headley.

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Leadership

President
Keith S. Hackett
Division Director, Metro Solid Waste Management, Department of Public Works and Assets
City of Louisville, KY

1st Vice President
Harry J. Hayes
Chief Operating Officer
City of Houston, TX

Paul F. Alcantar
Commissioner, Solid Waste
City of Cleveland, OH

Kevin A. Bennett (Past President)
Sr. Program Manager, Division of Waste Management, Department of Environmental Quality & Public Works
Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, KY

Mike Carroll (Past President)
Solid Waste Division Manager, Department of Public Works
City of Orlando, FL

Chris Conway
Director of Public Works
City of Montgomery, AL

Alexander E. Helou
Assistant Director, Bureau of Sanitation
City of Los Angeles, CA

David Herberholz
Director, Solid Waste & Recycling Division
City of Minneapolis, MN

Lori M. K. Kahikina, P.E.
Director, Department of Environmental Services
City and County of Honolulu, HI

Chris Knight
Waste  Management Manager
City of Stillwater, OK

Ann Saurman
Manager, Bureau of Recycling & Solid Waste
City of Allentown, PA

Benjamin Shirley (Past President)
Sanitation Director
City of St. Petersburg, FL

Mario Sierra
Director, Environmental Services Department
City of San Diego, CA

Shirlene Sitton
Environmental Services Division Director
City of Santa Fe, NM

Ken Snipes
Solid Waste Director
Seattle Public Utilities

Ginger Spencer
Assistant Director of Public Works
City of Phoenix, AZ

Lars Williams
Director, Solid Waste Management
City and County of Denver, CO

Solid Waste Advisory Council

About the Solid Waste Advisory Council

The Solid Waste Advisory Council (SWAC) is an integral component of the structure and activities of the Municipal Waste Management Association (MWMA).  SWAC represents the corporate side of the solid waste industry – members include waste management, recycling, and waste-to-energy companies, as well as companies that manufacture and distribute the products and services that public sector solid waste officials rely on to carry out their work.

SWAC contributes to public policy discussions, provides programmatic support to and shares new technologies and innovations with MWMA’s public sector members. As the environmental affiliate of the United States Conference of Mayors, MWMA designs and delivers solutions to meet needs and challenges of municipal solid waste, recycling and environmental executives from cities and counties across the United States. Working together, MWMA and SWAC identify challenges facing cities and develop new and innovative approaches to environmental concerns.

Develop Relationships

Through SWAC corporations can:

  • Explore public / private sector partnerships with key decision-makers – public works directors, environmental commissioners and recycling professionals – in America’s top 100 cities and beyond.
  • Utilize the expertise of our public sector members to conduct focus groups and needs analyses of the challenges facing urban environmental professionals.
  • Communicate new innovations and technologies, designed to meet municipal waste, air, energy and other environmental needs of America’s cities.
  • Exchange best practices and ideas in person at the MWMA Fall Summit, and/or virtually through webinars and the MWMA list-serv.

The Benefits of Membership

SWAC membership benefits are many, and include the following: 

MWMA Fall Summit: SWAC members receive one (1) complimentary registration (and steeply discounted registration rates for additional corporate representatives) to the MWMA Fall Summit, the most prominent annual MWMA event of the year.  SWAC members also receive first preference to contract (again at significantly discounted rates) for the limited exhibit space available during the Summit. 

MWMA List-serv: SWAC members are entitled to join the MWMA list-serv, where they can share information and ideas with, and solicit feedback from, hundreds of municipal solid waste professionals across the country.

Corporate Identity: the name and logo of SWAC corporate members, as well as links to their corporate websites, are featured on the MWMA website. 

Best Practices in Public/Private Partnerships: Successful public/private partnerships involving SWAC members may be featured:

  • on the MWMA website;
  • in The Public Place, a periodical publication featuring in-depth articles on emerging solid waste and other environmental trends, technologies, and issues; and/or
  • in US Mayor, the biweekly publication distributed to every Mayor, all members of Congress, and key Administration officials, among others.

(For editorial guidelines please contact the MWMA staff.)

SWAC members may also be invited from time to time to participate in the sponsorship and formation of new collaborative projects on priority issues.

Opportunity to Present Views: SWAC members may be invited to present their views through a dialogue with public sector MWMA members at various forums, as appropriate.  SWAC members may also be invited to prepare guest commentary or articles on priority issues, for possible publication on the MWMA website or through other vehicles, including distribution through the MWMA list-serv.