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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.
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.
2020 MWMA Executive Committee
Lori M. K. Kahikina, P.E.
Director, Department of Environmental Services
City and County of Honolulu, HI
1st Vice President
Assistant Director, Resource Recovery
City of Austin, TX
2nd Vice President
Alexander E. Helou
Assistant Director, Bureau of Sanitation
City of Los Angeles, CA
Paul F. Alcantar (Past President)
Commissioner of Waste Collection and Disposal, Department of Public Works
City of Cleveland, OH
Mike Carroll (Past President)
Solid Waste Division Manager, Department of Public Works
City of Orlando, FL
Director of Public Works
City of Montgomery, AL
Deputy Director, Environmental Services Department
City of El Paso, TX
Executive Director | Keep Atlanta Beautiful Commission
Environmental Programs Director | Department of Public Works
City of Atlanta, GA
Keith S. Hackett (Past President)
Assistant Director, Solid Waste Management Services Division,
Department of Public Works and Assets
City of Louisville, KY
Harry J. Hayes (Past President)
Chief Operating Officer
City of Houston, TX
Director, Solid Waste and Recycling Division
City of Minneapolis, MN
Associate Director, Solid Waste Management Department
City of Albuquerque, NM
Waste Management Manager
City of Stillwater, OK
Laurie Matta, CMFO
Chief Financial Officer
City of Clarksville, TN
Interim Director, Solid Waste Management | Denver Recycles
City & County of Denver, CO
Chittenden Solid Waste District, VT
Manager, Bureau of Recycling & Solid Waste
City of Allentown, PA
Director, Environmental Services Division
City of Santa Fe, NM
General Manager, Solid Waste Services
Municipality of Anchorage, AK
Richard Speer, PE
Director, Department of Environmental Services
City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge, LA
Director, Public Works Department
City of Phoenix, AZ
Tracey Turner Thurman
Director, Division of Waste Management
City of Lexington/Fayette County, KY
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.
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.