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Friday, July 19, 2019

ISOSWO runs on dedicated volunteers and needs every member's knowledge, expertise, and time to keep providing the programs, events, and educational opportunities. Review the list of committees and find which one might be a great fit for you.

Even if you can only help in small ways, you can make a big impact.


The Audit Committee is charged with providing an annual audit of ISOSWO expenditures and funds. Results of the audit are presented at the Annual ISOSWO Board Meeting.

CONTACT: Wade Hamm or Jennifer Frampton


The Awards Committee works to recognize outstanding facilities, programs and individuals in the solid waste industry throughout the state. The committee develops and distributes the Awards Nomination Application, reviews submissions, and recognizes award winners at the Annual Fall Conference.

CONTACT: Bill Rowland


It is the responsibility of the Bylaws Committee to review ISOSWO’s Bylaws and propose changes or amendments, as needed. It is also the responsibility of the Bylaws Committee is to give guidance on questions of process when requested by the ISOSWO Board of Directors. 

CONTACTGarrett Prestegard


The Legislative Committee works with legislators to develop laws that are realistic and achievable for the industry while upholding sound fiscal, social and environmental policy towards solid waste management. This group monitors legislative actions including development of laws, rules and study bills and acts as needed. Committee actions consist of developing legislative priorities to convey to policymakers and to maintain a dialog between the organization and policymakers. Desired talents are the ability to enjoy talking with others, knowledgeable in the industry, willingness to see past the current situations and anticipate future needs and directions, and able to convey unified messaging to policymakers and the public.

CONTACT: John Foster


The function of the Member Services Committee is to recruit new members and retain current members for the Chapter. We accomplish this by making sure that we are bringing the most value possible back to our members. This committee is in charge of administering and making recommendations to the board for two member sponsorships to national conferences: Wastecon and Swanapalooza. Over the course of the last year, the committee also brought membership the results of the Kitchen Sink Survey. The committee coordinated the RFP process for our new Website Content Coordinator (WCC) and fall and spring conference planning position. In the next year, we will work very closely with our new WCC and conference planners to make smooth transitions. 

CONTACT: Lauren Norland or Yuta Naganuma


The main purpose of this committee is to solicit interest from members who would like to serve on the board. The committee starts the process in June and puts together a board recommendation in August. New officers are announced at the October annual board meeting.

CONTACT: Brian Seals


The Programs and Awards Committee is focused on creating educational opportunities for members and those interested in solid waste management issues and continuing the advancement of the industry. This committee is comprised of several subcommittees from education, sponsorship, exhibition hall to social and special events for both the ISOSWO Spring and Fall Conferences. Within the subcommittees, there are plenty of areas to provide your talent to support this major fundraising event.  Assistance is always needed and well appreciated as we put on a premier show every year. 

Fall Conference / CONTACT: John Foster or Garret Prestegard

Spring Conference & Other Activities / CONTACT: Mary Wittry


The Safety Committee has only been in existence for a few years with the establishment of SWANA’s chapter Safety Ambassador position. This committee is super exciting and has engaged our membership on new levels. The committee is a resource for all of our members to seek out safety and training information. Collaboration of this committee with membership is an automatic occurrence at our annual spring and fall conference. The committee has coordinated its first ever heavy equipment operator training for our members. We will continue to work on this training and making it better over the course of the next year. We are rolling out safety training and policy sharing documents that can be highlighted on the ISOSWO website and Facebook Group.

CONTACT: Brian Seals


The Scholarship Committee is charged with administering the SWANA Scholarship Programs on a local chapter level.  The committee solicits scholarship applications, reviews submissions, and coordinates the Auction fundraiser at the Annual Fall Conference.

CONTACT: Jennifer Frampton


The TAC is a voluntary collection of ISOSWO members who share an interest in solid waste/material management and collaborate to provide input/feedback on proposed guidance, policies, regulations and/or laws that govern/guide the industry.  The collaboration generally occurs between committee members and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) but can extend to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

In 2018, the TAC worked with the IDNR to roll out guidance on the process to secure environmental covenants on landfill properties as a step toward reducing or terminating the post-closure care period. Additionally, the TAC provided feedback to the IDNR on proposed rules associated with Waste Conversion Technologies. In 2019, the TAC has tentatively planned to collaborate on developing:

  1. Criteria or guidance to more effectively permit evapotranspirative landfill caps
  2. Potential approach to evaluating metals parameters in groundwater using a risked-based approach
  3. Potential implementation of a statewide laboratory analytical database storage program that promotes improved evaluation of parameters for statewide trends, reduction of analysis, and/or background variability.

CONTACT: Dan Bacehowski


The YP Committee provides opportunities for young professionals to connect with their peers in the solid waste and recycling industries. Events have included mentoring/networking with experienced professionals and a welcome luncheon for young professionals, those new to the industry, and students. Committee members would provide valuable input on the type of events and could assist in planning.

CONTACT: Lauren Norland