Continuing our summer long
showcase of SWANA’s updated training courses, SWANA had an opportunity to talk
with Joe Williams, Owner of Common
Sense Consulting of Franklin, TN, the course contractor for the updated Manager
of Collection Systems set to premiere at WASTECON 2009.
What is new and exciting
about the Manager of Collection Systems Course? Hopefully an emphasis on teamwork and an
understanding of how all the parts fit together. In twenty-five years,
I’ve lived this industry from grunt to geek, seen great successes and true
failures. The new course will highlight the proven methods and help polish
us all as professionals.
What is one thing students
can expect to take away from this course? The comfort that no situation is absolutely unique
(somebody else somewhere has faced it) and the comfort that no one answer is
correct in every situation. It is an excellent framework of best practices
with the flexibility to let local managers manage.
Why is this course valuable
to the solid waste professional?
It is valuable to each of us, no matter our assigned task, because every step of
the process is interdependent on the other. No matter how great a disposal
facility you have, if no one brings you what needed to be collected, you
lose. No matter how great your collection system might be, if there is no
place to take what you’ve collected, you lose. It is a great overview of
the first step (collection) of an intricate system that remains the front line
of defense for the health, safety and welfare of every community in this nation
and the world.
Joe, why is WASTECON a good
event to premiere the updated Manager of Collection Systems Course?
WASTECON is the premier event in the
industry, not only for products and services, but for learning. When we
stop learning, when we stop sharing, we stop living. It’s true
professionally as well personally. WASTECON brings us a tremendous amount
of diverse experience, responsibilities and viewpoints making it impossible not
to learn something new from this course.
This year, WASTECON is
focusing on The Power of Solid Waste. What does the Power of Solid Waste mean to
you? It tells me more and more
people understand that whatever nomenclature we use, garbage, trash,
recyclables, compost, etc., we as a species generate items that must be
collected and processed appropriately to protect our future and our environment
in a fiscally responsible manner.
Thank you for your time Joe
and I look forward to seeing you in Long Beach.
Visit www.WASTECON.org to view information on this year’s schedule of events
including the training, technical programming, tours, networking and exhibits.
today and experience the Power of Solid