Waste in the Spotlight – Creating Opportunities
Timothy S. Flanagan, Project Manager, SCS Engineers
Solid waste issues are being discussed in Congress, are highly visible in the media, and have become more relevant to many Americans. SWANA is the biggest association in the waste industry and is highly engaged in Washington DC and elsewhere. Recently elected SWANA President Tim Flanagan will explain how Climate Change, concerns about plastic pollution, and marine litter are creating new opportunities for everyone in the industry. Flanagan will discuss some of the key policy issues that SWANA is working on at EPA and on Capitol Hill.
Tim is a professional executive with extensive expertise developed working in key positions in the private and public sectors. He has championed and established cutting edge waste reduction and recycling programs as a skilled communicator and team leader, and has directed multi-state domestic and export recycling tonnage marketing and sales efforts through key strategic industry partnerships. He has successfully managed multi-million-dollar capital improvement projects for construction of new recycling and materials processing facilities, restoration projects, and key public works projects, from project design through California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), permitting, and construction processes. Tim worked for WM for over 17 years, managing all levels of waste collection, recycling, transfer and processing operations. He also directed material sales for all the western United States for WM as their Western Region Director of Recycling.
While General Manager for the Monterey Regional Waste Management District (MRWMD), Tim was responsible for the District’s mission and vision implementation, business development, revenue generation, and strategic planning process for environmental and financial sustainability. He directed all District operations and administrative affairs and represented the Board’s policies and programs to employees, community organizations, and the general public. He also led major capital development with over $50 million invested in state-of-the-art materials recovery facility (MRF) and truck yard and maintenance and compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling facility projects. Tim led District initiatives with local and regional community jurisdictions for compliance with state waste reduction and recovery mandates. Team Leadership direction was set to focus on developing long-term (20-year) capital planning and site development infrastructure to maintain MRWMD’s industry leader position. He participated in many District planning and capital improvement projects, including coordination of construction functions and projects