Registration open for zero waste training and conference

20 February 2014

The Guam Environmental Protection Agency today announced online registration for the upcoming Zero Waste Pacific training and conference is now open.

Registration for the training and conference can be found online. More information about the conference can be found here.

The training includes three-day courses conducted by the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). Following the training there will be a two-day workshop focusing on sustainable materials management in the Pacific.

“Guam EPA is hosting the training and workshop to help improve the level of solid waste management in the Pacific and drive our region toward a future of zero waste,” said Guam EPA Administrator Eric M. Palacios. “Individuals who complete the training and pass the testing portion will have a nationally-recognized certification in solid waste management. Trainings and conferences like this are a key part of ensuring our region has the tools necessary to manage solid waste effectively and efficiently.”

The three-day training begins on Sunday, May 4 and concludes with a day of testing on Wednesday, May 7. Three courses will be offered in topics including managing composting programs, integrated solid waste management systems and recycling systems.

“In addition to the capacity-building aspect of the training, it is my goal to establish a SWANA Micronesia Chapter. The immediate and long-term value in doing so is tremendous, and this upcoming partnership with SWANA is a huge first step in achieving this goal,” Administrator Palacios added.

The two-day conference begins on Thursday, May 8. The conference will include presentations focusing on zero waste, capacity building and community-based environmental protection.

Preregistration for the certification trainings is $525.00 per participant until Wednesday, April 9. After that day, the cost is $625.00 per participant.

For more information about SWANA certification or the training component of the event, contact Guam EPA’s Solid Waste Management Program at 300-4751 or email Laura.Kanai@epa.guam.gov.

For more information about the conference or to arrange an interview contact TammyJoAnderson.Taft@epa.guam.gov or call 300-4751/52/53/61.