Solid Waste Advisory Committee

The Purpose of SWAC

Seattle Public Utilities' Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) is an advisory body mandated by RCW 70A.205.110 to provide recommendations and informed advice to the Utility regarding solid waste management issues.

What does SWAC do?

SWAC members work with SPU’s Solid Waste team to provide recommendations, feedback, and share community insights into programs, policies, and outreach objectives around recycling, compost, garbage, and waste prevention. SWAC members also assist in the review of programs and policies concerning solid waste handling and disposal. In addition, members review and comments upon proposed plans, rules, policies, or ordinances prior to their adoption. SWAC members bring expertise from their communities and organizations, with different professional and life experiences, to ensure SPU can make Seattle the best place to live for everyone. SWAC members also actively partner to uphold our commitments to Our City Values and Social Justice.

What are SWAC’s responsibilities?

  • Represent community and organizational interests in making solid waste recommendations
  • Write letters and statements to support SPU’s goals, such as moving toward Zero Waste  
  • Comment on the Solid Waste Comprehensive Plan and Annual Waste Prevention & Recycling Report
  • Review solid waste programs and policies for customer impact
  • Work collaboratively with other members of differing viewpoints
  • Attend monthly meetings and participate in group conversations on solid waste topics

How do I become a member of SWAC?

Each spring and/or as members term off SWAC, we will hold an open recruitment process to fill vacant seats. More information about the recruitment process is outlined in the SWAC Charter. In order to apply for SWAC you must live or work in the city of Seattle. Other qualifications might include:

  • Interest in SPU’s solid waste services, policies, and programs
  • Ability to represent community interests in recommendations
  • Experience collaborating with teams
  • Desire to improve government services through lived (e.g., BIPOC, low/fixed income) and/or professional expertise.

Can I attend a SWAC meeting as a guest?

Yes, and we welcome you to do so. Guests are encouraged to attend meetings to listen to members conversation and there may be opportunities to participate in discuss as well. Our meetings are currently being held virtual through WebEx, which you can attend on a computer or via phone. To be added to our notification list, please email Katie Lynd at katie.lynd@seattle.gov.

Committee Members

Terms & Charter

Committee members are appointed for a two-year term, with approval by the SPU General Manager. Members can serve up to four years before reapplying. More details on terms and committee operation is available in the SWAC Charter.

Danny Barksdale

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Danny Barksdale

Danny Barksdale, FareStart
Term: 2021-2023

Danny lives near Carkeek Park in North Seattle and is the Food Recovery Program Manager at FareStart, a Seattle-based nonprofit that transforms lives, disrupts poverty, and nourishes communities through food, life skills, and job training. Through his work, Danny intervenes, upcycles, and unlocks potential in food to reduce hunger and food insecurity across our communities.

Joel Dashnaw

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Joel Dashnaw

Joel Dashnaw, Republic Services
Term: 2020-2022

Joel has worked in the waste management industry for five years, in Boston and Seattle, and has experience with the business and operations of commercial waste collection. He currently works for Republic Services as an Account Manager, where he assists businesses and institutions with their recycling programs.

Rina Fa’amoe-Cross

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Rina Fa'amoe-Cross

Rina Fa'amoe-Cross, Seattle Public Schools
Term: 2021-2023

Rina has been a Resource Conservation Specialist at Seattle Public Schools since 2011. In this role she is focusing on the waste streams (garbage, recycling & compost) at the schools as well as waste prevention. Rina also works with local non-profits to provide outreach and training for students and staff on proper sorting. Some of her current projects include improving recyclable and compostable packaging, increasing the use of durables (trays, utensils) and creating a restroom paper towel composting program.

Celine Fujikawa

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Celine Fujikawa

Celine Fujikawa, Seattle Housing Authority
Term: 2021-2023

Celine works for Seattle Housing Authority as a Sustainability Analyst and plays an active role on advancing the agency’s environmental stewardship goals. In her role, she works closely with SHA staff and residents to develop equitable waste outreach plans to support the needs of the community. Celine is passionate about centering the experiences of BIPOC communities and engaging in dialogue about climate justice and resiliency.

Brie Kuhn

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Brie Kuhn

Brie Kuhn
Term: 2020-2022

Brie lives in Capitol Hill and works as a Business Development Manager with WasteXperts, Inc where she works directly with multifamily dwellings to meet sustainability goals for solid waste. She attended Antioch University where we received her undergrad degree in Leadership and Sustainable Business. She dedicates her work to educating and engaging others on sustainable initiatives to create systematic change.

Adam Maurer

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Adam Maurer

Adam Maurer, Seattle Colleges
Term: 2018-2022

Adam lives in White Center and works on Capitol Hill as District Sustainability Coordinator for Seattle Colleges). He has been working to advance sustainability within higher education for over five years. He moved to Seattle in spring 2016 and is excited to become more involved in the environmental and social justice work in the PNW. Adam was SWAC secretary in 2018.

Nico Onoda-McGuire, Co-Chair

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Nico Onoda-McGuire

Nico Onoda-McGuire, Seattle Good Business Network
SWAC Co-Chair
Term: 2019-2022

Nico currently works as a program manager at local nonprofit, Seattle Good Business Network, managing their Sustainable Business & Circular Economy Program and Youth Workforce Programming. Her work involves connecting local businesses to accessible and affordable tools and tactics to reduce their environmental impact and increasing meaningful career and learning pathways for local underserved youth. Some of her newer projects support circular economy initiatives that are geared towards transitioning our current linear economy to a more socially and environmentally regenerative one. Her work and commitment to SWAC is founded on her passion for sustainable and equitable urban growth.

Alessandra Pistoia

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Alessandra Pistoia

Alessandra Pistoia
Term: 2019-2022

Alessandra served as the SWAC Vice-Chair in 2019. She currently works at Microsoft's Corporate Sustainability team as their first Waste and Circular Economy Program Manager, spanning operations and products. Her charter is to help define corporate sustainability goals for waste and circularity, including events. Alessandra has expert knowledge on how to be more sustainable with waste from basic life hacks to more complex regulations around responsible materials management.

 

 

Hannah Scholes

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Hannah Scholes

Hannah Scholes
Term: 2021-2023

Hannah lives in the Madrona neighborhood and is a policy analyst for the King County Solid Waste Division. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Systems from the University of California, San Diego, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington. Prior to her role at King County, Hannah has worked for Waste Management and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay. In her free time she enjoys hiking, biking, and rock climbing in the beautiful PNW wilderness.

Adrian Tan

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Adrian Tan

Adrian Tan
Term: 2021-2023

Adrian works for King County in the Solid Waste Division on recycling and waste prevention issues. He holds a PhD in sustainable design methodologies from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Originally trained as a mechanical engineer, he spent the first years of his career designing and developing products. In the past decade he has performed numerous studies and advised the European Commission on topics related to ecodesign, eco-innovation and the circular economy. He has also helped companies such as Adidas, Michelin and Steelcase integrate sustainability and circular business models in their organization.

Ming-Ming Tung-Edelman

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Ming-Ming Tung-Edelman

Ming-Ming Tung-Edelman, Refugee Artisan Initiative
Term: 2021-2023

Ming-Ming is the founder and Executive Director of Refugee Artisan Initiative. As an immigrant from Taiwan, Ming-Ming understands the challenges refugees and immigrants face. She wants to connect these women with the skills they have and opportunities to earn an income to provide for their families in America. RAI combines Ming-Ming's compassion acquired as a pharmacist for 24 years and her love for the circular economy. She believes the creation of jobs for refugee and immigrant women while diverting waste like textile can go hand-in-hand. Refugee Artisan Initiative has won the Audience Award for 2021 NW Circular Design Competition.

Dirk Wassink, Co-Chair

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Dirk Wassink

Dirk Wassink, Second Use Building Materials
SWAC Co-Chair
Term: 2018-2022

Dirk has served as a member of SWAC since May 2018. He brings over twenty years of experience in the reuse and recycling industries and is currently president of SODO-based Second Use Building Materials, a reuse business which salvages building materials from remodels and demolitions and sells them at two stores.

 

Meetings

This committee usually meets every 1st Wednesday of each month from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. SWAC does not typically meet in the month of July. These meetings are open to the public and have web-link and call-in options. To join a SWAC meeting, please contact Katie Lynd to get on our notification list.


For more past meeting information, visit the Meeting Archive page.