Manager Transfer Station Systems (MTS)


June 10-12, 2019
Marine Gateway
450 SW Marine Drive
Vancouver, BC

8:00 am to 4:30 PM each day
[Optional exam on Thursday, June 12 from 8:00 am to 11:00 am – Please note that once the certification exam is selected, there are no refunds]

SWANA Pacific Chapter is pleased to host Manager of Transfer Station Systems training on June 10 – 12, 2019 with the exam being held the morning of June 13, 2019.

This course addresses the factors in the design, operation and management of a transfer station. It deals with how to effectively communicate and overcome the challenges of planning and operating a transfer station and how the design impacts construction and operation.

We are offering this SWANA training as preparation for the Transfer Station certification exam or as a standalone couse. SWANA CEU’s will be awarded upon completion of the course and exam.

We have a block of rooms set aside at River Rock Casino Resort – see details below.

Options PriceQuantityTotal
SWANA Member $1,100.00 $1,100.00
Non-member $1,200.00 $1,200.00
Optional SWANA Certification Exam $300.00 $300.00
SKU: N/A Category:



A block of rooms has been reserved at the River Rock Casino Resort and reservations must be made before May 23, 2019 in order to get the special group rate of $199 (plus applicable taxes) per night for a standard room (2 queen beds or 1 king), single/double occupancy. To book, please mention that you are part of the SWANA Pacific group block. Book soon since room numbers are limited and they will sell out!

The River Rock Hotel is one Skytrain stop from Marine Gateway on the Canada Line (approximately 5-10 minutes).

River Rock Casino Resort
8811 River Road
Richmond, BC

Instructor Bio:

Don Birnesser, P.E., SC, BCEE

Mr. Birnesser is a licensed professional engineer and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer with over 30 years of experience in consulting and facility operations with both public and private clients nationwide. Mr. Birnesser currently is the Chief of the Central Operations Section, Division of Solid Waste Services, Department of Environmental Protection for Montgomery County Government in Derwood, Maryland. Mr. Birnesser is responsible for a $10-15 million annual budget overseeing a 4,000 ton/day transfer station with rail transport, dual-stream 300-ton/day materials recovery facility, two closed landfills with a leachate pretreatment plant and 2.4-MW landfill gas-to-energy facility, and emergency debris management planning.

Mr. Birnesser has participated in over 40 projects for solid waste transfer stations and material recovery facilities in eight states in the US. His involvement has included planning, permitting, design, implementation, and operational evaluations. Mr. Birnesser earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Penn State University and completed course work for a Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering degree.

Mr. Birnesser has been a SWANA member since 1988 and was a founding member of the Pennsylvania Keystone Chapter. He is active in the Collection & Transfer and the Sustainable Materials Divisions. Mr. Birnesser has instructed the Managing Transfer Station Systems course since 2006. In 2012, SWANA presented Mr. Birnesser with the first Commitment to Faculty Service award. In 2016, Mr. Birnesser co-authored the Managing Transfer Station Systems course update for SWANA.

Additional information


SWANA Member, Non-member, Optional SWANA Certification Exam