Speaker Bio


Suki Janssen

Suki Janssen

Director of the Solid Waste Department , Athens-Clarke County

Suki Janssen is Director of the ACC Solid Waste Department and has been with ACC for nearly eighteen years.  Biggest accomplish to date in ACC was bringing a Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM) to Georgia.  Prior to her position in Athens-Clarke County, she was a Program Coordinator for the Keep Georgia Beautiful program within the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, Office of Environmental Management.  She is a certified middle grades teacher (having taught 7th and 8th grade science in Cobb County Georgia for five years), past Georgia Recycling Coalition President and board member and current Northeast Georgia Regional Solid Waste Management Authority board member and Solid Waste Association of North America Georgia (SWANA) Chapter President.   She is a SWANA certified Landfill Operator and Class Instructor since 2005 and SWANA Recycling Systems Manager certified since 2007 and Composting Programs Manager certified since 2013.  She is a Georgia Master Gardener, Master Composter and Master Naturalist.  She published a children’s book about nature’s best recycler, the vulture.  The book is titled There Goes the Neighborhood and came out in February 2020.  She is married to Chris Janssen a middle school math teacher in Oconee County and lives with three dogs and two snakes.