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Technical and Management Policies

SWANA Advocates for the Advancement from Solid Waste to Resource Management

It is the policy of SWANA and its chapters to educate its members and government decision makers, and to advocate for responsible and practical public policy in support of the Association’s core values and mission. SWANA is committed to sharing its members’ expertise and advocating for public policy that supports its mission to advance from solid waste management to resource management.

Recycling Legislation

Federal legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Congress to address some of the challenges facing recycling. The following bills are supported by SWANA with the approval of its Core Advocacy Group because they provide funding for recycling infrastructure improvement and public education.

RECOVER Act (H.R. 5115)

The RECOVER Act would allocate $500 million in matching federal grants to eligible states, local municipalities, and tribal governments to invest in improving their recycling infrastructure, programs, and education efforts. MORE INFO »


RECYCLE Act (S. 2941)

The RECYCLE Act would authorize up to $15 million per year, over the course of five years, in grants to states, tribes, nonprofits, public partnerships, and local governments seeking to ramp up commercial and municipal recycling outreach and education. The legislation would also direct the EPA to develop a model recycling toolkit to bolster recycling participation and decrease contamination rates. MORE INFO »

Save Our Seas 2.0 Act (S. 1982)

The Save Our Seas 2.0 Act addresses the issue of marine debris in a variety of ways, including via improvements in domestic solid waste infrastructure. The legislation establishes a post-consumer materials management infrastructure grant program that would receive $55,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2021 through 2025 and a trash-free water grants that would receive $10,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2021 through 2025. MORE INFO »

SWANA’s Core Advocacy Group

SWANA's Core Advocacy Group serves as a resource for information and updates to the chapter and technical division members they represent.

Comment Letters

With approval of the Core Advocacy Group, SWANA submits comments to local, state, and federal agencies and legislators that are consistent with the organization’s core values. This includes topics such as the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program, MSW landfill regulation, renewable fuel standards and lithium battery legislation, among many other topics important to the industry.

Technical Policies

A compendium of SWANA's Technical, Management and Administrative Policies