SWANA Excellence Awards FAQ

Excellence Awards FAQ

This page is designed to help you be successful in preparing and delivering your application for the SWANA Excellence Awards. If you don’t find the answer you are seeking on this page, please submit your question to techdivisions@swana.org.

Send the language you need on the invoice to techdivisions@swana.org, with the subject line “Excellence Awards Invoice Request.”.

Payment must be received ONE DAY before the deadline to submit your entry, because the entry instructions are sent automatically the day AFTER payment. If you wait until the deadline to pay, your entry upload instructions will be sent the day after the deadline!

Three major changes have occurred:

  1. Each Technical Division Awards Committee reviewed the nomination forms and substantially revised the judging criteria and points awarded for some of the sections. Review the judging criteria BEFORE preparing your application.
  2. SWANA now offers a discounted entry fee for organizations that have a technical division member on staff. You must provide the name and SWANA member number of the technical division member to be able to claim the discount.
  3. The maximum number of pages for a submission is now 16 pages, and the FIRST page must be the required cover page, and the remaining 15 pages are the content of the application addressing the category judging criteria.

No. Applications are judged upon the quality of the facility or program they depict.

As long as the scoring topics are discussed sufficiently to convey insight into your operations, application length is not a judging factor, subject to the 15-page limit. Supplementary materials like brochures, maps, pictures, etc., often can replace the need for descriptions. When including documents, you may reduce them in size to fit multiple documents on a page to stay within the page limit, as long as they are readable, or include a link to a website that contains the requested document.

SWANA encourages repeat entries and offers a discounted fee to those who entered in the past two years and want to try to improve their scores.

Yes, comments on how to improve your entry in the future will be sent to you after the applications are reviewed.

In addition to recognition during the annual WASTECON awards breakfast, SWANA issues a press release to more than 100 media outlets announcing award winners. MSW Management Magazine also highlights award winners in an issue. SWANA will be including winning applications in various conference proceedings, webinars and even on the website. In summary, the word will get out!