SWANA’s Young Professionals Present:

The International Solid Waste Design Competition (SWDC)

SWANA’s International Solid Waste Design Competition (SWDC) is a student team competition to solve “real world” problems faced by solid waste professionals.

The competition aims at providing design experience to the students interested in pursuing an education and/or career in solid waste management. The program encourages student involvement in the WASTECON® Conference, provides students real world experience in solving complex solid waste management issues in a supportive and fun environment, provides students an opportunity to display their talents, and provides a networking opportunity for students to connect with potential employers.

Problem Statement and Protocol

This year’s project will challenge students on “Evaluating Recycling Rate Metrics and Achieving Recycling Goals”.

Project Questions and Answers

Don’t miss the LIVE team presentations and judging as it takes place during WASTECON® 2019 in Phoenix, AZ on Monday, October 21 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. to see which team walks away with the top prize!

  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Colorado
  • Wayne State University
  • Michigan Technological University
  • Florida Atlantic University

Congratulations to our 2018 Solid Waste Design Competition winners

SWANA 2017 International Solid Waste Design Competition first place winners: Florida Atlantic University
  • 1st Place: University of Florida
  • 2nd Place: Florida International University

Program Questions

Questions regarding the competition should be directed to Karam Singh, or Nathan Mayer.


Great job to all who participated in 2015, 2016 and 2017!

  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Florida Atlantic University * 2017 First Place Winner *
  • Florida State University and Florida A&M University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 2015 First Place Winner
  • Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico
  • University of Florida
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Miami
  • University of Texas at Arlington 2016 First Place Winner
  • University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point

Posters and presentations from the groups are available in the WASTECON® proceedings, which are accessible to all members and WASTECON® attendees. Photos from the awards ceremony and from the competition are also available to download on Flickr. Please reference the links below.

Ruble Truck Sales
SSI Shredding Systems
Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc.
Harris Equipment
TBI Roll-off Covers

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