SWANA’s Young Professionals Present:

The International Solid Waste Design Competition (SWDC)

The SWDC 2018 Problem Statement Document is now available!

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.

Schools Competing in 2018

  • University of Florida
  • Wayne State University
  • University of Washington Seattle
  • Florida International University
  • Florida State University

Problem Statement and Protocol

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

Live Presentations at WASTECON®

Don’t miss the LIVE team presentations and judging as it takes place during WASTECON® 2018 in Nashville, TN to see which team walks away with the top prize! 

Presentations take place Monday, August 20, 2018, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Congratulations to our 2017 Solid Waste Design Competition winners

SWANA 2017 International Solid Waste Design Competition first place winners: Florida Atlantic University
  • 1st Place: Florida Atlantic University
  • 2nd Place: University of Texas at Arlington
  • 3rd Place: Case Western Reserve 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.

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