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SWANA’s Young Professional’s Present:
The International Solid Waste Design Competition (SWDC)

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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 2017 ISWA World Congress (co-located with the SWANA’s 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.

Live Presentations

Join us at ISWA World Congress/WASTECON® 2017 in Baltimore, MD to support 10 teams of students from universities all over the world as they compete for the top prize!

Competing teams include:

  • Belgrade Polytechnic University, Serbia
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Ohio State University
  • Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico
  • Tsinghua University, China
  • University of Cienfuegos, Cuba
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Texas at Arlington
  • University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point

Project Details and Benefits

The next project will be on the cost/benefit of recycling.

Two team awards will be presented to the top teams with maximum overall scores. The minimum award money is listed in the table below. In addition to these awards, every participating student will receive:

  • A free conference registration for the ISWA World Congress/WASTECON® 2017 Conference in Baltimore, MD September 24–27, 2017
  • A free one year SWANA membership
  • A free SWANA Young Professionals Webinar voucher
Rank Prize
First Place Prize $2,500 (minimum)
Second Place Prize $1,000 (minimum)
Third Place Prize TBD

Deadlines

Design Report: The final design report must be submitted by August 18, 2017. The guidelines presented in Section 6 must be followed for the design report.

Poster: Poster must be submitted by August 18, 2017. The guidelines presented in Section 7 must be followed for the poster.

Presentation: The student design teams will present their solution at ISWA World Congress/WASTECON® 2017 (to be held September 25–27, 2017 in Baltimore, MD). The date and time for the presentation are to be scheduled. The guidelines listed in Section 8 must be followed for the presentation.


Congratulations to our 2016 Solid Waste Design Competition winners

SWANA 2016 International Solid Waste Design Competition first place winners: University of Texas at Arlington
  • 1st Place: University of Texas at Arlington
  • 2nd Place: Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico
  • 3rd Place: Florida State University and Florida A&M University

View the 2016 Problem Statement and Protocol Document and guidelines here.

Program Questions

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

Media

Great job to all who participated in 2015 and 2016!

  • Florida Atlantic University
  • University of Miami
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)—2015 First Place Winner
  • University of Florida
  • University of Texas at Arlington—2016 First Place Winner
  • Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico
  • Florida State University and Florida A&M University

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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