SWANA’s Young Professional’s 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.

Project Details and Benefits

The next project and 2018 call for applications will be announced at a later date.

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 WASTECON® 2018
  • 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

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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