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SWANA News Archive

This page archives all of SWANA’s press releases. Our news archive is organized by:

  • Advocacy
  • SWANA News
  • White Papers
  • Technical Division Newsletters




Aug
13
SWANA Announces 2018 Scholarship Winners
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is proud to announce the winners of the 2018 Grant H. Flint Scholarship Program, awarded to students who demonstrate excellence in academic and social endeavors.
Aug
07
NWRA and SWANA Reissue Guidance on Municipal Collection Contracts
The National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) and the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) reissued their Joint Advisory on Designing Contracts for Processing of Municipal Recyclables, which is now updated to include a preface about how China’s waste import restrictions have affected the market for recyclable materials.
Jul
31
SWANA Chapter Awarded for Exceptional Safety Leadership
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is proud to announce that its South Carolina Palmetto Chapter will be recognized with a special SWANA Chapter Safety Award at WASTECON® 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Jul
10
New Report Documents Waste-To-Energy Use in Europe, Identifies Opportunities in North America
A new report issued by the Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA) Applied Research Foundation (ARF) documents the reasons for the extensive use of thermal treatment of municipal solid waste (MSW) in waste-to-energy (WTE) facilities in Europe and discusses how they might support the expanded use of thermal treatment in North America as an effective and proven process for treating residual waste.
Jul
10
Recycling Industry Unites with Goal of Addressing Key Issues
In May, a group of organizations representing various segments of the recycling industry met to discuss ways to better collaborate to advance the industry as a whole. The initial meeting, which took place in Washington, DC, at the headquarters of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, was an open discussion aimed at identifying ways throughout the recycling stream to improve quality, increase demand for material, and promote products made with recycled content.
Jun
28
Inaugural MRF Summit Offers Expert Panels to Address Domestic Recycling
The Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) Summit, hosted by Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) and the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), will provide stakeholders with a unique and timely forum to address MRF challenges affecting the recycling and solid waste industries.
Jun
25
SWANA Launches Hauler Safety Toolkit
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has launched a Hauler Safety Toolkit to be handed out to solid waste haulers throughout North America, in order to ensure that safety resources are available to companies and municipalities of all sizes.
Jun
20
SWANA Announces WASTECON 2018 Keynote Speaker Line-Up
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) announced the keynote speakers for WASTECON, SWANA’s largest conference helping solid waste leaders plan a sustainable future for their communities.
Jun
18
SWANA Announces Winners of 2018 Safety Awards
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is proud to announce the winners of the 2018 SWANA Safety Awards, selected by SWANA’s Technical Divisions and the SWANA Safety Committee for their excellence in solid waste safety.
Jun
13
SWANA Provides Update on Impact of China's Waste Import Restrictions on Recycling Programs
The Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA) has issued an update for state and provincial environmental agencies on China’s waste import restrictions and their impact on recycling programs in North America.
Jun
11
Updated Landfill Benchmarking Report Provides Performance and Cost Data on North American Landfills
A new report issued by the Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA) Applied Research Foundation (ARF) presents an update to its 2008 report on Benchmarking the Performance and Costs of MSW Landfills, providing current technical and operational data for landfill owners and operators in their benchmarking efforts.
Jun
05
SWANA Announces 2018 Excellence Awards Winners
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is proud to announce the winners of the 2018 Excellence Awards, featuring prominent programs and facilities in 13 different categories in a range of solid waste industry areas.
May
08
Maryland Enacts Slow Down To Get Around Bill Into Law
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is pleased to announce that today, Governor Hogan will sign the bill Operation When Approaching Vehicle with Visual Signals into law, making Maryland the 18th state to pass Slow Down To Get Around legislation.
Apr
19
SWANA Focuses on Plastic Reduction and Recycling
On Earth Day 2018, the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) commits to a renewed focus on reducing the generation of single-use plastics and correctly recycling these materials, urging industry and public education efforts.
Apr
18
SWANA Releases Sobering Solid Waste Industry Fatality Data for 2017
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) releases it’s 2017 solid waste industry fatality data with 132 recorded fatalities – an 18 percent increase in total fatalities compared to 2016, with almost all incidents occurring in the United States.
Apr
11
Inaugural MRF Summit to Address Changing Landscape in Recycling
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) announce their partnership on the 2018 MRF Summit, to be held at SWANA’s WASTECON® conference August 20–23 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Mar
15
SWANA Surpasses 10,000 Members, Paving the Way for the Future of the Solid Waste Industry
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) announced today that membership has exceeded more than 10,000 members across the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean.
Mar
07
SWANA Announces 2018 Technical Division Award Winners
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is proud to announce the winners of the 2018 Technical Division Awards, presented to SWANA members for outstanding professional achievements in solid waste industry sectors.
Feb
14
SWANA Establishes New Recycling Task Force
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has established a new Recycling Task Force, created to provide guidance to members, industry stakeholders, state/provincial and local governments, and elected officials, concerning the challenges facing recycling programs in the United States and Canada.
Feb
07
SWANA Releases 2018 Scholarship Applications
In support of its mission to promote and foster industry education, the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) announces the 2018 Grant H. Flint Scholarship Program is accepting applications through May 1.
Feb
05
New Report Finds European Mechanical Biological Treatment Systems Provide Valuable Lessons to North America
A new report issued by the Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA) Applied Research Foundation (ARF) presents valuable lessons that can be learned from the implementation and operation of Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) facilities in Europe.
Feb
01
Train Carrying Members of Congress Crashes into Garbage Truck
An Amtrak training carrying members of Congress crashed into a garbage truck this morning in Virginia. One fatality of a solid waste collection worker has been confirmed.
Jan
11
New Year Begins with Several Industry-Related Deaths
In the first ten days of 2018, there were seven solid waste-related fatalities in the United States. These tragedies come just weeks after the Bureau of Labor Statistics again identified solid waste collection as the fifth deadliest job in the U.S., based on 2016 data.
Jan
11
Chinese Government Finalizes Waste Import Restrictions
China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) today finalized a quality standard of 0.5 percent for certain imported recyclables, failing to properly consider the negative effects on global recycling efforts.
Dec
28
December 2017 Industry Watch
December 2017 Industry Watch
Dec
19
SWANA Responds to BLS 2016 Industry Fatality Data
Solid waste collection workers continued to have the 5th deadliest job in the U.S. in 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The 2016 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries released today shows that the rate of fatalities among waste collection workers decreased by more than ten percent last year, but has not changed the industry’s ranking among the deadliest occupations.
Dec
15
SWANA Urges China to Delay Implementation of Import Restrictions
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has submitted comments to the World Trade Organization urging China to delay implementation of its waste import restrictions scheduled to take effect in early 2018.
Nov
28
SWANA Publishes New Tips for Safety at Waste-To-Energy Facilities
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is excited to announce the release of a new installment to its “Five to Stay Alive” series, featuring safety tips for waste-to-energy (WTE) employees.
Nov
14
SWANA Urges Support for Recycling on America Recycles Day
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) proudly supports America Recycles Day, a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful, on November 15, 2017.
Nov
09
November 2017 Industry Watch
November 2017 Industry Watch