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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


Aug132019
SWANA Records 30 Solid Waste Worker Fatalities in 2019
Pushes to raise awareness of worker safety with support of OSHA’s Safe + Sound Week
Aug012019
SWANA Announces Winners of 2019 Safety Awards
Safety Award Winners Recognized at WASTECON 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona
Jul232019
SWANA Announces Dates, Locations for Highly Anticipated Solid Waste & Recycling Conferences
SWANA is excited to announce dates for its biggest conferences: WASTECON® 2019, SWANApalooza 2020, and WASTECON® 2021.
Jun272019
SWANA Supports California Lithium-Ion Battery Fire Prevention Act
Passage of AB 1509 will protect workers and support recycling infrastructure in the state
Jun192019
Waste and Recycling Industry Groups Produce Poster to Improve Recycling Habits
In an effort to help consumers recycle properly, the National Waste and Recycling Association, the Solid Waste Association of North America, the Northeast Recycling Council, and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries have jointly developed the Think Twice poster.
Jun052019
SWANA Issues Canadian Recycling Myths vs Facts Sheet
Association urges the media to provide accurate information about the state of recycling in Canada
Apr242019
SWANA Reports Big Increase in Worker Fatalities in 2018
Association urges additional attention to safety hazards, with focus on collection
Apr152019
Apr022019
Media Advisory: Changes to Recycling Programs
SWANA Available to Help Reporters Understand How China’s Import Restrictions Are Impacting Local Recycling Efforts in the U.S. and Canada
Mar062019
SWANA Adds New Safety Stickers to Protect Workers
New Collaboration with BrandArmor™ for Slow Down to Get Around
Feb202019
SWANA CEO Appointed as ETTAC Rep
The CEO and Executive Director of the Solid Waste Association of North America, David Biderman, has been appointed again to the Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee, representing the waste management and recycling segment of the U.S. environmental technology industry.
Feb112019
SWANA Announces 2019 Award Winners
Honorees to be recognized in February at SWANApalooza in Boston
Jan232019
Waste Associations Call for Performance-Based End to PCC
Determine closure based on site specifics rather than number of years
Jan222019
Unprecedented Surge in Industry-Related Deaths in January 2019
Unprecedented Surge in Industry-Related Deaths in January 2019 SWANA Calls for Heightened Focus on Safety
Dec182018
SWANA's Response to BLS 2017 Industry Fatality Data
SWANA responds to the 2017 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries released by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Nov132018
SWANA Celebrates America Recycles Day
SWANA Celebrates America Recycles Day Encourages Recycling Right in PSA
Sep262018
SWANA Awarded U.S. Department of State Grant for Landfill Training in Colombia
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) announces that it has been awarded a two-year grant from the United States Department of State to identify regulatory gaps, offer landfill training, and provide capacity building relating to solid waste disposal in the country of Colombia.
Aug292018
SWANA Announces New Technical Policy for Measuring Recycling
The Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA) International Board unanimously approved a new technical policy citing the need for entities to measure recycling progress and encouraging the development of a consistent methodology.
Aug282018
New Study Quantifies Needlestick Injury Rates for Material Recovery Facility Workers
Results found in a groundbreaking new report from the Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF), in collaboration with the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), indicate a needlestick injury rate at material recovery facilities (MRFs) of 2.7 per 100 workers. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) 2016 data, MRF injuries (including non-needlestick related) occur at a rate of 6 per 100 workers, suggesting 45 percent of MRF injuries could be attributed to needlesticks.
Aug232018
SWANA Announces Professional Achievement Award Winners
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is proud to announce the winners of the 2018 SWANA Professional Achievement Awards, nominated by their peers for solid waste industry excellence and dedication.
Aug232018
SWANA Unveils New WASTECON® Logo and 2019 Theme
During the final day of WASTECON 2018, the Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA) largest conference helping solid waste leaders plan a sustainable future for their communities, SWANA unveiled its updated conference logo and new theme for the 2019 event.
Aug222018
Memphis Sanitation Workers Honored at WASTECON
With over 50 years of service at the City of Memphis, the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) honored Elmore Nickelberry and Cleophus Smith for their dedication to the solid waste industry during an awards ceremony at WASTECON.
Aug202018
RNG Industry’s Joint Comments to U.S. EPA’s 2019 Biofuel Rule Applaud Proposed Increases in Cellulosic & Advanced Biofuels, Urge Stability
The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition), Energy Vision, National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA), Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVAmerica), and Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) submitted joint comments on August 17 to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on proposed 2019 Renewable Fuel Volume Obligations (RVO) under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The organizations collectively represent the full value chain of biogas-derived cellulosic biofuel under the RFS.
Aug202018
NWRA and SWANA Respond to West Virginia's Proposed Changes to Air Quality Rules for Landfills
Last week, the National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) and the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) filed comments with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Division of Air Quality in response to the agency’s proposed revisions to the state’s air quality rules for landfills.
Aug152018
New Report Analyzes Residential Yard Waste Collection Processes
A new report issued by the Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA) Applied Research Foundation (ARF) documents the collection of yard waste, analyzing schedules, processes, and costs, while looking for opportunities to improve efficiency and mitigate risks.
Aug132018
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.
Aug072018
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.
Jul312018
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.
Jul102018
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.
Jul102018
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.