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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


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.
Jun282018
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.
Jun252018
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.
Jun202018
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.
Jun182018
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.
Jun132018
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.
Jun112018
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.
Jun052018
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.
May082018
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.
Apr192018
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.
Apr182018
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.
Apr112018
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.
Mar152018
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.
Mar072018
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.
Feb142018
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.