This page features Frequently Asked Questions designed to help you to better understand SWANA’s Applied Research Foundation.

Subscribers consist of public and private organizations that are directly or indirectly involved in the provision of municipal solid waste management services.

The Subscribers do! Each subscription year research topics are identified for each functional group (i.e., collection, disposal, sustainable materials management, waste conversion and energy recovery) by the subscribers who are members of that group. Subscribers in each group serve on a “Project Advisory Committee” during the research.

The research is conducted by SWANA staff, expert consultants and researchers.

Research projects are supported through subscribing member organizations’ annual subscription fees. Funds received from subscribers are held in reserve accounts with separate financial accounting for each subscriber category. Additional funds are solicited from other sources to leverage subscription dollars.

SWANA’s Executive Committee and International Board oversee the Applied Research Foundation.

Day-to-day management of the SWANA Applied Research Foundation is performed by Jeremy K. O’Brien, P.E., SWANA’s Director of Applied Research.