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News Headlines

From Our Blog

  • April 3, 2020 Weekly Wrap-UP

    April 3, 2020

    SWANA's weekly wrap-up will keep you up-to-date with everything that is happening in SWANA and the solid waste industry.

  • Women in the Industry - Becky Caldwell

    April 2, 2020

    Becky Caldwell is our next Woman of the Industry feature. She has been in the industry for more than 20 years and is now the Solid Waste Programming Manager for the Middle Tennessee area.

  • Women in the Industry - Karen Storry

    April 1, 2020

    Karen Storry is a Senior Project Engineer for Metro Vancouver Solid Waste Services and has been in the industry for 8 years. She is also our next Woman of the Industry feature.

Our Research

  • Thermal Treatment of Residual Waste: Lessons from Europe

    In Denmark, Switzerland, Austria and Germany, waste-to-energy (WTE) plays a significant role in the management and processing of municipal solid waste. SWANA Applied Research Foundation researched the reasons why modern, developed countries in...

  • Curbside Collection of Residential Yard Waste

    This 2017 SWANA Applied Research Foundation’s (ARF) Collection Group presents the results of background research on the economic and environmental costs of curbside collection services for yard waste from single-family residences.

  • Mechanical Biological Treatment of Residual Waste

    This 2018 SWANA Applied Research Foundation Waste Reduction & Recycling Group report provides a summary of lessons learned from the implementation of mechanical biological treatment (MBT) facilities in Europe over the past 25 years.

Our Publications

  • Ash Recycling & Reuse Survey

    SWANA's Waste-to-Energy Technical Division conducted first-ever and follow-up surveys of waste-to-energy plant owners and operators and state regulators.

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Technical Policies

Definitions Of Terms Used In SWANA Technical Policies And Solid Waste Management

Technical Policy T-0

This technical policy defines terms, acronyms and abbreviations frequently used in the solid waste management industry and in SWANA's technical policies.

Integrated Solid Waste Management

Technical Policy T-1

Integrated solid waste management is a series of complimentary actions to reduce the quantities of solid waste generated and manage that which is generated in an economically and environmentally sound manner.

Strategic Planning For Integrated Municipal Solid Waste Management

Technical Policy T-3

SWANA supports a broad definition of municipal solid waste management, more clearly defined as integrated municipal solid waste management, or IMSWM.

Training Events

  • SWANA Training Center - MOLO - POSTPONED

    Apr 14 - 16, 2020

    Out of concern for the spread of the Corona Virus, this training has been postponed. New dates to be determined. The Manager of Landfill Operations course is a comprehensive primer on the fundamentals of modern landfills, including operations, site...

  • SWANA Training Center - HHW & CESQG - POSTPONED

    Apr 14 - 16, 2020

    Out of concern for the spread of the Corona Virus, this training has been postponed. New dates to be determined. This training is intended for those with direct, supervisory and oversight responsibilities for efficiently and safely handling...

  • SWANA Training Center - MOLO - POSTPONED - New Dates TBD

    Apr 27 - 29, 2020

    Out of concern for the spread of the Corona Virus, this training has been postponed. New dates to be determined. The Manager of Landfill Operations course is a comprehensive primer on the fundamentals of modern landfills, including operations, site...