SWANA Recycling Resources

SWANA is recognized as a leading subject matter expert on recycling and materials recovery by working with local governments and their private sector partners in the United States and Canada. SWANA is working with members, municipalities, and industry leaders to understand and respond to current recycling challenges. Communities and individual awareness play a huge role, which is why SWANA provides educational materials on how to #RecycleRight.

David Biderman

SWANA supports recycling and material recovery. Being knowledgeable about your local recycling program rules and committing to Recycle Right at home, at work, and on the go are important steps every person can take to improve local programs this year.

Frank Caponi, SWANA International President

EPA America Recycles Day Summit & Pledge

America Recycles Day 2018 Pledge

On America Recycles Day 2018 (November 15), SWANA participated in a Recycling Summit where EPA and dozens of other key stakeholders signed a pledge to commit to work together to improve the state of the recycling system in the United States.

SWANA is working to help fulfill this pledge through the development of EPA’s Framework for Advancing America’s Recycling System over the course of 2019. These efforts are focused on (1) education and outreach, (2) enhancing materials management infrastructure, (3) strengthening secondary materials markets, and (4) enhancing measurement.

You can watch the full Recycling Summit, including remarks by SWANA CEO & Executive Director David Biderman, below.

Recycling Industry Unites with Goal of Addressing Key Issues

SWANA is a member of a coalition representing various segments of the recycling industry working to advance the industry as a whole in light of the changes facing recycling. This group meets per the following statement of cooperation:

As representatives of the complete recycling chain, we understand that improving the quality of the recycling stream and increasing the demand for recyclables in the manufacture of new products will deliver economic and environmental benefits nationwide. We commit to actively engaging with one another to enhance the nation’s recycling systems, while simultaneously continuing our own organizations’ work to influence change.

  • The Aluminum Association
  • American Chemistry Council
  • American Forest & Paper Association
  • Ameripen
  • The Association of Plastic Recyclers
  • Glass Packaging Institute
  • Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc.
  • Keep America Beautiful
  • National Recycling Coalition
  • National Waste & Recycling Association
  • Northeast Recycling Council
  • Paper Recycling Coalition
  • Plastics Industry Association
  • The Recycling Partnership
  • Southeast Recycling Development Council
  • Steel Recycling Institute
  • Solid Waste Association of North America
  • Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Support for Recycling within the Congressional Infrastructure Package

SWANA and other organizations sent a letter to congressional leadership urging that recycling be considered in any infrastructure package.

plastics industry association
american chemistry council
flexible packaging association
association of plastic recyclers
carpet america recovery effort
foodservice packaging institute
national waste and recycling association
institute of scrap recycling industries, inc.
the recycling partnership
packaging consortium
solid waste association of north america
Ruble Truck Sales
Harris Equipment
SSI Shredding Systems
Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc.
TBI Roll-off Covers

China’s Waste Import Restrictions

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An overview of recycling market changes resulting from China’s waste import restrictions.

Recycling Media Kit

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In the interest of promoting discussions supporting recycling and materials recovery, SWANA has put together a Media Kit on Recycling.


Keep up to date with tweets about recycling using the #RecycleRight hashtag.