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Awards & Scholarships


SWANA’s awards programs recognize outstanding solid waste programs, facilities and individuals that advance the practice of exemplary solid waste management. SWANA publicly recognizes:

  • Utilizing effective technologies and processes in system design and operations
  • Advancing worker and community health and safety
  • Implementing successful education and outreach programs

Professional Achievement Awards

Over a decade ago, SWANA established its Annual Awards Program to recognize contributions to the Association, to solid waste management and to public health/environmental protection. The SWANA annual Awards Program recognizes individuals and their organizations for their contributions to the association, to solid waste management and public health/environmental protection.

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Safety Awards

SWANA’s safety awards exemplify the solid waste industry’s profound commitment to improving employee safety through communication, best practices, increased company regulations, and accident review. These safety awards reflect SWANA’s continued commitment to worker safety.

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Distinguished Individual Achievement Awards

The Distinguished Individual Achievement Awards (DIAA) are presented annually at SWANApalooza by SWANA’s Technical Divisions.

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SWANA Scholarships and Internships

In order to prepare the next generation for the environmentally and economically sound practice of solid waste, SWANA has developed several scholarship and internship programs for students studying in fields related to solid waste management.

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