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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Now Accepting 2022 SWANA Safety Award Submissions


SWANA is seeking out the Biggest Safety Improvements, Best Safety Innovations, and COVID-19 Resiliency throughout the solid waste industry.

There is no entry fee, but the applicant must be a SWANA member. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, September 6 with the awards ceremony taking place in December at WASTECON® 2022 in San Diego, California.

Your organization has done a great job protecting workers and the public. Now get recognized for your accomplishments by the largest member-based solid waste association in the world.

Questions? Contact Jesse Maxwell at

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