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.

The 2021 SWANA Safety Awards application process will open on April 15, 2021.

2020 SWANA Safety Award Winners

Biggest Safety Improvement

Leck Waste Services

Leck Waste Services of Greater Philadelphia transformed its safety program by introducing new weekly safety training, an enhanced new hire orientation program, defensive driving training, video recording systems in all vehicles, and many other valuable improvements. The result was a significant drop in its Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) from 10.77 in 2018 to 4.878 in 2019 and reductions in auto liability and workman’s compensation claims.

Best Safety Innovation

Estancia Valley Solid Waste Authority

Estancia Valley Solid Waste Authority in New Mexico incorporated a safety incentive program to reduce its worker compensation claims and its premium. This incentive program was designed to create a stronger safety culture and enable employees to maintain a high level of awareness. The result was Estancia Valley SWA’s safety rating going from one of the worst in the State of New Mexico to one of the best.

OC Waste and Recycling

OC Waste & Recycling in California launched OC Safety, the County’s first safety management enterprise software tool. Replacing different reporting methods across departments, OC Safety brought all safety-related administration together in a single, automated system for training, safety inspections, near misses, incidents, and injuries. It enabled easy and instantaneous tracking of near misses, incidents, and injuries, providing valuable trend analysis systemwide.

SWANA also recognizes the City of Charlotte Solid Waste Services Department of Charlotte, North Carolina and Guahan Waste Control, Inc. of Tamuning, Guam for their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

SWANA Safety Sponsors

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