COVID-19 Response

Applications due Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Coronavirus image by Fusion Medical Animation on Unsplash
Photo by Fusion Medical Animation on Unsplash

SWANA’s COVID-19 Response award has been created to recognize outstanding effort to protect workers and the public during the pandemic.


Applicant must be an organization that collects, processes, recycles, or otherwise disposes municipal solid waste, or designs landfill systems and/or works around their components. The individual submitting the application must be a SWANA member.


Safety Award applications will be reviewed by members of the SWANA Safety Committee. Additional information may be requested verbally or in writing in order to evaluate the application further. The decision of winner(s) by the Committee is final.


Winners will be announced publicly on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. Awards will be presented at WASTECON® 2021 in Orlando, Florida, November 1–3, 2021.

Application Questions

  1. (Limit 100 words) Please describe your COVID-19 response program, including:
    1. Changes in operations
    2. Introduction of new cleaning/disinfecting activities
    3. Expanded use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
    4. How workers, customers, and others were protected
    5. Other measures
  2. (Limit 500 words) How did you measure the effectiveness of your COVID-19 response? This may include, but is not limited to:
    1. Worker illness rate
    2. Continuity of service
    3. Adherence to best management practices
  3. (Limit 500 words) Based on that measurement (or successful implementation and adoption of other processes and procedures), what were the results of your organization’s COVID-19 response?
  4. (Limit 100 words) What one thing sets your program apart from the other potential applicants and why?
  5. (Optional) Upload any supporting data or documentation.

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