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Student Membership

Don’t Wait Until Graduation—Start Your Career in the Solid Waste Industry

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) established a comprehensive collegiate network where students can:

  • Learn more about industry trends and new technologies that can guide your course of study and lead to career opportunities (including  scholarships and internship programs)
  • Get in front of current leaders and key influencers working in solid waste and recycling that may lead to potential internships and possibly become future employers
  • Interact with peers from across the country and the globe who have similar study and career interests via online forums and local/national events
  • Build campus groups to engage with students and the community in activities to advance the mission of our solid waste and recycling initiatives while growing your leadership skills

Qualifications for SWANA Student Membership

To qualify for Student Membership in SWANA, you must be a full-time student (undergraduate or grad student) with an interest in environmental sciences, solid waste management or recycling-related professions.

Join SWANA and Unlock a World of Opportunities!

Sign up for SWANA Student Membership NOW! SWANA Student Membership is FREE for full-time students (undergrad or graduate).

Benefits of SWANA Student Membership


SWANA MentorMatch is the perfect place to pair up experienced solid waste professionals willing to share their expertise.

Solid Waste Design Competition

SWANA International Solid Waste Design Competition (SWDC) is a student team competition to solve “real world” problems faced by solid waste professionals.


SWANA Young Professionals are a group of individuals aged 35 and younger who represent the future of the solid waste industry.

Scholarships & Internships

SWANA has developed several scholarship and internship programs for students studying in fields related to solid waste management.



SWANA continues our promotional partnership with Campus Race to Zero Waste (formerly RecycleMania) to share Stemming the Tide: Taking Action on Campus Against Plastic Pollution. Published by the National Wildlife Federation, Stemming the Tide is for students, clubs, resident advisors, staff, and faculty to use as a resource to get started and tackle plastics on campus.