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Solid Waste Design Competition

SWANA’s Young Professionals Present:

The International Solid Waste Design Competition (SWDC)

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

The competition aims at providing design experience to the students interested in pursuing an education and/or career in solid waste management. The program encourages student involvement in SWANA, provides students real world experience in solving complex solid waste management issues in a supportive and fun environment, provides students an opportunity to display their talents, and provides a networking opportunity for students to connect with potential employers.

Congratulations to our 2021 Design Competition Winners!

Competition WinnersWatch Team Presentations

1st Place – University of Vermont
2nd Place – University of Texas Arlington
3rd Place – Wayne State University

Best Team Presentation Award – University of Vermont

Emerging Leader/Rising Star – Lizzie Torres, University of British Columbia

Watch the Awards Ceremony
Featuring special guest speaker
Mayor Talib Ahmed Bensouda, Lord Mayor
of the Kanifing Municipality, The Gambia

This year's project challenged each team on: Solutions for Closing the Bakoteh Dumpsite and Supporting Changes to Modern Solid Waste Management in Kanifing, The Gambia

View the Problem Statement & Protocol Document

For Employers:

Log-in to MySWANA to access resumes for potential recruitment from this year’s student teams.

For Students:

Read more about scholarships and upcoming deadlines, FREE membership, and other SWANA resources for students.

Thank you for our Sponsor:

Hickman Endowment

2021 Team Posters

Arizona State University
Arizona State University
National University of Engineering
Nigeria National University of Engineering
University of British Columbia
University of British Columbia
University of Southern California
University of Southern California
University of Texas at Arlington
University of Texas at Arlington
University of Vermont
University of Vermont
Wayne State University
Wayne State University

Program Questions

Questions regarding the competition should be directed to Shelby Truxon, YP Program Manager.

Media

Great job to all of our participant since 2015!

  • Arizona State University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Florida Atlantic University * 2017 and 2019 First Place Winner *
  • Florida International University
  • Florida State University and Florida A&M University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) * 2015 First Place Winner* 
  • Michigan Technological University
  • National University of Engineering - Peru
  • Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Florida * 2018 First Place Winner *
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Miami
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Texas at Arlington *2016 First Place Winner*
  • University of Vermont *2021 First Place Winner*
  • University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point
  • Wayne State University

Posters and presentations from the groups are available in the WASTECON® proceedings, which are accessible to all members and WASTECON® attendees. Photos from the awards ceremony and from the competition are also available to download on Flickr. Please reference the links below.

View the 2019 awards picturesView the 2017 awards picturesView the 2016 awards pictures View the 2015 awards pictures

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