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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.

See the Schools Competing in the March 2021 virtual event!

  • Arizona State University
  • FAMU-FSU College of Engineering
  • National University of Engineering, Peru
  • Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico
  • The University of British Columbia
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Texas at Arlington 
  • The University of Vermont
  • Wayne State University

This year's project will challenge 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

Congratulations to our 2019 Solid Waste Design Competition winners

  • 1st Place: Florida Atlantic University
  • 2nd Place: Michigan Technological University
  • 3rd Place: Wayne State University

Program Questions

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


Great job to all of our participant since 2015!

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

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 pictures View the 2017 awards pictures View the 2016 awards pictures View the 2015 awards pictures


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