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Solid Waste Design Competition

SWANA Young Professionals Present:

The International Solid Waste Design Competition (SWDC)

The SWANA 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.

2024 Virtual Presentations

Student design teams will present their solutions virtually the second week of April 2024. Exact date and time will be announced soon. This year’s project will challenge each team on “Sustainably Reducing Landfilled Plastic Waste.”

Participating Teams

  • University of British Columbia (UBC)
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Higher institute of Agriculture,Forestry,Water and Environment of Ebolowa-Cameroon
  • FAMU-FSU College of Engineering
  • University of Florida
  • Jackson State University
  • National University of Engineering - Peru
  • University of Regina
  • University of South Carolina, Columbia
  • St. Lawrence University

Competition Deadlines

Team Commitment Form SubmissionJanuary 19, 2024
Notification of Selected ParticipantsJanuary 19, 2024
Kickoff MeetingEnd of January, 2024 (exact date & time TBD)
Followup MeetingEnd of February, 2024 (exact date & time TBD)
Infographic SubmissionMarch 24, 2024
Final Design Report SubmissionMarch 24, 2024
Final Presentation2nd week of April, 2024 (exact date & time TBD)

Questions regarding the competition should be directed to Mateja Vidovic Klanac.

Sponsor the 2024 SWDC

Support the future of the solid waste industry by becoming a corporate sponsor!


  • Market your firm’s name during the event
  • Reach students… your future employees
  • Contribute to the solid waste community
  • Affordable investment with big ROI

Recognition opportunities

  • Your company name and logo on event-related marketing materials and signage


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