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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.

2023 Teams and Virtual Presentations

Join us (virtually) the week of April 10, 2023 for the 8th annual International Solid Waste Design Competition (SWDC)! This year’s project will challenge each team on “Cost-Benefit Analysis of Using Source-Separated Organic Material in a Compost Operation versus Utilizing Landfilling Organics at a Site with a Landfill Gas Collection System and a Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) plant”.

Participating Teams

  • University of Florida
  • University of Texas at Arlington
  • University of Ottawa
  • National University of Engineering - Peru
  • Jackson State University
  • University of Central Florida
  • Florida Atlantic University

Competition Deadlines

Team Commitment form dueDecember 9, 2022
Notifications to selected participantsDecember 12, 2022
Kickoff meetingJanuary 2023
Design report & poster dueMarch 2023
Final presentationApril 2023
Award ceremony & networking eventApril 2023

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


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