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Guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

SWANApalooza 2020 COVID-19 Sessions


Two keynote sessions at SWANApalooza 2020 covered the recent coronavirus pandemic. They are available for purchase through the SWANA Store.


COVID-19: Steps to Recovery

Member Price: $79.00
Non-Member Price: $99.00

COVID-19: The Impact on Solid Waste Operations

Member Price: $79.00
Non-Member Price: $99.00

US EPA Public Service Announcements

Importance of Recycling and Proper Management of Personal Protective Equipment During COVID-19

Recycling During the Health Crisis

Don't Recycle PPE

OSHA Guidance


COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

This page includes frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. More…

Guidance on Returning to Work

Guidance to assist employers reopening non-essential businesses and their employees returning to work during the evolving coronavirus pandemic. More…

COVID-19 Guidance on Social Distancing at Work

This guidance can help employers implement social distancing in the workplace. More…
Spanish version

OSHA Solid Waste Control and Prevention Guidance

Interim guidance for U.S. solid waste workers and employers of workers with potential occupational exposures to COVID-19. More…

Applicable Standards and Directives

OSHA standards and directives and other related information that may apply to worker exposure to COVID-19. More…

Use of Cloth Face Coverings in Hot and Humid Conditions

Employers should follow the best practices to protect against the spread of COVID-19 and the risk of heat-related illness. Indoors… Outdoors…

CDC Guidance


Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting

This guidance is intended for all Americans, whether you own a business, run a school, or want to ensure the cleanliness and safety of your home. More…

What Waste Collectors and Recyclers Need to Know about COVID-19

This guidance is to help waste collectors and recyclers protect themselves and others from exposure to COVID-19 while on the job. More…

Discontinuation of Isolation for Persons with COVID-19

Guidance for those exhibiting symptoms and those that are asymptomatic. More…

Workplace Decision Tool

Resources to plan, prepare and respond to the COVID-19 virus in the workplace. More…

Managing Workplace Fatigue

General strategies that workers and employers can use to manage workplace fatigue and work safely. More…

Use Masks to Help Slow Spread

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, CDC recommends that people wear masks in public settings when around people outside of their household. More…

National Safety Council Guidance


Safe Actions for Employee Returns Framework

The framework is based on review of dozens of corporate and public health protocols, recommendations, and guidance resources.More…

Safe Actions for Employee Returns: Playbooks

These general and sector-specific playbooks are designed to help America's employers align worker safety with business objectives. More…

EPA Guidance


EPA Coronavirus Resources for State, Local and Tribal Agencies and Associations

This website provides key EPA resources, FAQs, and communications on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response for EPA’s government partners. More…



Thank You Sanitation Workers!

SWANA and Glad would like to thank and support sanitation workers across the United States (or US) and Canada personally affected by COVID-19 through the Sanitation Workers Support Fund.

Learn more and apply for the Fund here

Coronavirus Resources

SWANA has gathered important resources to support solid waste workers, employers and customers.

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Download COVID 19 Documents for Essential Waste and Recycling Workers

Download documents to demonstrate proof to law enforcement personnel that you work in an essential industry.

  • Template letter that can be provided to demonstrate a worker’s exemption
  • Memo for employers instructing them on use of the letter
  • Placard for display in worker vehicles

Download these documents for essential waste and recycling workers

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