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Guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Many in the solid waste industry are coping with health and safety risks related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Though information about the virus is still evolving, SWANA has issued a Guidance on Coronavirus document to provide guidance to the solid waste industry.

Download SWANA’s Guidance on Coronavirus document

How Media Can Contact SWANA about COVID-19

As the media continues to respond to the pandemic, it is important that waste and recycling is included in that narrative. SWANA is available to answer questions concerning how the waste and recycling collection system is managing health and safety risks for workers, and how the public can help ensure waste management continues safely and effectively.

Reach out to SWANA to:

  • Schedule an interview
  • Request other resources
  • Ask a question
Reach out to SWANA about COVID-19


Recycling During the Health Crisis

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CDC Guidance


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

Updated guidance including extending the home isolation period from 7 to 10 days from when symptoms first appear. More…

CDC Return to Work Guidance for Essential Employees

New guidelines intended to allow workers employed in “critical infrastructure” to return to their jobs more quickly after exposure to people with known or suspected cases of COVID-19. More…

OSHA Guidance


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…

OSHA Enforcement Guidance for Recording Cases of COVID-19

Interim guidance on determining if a COVID-19 case is recordable illness for the purposes of OSHA 300 logs. More…

OSHA Discretion in Enforcement During COVID-19 Pandemic

Memo on discretion in enforcement when considering an employer's good faith efforts during the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. More…

EPA Guidance


EPA Enforcement Discretion Policy for COVID-19 Pandemic

EPA’s temporary enforcement discretion policy applies to civil violations during the COVID-19 outbreak. More…

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

Emergency, Stay-at-Home, and Non-Essential Business Closure Orders for COVID-19

Links to emergency orders and other information affecting the public and employers in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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