Safety First in the Solid Waste Industry


SWANA has a strong commitment to safety and is determined to help move the waste collection industry off of the federal government’s list of 10 most dangerous jobs and reduce accidents and injuries. SWANA's safety initiatives represent part of that effort.

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SWANA’s Safety Initiatives

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January 23, 2023

SWANA Introduces Safety First Newsletter in February

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is proud to announce that its weekly safety e-newsletter Safety Matters will be rebranded as Safety First effective February 1, 2023.


December 16, 2022

Refuse and Recyclable Materials Collection Now 7th Deadliest Job in United States

The US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its 2021 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries showing refuse and recyclable materials collection was the seventh-deadliest job that year, down from sixth in 2020.


November 09, 2022

Historic Drop in 2021 Injury & Illness Rates for Solid Waste Employees

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a decline in injury and illness rates across the solid waste industry.

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November 03, 2022

AMCS Telematics – How it can improve driver and vehicle safety in the waste and recycling industry

Telematics provides data from the vehicle on everything from driving style, the hours driver has been working, how often breaks are taken, and efficiency and maintenance requirements.

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