Solid waste and recycling collection workers who is/was employed and resides/resided in the United States, its territories, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or Canada who meets at least one of the following criteria:
- Tested positive for COVID-19 with a demonstrated COVID-19-related inability to work and/or medical bills. Someone who tested positive during their employment as a collection worker, recovered, and later returned to work is still eligible to participate in the Fund.
- As a result of COVID-19, was laid off after March 1, 2020. (Any such worker who was subsequently re-hired or obtained another job is ineligible to participate in the Fund.)
- An immediate family member (spouse or minor child) of a sanitation worker whose death was caused, whether directly, or in combination with other health conditions, by COVID-19. For each such worker, only one family member may apply to the Fund.
All qualified sanitation workers are encouraged to apply to the fund. SWANA membership is not required to apply to the fund.