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Climate Change and Marine Litter have helped focus increased attention on the proper management of solid waste in both developed and developing countries. SWANA is a leader helping government agencies and companies improve their solid waste infrastructure and better manage their waste and recyclables.

  • Closing Dumpsites
  • Reducing the environmental impact of landfills
  • Plastic pollution and marine litter
  • Recycling and the Circular Economy

SWANA advances these issues through our membership in the International Solid Waste Association. SWANA also has Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) with the Inter-American Development Bank and the US Agency for International Development’s Clean Cities Blue Ocean program, and participates in World Bank and other organization’s efforts to improve solid waste management throughout the world.

International Resources

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International Solid Waste Association

SWANA is the National Member of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) for the United States, and participates frequently in ISWA events and activities.

ISWA’s “Close the Dumpsites” campaign seeks to replace dumpsites with modern waste disposal facilities and would improve environmental conditions and public health in developing countries, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to Climate Change.

SWANA members in good standing are now eligible for a FREE six-month trial membership in the International Solid Waste Association. SWANA members interested in serving on an ISWA Working Group please download and fill out this form.

ISWA’s annual World Congress took place in September 2022 in Singapore. The 2023 World Congress will take place in late October 2023 in Oman.


Inter-American Development Bank

The Inter-American Development Bank is the largest source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean.

SWANA entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the IADB in November 2021. Under the MOU, SWANA is available to provide technical assistance and capacity building to IADB and its members in Latin America and the Caribbean.

SWANA staff submitted two reports to IDB in 2022 reviewing technical and operational innovations in solid waste collection and their applicability in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The IDB is holding a webinar on Smart Waste Technologies on March 2, 2023. SWANA will be speaking about using technology to improve waste management during this event.

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The World Bank

The World Bank finances and advises on solid waste management projects using a diverse suite of products and services, including traditional loans, results-based financing, development policy financing, and technical advice. The World Bank has issued an important report—What a Waste 2.0; A Global Snapshot of Solid Waste Management to 2050—that contains data and recommendations for improving solid waste management.

US & Canadian Resources

SWANA provided training to landfill operators and government officials in Colombia and other Latin American countries in November/December 2020 under a US State Department grant.

SWANA staff and instructors recently visited Belize and met with government personnel and industry leaders. SWANA provided educational training to landfill and transfer station personnel in Belize in Fall 2022.

US Department of Commerce

SWANA participates in the Commerce Department’s Environmental Technologies & Trade Advisory Committee (ETTAC) that provides guidance to agency officials across the US government.

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

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