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  • August 13, 2019 2:23 PM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    SWANA Records 30 Solid Waste Worker Fatalities in 2019

    Pushes to raise awareness of worker safety with support of OSHA’s Safe + Sound Week

    Silver Spring, MD – August 13, 2019 – The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has identified at least 30 solid waste worker fatalities in 2019 in the United States and Canada. These tragic deaths make it clear that more work remains to be done to improve industry safety and is why SWANA is supporting national Safe + Sound Week,August 12–18, 2019.

    An average of more than four worker fatalities have occurred each month this year through July 31st. Collection remains the deadliest aspect of the job, with 19 people killed. Of those deaths, 31 percent were single vehicle crashes and 26 percent were the result of a worker being struck by their own vehicle.

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  • August 12, 2019 8:42 AM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    If you are attending the Buncombe County Landfill tour during Quad State, please click here for important information. 

  • August 02, 2019 10:51 AM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    Silver Spring, MD – The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is excited to announce the 2019 SWANA Safety Award recipients chosen by the SWANA Safety Committee. These awards recognize those who have demonstrated a profound commitment to improving employee safety through communication, best practices, training, and policies. Two organizations are honored this year with the Biggest Safety Improvement Award and the Best Safety Innovation Award.

    2019 Safety Award Winners

    The Best Safety Innovation Award goes to the City of San Antonio, Solid Waste Management Department for fully implementing a Safety Management System (SMS) that challenged convention, created synergies, and engaged employees at all levels and functions. These efforts reduced accidents by 47 percent and injuries by 50 percent, with a lost work day rate reduction of 28 percent.

    “The men and women of the City of San Antonio’s Solid Waste Management Department serve more than 358,000 households weekly and are routinely faced with high risk conditions,” says Walter Barrett, Solid Waste Manager at the City of San Antonio, Solid Waste Management Department. “Through the implementation of a Safety Management System, the department strives to mitigate and eliminate these risks and provide a safer work environment that ensures our employees go home to their families in the same condition as when they arrived at work. Their commitment to safety guided us on the journey to obtaining an ISO 45001 Safety Certification and making San Antonio the first municipality in the world to achieve this accomplishment. Our thanks to SWANA for its role in this challenge and to our entire team whose dedication and innovation propels the continual improvement in achieving a sustained reduction in accidents and injuries.”

    The Biggest Safety Improvement Award goes to Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS) for continued success in increasing transparency and two-way communication among employees and management, reducing incidents by over 50 percent from the previous year. LRS is headquartered in Morton Grove, Illinois and serves the Chicagoland area with more than 720 full time employees.

    “Lakeshore is proud to be recognized by SWANA for our continued dedication to the Live Safety philosophy,” says John Sliwicki, Vice President of Risk Management at Lakeshore Recycling Systems and SWANA Illinois Chapter Safety Ambassador. “This belief is at the heart of our core values and guides our decision making at every level. Our efforts and commitment have finally started to be demonstrated in the overall reduction of incidents and claim spend. These metrics provide further support that our culture is blossoming, and we are headed in the right direction.”

    SWANA is also recognizing another organization for their innovation and improvement by awarding an Honorable Mention to City of Casper Regional Landfill in Casper, Wyoming for its merit in both categories.

    The winners of the SWANA Safety Awards will be recognized at WASTECON® in Phoenix, Arizona.

    SWANA would like to thank Autocar, New Way, Otto and PRECO for sponsoring this year’s SWANA Safety Awards.

    For more information on SWANA’s safety programs, visit

  • July 02, 2019 4:14 PM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    The SWANA South Carolina Palmetto Chapter Board would like to sponsor three scholarships for three professionals in the solid waste industry to attend the SWANA Quad State Conference to be held August 27-30, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Resort, in Asheville, NC.  This bi-annual conference will be hosted by the North Carolina Chapter and will be held jointly with the South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia Chapters.

    Preference will be given to applicants who are:

    • New to the industry
    • Young Professionals
    • Collections Professionals
    • Recycling Professionals

    Each recipient will receive a voucher for one free full conference registration and each will receive reimbursement of up to $500 for lodging during the conference. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in attending the conference but can not due to their junior status or organizational financial restraints.  To find out more about the Quad State 2019 Conference, please go to the Quad State website: 

    If you are a professional in the solid waste industry residing in South Carolina and you are interested in attending Quad State, we want to hear from you.  Also, if you know someone interested in attending, please encourage them to respond.  For those interested in this great opportunity, please email a brief, one page letter to expressing your interest by July 10, 2019.  You do not need to be a SWANA Member to apply. The letter should include the following information:

    • Why you are interested.
    • Why you feel you are a good candidate for sponsorship.
    • Your current employer and contact information.
    • Your current position and career path in the solid waste industry.
    • How long you have been in the solid waste industry.
    • What you hope to gain from attending Quad State.
    • A letter from your direct supervisor approving your attendance to Quad State.

    The recipient will be notified by July 12, 2019 with the conference voucher.  Reimbursement for the lodging will be presented to the recipient on the last day of the conference if a signed CEU form is submitted indicating attendance at 75% of the conference sessions.

    We look forward to your responses and having you join us at Quad State. If you have questions or need additional information please email us at

  • June 07, 2019 11:21 AM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    The Quad State 2019 Agenda and Registration information can be found here.

    DHEC is offering 10.5 CEUs for this conference.

  • February 08, 2019 12:47 PM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    I’m pleased to send to you SWANA’s applications for the Grant H. Flint Scholarship Awards Program and the Robert P. Stearns/SCS Engineers Scholarship.    SWANA typically distributes $20,000 to $25,000 a year in four to five scholarships through this effort.   Our candidates come from those nominated by the Chapters, as well as from students in At Large areas who submit applications to me directly.   Please use these in your Chapter recruitment for scholarship applicants  – posting them on your websites and sending them on to your members and contacts at schools and universities.   We hope many of the chapters will again provide preferred candidates for the:


    • Category 1 award – high school senior entering junior or four-year college/university – any field of study. Must have a SWANA member as a sponsor.
    • Category II award – university junior or senior studying something that has potential for a career in solid waste management.  Please note that this is not strictly a science and engineering requirement.  
    • Robert P. Stearns/SCS Engineers Scholarship – graduate student studying environmental science, engineering or other field related to solid waste management.


    The applications for each can be found on the SWANA website at:   Note that the essay question has been changed in response to requests from chapter representatives. 


    The deadline for applications to the chapters is May 1, 2019.  The deadline for sending details about Chapter winners/one nominee for each scholarship on for consideration by the International Scholarship Committee is June 1, 2019.    Please direct all Chapter applications and your questions to or call 240-494-2236. 

  • February 08, 2019 12:16 PM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    SWANA and NWRA today are jointly releasing documents recommending a major shift in the process states use to determine when closed municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills are ready to end post-closure care (PCC).

    “NWRA and SWANA worked hard to develop this document together. We believe that a one-size-fits-all approach to post-closure care is too prescriptive and does not account for the differences among landfills,” said Darrell Smith, NWRA President and CEO. “A performance-based standard offers wider applicability to achieve the same environmental protection goals.” 

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  • January 22, 2019 6:30 AM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    If you received a Safety Awareness Day flyer on January 22, the following are the rules for entry into the drawing:

    1. Must be a waste hauling driver or front line staff to enter.

    2. Management and administration staff are not eligible.

    3. Must submit an entry by February 5, 2019

    4. Only 1 entry per person.

    5. Send an email with your contact info or submit your entry here

    Winner will be notified on February 11, 2019.

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