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  • October 30, 2020 10:53 AM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)
    The Careers page has been updated. 

    Check out the open positions.



  • October 27, 2020 10:13 AM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    SCDHEC has not yet completed a draft of the proposed New Regulation R.61-107.20 Solid Waste Management: Construction and Demolition Debris Processing and Recycling.


    A proposed regulation and opportunity for comment will be provided at a later date.


  • October 27, 2020 10:11 AM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    The Notice of Proposed Regulation was published in the State Register on Friday, October 23, 2020: https://www.scstatehouse.gov/state_register.php. The full text of this regulation is available on the South Carolina General Assembly Home Page: http://www.scstatehouse.gov/regnsrch.php (Document 5003). Full text may also be obtained from the promulgating agency. 


    Interested persons may submit comment(s) on the proposed amendments to Jana White of the Bureau of Land and Waste Management; S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, 2600 Bull Street, Columbia, S.C. 29201; whitejm@dhec.sc.gov. To be considered, the Department must receive the comment(s) by 5:00 p.m. on November 23, 2020, the close of the comment period.


  • June 09, 2020 8:03 AM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)



    SWANA received a very nice letter from the Maryland Governor Larry Hogan recognizing the industry (and SWANA) for their “tireless efforts” during the pandemic.  Governor Hogan is the chair of the National Governors Association.


    The letter can be found here.






  • May 08, 2020 10:12 AM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)


    SWANA Chapters allow you localized access with like-minded professionals. By becoming active in your chapter, you have opportunities to use your voice to influence local policies and increase your involvement with your community. SWANA Chapters provide outstanding leadership opportunities. 



    The SC Chapter has a few seconds of fame in this 2 minute video about  involvement with your local chapter:

    • Chapter Board,
    • Spring Conference Group Photo,
    • Beaufort County Recycling Coordinator (Ashley Jenkins)



  • April 28, 2020 12:55 PM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)


    FROM:                  Jesse Maxwell, Advocacy & Safety Senior Manager, SWANA

    TO:                        SWANA Chapter Safety Ambassadors; Safety Committee

    DATE:                   April 27, 2020

    SUBJECT:             SWANA & Glad Sanitation Workers Support Fund

     

    SWANA today announced our partnership with Glad, maker of trash bags and plastic food storage containers, to establish a Sanitation Workers Support Fund to provide financial assistance to front-line solid waste and recycling collection workers in the United States and Canada adversely impacted by COVID-19. Glad has generously provided $200,000 to the Fund, to be administered and distributed by SWANA. We ask that you please share this information within the Chapter and via any other appropriate networks. The application website is available here.

     

    Front-line solid waste and recycling collection workers will potentially qualify for assistance if they: (1) have tested positive for COVID-19; (2) were laid off because of COVID-19 and continue to be unemployed; or (3) if an immediate family member was a front-line solid waste or recycling collection worker and passed away as a result of the coronavirus. Individuals directly impacted by COVID-19 by testing positive for the coronavirus or who lost their job due to the coronavirus and are currently unemployed can receive US $500. Immediate family members (spouse or minor children) of a solid waste and recycling collection worker who died due to COVID-19 can receive US $2,500.

     

    SWANA will begin accepting applications to the Fund on May 1, 2020. Applications will be processed on a rolling basis and will be accepted until the fund is depleted. According to published reports, hundreds of solid waste collection workers in the United States and Canada will be eligible for the fund. There will be a limit on the number of applications approved from any specific state, province, or country, to ensure funds are distributed in an equitable manner across different locations. SWANA membership is not required to be accepted as a recipient.

     

    You can check out the FAQs about the Fund if you have any questions. Anything not addressed there can be sent to covid19fund@swana.org.

     

    Glad’s contribution is part of their broader effort thanking sanitation workers for the essential work they are doing during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Glad will be running advertising on broadcast media throughout the United States beginning May 6, and social media ads are expected to start later this week.



  • April 21, 2020 9:34 AM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)


    FROM:                  Jesse Maxwell, Advocacy & Safety Senior Manager, SWANA

    TO:                         SWANA Core Advocacy Group

    DATE:                    April 20, 2020

    SUBJECT:             Essential Workers Bill of Rights

     

    On April 13, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA) unveiled a proposal for an “Essential Workers Bill of Rights” to protect frontline workers during the Coronavirus pandemic. The lawmakers have called for the next Congressional Coronavirus relief package to include these policies.

     

    Though several essential worker groups are explicitly cited in the announcement, solid waste management is not. SWANA intends to contact the offices of Senator Warren and Representative Khanna to seek clarification that solid waste workers, deemed essential by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and all state emergency orders, are included in their proposal. These efforts do not reflect support of the proposed Bill of Rights or any subsequent legislation. A press release outlining the elements of the “Essential Workers Bill of Rights” can be viewed here.

     

    A reminder that SWANA’s Coronavirus guidance and resources pages are updated regularly to include the latest information important to the solid waste industry. Please share among your Chapters and Technical Divisions.

     

    If you have any specific questions, please contact me directly at jmaxwell@swana.org.











  • April 15, 2020 11:12 AM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)


    SWANA is seeking out the Biggest Safety Improvement and Best Safety Innovation in the industry to honor with a 2020 SWANA Safety Award. Submissions are now being accepted online through Friday, June 26, 2020.

     

    The annual SWANA Safety Awards exemplify the solid waste industry’s profound commitment to improving employee safety through communication, best practices, increased company regulations, and accident review. Winners will be recognized at WASTECON® 2020 in Dallas, Texas, December 7–10, 2020.

     

    There is no fee to enter and a simplified application process makes submission easier than ever. Further information about the criteria and how to enter can be found here






  • April 10, 2020 11:16 AM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)


    The National Safety Council has drafted a letter to leadership at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency requesting that, after prioritizing the healthcare sector, that COVID-19 testing resources are directed towards U.S. employers that are engaged in essential business services. This would include the solid waste industry, as it has been deemed essential in state and territorial orders and in guidance from the Department of Homeland Security. As a member of the NSC, SWANA has been asked to sign on in support of this letter and this Alert serves as notice of SWANA’s intent to do so. With new cases in the solid waste industry being reported on a daily basis, this is an important way for us to support protecting workers, their families, and the public.

     

    A copy of the letter is available here.

     

    The letter is available for other organizations to sign onto as well. Commitments must be made by Monday, April 13. Unless there is significant opposition, SWANA intends to add its name to the letter. If you have questions about the letter or your organization is interested in signing on in addition to SWANA, please contact Jesse Maxwell, SWANA Advocacy & Safety Senior Manager at (240) 494-2237 or jmaxwell@swana.org.

     

    The National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization with the mission of eliminating preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by engaging businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public to help prevent the third leading cause of death in the U.S. – preventable injuries.




  • March 20, 2020 2:30 PM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)


    The annual Spring Conference is being postponed until Sept/Oct 2020.


    Each person is to cancel their own hotel reservations.



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