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  • June 07, 2021 10:45 AM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    The SWANA South Carolina Palmetto Chapter Board would like to sponsor up to three scholarships for professionals in the solid waste industry to attend the 2021 SWANA Region 6 Training & Conference to be held August 24-27, 2021 at the Hotel Roanoke in Roanoke, VA.  This bi-annual conference will be hosted by the Virginia Chapter and will be held jointly with the Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia Chapters.

    To find out more about the 2021 Region 6 Conference, please go to the website

    Please email a brief, one page letter to expressing your interest by June 25, 2021.

  • April 21, 2021 8:52 AM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    In May 2020, we were all saddened to cancel the annual May 2020 spring conference at Pawleys Plantation. We remained hopefully that in May 2021 we would be back better than ever. However, after discussing options and waiting then discussing options and waiting, the 2021 conference will become the 2022 spring conference. Thank you to those that provided responses to the survey about their ability to travel this spring.


    In order to get prepared for the 2022 spring conference, attend the Region 6 Conference in Roanoke, Virginia. This is formerly known as the Quad State conference but now with 5 states instead of 4. Registration information is on the SC SWANA website


    We are also considering either one day training events or a mini conference in the fall of 2021. More information will be posted on the SC SWANA website.

  • March 23, 2021 2:14 PM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    In order to prepare the next generation for the environmentally and economically sound practice of solid waste, SWANA has developed several scholarship and internship programs for students studying in fields related to solid waste management.

    SWANA typically distributes $20,000 to $25,000 a year in four to five scholarships through this effort in three categories:


    • 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. 
      • Submit their application to the Chapter where their sponsor is a member.
    • Category 2 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.
      • Must be a SWANA student member or have a SWANA member as a sponsor. 
      • Joining as a SWANA student member is free. They are encouraged to join the Chapter where their school or university is located and submit their application to that Chapter.  
      • If submitting under the aegis of a sponsoring SWANA member, student should submit to the Chapter where their sponsor is a member.

    • Robert P. Stearns/SCS Engineers Scholarship – graduate student studying environmental science, engineering or other field related to solid waste or resource management. 
      • Must be a SWANA student member or have a SWANA member as a sponsor.
      • Joining as a SWANA student member is free. They are encouraged to join the Chapter where their school or university is located and submit their application to that Chapter.  
      • If submitting under the aegis of a sponsoring SWANA member, student should submit to the Chapter where their sponsor is a member.  


    Each of the applications for these three categories should be to the SC SWANA Chapter by May 1, 2021.

    Send applications to the Chapter Young Professional Representative Aubree Decoteau.

  • December 14, 2020 8:14 AM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    The SWANA Old Dominion chapter will host the Region 6 Conference (formerly known as Quad State) in beautiful and historic Roanoke, VA. Registration will open in 2021.

    SWANA's Region 6 consists of the states of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee.

    To be considered to speak at this event, fill in the following online form by December 18, 2020. We invite abstracts including, but not limited to, the following areas. Don't be afraid to make a suggestion.

    ·     Composting Operations

    ·     Consultant Panel Discussion - Permitting Issues

    ·     Contractor Panel Discussion - Bid Packages, Construction Drawings, Issues From the Field

    ·     Disaster Management

    ·     Emerging Chemicals

    ·     Hauling/Collections Operations

    ·     Landfill Monitoring Programs

    ·     Recycling/MRF’s

    ·     Training Opportunities for Future/Upcoming Solid Waste Personnel

    ·     Transfer Stations

    ·     Vendor Panel Discussion - Heavy Equipment Preventative Maintenance

    Submit your abstract here.

  • 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: The full text of this regulation is available on the South Carolina General Assembly Home Page: (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; 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


    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.

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