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  • 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.” 

    Continuing reading here

  • 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.

    Contact us:

  • August 08, 2018 5:59 PM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    On August 6, 2018 the National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) and the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) reissued their Joint Advisory on Designing Contracts for Processing of Municipal Recyclables, which is now updated to include a preface about how China’s waste import restrictions have affected the market for recyclable materials.

    Read more here.

  • July 26, 2018 1:17 PM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    The SC Chapter is organizing a 1-day fall training/workshop in Greenville, Columbia, and Moncks Corner in November 2018. Topics include: landfill gas, leachate, Class 2 landfills, and regulatory update.

    Check back the end of August for additional information and registration. 

  • July 13, 2018 3:37 PM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)


    Hey YP's!

    It is important to stick together and connect with one another in the Solid Waste & Recycling world. We all have different backgrounds, but we can all bring something valuable to the table. As a YP, I value connecting with other YP's. Please feel free to email me and suggest ideas on ways we can connect, learn, and have fun!

    To engage & connect with everyone, I propose Paddle & Pint or Sunset on the Shoals Kayaking Tours in Columbia, SC. These tours are fun and educational. The tours are in August and September. If you would like to attend, please email the date that you are available. The quicker you respond, the quicker we can finalize plans.  For more information on the Kayaking tours, please read below.

    Paddle & Pint

    Paddle the Lower Saluda River surrounded by beautiful scenery and wildlife. Enjoy the views, have fun, and meet new friends. After an hour on the water, sample delicious craft beers selected by the Vino Garage at the River Overlook. Ages 21 and up.

    Dates:  Aug. 3 or Sept. 7

    Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

    Fee:  $37 per person

    Sunset on the Shoals

    Enjoy an interpretive paddle tour on the Saluda River and learn about the unique history of the area followed by a wine tasting at the River Overlook.  Take home a complimentary Saluda Shoals Park wine glass to commemorate the evening. Ages 21 & up.

    Dates:  Aug.17 or Sept. 21

    Time:  5:30-8:30 p.m. - Meet at Saluda Shoals Park

    Fee:  $37 per person 

    For more info click the link:

    Please check your schedules and respond as soon as possible! Also, please feel free to bring a friend! Looking forward to connecting with everyone.

    Ashley N. Jenkins
    Recycling Coordinator
    Beaufort County Public WorksSolid Waste and Recycling
    (843) 255-2823 (office)
    (843) 941-8685 (cell)



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