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  • 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)



  • July 03, 2018 11:49 AM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    SWANA Launches Hauler Safety Toolkit 
    Resources Developed to Provide Safety Messages Directly to Haulers

    The Toolkit brings together valuable safety resources into a simple, shareable form that SWANA Chapters intend to use at Hauler Safety Outreach events. These one-day events are designed to get safety messaging directly into the hands of drivers when they bring material to landfills, transfer stations, waste-to-energy facilities, materials recovery facilities, and other sites. The Toolkit was developed by the SWANA Chapter Safety Ambassadors, safety leaders within each of the SWANA Chapters.

    “The SWANA Hauler Safety Toolkit is a great resource to touch drivers, helpers, supervisors, and managers in the waste Industry, and sends a consistent safety message to all industry professionals,” said James Profitt, Assistant Manager of Operations at Montgomery County Solid Waste Services and SWANA’s Safety Ambassador for Ohio. “I plan to work with landfills, transfer stations, and MRFs in Ohio to provide a consistent message about safety along with some specific rules and regulations for each disposal site.”

    SWANA Safety Ambassadors will take the lead in distributing the Toolkit during Hauler Safety Outreach days throughout the U.S. and Canada during the rest of 2018. In addition to providing safety resources, drivers and haulers will also be asked to take the SWANA Safety Pledge. This pledge commits them, in part, “to help everyone get home safe every single day” and to “consider worker, customer, and public safety in every decision.”

    SWANA has discussed this outreach initiative with safety leaders at the largest solid waste companies in North America and has received overwhelming support for this effort.

    "At Republic, we are excited to support SWANA’s efforts to reach haulers directly with safety resources," said Jim Olson, Senior Vice President, Safety at Republic Services. "It is the responsibility of everyone in this industry to make sure workers get home safely every day."

    By designing the Toolkit and Outreach events aimed directly at haulers of all sizes, SWANA hopes to reduce the rate of injuries and fatalities for collection workers, who currently have the fifth highest occupational fatality rate in the United States.

    The Hauler Safety Toolkit and SWANA Safety Pledge can be viewed on the Safety Matters webpage.

  • June 22, 2018 2:43 PM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    Thursday, June 28, 2018 | 1:45 PM ET

    Susan Robinson, Director of Federal Public Affairs, Waste Management
    Robert Smouse, Assistant Director – Solid Waste, City of Fort Worth, Texas

    David Biderman, CEO & Executive Director, SWANA

    Recycling programs in the United States and Canada face unprecedented challenges. The flow of materials into China on which many programs relied has ceased or been heavily restricted. Processing costs have gone up, revenue is down, and outlets for materials have become harder to find.

    As we approach one year since China announced its first set of waste restrictions, the recycling landscape has changed dramatically. Many communities are battling high contamination rates that are limiting where materials can go and they are trying to understand what the future may hold.

    This timely SWANA Webinar will explore how we got here and what might come next. Susan Robinson with Waste Management and Robert Smouse with the City of Fort Worth, Texas will join SWANA CEO & Executive Director David Biderman in an important conversation about China and the state of domestic recycling, and what SWANA is doing to help municipal officials and others respond to this growing challenge.

    SWANA Members: $49
    ASTSWMO Members: $49
    Non-Members: $79

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