• 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


    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.

  • January 27, 2020 8:30 AM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    SC Legislation has introduced 3 bills.

    Read more here.

  • January 27, 2020 7:00 AM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    If you received a Safety Awareness Day flyer during the week of January 27, 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 7, 2020.

    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 21, 2020.

    Contact us:

  • January 07, 2020 2:51 PM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    A bill requiring DHEC to promulgate drinking water MCLs for PFAS and other compounds was pre-filed in November 2019.

    PFAS Bill to Reach House Floor this Week (Jan 6, 2020)

    • On January 9, the House is expected to bring legislation related to toxic chemicals to the floor and a vote on passage could happen as soon as the following day;
    • The bill, H.R. 535, would push the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to create nationwide protective measures against poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS);
    • H.R. 535 passed out of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on November 20 by a vote of 31-19;
    • The bill requires that within one year of enactment, the EPA Administrator shall designate all PFAS substances as hazardous under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA);
    • The legislation would effectively bar the production of PFAS compounds, as well as direct EPA to drinking water standards for the chemicals;
    • The bill also includes language which would authorize $500 million over the next five years to help states address PFAS in drinking water, as well as $200 million over the next two years to install treatment technologies;
    • The overall bill incorporated legislative text from 11 additional Committee bills related to PFAS, but it is unclear whether a House-passed bill would be brought to the floor in the Senate.

  • January 02, 2020 11:50 AM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    National SWANA is supporting legislation to improve recycling infrastructure and expand public education and outreach in the United States. One such piece of legislation is the Realizing the Economic Opportunities and Values of Expanding Recycling (RECOVER) Act, which was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on November 15, 2019 as H.R. 5115.

    After introduction, the RECOVER Act was referred to the Energy & Commerce (E&C) Committee for consideration. Representative Jeff Duncan sits on that committee.  

    The next step in the legislative process is for the E&C Committee to have hearings on the bill and vote on it. In order for that to happen, the members of the Committee need to understand why this bill is so important to their constituents. Without their support, the RECOVER Act can move no further.

    More to come.

  • December 09, 2019 3:32 PM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    We are thrilled to announce we have been named 'Organization of the Year' by Waste Dive, one of the leading trade publications covering the solid waste and recycling industry. And it's all thanks to members like YOU! 

    None of this work would be possible without all those involved in SWANA including: the almost 11,000 SWANA members, Board of Directors, the Technical Divisions, SWANA’s 47 chapters in the United States and Canada, and SWANA staff. We are excited to share this award with all those who are a part of #TeamSWANA and are looking forward to a successful year in 2020!

    Check out the statement we released about the award and be sure to share the news with your co-workers, family, and friends! 

    SWANA's Statement

  • November 26, 2019 8:50 AM | J Morgan (Administrator)

    Please respond by 5-pm December 4, 2019

    with your vote of Yes (accept) or No (reject)

    You can review the new Bylaws for the South Carolina SWANA Palmetto Chapter

    by clicking the link below:[for%20approval].pdf

    The Bylaws were required to be updated to reflect changes to the structure of the National Organization.  Visit www.swana.orgto learn more about the new structure of the National Organization. 

  • November 26, 2019 8:32 AM | J Morgan (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 2020 SWANApalooza Conference to be held March 23-26, 2020 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, Georgia.  This event is the National Technical Conference held annually for the National SWANA organization.  The Palmetto Chapter is sponsoring these scholarships to help those interested in attending take advantage of this event being in our area this year.  

    Preference will be given to applicants who are:

    • SWANA Members
    • New to the industry
    • Young Professionals (Under 35)
    • Collections Professionals
    • Recycling Professionals

    Each recipient will receive a voucher for one free full conference registration and each will receive reimbursement of up to $1,000 for lodging during the conference. This event is a great opportunity for anyone interested in attending the conference but cannot attend due to their junior status or organizational financial restraints.  To find out more about the 2020 SWANApalooza Conference, please go to the SWANApalooza website:

    If you are a professional in the solid waste industry residing in South Carolina and you are interested in attending SWANApalooza, 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 December 3, 2019 January 7, 2020.  You do not need to be a SWANA Member to apply. The one-page letter should include the following information:

    • Why you are interested.
    • Why you feel you are a good candidate for a scholarship.
    • 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 SWANApalooza.
    • Attach a letter from your direct supervisor approving your attendance to SWANApalooza.

    The recipient will be notified by December 6, 2019 with a conference voucher.  Reimbursement for the lodging will be mailed to the recipient upon request, accompanied by a signed CEU form indicating attendance of at least 75% of the conference sessions.

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

  • September 27, 2019 6:00 PM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    SWANA, the National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA), and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have signed an Alliance agreement to provide SWANA members, NWRA members and the public with information, guidance, and access to resources to help protect the health and safety of workers in the solid waste industry.

    OSHA Deputy Assistant Secretary Loren Sweatt, SWANA CEO & Executive Director David Biderman, and NWRA President & CEO Darrell Smith signed the two-year agreement on September 27, 2019 at the U.S. Department of Labor's Frances Perkins Building. They were joined by SWANA Chapter Safety Ambassadors, county and municipal safety directors, and other representatives from the waste and recycling industry and OSHA to recognize this important partnership.

    “SWANA will work closely with NWRA and OSHA to provide timely and useful safety information and resources to the entire industry,” said Biderman. “It doesn’t matter whether a solid waste employee is in the public or private sector; our goal is to protect all solid waste workers. Our network of 42 state chapters in the U.S. provides a nationwide platform for distributing safety information developed under this Alliance.”

    The Alliance agreement commits the associations and OSHA to collaborate in safety training and education efforts with a focus on backovers and distracted driving; slips, trips, and falls; needlestick injuries; heat and cold stress; and musculoskeletal injuries. It also provides the opportunity to include OSHA National, Regional and Area Offices in events such as WASTECON® and SWANApalooza.

    This Alliance adds an important new component to SWANA’s award winning safety program, which includes SWANA’s Chapter Safety Ambassadors, Hauler Safety Outreach, Slow Down to Get Around (SDTGA), and Safety Summits. The 7th Annual Safety Summit will occur this year at WASTECON® in Phoenix, Arizona, October 21-24, and will feature Biderman discussing the new partnership along with SWANA’s other safety efforts.

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