• August 13, 2019 2:23 PM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    SWANA Records 30 Solid Waste Worker Fatalities in 2019

    Pushes to raise awareness of worker safety with support of OSHA’s Safe + Sound Week

    Silver Spring, MD – August 13, 2019 – The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has identified at least 30 solid waste worker fatalities in 2019 in the United States and Canada. These tragic deaths make it clear that more work remains to be done to improve industry safety and is why SWANA is supporting national Safe + Sound Week,August 12–18, 2019.

    An average of more than four worker fatalities have occurred each month this year through July 31st. Collection remains the deadliest aspect of the job, with 19 people killed. Of those deaths, 31 percent were single vehicle crashes and 26 percent were the result of a worker being struck by their own vehicle.

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  • August 02, 2019 10:51 AM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    Silver Spring, MD – The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is excited to announce the 2019 SWANA Safety Award recipients chosen by the SWANA Safety Committee. These awards recognize those who have demonstrated a profound commitment to improving employee safety through communication, best practices, training, and policies. Two organizations are honored this year with the Biggest Safety Improvement Award and the Best Safety Innovation Award.

    2019 Safety Award Winners

    The Best Safety Innovation Award goes to the City of San Antonio, Solid Waste Management Department for fully implementing a Safety Management System (SMS) that challenged convention, created synergies, and engaged employees at all levels and functions. These efforts reduced accidents by 47 percent and injuries by 50 percent, with a lost work day rate reduction of 28 percent.

    “The men and women of the City of San Antonio’s Solid Waste Management Department serve more than 358,000 households weekly and are routinely faced with high risk conditions,” says Walter Barrett, Solid Waste Manager at the City of San Antonio, Solid Waste Management Department. “Through the implementation of a Safety Management System, the department strives to mitigate and eliminate these risks and provide a safer work environment that ensures our employees go home to their families in the same condition as when they arrived at work. Their commitment to safety guided us on the journey to obtaining an ISO 45001 Safety Certification and making San Antonio the first municipality in the world to achieve this accomplishment. Our thanks to SWANA for its role in this challenge and to our entire team whose dedication and innovation propels the continual improvement in achieving a sustained reduction in accidents and injuries.”

    The Biggest Safety Improvement Award goes to Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS) for continued success in increasing transparency and two-way communication among employees and management, reducing incidents by over 50 percent from the previous year. LRS is headquartered in Morton Grove, Illinois and serves the Chicagoland area with more than 720 full time employees.

    “Lakeshore is proud to be recognized by SWANA for our continued dedication to the Live Safety philosophy,” says John Sliwicki, Vice President of Risk Management at Lakeshore Recycling Systems and SWANA Illinois Chapter Safety Ambassador. “This belief is at the heart of our core values and guides our decision making at every level. Our efforts and commitment have finally started to be demonstrated in the overall reduction of incidents and claim spend. These metrics provide further support that our culture is blossoming, and we are headed in the right direction.”

    SWANA is also recognizing another organization for their innovation and improvement by awarding an Honorable Mention to City of Casper Regional Landfill in Casper, Wyoming for its merit in both categories.

    The winners of the SWANA Safety Awards will be recognized at WASTECON® in Phoenix, Arizona.

    SWANA would like to thank Autocar, New Way, Otto and PRECO for sponsoring this year’s SWANA Safety Awards.

    For more information on SWANA’s safety programs, visit

  • 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.” 

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

  • June 13, 2018 2:12 PM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    This update, the third in a series to agencies on the issue, provides an overview of the effect that the restrictions are having on the export of recyclables from the U.S. and Canada, including the increased movement of material to Southeast Asian countries and additional potential restrictions.

    “The deepening impact of China’s waste import restrictions is being felt in a growing number of communities,” said David Biderman, SWANA’s Executive Director and CEO. “In addition to the ban on certain materials and the new stringent contamination standard, China temporarily halted pre-shipment inspections in May. Combined with new limitations by other Asian countries receiving more recyclables from the U.S., the result has been lower prices and continued uncertainty about the long-term sustainability of recycling programs. SWANA feels it is important to continue to update key stakeholders on this evolving situation.”

    SWANA has taken numerous steps to respond to the disruption caused by China’s waste import restrictions. These include the establishment of a Recycling Task Force consisting of industry and municipal leaders, advocacy on Capitol Hill for recycling-related funding in the Infrastructure bill, consulting with associations and other organizations that support recycling, and developing a China Waste Import Restrictions webpage of resources.

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