• April 27, 2018 3:25 PM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    Bill 4644 was introduced to the SC Legislation on January 23, 2018 to amend the SC Solid Waste Policy and Management Act, Section 44-96-10.

    On April 26, 2018, the bill was approved by the Senate and enrolled for ratification. Next step is the Governor’s signature.

  • March 12, 2018 2:56 PM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    March 13 is Safety Awareness Day at Transfer Stations across South Carolina.

    Submit Your Information to Win!

    Transfer Station Safety Day Drawing Rules

    1. Must be recycling or waste hauling driver or transfer station floor staff to win.

    2. Transfer Station management, and administration staff are not eligible.

    3. Must submit an entry by March 16.

    4. Only 1 entry per person.

    Join the SC SWANA chapter in promoting safety at your facility. This flyer will be distributed to all drivers at transfer Stations in SC.

  • January 29, 2018 7:53 AM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

  • January 24, 2018 7:37 AM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    Bill 4644 was introduced to the SC Legislation on January 23, 2018 to amend the SC Solid Waste Policy and Management Act, Section 44-96-10.  Proposed changes include:

    • creation of a fund to handle emergencies at solid waste facilities, 
    • limits on facilities requiring a demonstration of need, 
    • changes in zoning requirements, and 
    • requirements for facilities recycling construction and demolition debris.

    A summary of the Bill is here: Summary

    The bill is posted here

  • January 12, 2018 10:37 AM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) today finalized a quality standard of 0.5 percent for certain imported recyclables, failing to properly consider the negative effects on global recycling efforts.

    “SWANA is disappointed the Chinese government did not modify its waste import restrictions in response to the serious concerns raised by North American, European, and Asian governmental authorities and associations,” said David Biderman, the Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA) Executive Director and CEO. “We support the MEP’s efforts to improve the environment in China, but these extraordinary restrictions are already adversely impacting recycling programs throughout North America.”

    SWANA continues to monitor the impacts of the restrictions, which have already been felt across North America. Biderman noted: “recyclables are going to landfills in Oregon, to waste-to-energy facilities in Massachusetts, and being stored in warehouses and parking lots in the U.S. and Canada.”

    Many American and Canadian companies and local governments have made substantial changes to their operations in response to the restrictions and the sharp decrease in import licenses issued by Beijing in late 2017 and 2018. Now that the quality standard has been finalized, North American recycling operations must prepare for March 1, 2018, when the contamination standard officially takes effect.

    SWANA urges state and local governments to work closely with the private sector and other stakeholders to educate consumers about the need for recyclables to be free from contamination, and encourage operational changes that result in cleaner materials.

    SWANA submitted comments to the World Trade Organization in August 2017 and December 2017, asking the Chinese government to delay implementation of its waste import restrictions, seeking clarification on the standards, and offering technical assistance on waste and recycling-related matters. 

  • January 04, 2018 9:18 AM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    If you or someone you know is interested in getting more involved with the solid waste and recycling industry, then the SC SWANA Chapter wants you.  We currently have a vacant Board position whose focus will be to work with other young professionals in the industry to bring their ideas and viewpoints to the table.

    To be eligible, must be 35 years old or younger.

    To find out more, please contact:

    Ed Marr, Myrtle Beach Solid Waste Superintendent


  • September 26, 2017 7:57 AM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    SWANA Announces New Zero Waste Principles and Practices Course Certification

    The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) announce the launch of their new Zero Waste Principles & Practices certification course, developed by the two organizations along with Kessler Consulting (KCI) over the past two years.

    This course will promote the integration of zero waste principles into existing management systems, practices, and policies, in order to move local systems toward developing and achieving community-specific Zero Waste goals.

    “The partnership between SWANA and CRRA reflects our commitment to managing resources and understanding that there are better ways to address resource management than disposal,” said Sara Bixby, SWANA’s Deputy Executive Director. “Our current recycling, composting, and education programs must be part of our future Zero Waste systems; the challenge is to rethink existing programs in the context of Zero Waste and to add elements that move us further toward these goals.”

    The Zero Waste Principles & Practices certification course will benefit municipal recycling and solid waste professionals, private and public sector policy makers, and sustainability advocates who are looking to write a Zero Waste plan or learn more about components to incorporate in their current program.

    “Early on, CRRA's Board recognized the importance of bringing a structured educational program to the non-profit, public, and private sector engaged in developing and bringing zero waste plans to reality,” said Rob Hilton, CRRA’s President. “CRRA's early certification program was successful in training hundreds of professionals, many of whom are now in Zero Waste careers. This partnership with SWANA allows us to reach and learn from thousands of our colleagues and industry partners across North America, and it is my sincere hope that this sharing and learning evolves the concepts of Zero Waste from a movement to an established industry."

    The Zero Waste Principles & Practices certification course contains 10 modules covering areas of public policy, programs, technology, and measurement, with lessons that include collection options, managing organics, contracts, and financing.

    “Kessler Consulting was honored to have been selected to prepare the Zero Waste Principles & Practices certification course,” said Mitch Kessler, President of Kessler Consulting. “The collaborative effort among CRRA, SWANA and the KCI project team reflects a wide array of interests, expertise and passion for this topic and that carries through in the materials.“

    The course will premiere at CRRA’s 41st Annual Conference and Tradeshow in San Diego, California from August 16-23, 2017, and is available as part of SWANA’s industry-renowned Certification Program through Training@Work, Training@HQ, and Chapter Partnering programs.

    To learn more about the Zero Waste Principles & Practices certification course, click here

  • September 05, 2017 11:49 AM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has submitted comments to the World Trade Organization in response to the July 18, 2017 notification from China on their intent to ban certain waste imports.

    SWANA’s comments explain what effect the proposed ban on certain categories of recyclables could have on municipal recycling in the United States and Canada, requests further clarification on the terms of the ban, and offers technical assistance to the Chinese government on waste and recycling-related matters.

    “China’s proposed import ban is a very important issue for SWANA members in the United States and Canada, and is a critical one for many of the communities they serve,” said David Biderman, SWANA Executive Director & CEO. “We need to work with the Chinese government to develop a practical timeline for the proposed ban, while improving bale quality for material exported to China and other foreign markets.”

    SWANA lays out challenges the United States will likely face in adapting to the ban, discusses recycling on the state and local levels, and the lack of domestic recycling infrastructure to process material currently being exported.

    “Because single stream recycling has become the prominent method of recycling in North America it is imperative that the quality of the sorted recycled materials be as high as possible to avoid loads being rejected,” said Rich Allen, President of SWANA. “Many Material Recovery Facilities are looking to upgrade their sorting systems to improve the quality of their bales along with better educating their residents on what can and more importantly cannot be recycled. The actual impacts on the Chinese Waste Ban are still being interpreted, but SWANA is keeping close tabs on the implications for our members and the industry.”

    SWANA supports the concerns previously filed by the International Scrap Recycling Institute (ISRI) and Waste Management, and suggests a clearly defined five year transition period for the ban in order to allow time for customers and suppliers in the United States and the global marketplace to adapt to the policy change.

    “We appreciate SWANA joining with ISRI and others to raise concerns about China’s import restrictions,” said Robin Weiner, CEO of ISRI. “We look forward to working with SWANA to support the Chinese government’s environmental protection goals.”

  • August 24, 2017 8:56 PM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    The SWANA Excellence Award recognizes outstanding solid waste programs and facilities that demonstrate the highest practices through their commitment to using effective technologies and processes in system design and operations, advancing worker and community health and safety, and implementing successful public education and outreach programs. Programs also must exhibit that they are fiscally and environmentally responsible through their compliance with all applicable federal, state and local regulations.

    This year’s awards honor programs and facilities in 13 different categories spanning many facets of the municipal solid waste industry. Award winners represent the most innovative and dynamic organizations throughout North America as judged by their peers, and SWANA is proud to recognize their accomplishments.

    “The recipients of the SWANA Excellence Awards represent the best solid waste management practices in North America today,” said David Biderman, SWANA Executive Director and CEO. “Community leaders should be very proud of the valuable contributions that these projects provide to their citizens.”

    The winners will be acknowledged and awarded at the annual WASTECON® conference in Baltimore, Maryland, on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.

    The City of Greenville Solid Waste Division-Recycling won Bronze in the category of Communication, Education and Marketing Tools.

    The complete list of awards recipients can be found here.

  • May 22, 2017 12:06 PM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    SWANA and ASTSWMO to Collaborate on Recycling, Food Waste, and Education

    Silver Spring, MD – The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that outlines their intent to conduct various collaborative efforts on topics of mutual interest.

    SWANA and ASTSWMO will initially focus on recycling, food waste, and education, and intend to develop strategies that provide reciprocal awareness of each association within the other association’s membership.

    “SWANA is pleased to enter into this collaborative arrangement with ASTSWMO, which will strengthen both associations,” said David Biderman, SWANA’s Executive Director and CEO. “By combining SWANA’s strength at the local level with ASTSWMO’s members at the state and territorial levels, we can more effectively work to serve our members with education and information on a variety of issues, with an initial focus on recycling and food waste.”

    “ASTSWMO looks forward to our partnership with SWANA, aligning our shared vision and communicating our mutual goals,” said Dania Rodriguez, ASTSWMO’s Executive Director. “Recycling is fundamental to ASTSWMO’s mission, and we hope to increase awareness among our membership as we collaborate on how to reduce food waste, which accounts for 37% of the nation’s landfill capacity. The ASTSWMO Board of Directors is pleased to enter into this MOU with SWANA.”

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