• May 22, 2017 12:04 PM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    SWANA Publishes New Tips for Safety at MRFs

    "Five to Stay Alive" Safety Resources are growing with SWANA's Safety Program

    Silver Spring, MD – Supporting the Solid Waste Association of North America's (SWANA) goal of promoting safety within the solid waste industry, SWANA has developed a new installment to its “Five to Stay Alive” series that features safety tips for Material Recovery Facility (MRF) employees.

    The number of MRF worker fatalities increased over the previous year, and the multitude of injury hazards at recycling facilities remain high. The complex and fast-paced environment of a modern MRF requires well-trained and educated employees and employers.

    The “Five to Stay Alive” safety campaign includes flyers and posters that provide a useful set of guidelines for employees to follow in order to reduce accidents and injuries on the job.

    “The safety performance of the waste industry is not acceptable, and at least two MRF workers were killed earlier this year” stated David Biderman, SWANA’s Executive Director and CEO. “With volatile commodity prices, we urge companies and local governments to not reduce their focus on worker safety. SWANA will continue to provide useful safety resources and training to public and private sector employers and employees in both the United States and Canada. Nothing we do is more important.”

    SWANA encourages waste industry professionals to use this tool, in addition to its other safety resources, to continue efforts in creating a positive workplace safety culture, in order to move the solid-waste industry off of the federal government’s list of most dangerous jobs.

    “Our industry is relying more and more on MRFs to remove materials from the waste stream, which makes this new “Five to Stay Alive” installment particularly relevant,” said Tom Parker, SWANA’s Safety Committee Chair. “It is imperative that we work safely every minute of every day, and integrating these five basic principles at MRFs can help us achieve this goal.”

    “Five to Stay Alive” resources are available for download on the SWANA website for easy sharing in promoting safety to colleagues and other industry professionals. The Spanish version will be available in June.

    To learn more about SWANA’s award-winning safety program, please visit

  • May 18, 2017 7:51 AM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    SWANA’s MentorMatch is the perfect place to pair up experienced professionals willing to share their expertise with colleagues, young professionals, and students looking for guidance or information to help advance their careers in the solid waste management and recycling industry. This program allows both Mentors and Mentees to grow professionally and personally through each 6-month interaction with other SWANA members.

    Read more under the MentorMatch tab in your MySWANA account also found at and enroll today!

    * Enroll before May 28th for a special MentorMatch webinar training (live and recorded versions).

  • May 16, 2017 10:05 PM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    The SC Chapter is hosting "Managing MSW Collections Systems" Certification Training and testing November 7 - 9, 2017 in Surfside Beach, SC.

    Member Rate: $599

    Non-Member Rate: $999

    Additional info and room rates will be available soon.

    If your interested, please email us.

    Registration will open in September 2017.

  • May 16, 2017 10:01 PM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    The SC Palmetto Chapter is sponsoring a SC state wide safety day on September 12, 2017. The Chapter will provide all landfills in SC with safety information.

    More info to come.

  • March 14, 2017 1:42 PM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) and the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) announced today the development of a briefing for elected officials on emerging waste management technology. This brief, entitled “Effective Responses to Emerging Waste Management Technology Proposals,” was developed to provide municipal leaders with the process and resources necessary to make informed decisions when considering unsolicited proposals, unfamiliar technologies or both.

    The brief includes a checklist....

    Continue reading here.

  • March 14, 2017 1:40 PM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    As part of on-going efforts to get solid waste workers off the Federal Government’s “Top 5 Most Dangerous Jobs” list, the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) will resume distributing Slow Down to Get Around (SDTGA) decals to its members, free, upon request, starting March 14, 2017.

    Continue reading here.

  • January 27, 2017 12:56 PM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    SWANA is pleased to announce that it now offers free membership for full-time undergraduate and graduate college students as a means to grow the future of the solid waste and recycling industry. Beginning in 2017, eligible students now have a no-cost opportunity to engage with a network of more than 8,500 professionals to learn more about the solid waste and recycling industry, to interact with potential employers, and to connect with peers who have similar study and career interests. “By providing college students free membership in SWANA, they will have a transparent view of the industry they are studying and may, one day, pursue a career in,” stated Darryl Walter, SWANA’s Director of Membership.“

    The free student membership is hopefully the first step in the SWANA membership progression, which is followed by the Young Professional Membership level. All full-time students are eligible for free membership and will be offered a full member status where they have access to all of SWANA’s member benefits ranging from community discussion forums and hundreds of resources in the e-library to targeted networking opportunities and participation in SWANA’s technical divisions and local chapters. “As part of SWANA’s effort to build the future leadership of the waste industry, it is important to reach into the colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and encourage students to consider a career in the waste industry,” stated David Biderman, SWANA’s Executive Director and CEO. “Making undergraduate and graduate students aware of the diverse, well-paying jobs that exist in the industry is critical to ensuring a steady pipeline of talent into the companies and local governments that make up the sector.”

    After ending 2016 with record membership numbers, SWANA is committed to increasing member benefits and diversifying its membership-base in 2017, with free student membership being the first step.

    For more information, visit

  • January 26, 2017 10:51 AM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    State lawmakers have advanced a bill that would keep local governments from enacting bans on plastic bags in their communities, outraging coastal residents and environmentalists.

    Read the Post & Courier article here

  • January 20, 2017 11:58 AM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    In August 2016 SCDHEC formed a Work Group to review specific areas of the “South Carolina Solid Waste Policy and Management Act of 1991”. The Work Group consisted of 19 members representing public landfill owners, private landfill owners, private legal counsel, environmental advocacy and state regulatory agency. 

    The proposed revisions to the Solid Waste Policy and Management Act (with changes in underline/strike-through) are posted here

    If you have any questions or comments, please submit those to SCDHEC:

    Ms. Jana White - Bureau of Land and Waste Management


    2600 Bull Street

    Columbia, SC 29201

  • January 19, 2017 12:17 PM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    The SC Palmetto Chapter is sponsoring 1 Young Professional to attend the SWANA WasteCon / ISWA World Conference in Baltimore, Maryland September 25-27, 2017.

    Submit the application by February 10, 2017.

    Download the application here.

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