• 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.

    Continue reading here

  • 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

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