• 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.

  • December 12, 2016 4:56 PM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    SWANA has greatly increased safety awareness.

    Check out this Youtube video.

  • November 30, 2016 10:25 PM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    WasteDive recognized SWANA’s Safety Ambassador Program as the “Safety Program of the Year.”  This recognition validates SWANA’s increased focus on safety and reducing accidents and injuries.  SWANA issued a press release concerning the award, which quotes our Florida Safety Ambassador  

    Our Safety Ambassadors will be holding a call on December 1 to discuss 2017 plans and activities.


  • November 10, 2016 5:20 PM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    SWANA’s has an affinity relationship with Amazon.  When you buy from Amazon, a portion of your purchase will go to SWANA!  The holidays are coming up – tell your friends, and everyone in your family, neighborhood, and book club to use this link:

  • November 01, 2016 7:28 AM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    The South Carolina Solid Waste Management Act (Act) work group that was formed in August 2016 is continuing to review and propose edits to the Act.

    The Act has not been revised substantially since it became effective in 1991, despite the evolution of industry standards and practices, and other factors that impact the program. 

    The work group anticipates having a final draft by the end of November 2016.

    The current version of the proposed edits are located here.

    If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at

    Or you can contact SCDHEC:

    Jana M. White
    Section Manager
    Solid Waste Planning, Grants and Regulation Development

    Division of Mining and Solid Waste Management 
    S.C. Dept. of Health & Environmental Control
    Office: (803) 898-1346

  • October 26, 2016 3:25 PM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    EREF and SWANA to Collaborate on Research, Education and Awareness   

    published in Waste Advantage Magazine

    October 24, 2016

    The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) and the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that outlines the intent to conduct various collaborative efforts, including: data aggregation and similar applied research efforts of mutual interest, joint fundraising activities to fund research efforts, increased collaboration regarding industry education and enhancing the awareness of both organizations. The MOU will enable EREF and SWANA’s Applied Research Foundation (ARF) to support and complement each other’s efforts, with ARF focusing on applied research and its application to today’s solid waste management issues and EREF’s focus on more basic research conducted by some of the nation’s top universities.

    Read more here

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