• January 14, 2016 10:58 AM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    As part of our commitment to safety, SWANA wholly supports the 2016 NWRA Safety Stand Down, an initiative of the National Waste & Recycling Association. We hope that you will pass along this information to your chapter members and post on your chapter website to help advance awareness about this important initiative.


    This week-long training and awareness effort is focused around reducing accidents, fatalities and injuries related to truck backing incidents which represents a common challenge for the industry.


    The Safety Stand-Down on vehicle backing runs the week of January 25 – 29, 2016. We are asking our chapters to join SWANA’s commitment, in conjunction with NWRA and other leaders within the solid waste community, toward significantly improving safety for the waste and recycling industry by taking part in this effort.


    Participation in the stand down means that one’s organization and/or chapter has joined with waste and recycling companies across the country to commit to:

    1. Conducting a risk assessment at job sites and review safety policies and procedures for backing.

    2. Review company policies, procedures, consider enhancements, and then training employees on any changes.

    3. Posting Stand Down materials to the company website, in employee meeting rooms and on social media sites.

    4. Register to pledge to take part in the week-long Stand Down for safety. Participants receive a toolkit of resources for the Stand Down campaign upon registration.


    Get started!

    The complete Safety Stand Down Manual can be downloaded here.

    Get Involved!

    Click here to register for your participation in the Safety Stand Down.


    Get More!

    For your all of your industry safety needs, visit the  SWANA 'Safety Matters' Website [link:]

    The Safety Matters webpage is an online resource portal that will serve as a central place for SWANA members and other industry professionals to access the latest in safety news, important safety materials and upcoming safety events.

    Included on the webpage is information about each of SWANA’s new safety initiatives – including the Safety Ambassador program and Slow Down to Get Around decal distribution – and direct links to outside resources, such as the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS).

    Thank you,

    Estela Martinez

    Manager of Membership and Chapter Services Department

  • October 21, 2015 7:41 AM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    SWANA is working on industry comments as we speak. They will be joint comments from SWANA and National Waste & Recycling Association. They are due October 26. You are welcome to send and/or use this draft yourself. 

    There are two choices.  

    • Use the draft comments to craft your own and in doing so, you are welcome to use whatever you want and even plagiarize. 
    • Review the draft comments and prepare a concurrence letter or letter of support for the industry comments;.

    The more the merrier in terms of entities supporting industry comments. The final industry comments will likely be down to the wire and it will be too late for entities to wait to see those before they do anything.

  • August 31, 2015 8:18 AM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Robyn Williams with Greenville County, SC.

    She is the recipient of the Young Professionals Scholarship to the Quad State Conference in Pigeon Forge, TN September 22-25, 2015. The scholarship includes conference registration and hotel accommodations.

    Robyn is the Accounting Specialist / Office Manager at the Greenville County landfill (a.k.a Twin Chimneys Landfill) in Honea Path, SC.

  • June 08, 2015 7:57 AM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    The call for proposals is now open for three of the events at the heart of SWANApalooza next year.


    Your ideas for forward-thinking, thought-provoking topics, delivered in a format that engages the audience in conversation, are eagerly welcomed.


    Be bold, be different and be distinctive to capture the attention of the proposal reviewers on the Technical Division program committees!


    Click on the conference where you want to submit a proposal.


    Landfill Gas and Biogas Symposium                      

    Landfill Symposium

    Road to Zero Waste Conference


    Proposal reviews will take place in July and August, with speaker invitations expected to be issued in September.


    For more info, contact:  Sue Bumpous

  • June 05, 2015 8:22 AM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    A new bill was introduced in the SC Senate on June 4, 2015 that amends the Solid Waste Policy & Management Act to include a new section that would require high rises and multi-family buildings constructed after Jan 1, 2017 to include recycling infrastructure along with the waste disposal infrastructure. The Bill can be found here.

  • April 13, 2015 9:39 AM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    Deadline to register for a SWANA Certification exam is April 17.

    For more info, go here




  • March 06, 2015 4:00 PM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    The SWANA SC Chapter will be providing a testing site on May 6, 2015 at Pawleys Plantation for anyone needing to take a SWANA Certification Exam. Please let us know by April 10, 2015 which exam you would like to take. Email us at: 


    We are not offering SWANA Certification classes on May 6. Only providing an exam site. 


    If you wish to attend the SWANA SC Chapter Spring Conference at Pawleys Plantation May 6-8, you must register for that separately.

    For more info, go to: SWANA Certification

  • February 24, 2015 2:47 PM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

    Have an abstract for a presentation? Have an idea of a topic that we should find an expert? Please let us know.


    Please submit your abstract or topic idea to:


    Submit by March 6, 2015. 

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