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  • 09 Sep 2016 10:16 AM | Crystal Bruce (Administrator)

    The Program Committee of the SWANA Florida Sunshine Chapter is requesting abstracts from persons interested in participating in the chapter's 2017 Winter Conference.  We invite all of you to come and share your experiences with waste management, diversion and recycling with your colleagues.  We've identified some tentative session topics in the Call for Papers, but welcome ideas for other sessions.  Each presentation will last approximately 30 minutes, including questions and answers.  Speakers are eligible for reduced conference registration on the day of presentation.  We encourage everyone interested in presenting to prepare a paper to share your experiences.   

    The Call for Papers details how abstracts can be submitted electronically to the Program Committee for its review. 

    The deadline to submit abstracts is Friday, October 7.

  • 05 Jul 2016 10:07 PM | Marissa Segundo (Administrator)

    By David Biderman, Executive Director SWANA

    Solid waste collection is the fifth most dangerous job in the U.S. Each week, on average, someone who works in the industry is killed, and one to three other people die in collisions with waste or recycling trucks. Who’s leading the charge to improve this safety record? SWANA! Through innovative programs such as our Safety Ambassador initiative, new classroom safety training, new safety awards and a relentless focus on reducing accidents and injuries, SWANA is committed to getting the waste sector off the list of “top 10’ most dangerous jobs. Come hear SWANA Executive Director David Biderman provide an update on SWANA’s growing safety program and share his thoughts on what employers and employees in the industry need to do at Up Your Game SWANA FL Summer Conference on July 24-26 at the Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa.

      Register now 

  • 09 Jun 2016 10:49 AM | Crystal Bruce (Administrator)

    In Praise of the Garbage Collectors

    National Garbage Man Day is celebrated the week of June 17th. Theirs is a tough job that makes everyone’s lives a little easier, a little cleaner and a whole lot more pleasant. Refuse collection and removal is part of the natural rhythm. In our neighborhoods, we all count on the garbage collectors to remove our discards on a weekly basis.

    How much trash do we create? The Environmental Protection Agency uses a rough value of 1 ton per person per year. That doesn’t mean each person individually generates that much trash. But, each person causes that much trash to be created through their daily activities of working, eating, shopping, etc. More than half of this waste is from individual homes and the rest is a product of our businesses. Every pound of that waste is handled by a garbage collector. They work in dirty, dangerous conditions in all kinds of weather to keep our community clean.  


    SWANA FL is celebrating Garbage/Recycling Collectors with a photo contest. We encourage members to e-mail us photos of workers in action. Please send in your photos before June 17, 2016. The photos will be posted on SWANA FL's Facebook page. Share your photos and give your hardworking staff credit.


  • 19 Apr 2016 4:03 PM | Crystal Bruce (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the 2016 Chapter Road-E-O winners! Click HERE for the final program, list of winners and sponsors, as well as a video highlighting the event.  

  • 31 Mar 2016 9:49 AM | Marissa Segundo (Administrator)

    SWANA Statement on the Increase of Fatal Accidents in the Waste Industry

    Silver Spring, MD – The recent increase in fatal accidents involving garbage trucks is of great concern and is unacceptable, according to the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). SWANA’s safety tracking has identified ten separate incidents in March 2016, in which someone in the United States has been killed in an accident involving a truck carrying garbage or recyclables.

    SWANA Executive Director David Biderman said, “The recent surge of fatal accidents is unacceptable. Several waste collection workers have been killed, and other drivers, pedestrians and a bicyclist have also died in seven other tragic incidents.”

    SWANA has developed several free safety resources for public and private sector waste employers and employees. These include a backing toolkit and the 5 To Stay Alive poster (both available in Spanish). In addition, nearly 100 companies and local governments have ordered more than 3,000 Slow Down to Get Around stickers from SWANA.

    Biderman added, “We call on our peers and members to join our effort to get waste collection employees off the list of top 10 most dangerous occupations. This will be difficult to accomplish, as many of these fatal accidents are not the driver or helper’s fault. We are working with several associations, companies, and local governments on safety-related educational projects, reflecting our view that safety is not proprietary, and that it will take leadership, collaboration, and teamwork to make this industry safer.”

    Michelle Leonard, SWANA’s president, noted, “Our increased focus on safety is consistent with SWANA’s Strategic Plan and is the right thing to do. Our members have embraced SWANA’s new safety initiatives, and our new Safety Ambassador program will improve the industry’s safety culture at the chapter and local levels.”

    SWANA pledges to continue to expand communications regarding safety, including at the Chapter level through the Safety Ambassador initiative. Many Chapters will be conducting safety programs in the coming months. Two upcoming safety programs will happen in Pennsylvania (April 12) and Florida (May 24), where fatal accidents occurred just last week. In addition, SWANA’s Pacific Chapter is holding a safety workshop next week in British Columbia.

    For more information on SWANA’s safety program, and what you can do to join our effort in creating a safer industry, please visit www.SWANA.org/safety.

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  • 29 Mar 2016 6:40 PM | Crystal Bruce (Administrator)

    The 2016 Board of Directors Nomination Form is now available.  The deadline to nominate individuals for the Board of Directors is Friday, April 6, 2016.  Three Director positions will be filled.  We strongly encourage public and private sector members to apply as this will maintain balance to the board.  If you would like to nominate someone for a Director position, please complete/return the attached form.

    The Awards Nomination Form is also available.  If you would like to nominate an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to the chapter and/or solid waste industry, please complete/return the form by Friday, April 6, 2016

    We look forward to your participation in this process.  Thank you.

  • 18 Mar 2016 12:46 PM | Crystal Bruce (Administrator)

    The Program Committee of the SWANA Florida Sunshine Chapter is requesting abstracts from persons interested in participating in the chapter's 2016 Summer Conference.  We invite all of you to come and share your experiences with waste management, diversion and recycling with your colleagues.  We've identified some tentative session topics in the Call for Papers, but welcome ideas for other sessions.  Each presentation will last approximately 30 minutes, including questions and answers.  Speakers are eligible for reduced conference registration on the day of presentation.  We encourage everyone interested in presenting to prepare a paper to share your experiences.   

    The Call for Papers details how abstracts can be submitted electronically to the Program Committee for its review. 

    The deadline to submit abstracts is April 15.

    Thank you,

    Jason Timmons
    Program Committee Chair
    SWANA Florida Sunshine Chapter
    jtimmons@scgov.net

  • 21 Jan 2016 10:30 PM | Crystal Bruce (Administrator)

    Happy New Year!  Your colleagues in the solid waste and recycling industry are eager to hear from you in the upcoming Spring issue of Talking Trash. The Communications Committee is now accepting submittals for the Spring Talking Trash issue.  Submittals may include recent innovative projects, interesting case studies, lessons learned, cost saving ideas, recent hires, committee issues and anything else of interest to our members.  Please forward all submittals to angelina@wasteadvantagemag.com by Friday, February 19th.    

    To advertise your organization or list a job posting in Talking Trash or on the chapter website, please contact Crystal Bruce at info@swanafl.org.

    Please consider the following article guidelines and recommendations prior to submittal:

    • In general, articles should be 500 words or less in length, although exceptions may be made for in-depth technical articles. If the article includes pictures or other graphics, word count may need to be reduced accordingly. If your article is too long, the editor may summarize or eliminate portions of the article, or ask that you do so.

    • Consider your audience - Solid Waste Professionals. 

    • Include the author's name, affiliation and contact information.

    • Photos are highly encouraged. Guidelines for Photos or Graphics: Include each photo or graphic as a separate file attachment, not embedded in a Word document. Resolution of digital photos should be 200 dpi or greater. File formats for photos should be JPG or TIF.

    • Articles that are intended to promote your company, product, or services will not be accepted – these should be submitted to Crystal Bruce as advertisements.

  • 29 Sep 2015 11:31 AM | Crystal Bruce (Administrator)

     

  • 29 Sep 2015 10:32 AM | Crystal Bruce (Administrator)

    February 21- 23, 2016
    Save the Date!

     

    Join Florida’s premier recycling and solid waste associations, Recycle Florida Today (RFT) and the Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA) Florida Sunshine Chapter to discuss the relevant and timely topics of Florida’s environmental industry.  The event, which is set to take place at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Florida, is a full two-day education forum that brings together environmental professionals from various industries from throughout the state and beyond.

    Call for Papers is now OPEN!  Abstracts should include lessons learned, both good and bad, that will benefit a broad-based audience, particularly those involving new technologies or innovative practices. Please refrain from advertising or promoting a particular product, service or company.

     
    Alternative, creative and interactive presentation formats are encouraged.

     

    Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

    • Organic Recycling/Composting
    • Collections
    • Recycling
    • Economics/Financing/Contracting
    • Public Education
    • Special Waste
    • Waste Reduction
    • Construction & Demolition
    • Successes
    • Green Fence
    • Home Chemical Recycling
    • Special Events, Campaigns and Implementation
    • New Technologies
    • Safety

    All submission should include:

    1) An abstract of 500 words or less that includes:

    • Presentation title, presenter’s name, affiliation and contact information;
    • A brief description that summarizes the presentation and indicates why this is significant to the industry; and
    • A statement of the major conclusions or messages.

    2) A biographical sketch, highlighting career and presentation experience.
     

     Submission deadline is Tuesday, October 20, 2015.

                                                   
                   
                 

     

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