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Category: SWANA International News

Jeremy O’Brien Selected to Join National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee

May 21, 2024 – SWANA Director of Applied Research Jeremy O’Brien was recently appointed to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on Costs and Approaches for Municipal Solid Waste Recycling Programs. “Jeremy’s appointment underscores the breadth of talent within SWANA. We are confident that his expertise will be used to drive positive…
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SOAR 2024: Advancing Solid Waste and Resource Management in Phoenix

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) hosted its highly anticipated event, SOAR, held in Phoenix, Arizona from April 15–18, 2024. The technical conference reflected SWANA’s ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship and the pursuit of sustainable waste and resource management solutions. Attendees experienced a comprehensive lineup of presentations, educational sessions, networking opportunities, experiential learning…
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SWANA Comments on EPA Proposed Regulations Regarding PFAS Designation as Hazardous Constituents

April 10, 2024 – The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) submitted comments on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s proposed regulation on the “Definition of Hazardous Waste Applicable to Corrective Action for Releases From Solid Waste Management Units” and comments on the EPA’s proposed ”Listing of Specific PFAS as Hazardous Constituents.”  EPA’s proposed changes to…
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SWANA Submits Comments on Proposed EPA Regulations on Emissions and IRS Energy Tax Credit Definitions

April 1, 2024 – The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) recently submitted comments on two sets of US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) draft regulations regarding large municipal waste combustors (LMWCs) and municipal solid waste (MSW) landfill emission factors, as well as Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations on energy tax credits for biogas property. The…
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SWANA Advocates for Exemption for Passive Receivers of PFAS

March 20, 2024 – The US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing today on the potential ramifications of designating certain PFAS as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), with a focus on impacts on the waste and water sectors. SWANA has been advocating for landfills…
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SWANA Supports Senate’s Recent Recycling Legislation

SWANA supports the US Senate’s passage of the Recycling Infrastructure and Accessibility Act of 2023 (S.1189) and the Recycling and Composting Accountability Act (S.1194) and urges the House of Representatives to pass companion bills. The Recycling and Composting Accountability Act would improve data collection on US recycling systems and explore the potential of a national…
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SWANA CEO Amy Lestition Burke Nominated for Women Who Advance Associations 2024

March 14, 2024 – The prestigious Women Who Advance Associations 2024 nomination has been extended to Amy Lestition Burke, MA, FASAE, CAE, Executive Director & CEO of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). This recognition highlights Amy’s outstanding leadership and dedication to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion within the international association community. Women…
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SWANA Announces 2024 Technical Division Award Winners

February 27, 2024 – The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2024 Technical Division Awards, celebrating outstanding achievements and innovations in solid waste management. “The Technical Division Awards spotlight exemplary programs, facilities, and individuals dedicated to advancing sustainable waste management practices. We are excited to congratulate…
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SWANA Leaders Approve New Container Deposit Return System Policy

In a pivotal stride towards environmental sustainability, both the United States and Canada have recently intensified their focus on recycling refund programs, with a keen eye on fostering responsible consumer behavior and minimizing the environmental impact of discarded containers. The spotlight is now on Container Deposit Return Systems (CDRS), which have emerged as a robust…
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SWANA Provides Comments on US “Draft National Strategy for Reducing Food Loss and Waste and Recycling Organics”

February 6, 2024 – The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) submitted comments on the US Draft National Strategy for Reducing Food Loss and Waste and Recycling Organics. SWANA supports the intent of the draft strategy and has several recommendations for strengthening the strategy’s objectives and strategic actions. “SWANA appreciates the opportunity to submit…
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