Category: SWANA International News

SWANA Supports Federal Assistance for State and Local Governments

Calls on Congress to Help Sanitation Departments Silver Spring, MD – The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) urges Congress to quickly consider and pass emergency aid to state, local, and territorial governments as recently proposed by President-Elect Biden. These funds are needed to ensure vital government services, including solid waste and recycling, can…
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Could PFAS Undermine COVID Vaccination?

“And now, in addition to the acute health effects that have been traced to consumption of PFAS, some researchers fear that a new consequence can result from consuming water laced with the contaminants: decreased efficacy of a COVID-19 vaccine.”

SWANA Condemns Yesterday’s Attack on Democracy at the U.S. Capitol

Silver Spring, MD – The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) condemns the violent, unlawful revolt against civil authority and America’s democratic processes and institutions that took place yesterday in Washington, D.C. The desecration of the U.S. Capitol building and the disruption of the constitutionally mandated duties of Congress endangered lives, resulted in several…
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New Report Focuses on Landfill Long-Term Management Issues

SWANA’s Applied Research Foundation releases report to address landfill site management following the post-closure care period Silver Spring, MD – A new report developed by the SWANA Applied Research Foundation (ARF) addresses two important questions associated with the landfill disposal of waste – namely, what tasks will be required to manage closed landfills following the…
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SWANA Urges CDC to Explicitly Identify Waste & Recycling Workers as Frontline Essential for COVID-19 Vaccine

SWANA asks CDC advisory committee to clarify vaccine distribution guidance Silver Spring, MD – The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) urged the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to include solid waste and recycling industry workers as Phase 1(b) COVID-19 vaccine recipients. The ACIP has already recommended…
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SWANA Announces New Scholarship

The Harvey W. Gershman Scholarship available to university juniors and seniors Silver Spring, MD – The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is pleased to announce the creation of the Harvey W. Gershman Scholarship for university juniors and seniors pursuing a career in solid waste, recycling, or sustainable resource management. The new scholarship of…
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BLS Reports Solid Waste and Recycling Collectors Have Sixth Highest Fatality Rate

SWANA pushes to keep reducing incidents through continued safety focus, training, and resources Silver Spring, MD – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the 2019 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries showing that refuse and recyclable materials collectors had the 6th deadliest occupation in the United States. This is a slight improvement…
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SWANA Requests Priority for Solid Waste and Recycling Sector in Canada for COVID-19 Vaccines

SWANA sends letter to Health Canada asking for solid waste and recycling workers to receive prioritized access to vaccines Silver Spring, MD – The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) submitted a letter to Health Canada requesting that solid waste and recycling sector workers be prioritized to receive the COVID-19 vaccines. The sector has…
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