Historic Drop in 2021 Injury & Illness Rates for Solid Waste Employees

US Bureau of Labor Statistics Survey Shows Continued Improvement in Worker Safety The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the 2021 Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) showing a continued decline in injury and illness rates across the solid waste industry, with historic lows for solid waste landfill, collection, and material recovery facility…
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Solid Waste Industry Responds to EPA’s Proposed PFAS CERCLA Rule

Agency is urged to ensure that the “polluter pays,” not communities The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) submitted joint comments today with the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) in response to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule to designate two PFAS compounds as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response,…
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SWANA Participates in New York City Safety Press Conference

Dusk and Darkness Initiative Expanded to Include Solid Waste Collection Workers The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) participated in a press conference today in New York City, reminding New Yorkers to keep cyclists, pedestrians, and solid waste collection workers safe at night, especially after clocks “fall back” on Sunday, marking the end of…
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The SWANA International Road-E-O Competition Is Back and Better than Ever

El Paso, TX, October 26, 2022—SWANA’s International Road-E-O competition was held on October 14–15. It was co-hosted by the Lone Star Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and the City of El Paso Environmental Services Department (ESD). The Road-E-O featured more than 150 competitors, sponsors, and spectators. Congratulations to SWANA’s 2022…
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Congratulations International Road-E-O Winners!

Congratulations to the following individuals for placing at the SWANA International Road-E-O in El Paso, Texas, this month! Joseph Marshall, City of Clearwater3rd place, Tractor Trailer Alexander Grant, City of Clearwater1st place, Roll Off Evangelos Chatziemmanoui, City of Largo3rd place, Truck Mechanic

2022 SWANA Young Professional of the Year

The SWANA Young Professionals Steering Committee is recognizing the following members for the inaugural YP of the Year Award: Sonia Samir, Parkhill, Friso, TX as the West Region’s Solid Waste YP of the Year Emily Tucker, HDR, Charlotte, NC as the East Region’s Solid Waste YP of the Year Haley Kunert, HF&H Consultants, Irvine, CA…
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SWANA Participates in United States’ OECD Environmental Performance Review

SWANA met with international stakeholders on marine litter and recycling Washington, DC – The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) participated in stakeholder consultation for the Environmental Performance Review of the United States assessed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Stakeholders discussed the US’s environmental achievements and challenges with a focus…
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New SWANA Report Evaluates Electricity and Other Alternative Fuels for Refuse and Recycling Collection Vehicles

SWANA’s Applied Research Foundation’s report provides detailed analyses of fuel options for waste collection fleet managers Silver Spring, MD – The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Applied Research Foundation (ARF) has issued an important new report assessing the viability of electricity and other alternative fuels for solid waste and recycling collection vehicles. The…
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SWANA Issues Update of 2021 Worker Shortage White Paper

Timely report addresses ongoing collection delays and other challenges facing solid waste employers Silver Spring, MD – The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has issued an updated version of its 2021 publication Let’s Work Together: Addressing the Labor Shortage in Solid Waste Collection Services. The report has been revised to reflect changes in…
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SWANA Announces 2022 Safety Award Winners

Awards ceremony to occur at WASTECON® in December The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is proud to announce the 2022 Safety Award Winners representing leading companies and municipalities in the solid waste industry. This year’s winners are North Texas Municipal Water District – Solid Waste Department for Biggest Safety Improvement; Rumpke Waste &…
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