SWANA updates labour shortage white paper to address ongoing collection delays
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has issued an updated version of its 2021 publication Let's Work Together: Addressing the Labour Shortage in Solid Waste Collection Services. The report has been revised to reflect changes in the labour market since its previous publication. The white paper provides an analysis of the challenges facing solid waste employers and some suggestions for short and long-term solutions.
More than two years after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many solid waste employers continue to struggle with employee shortages in meeting service needs and contractual obligations. Ongoing competition with employers in other industries and pressure to increase wages now heightened by U.S. economic conditions contributed to substantial delays in collection services in many U.S. communities during the spring and summer of 2022.
"This update comes at a crucial time. Many communities are still facing missed pickups and collection delays. Public and private sector waste and recycling collection service providers are having difficulty providing services at pre-COVID 19 levels," says David Biderman, SWANA CEO and executive director. "We are proud to offer this report and the guidance it provides to municipal solid waste agencies and private sector companies."
SWANA's new 2023-2027 strategic plan, "Forward, Together," includes improving the attractiveness of the industry to prospective employees as a primary goal.