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New report from SWANA provides options for curbside recycling programs

An important new report issued by the Solid Waste Association of North America's (SWANA) Applied Research Foundation (ARF) provides a number of significant observations and insights regarding the impacts of China's National Sword Policy on curbside recycling programs in the United States and Canada, and the resets that can be made to address them.

SWANA announces keynote lineup for WASTECON 2019

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is excited to announce the keynote speaker lineup for its WASTECON 2019: Pathway to Innovation conference to be held in Phoenix, Ariz., on October 21-24, 2019. Attendees at this year's conference will hear from recycling industry experts and innovative leaders about sound strategies to improve their recycling performance and plan for the future thanks to our Keynote lineup.

SWANA announces winners of 2019 Safety Awards

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has announced the 2019 SWANA Safety Award recipients, chosen by the SWANA Safety Committee. These awards recognize those who have demonstrated a profound commitment to improving employee safety through communication, best practices, training, and policies. Two organizations are honored this year with the Biggest Safety Improvement Award and the Best Safety Innovation Award.

​SWANA voices support for California Lithium-Ion Battery Fire Prevention Act

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) strongly supports legislation to create a recycling program for lithium-ion batteries in California under AB 1509, the Lithium-Ion Battery Fire Prevention Act. SWANA submitted a letter explaining the need for action to the State Senate Environmental Quality Committee ahead of its hearing on the proposed legislation on July 3, 2019.

SWANA reports big increase in worker fatalities in 2018

At least 59 solid waste industry workers died on the job in 2018 in the United States and Canada, according to the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), an increase of 19 fatalities from the previous year. Fifty-seven of these fatalities took place in the United States, and 71 percent of them occurred during waste or recycling collection.

Bringing Safety to the Forefront

Refuse and recyclable material collectors rank fifth on the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics' list of most dangerous jobs. In 2017, the National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries identified 30 fatalities among these collectors. This year, in January alone, 17 fatal incidents have occurred in the solid waste industry in the United States and Canada, with two taking place in New York.

New safety stickers part of SWANA collaboration with BrandArmor for Slow Down to Get Around

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is collaborating with BrandArmor to provide an important new safety decal for the back of waste and recycling collection trucks.  BrandArmor has created large, SafetyFirst™ Prismatic Reflective caution decals, which include the familiar warning to Slow Down to Get Around. The reflective decals will be visible up to a distance of 1,800 feet at night. 

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SWANA announces 2019 award winners

The Technical Divisions of the Solid Waste Association of North America's (SWANA) have voted to recognize two outstanding members and a company for achievement, volunteer efforts and leadership in 2019.  Distinguished Individual Achievement Awards are being presented to Michelle Leonard and Ivan Cooper.  Interior Removal Specialists Inc. will receive the Sustainable Materials Management Award.

​Unprecedented surge in industry-related deaths so far in 2019, according to SWANA

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is calling for a renewed focus on safety in response to an unprecedented uptick in fatalities in 2019, to date. At least 17 fatal incidents have occurred relating to the solid waste industry in the United States and Canada so far this year, according to the organization, and although there is no common denominator for the cause of all the accidents, it is clear that reviewing safety fundamentals now will likely help prevent future incidents.