SWANA Surpasses 10,000 Members

Silver Spring, MD | The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) announced today that membership has exceeded more than 10,000 members across the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean.

Since its inception in 1961, SWANA has quickly grown and broadened its membership of public sector and private sector municipal solid waste management professionals. This milestone marks a more than 22 percent membership growth since 2015.

“We are excited to welcome our 10,000th member of SWANA, and would like to congratulate our Chapters, Technical Divisions, Staff, and Leadership for developing the training, education and networking opportunities that so many in our industry value,” said Jeffrey Murray, P.E., SWANA’s International President. “As our SWANA community continues to grow, our technical policies, advocacy efforts, safety programs, and training initiatives will be supported by a stronger industry voice.”

SWANA membership includes participation in one of 45 chapters across North America where members can connect and exchange information and ideas about solid waste industry trends, events, and best practices. Chapter involvement gives members an invaluable tool for staying on top of all local regulation changes and technology advances, in addition to training, networking, and leadership opportunities.

“We are proud to represent a diverse group of professionals from across North America,” said Darryl Walter, SWANA’s Director of Membership. “SWANA thrives on a healthy and engaged membership and we look forward to working together to pave the future of solid waste and recycling.”

SWANA is committed to increasing member benefits and diversifying its membership-base. As part of SWANA’s effort to build the future leadership of the waste industry, SWANA offers free student membership, encouraging students to interact with potential employers and to connect with peers who have similar study and career interests.


About SWANA:

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is an organization of more than 10,000 public and private sector professionals committed to advancing from solid waste management to resource management through their shared emphasis on education, advocacy, and research. For more than 50 years, SWANA has been the leading association in the solid waste management field. SWANA serves industry professionals through technical conferences, certifications, publications, and a large offering of technical training courses. For more information, visit www.SWANA.org .

Carton Council Unveils Tools for Teachers: Carton Recycling at School and Home

Denton, TX | Every day in schools across the country, there is an opportunity to educate and empower the nation’s youth around recycling. Today, thanks to a partnership between the Carton Council of North America and Young Minds Inspired (YMI), a new set of teaching materials is available to help educators reach students with important recycling
information and hopefully inspire them to take the message home.
“Milk and juice cartons are consumed at very high rates in our schools and by giving them the right information, we can
unlock the potential of our youth to recycle them,” said Derric Brown, vice president of sustainability for the Carton Council and director, sustainability, Evergreen Packaging. “We have a great opportunity to engage today’s students in creative ways. Educators can utilize these new materials in their elementary school classrooms to help today’s youth develop
lifelong recycling habits”.
Through a colorful set of activity guides aligned with Common Core State Standards for Language Arts and Math for grades 1-5, and Next Generation Science Standards, educators can teach students the importance of carton recycling in a way that informs and engages them. Included in the carton recycling educator materials are:

  • One-page teacher’s guide
  • Two reproducible student activity sheets (grades 1-3 and grades 4-5)
  • Reproducible parent take-home letter to carry the learning into the home

“We know that today’s students are interested in recycling and that they welcome information and tools that can help them be better recyclers,” said Dr. Dominic Kinsley, editor-in-chief of YMI. “Even our youngest citizens care about protecting the environment, and so do their parents. We are thrilled to be able to partner with the Carton Council to develop and distribute these valuable, standards-based math, science and language arts activity sheets that we think will serve to start a conversation about recycling in school and beyond, and hopefully help cement a commitment to lifelong recycling”. The Carton Council has long served as a resource to schools across the country, helping them establish and maintain carton recycling programs as part of its ongoing national commitment to supporting local community recycling efforts. Currently 7,317 schools, impacting more than 7.7 million students across the U.S., have formal carton recycling programs in place, with more joining every day.

The teaching materials can be downloaded for free.