SWANA’s Membership Swells to Record Levels

Silver Spring, MD | As of April 1, the Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA) membership enrollment surpassed its goal for the end of fiscal year 2016, and reached its highest levels ever. More than 8,400 industry professionals have chosen the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) as their leading source for education, advocacy and research in the solid waste industry.

“Solid waste professionals are joining SWANA in record numbers”, offered Estela Martinez, SWANA’s manager of membership and chapter Services. In February and March 2016, SWANA had two consecutive months with 200 plus new members joining the first time that milestone had been achieved in five years.

Martinez added, “critical priority in SWANA’s Strategic Plan is to increase membership, and we are executing on that objective”.

Professionals working in the solid waste and recycling industry in the United States and Canada are looking for the most efficient and economical ways to increase their networking abilities and obtain timely information both at the national and local levels. SWANA’s events, rapidly growing safety program, and online forums for specific areas of interest, combined with its renowned industry-leading education and certification opportunities, make SWANA membership the best means to advance one’s career.

Michelle Leonard, SWANA president and longtime SWANA member says, “SWANA’s membership is at an all-time record high! We now have more than 8,400 solid waste professionals as part of this organization, adding 208 new members in February and 200 new members again in March. This is a team effort involving engagement by staff, SWANA’s International Board, chapter leaders, ‘and members all working together to grow SWANA for the overall benefit of the industry”.

SWANA extends its thanks and appreciation to each of its members for your support in the continued growth of the association. Through your membership, commitment to education, communication, advocacy, and determination to stand as a unified group of individuals working within the solid waste profession, you keep the industry strong, safer and viable.

SWANA invites those who are not current SWANA members to join us! Membership features a selection of robust benefits that will maximize your opportunities for career success and professional development. For complete details on membership benefits, please visit our website www.SWANA.org .

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About SWANA:

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is an organization of more than 8,400 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.