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SWANA's COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 Updates

SWANA, like the rest of the world, is continuing to learn about COVID-19 and measures to minimize risk and slow the transmission in our province.  Here are a few links where you can find COVID-19 information related to our industry:

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Letter to Health Agencies from SWANA Pacific Chapter

On behalf of the members of the SWANA Pacific Chapter – BC & Yukon, our organization submitted the attached letters to the Ministry of Health for both BC and the Yukon. We want to ensure that the solid waste and recycling sector workers are prioritized to receive the COVID-19 vaccines when available. (more…)
Stephanie Moorman
January 15, 2021
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Sanitation Workers Support Fund

Solid waste and recycling collection is a critical and essential part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The men and women working in the waste and recycling collection industry are on the front lines of protecting human health and the environment. SWANA is collaborating with Glad to support sanitation workers across the United States and Canada personally affected by COVID-19 through the Sanitation Workers Support Fund. (more…)
Stephanie Moorman
November 14, 2020
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WASTECON® Transitions to Virtual Event in January 2021

Silver Spring, MD – Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and concern for the health and safety of participants, the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has cancelled the WASTECON® that would have taken place December 7-10 in Dallas, Texas. SWANA’s executive leadership summit for the solid waste and recycling industries will be transformed into a virtual conference in late January 2021 that will bring together public and private sector waste industry leaders and professionals from the safety of their own homes and offices. (more…)
Stephanie Moorman
August 27, 2020
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2.4 million facial coverings requested for solid waste and recycling workers

Silver Spring, MD – The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has collected and submitted orders for cloth face coverings on behalf of the entire U.S. solid waste and recycling industry to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). HHS, along with other federal partners, are providing cloth face coverings at no cost to essential critical infrastructure workers in the United States. SWANA was asked to assist in the distribution by promoting the program and collecting orders. (more…)
Stephanie Moorman
July 29, 2020