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SWANA's COVID-19 Response


These resources apply to operations for waste disposal and transfer stations, collection and hauling, recycling including depots (Eco-depots and recycle depots) and any other solid waste or recycling operation.

Summary of Solutions Made in BC & the Yukon

Access a summary of actions being taken in BC & and Yukon.

Access the Summary

Summary of Updates & Resources from SWANA North America

These are a concise summary of SWANA press releases, articles and forum content.

SWANA Updates

SWANA North America information on coronavirus (COVID-19)


Slack Forum

A Slack forum is available for all to share information in real time (you do not need to be a member to join)!

  • Instructions for those who have not used Slack before: Click on the link to join on your desktop (web-based) or download the app to your mobile device (you can click the link on your mobile and it will go to the app)
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  • Join #channels of interest and start asking the community questions. All items posted in the slack forum will also be noted in the summary of solutions.
  • Invite your colleagues and peers with the link.
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Member Conference Call 

  • This call will provide information on what resources are available, shared procedures and successes and challenges and obstacles. If you would like to participate in the next call, please email [email protected]

Other Resources

BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

Psychological Health


Solid Waste Association of North America Logo COVID-19News

Maryland Governor Thanks SWANA for Efforts During COVID-19 Crisis

SWANA has received a very nice letter from Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, thanking SWANA and solid waste professionals for their “tireless efforts” during the COVID-19 crisis. The letter recognizes SWANA for “advocating on behalf of the industry and providing critical information and resources to workers, lawmakers, and the media” concerning the impact of COVID-19 on waste management and recycling. Importantly, it thanks the “dedicated waste collectors, recyclers, drivers, engineers, technicians” and others who have made sure our communities stay safe and healthy during these challenging times. (more…)
Victoria Gazeley
June 3, 2020
Solid Waste Association of North America Logo COVID-19News

SWANA & Glad Sanitation Workers Support Fund

SWANA today announced our partnership with Glad, maker of trash bags and plastic food storage containers, to establish a Sanitation Workers Support Fund to provide financial assistance to front-line solid waste and recycling collection workers in the United States and Canada adversely impacted by COVID-19. (more…)
Victoria Gazeley
April 28, 2020

Guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

SWANA is closely monitoring the Coronavirus situation and will continue to provide updates and guidance as warranted. Our current guidance is on the front page of the new SWANA website – which we launched on Monday. I encourage you to review our website and provide feedback on it. (more…)
Stephanie Moorman
March 22, 2020

COVID-19 – Protecting Yourself and Your Employees

The global situation regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve on a daily basis.  Thankfully the transmission risk level in BC and the Yukon remains low at this time, but here are some basic steps you can take to protect yourself, and ideas on how businesses can protect their staff: What you can do to protect yourself: Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, don’t touch your face and cover your cough or sneeze. Monitor yourself for symptoms, including cough, sneezing, fever, sore throat and difficulty breathing. Call the public health line at 8-1-1 if you have symptoms, particularly if you have recently travelled abroad. Stay home when you are sick. How employers can protect their employees and customers: Stay on top of the latest communication by reputable global health authorities and keep staff informed of any changes and updates. Keep employees informed with regular updates. If the…
Stephanie Moorman
March 11, 2020
COVID-19 Update & Resources