About The Solid Waste Association of North America

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) began in 1961 in Southern California as the Governmental Refuse Collection and Disposal Association (GRCDA).

On May 19, 1976 a group of Utah solid waste professionals and service companies formed the Utah Refuse Collection and Disposal Association (URCDA). This group composed the organizing committee with the intent of seeking chapter status in GRCDA. URCDA submitted the necessary paperwork to support their application for Chapter status. Their application was accepted on September 1, 1976 and their request to change their name to Utah Beehive Chapter was approved on August 28, 1980.

A detailed history of the association can be found here.

SWANA exists to encourage professional advancement and provide educational opportunities for solid waste professionals.  Members have access to training, certification, awards, advocacy, and support through the organization.

The local chapter offers its members training, and networking opportunities with the assistance of its landfill partners (companies who support and participate in local solid waste activities and training).

Mission Statement

“Advancing the practice of environmentally and economically sound management of municipal solid waste in North America.”