FROM:                  Jesse Maxwell, Advocacy & Safety Senior Manager, SWANA

TO:                         SWANA Chapter Safety Ambassadors

DATE:                    April 21, 2021

SUBJECT:             SWANA Accepting 2021 Safety Awards Applications


SWANA is now accepting submissions for its 2021 Safety Awards, including for a new category recognizing the best agency or company response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a SWANA Safety Ambassador, you are urged to promote the awards within your Chapter and via your professional network.


Public and private sector solid waste organizations are encouraged to apply for consideration in one of three categories - Best Safety InnovationBiggest Safety Improvement, or COVID-19 Response. This third category was added this year to honor outstanding efforts to protect workers and the public during the pandemic.


There is no fee to enter, but the applicant must be a SWANA member. Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, June 30 and winners will be recognized at WASTECON® 2021 in Orlando, Florida, November 1-3, 2021.


Please share this information with Chapter members. Include information about the awards program in future Chapter communications, like emails or newsletters. A link should also be added to your Chapter’s website. Please speak about the awards at your Chapter meetings and other events. Your assistance with promoting the program is one of the most effective ways that we can increase the pool of applicants this year.


SWANA would like to thank this year’s award program sponsors, CaterpillarNew WayPeterbilt, and Safe Fleet. Their support of this program is invaluable and demonstrates their ongoing commitment to industry safety. Thanks are also due to the SWANA Safety Committee that manages this program each year.


If you have any questions about the Safety Awards or thoughts on how to better promote the program, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


cc:           David Biderman




Follow the link below to read the safety article by Ed Reno of Preco Electronics, Inc.

"The Formula for Creating a Culture of Safety"


Please take a moment to view the following presentation from our Safety Ambassadors:

Preventing Collection Incidents


SWANA's new Safety Awards program is part of the association's renewed emphasis on sharing examples of programs for worker safety and health that can be emulated by others. Will YOUR organization's safety program be one of the first to be honored? 

The new Safety Awards program includes two categories: Best Safety Innovation and Biggest Safety Improvement. These awards recognize organizations that are demonstrating a commitment to safety through thoughtful and original safety initiatives.

Members of SWANA’s Technical Divisions’ Safety and Award Committees will serve as judges. SWANA intends to present trophies to a winner and runner up in both categories at its annual WASTECON® conference, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

For information on Awards eligibility and criteria, please click here

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