What is SWANA?

SWANA is a non-profit, educational organization serving individuals and communities responsible for the management and operation of municipal solid waste management systems. Dedicated to the advancement of professionalism in the field, SWANA offers its members training programs, technical assistance, and educational opportunities to help meet their ever-growing needs.

The Evergreen Chapter is a non-profit, educational organization registered with the Washington Secretary of State, Corporations Division. The Chapter doesn't have paid staff, so all programs and services provided are developed and led by volunteers, many of who serve on the Chapter's Board of Directors.

Founded in 1961, SWANA has become the largest member-based solid waste management association in the world. SWANA staff, headquartered near Washington, DC, focus their efforts on national and international issues. The majority of SWANA members are public sector officials, while the remainder of the membership includes organizations that provide consulting services, equipment, technologies, and systems in the municipal solid waste management field.



Washington Evergreen Chapter benefits its members by furthering the goals of SWANA:

  • educate:
  • Scholarships: The Washington Evergreen Chapter each year awards the Deborah Lambert Memorial Scholarships to deserving children and grandchildren of members. Larger awards are made to those majoring in environmental or waste management fields.
  • MOLO: SWANA provides courses and certification for Managers of Landfill Operations (MOLO).  Our chapter typically sponsors at least one MOLO course per year. The State of Washington recognizes the MOLO training as meeting the requirements for landfill manager training required for landfill operator licensing.
  • innovate
  • Technical Sessions: SWANA is widely regarded as the organization serving the top technical innovators in the field of solid waste management.  Each year our chapter recruits experts and panels to lead Technical Sessions on topics of current interest, at different locations around the state.
  • communicate:
  • Northwest Symposium: Each spring the Washington, Oregon and British Columbia chapters hold a joint Northwest Symposium, where members come to exchange information, socialize, and learn from each other and technical experts.
  • membership:
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