At SWANA, Safety Matters!

SWANA has a strong commitment to safety and is determined to help move the waste collection industry off of the federal government’s list of 10 most dangerous jobs and reduce accidents and injuries.

The resources available on the SWANA International page represent part of that effort.


SWANA recognizes that in the solid waste industry safety matters!

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Unprecedented Surge in Industry-Related Deaths in January 2019

SWANA Calls for Heightened Focus on Safety

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To date, at least 17 fatal incidents have occurred relating to the solid waste industry in the United States and Canada in 2019. The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is calling for a renewed focus on safety in response to this unprecedented uptick in fatalities. Although there is no common denominator for the cause of all these accidents, reviewing safety fundamentals now will likely help prevent future incidents.

“The surge in fatal incidents involving solid waste personnel and vehicles in January is unprecedented in my 20+ years in the industry and is unacceptable, said David Biderman, Executive Director and CEO of SWANA. “Regardless of who was at fault, each incident is tragic, and we urge all solid waste employers and employees in the United States and Canada to review their safety procedures and operations, and commit to being safer in 2019.”

SWANA urges solid waste employers and employees in the United States and Canada to share this data and review their training and operations to help put an end to this series of tragic deaths.

Safety issues will be discussed at SWANApalooza in Boston, Massachusetts, February 25-28, as well as at SWANA’s 7th Safety Summit at WASTECON in Phoenix, Arizona, October 21-24.

For free resources and more information on SWANA’s safety programs, visit


Slow Down to Get Around (SDTGA) is a national safety campaign that reminds motorists to drive more carefully when near waste and recycling collection vehicles. Being struck by a motorist is a leading cause of death for waste and recycling collecti on employees, and with proper awareness, is completely preventable.

The SWANA Washington Evergreen Chapter Safety Ambassador is Kevin Green.