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Solid Waste Advisory Council

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About the Solid Waste Advisory Council

The Solid Waste Advisory Council (SWAC) is an integral component of the structure and activities of the Municipal Waste Management Association (MWMA).  SWAC represents the corporate side of the solid waste industry – members include waste management, recycling, and waste-to-energy companies, as well as companies that manufacture and distribute the products and services that public sector solid waste officials rely on to carry out their work.

SWAC contributes to public policy discussions, provides programmatic support to and shares new technologies and innovations with MWMA’s public sector members. As the environmental affiliate of the United States Conference of Mayors, MWMA designs and delivers solutions to meet needs and challenges of municipal solid waste, recycling and environmental executives from cities and counties across the United States. Working together, MWMA and SWAC identify challenges facing cities and develop new and innovative approaches to environmental concerns.

Develop Relationships

Through SWAC corporations can:

  • Explore public / private sector partnerships with key decision-makers – public works directors, environmental commissioners and recycling professionals – in America’s top 100 cities and beyond.
  • Utilize the expertise of our public sector members to conduct focus groups and needs analyses of the challenges facing urban environmental professionals.
  • Communicate new innovations and technologies, designed to meet municipal waste, air, energy and other environmental needs of America’s cities.
  • Exchange best practices and ideas in person at the MWMA Fall Summit, and/or virtually through webinars and the MWMA list-serv.

The Benefits of Membership

SWAC membership benefits are many, and include the following: 

MWMA Fall Summit: SWAC members receive one (1) complimentary registration (and steeply discounted registration rates for additional corporate representatives) to the MWMA Fall Summit, the most prominent annual MWMA event of the year.  SWAC members also receive first preference to contract (again at significantly discounted rates) for the limited exhibit space available during the Summit. 

MWMA List-serv: SWAC members are entitled to join the MWMA list-serv, where they can share information and ideas with, and solicit feedback from, hundreds of municipal solid waste professionals across the country.

Corporate Identity: the name and logo of SWAC corporate members, as well as links to their corporate websites, are featured on the MWMA website. 

Best Practices in Public/Private Partnerships: Successful public/private partnerships involving SWAC members may be featured:

  • on the MWMA website;
  • in The Public Place, a periodical publication featuring in-depth articles on emerging solid waste and other environmental trends, technologies, and issues; and/or
  • in US Mayor, the biweekly publication distributed to every Mayor, all members of Congress, and key Administration officials, among others. 

(For editorial guidelines please contact the MWMA staff.)

SWAC members may also be invited from time to time to participate in the sponsorship and formation of new collaborative projects on priority issues.

Opportunity to Present Views: SWAC members may be invited to present their views through a dialogue with public sector MWMA members at various forums, as appropriate.  SWAC members may also be invited to prepare guest commentary or articles on priority issues, for possible publication on the MWMA website or through other vehicles, including distribution through the MWMA list-serv.  

Questions?  Please contact Jubi Headley.

For information please contact:

Judy Sheahan
Assistant Executive Director,
The U.S. Conference of Mayors
(202) 861-6775

Jubi Headley
Managing Director
Municipal Waste Management Association
(202) 861-6798