Solid Waste & Recycling


WASTECON sets standard for conference recycling & composting

Dr. John Skinner, Executive Director and CEO of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has announced...

Dr. John Skinner, Executive Director and CEO of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has announced recycling and composting figures from the 41st annual WASTECON, held in St. Louis, Missouri, October 14-16 of this year. 3,100 pounds of paper, 685 pounds of glass, plastic, steel, and aluminum containers, and 400 pounds of cardboard were sent to recycling facilities. For the first time, WASTECON’s waste reduction activities included collecting food for compost; resulting in 558 pounds of food sent to local composting facilities.

"I am really proud of the commitment SWANA has been able to show to the reduction in the amount of waste disposed. If every conference and trade show could show the same commitment, the amount of waste that we could divert would significantly change the face of conference waste management in North America," commented Dr. John Skinner, SWANA’s Executive Director and CEO.

Having recycling and composting bins present throughout the convention center, trade show floor, and conference hotels was just one of the ways SWANA ensured increased waste reduction efforts at its conference. Guests at the two conference hotels, the Adam’s Mark St. Louis and the Renaissance Grand Hotel, were greeted by flyers on their pillows asking them to recycle, and to request that their sheets and towels not be changed every day, saving water and detergent.

In addition to employing environmentally-friendly practices on the road, SWANA keeps an environmentally-friendly headquarters in Silver Spring. The office recycles both containers and paper, and uses only paper containing recycled content. The office kitchen houses real dishware and silverware, reducing waste from disposable materials.

For over 40 years, SWANA, The Solid Waste Association of North America, has been the leading professional association in the solid waste management field. SWANA’s mission is “to advance the practice of environmentally and economically sound management of municipal solid waste.” SWANA serves over 7,000 members and thousands more industry professionals with technical conferences, certifications, publications and a large offering of technical training courses.

For more information, contact,
Todd Von Deak
Director of Marketing and Member Services
1-800-GO-SWANA (467-9262)

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