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New SWANA Report Presents Tools and Best Practices for Streamlining Collection Operations

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Silver Spring, MD Truck driver shortages and declining availability of waste and recycling collection personnel has and continues to be a significant problem for waste management companies. The SWANA Applied Research Foundation (ARF) has issued an important new report presenting tools and best practices to address this issue and provide waste and recycling collection services optimally and efficiently. The report, Efficient Management of Waste & Recycling Collection Resources, follows the ARF report released in December 2021, Encouraging Better Curbside Recycling Behaviors, which assessed the effectiveness of “recycle right” educational programs.

“In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the efficient allocation of personnel and equipment resources in the provision of waste and recycling collection services is more essential than ever,” stated David Biderman, SWANA Executive Director and CEO. “This new report provides solid waste, recycling, and sustainability managers with useful guidance and benchmarks for streamlined collection operations,” Biderman added.

“We are proud to be able to provide this report that addresses such an important and timely topic for SWANA ARF subscribers,” said Jeremy O’Brien, SWANA’s Director of Applied Research. “SWANA would like to recognize and thank the organizations that comprise the ARF’s Collection Group Subscribers that identified and voted on this topic as well as supported and assisted in the research.”

The full report, Efficient Management of Waste & Recycling Collection Resources, is currently only available to SWANA ARF subscribers. SWANA members receive free access to the report one year after publication.

To learn more about the report and to download the executive summary, click here.

To learn more about SWANA and SWANA’s Applied Research Foundation, visit https://swana.org/resources/research.



About SWANA:

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is an organization of more than 10,000 public and private sector professionals committed to advancing from solid waste management to resource management through their shared emphasis on education, advocacy, and research. For nearly 60 years, SWANA has been the leading association in the solid waste management field. SWANA serves industry professionals through technical conferences, certifications, publications, and a large offering of technical training courses.


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