SWANA is recognized as a leading subject matter expert concerning the current challenges and opportunities that local governments and their private sector partners in the United States and Canada face in connection with recycling. SWANA filed comments with the WTO in 2017, and has been communicating regularly with EPA and other federal agencies, state agencies, local governments, the private sector waste and recycling industry, and other recycling stakeholders about this evolving situation. SWANA hosted a MRF Summit in August 2018, and SWANA Executive Director & CEO David Biderman recently spoke at the National Association of Counties (NACO) and National League of Cities (NLC) conferences in Washington, D.C. concerning the current challenges and opportunities associated with recycling.
Mr. Biderman and SWANA Advocacy & Safety Manager Jesse Maxwell are available to answer questions from the media concerning this issue, which has received widespread attention in the national and local media over the past few months. With Earth Day less than a month away, SWANA expects many reporters are or will be working on stories concerning sustainability, and we anticipate that waste and recycling issues may be part of those articles.
Biderman notes: “SWANA disagrees with assertions that recycling is “collapsing” or that there is a “crisis.” In thousands of communities throughout the United States and Canada, recyclables continue to be processed on a daily basis and thousands of bales of paper, metal, and plastic are generated that are sent to domestic and foreign buyers. Contamination is a challenge, and SWANA, the recycling industry, local governments, consumer goods manufacturers, and others are working together to address this issue.”