SWANA monitors federal legislative and regulatory activity to keep our members informed of issues pertinent to the municipal solid waste industry. A listing and the latest summaries of important legislation can be found in the “Issues and Legislation” Section of SWANA’s Action Center. 

SWANA compiles three quarterly reports on litigation, U.S. legislation, and Canadian Legislation. These reports can be downloaded in the “Advocacy Reports” section of SWANA’s e-Library, accessible through our Member’s Only Site. If you are a SWANA member and would like to receive legislative information from SWANA, go to the SWANA Advocacy Page.

SWANA works with outside groups, coalitions, legislators, and agencies to advance our legislative goals. Regular advocacy, which is carried out within the established SWANA advocacy budget, involves the more routine response to actions or proposals from the EPA, Environment Canada, and other federal agencies. Special advocacy, which generally requires a specific allocation of resources or targeted fund raising, involves more resource intensive efforts over a longer term. Examples of special advocacy include work on Landfill Gas Tax Credits and Bioreactor Landfills.

SWANA Staff is responsible for advocacy on the federal level and the SWANA chapters are responsible for advocacy on the state and provincial level. The International Office is proactive in offering assistance to SWANA chapters in tracking activities at the state and provincial level and the sharing of information across chapters on state and provincial legislative and regulatory activities.