North American Solid Waste and Recycling Survey

by Lisa Skumatz 

A North American Trash and Recycling Survey update is being conducted by Skumatz Economic Research Associates (SERA) for 2021. The data are used to track trends and latest methods in Solid Waste Management, conduct quantitative analyses to guide program refinements, and other studies, many of which are published in aggregate form (no name / individual data) in Resource Recycling. This year’s special topic includes a drill-down on contamination strategies.

As advocates in the industry, we are hoping you can help us with a survey and be entered for a drawing if you wish. Previous results were presented in a free webinar last fall and the results of this national study will also be presented at various state conferences.  

Please click HERE, or use the link

In the past, the survey has typically taken 15-20 minutes.  If you need to do part, and then hold it open – or come back in, the survey allows that.  Feel free to call if you have questions or would rather complete it by phone (303-494-1178; We’re hoping for responses in the next 3 weeks (roughly).  Thank you very much!

Lisa A. Skumatz, Ph.D. – Proud Chair National Recycling Coalition (NRC); Member, Recycle Colorado Board; National SWANA Policy Advisory Committee

Skumatz Economic Research Associates (SERA)
Voice: 360-261-3069

SWANA Northern Lights Chapter Annual General Meeting – November 24, 2020

The Annual General Meeting of the SWANA Northern Lights Chapter (NLC) is to be held as a virtual (Zoom) meeting on, TUESDAY, November 24, 2020, at 1:30 pm MST/2:30 pm CST (click here to add a placeholder to your calendar)

Please register via email to Registered attendees will receive an email with the Zoom access link the morning of the meeting.

Call for Nomination for the SWANA NLC Board 
Nominations are currently being accepted for Director Positions. An electronic vote will take place during the AGM.

Positions up for election include:

  • Alberta Director
  • Saskatchewan Director
  • NWT Director
  • YP Director
  • 2 Corporate Directors
  • 1 Director at large
  • Treasurer
  • Vice President

You must be a member of SWANA and reside or be working in the Northern Lights Chapter.   

If you are interested in applying or would like more information, please contact Sheri at 306-227-8183 or

ARWMAS Cost of Landfilling Workshop

The Association of Regional Waste Management Authorities of Saskatchewan hosted a workshop on The Cost of Landfilling in Saskatchewan.  The workshop was presented by the SWANA Northern Lights Chapter and sponsored by the Government of Saskatchewan.

This online workshop was held on August 19, 2020. Download the presentations via the links below: