Young Professionals


A "Young Professional" (YP) is defined as an individual in the resource management industry (a.k.a. solid waste industry) who is 35 years of age or younger. The YPs includes everyone working in the industry – from field/operations staff to office workers, working in public or private sector, operations or management, collections, processing or disposal, legal or marketing, etc. The YP Group is committed to actively pursuing the engagement and career advancement of the fellow YPs by providing learning, networking and leadership opportunities by creating active roles in SWANA.


The SWANA YP Group provides a structured bridge from an entry-level to a mid-career leader in the resource management industry. The group aims to develop a pool of well-rounded leaders for the future of our industry and provide a platform to elevate new ideas and initiatives from the youngest members of the industry.

The SWANA Young Professionals support SWANA’s mission to advance from solid waste management to resource management by offering YP focused programs designed to foster interest in industry-related careers, encourage active involvement in the industry, and develop young SWANA members into future leaders of the association.

Why Join?

SWANA’s Young Professionals Group is run by YPs for YPs who are interested in advancing into leadership positions.  Here are a few of the many benefits of SWANA’s Young Professional group:

  • Webinars and conference sessions designed specifically for Young Professionals’ professional development
  • Mentorship program – networking and learning from industry leaders
  • Opportunities to voice your opinion about the future of SWANA and become an integral part of SWANA leadership
  • Access to training and development that will deliver a clear, transferable, and recognizable skill set
  • Access to a network of other Young Professionals

How Do I Join?

New member Young Professionals pay a special first-year membership fee of $100.

The renewal rates for new YP members following their first year:

  • Year 2: $150 for a renewing YP under the Public, Private, or Small Business sector
  • Year 3: $200 for a renewing YP under the Public, Private, or Small Business sector
  • Year 4: Back to full price at the standard membership rate for the industry sector

Must be a YP member for three consecutive years to receive the discounted YP membership rates. Once your membership is complete, log-in to your MySWANA account to connect with other YPs, interact with YPs on Twitter @SWANA or check in with the YP Linkedin Group.

If you have any questions, please contact Shelby Truxon, YP Program Manager.






Join online or use the form below.

SWANA National Membership Form
2021 Virginia Chapter application.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [119.8 KB]

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