SWANA Sets New Membership Record
John H. Skinner, Ph.D., Executive Director and CEO
For the fiscal year (FY) ending June 30, 2014, SWANA membership grew to 8,315 individual members, which was the highest end-of-year membership level in the history of the association. This was slightly higher than the prior record set at the end of FY 2013. More than 1,500 new members joined SWANA during FY 2014, which represents a new member growth rate of nearly 19 percent. Our existing member retention rate was 83 percent.
Sixty percent of our members are employed by the public sector (cities, counties, townships etc.) and 38 percent are employed by the private sector (private haulers and waste service companies, consultants, equipment suppliers, etc.). Student and retired members each represent one percent of our membership. All SWANA members hold individual memberships; we do not have agency or company membership categories. Ninety percent of our members reside in the U.S. and about 10 percent reside in Canada.
At the end of FY 2014, SWANA had 45 Chapters, with five in Canada, one in the Caribbean and the rest in the U.S. Congratulations to the Northern Lights Chapter for the largest increase in membership and to the Central California Sierra Chapter for the largest percentage increase in membership.
I believe that membership growth is a true sign of the health of an association and directly attributable to the outstanding programs offered by our Chapters, Technical Divisions, Training Faculty, International Board of Directors, Officers and staff. Our new membership marketing program brought in more than 900 new members in its first two years of operation, and our media outreach efforts through our official journal MSW Management Magazin
e and other publications made the benefits of SWANA membership more widely known throughout the solid waste field. Thank you to everyone who helped SWANA set this new membership record. Let’s break it again this year!