The Idaho Solid Waste Association was established in 1992 to bring together the knowledge and expertise of Idaho’s solid waste professionals. Major changes in solid waste rules and regulations gave this unique group of professionals the spark they needed to organize.
The purpose of the association was and continues to be the sharing of knowledge and practices in the solid waste area, providing a voice for solid waste managers in the state, and to study and discuss current and future laws, rules, and regulations. ISWA has achieved these goals by offering training sessions, holding meetings to discuss changes to regulations, and promoting discussions between solid waste professionals and regulators.
Due to the diversity of the membership (consisting of local government agencies, private companies and government regulators) ISWA does not typically endorse, sponsor or lobby on behalf of any specific solid waste legislation or proposed regulation, or rule. Rather the organization provides its members the opportunity to understand the various viewpoints and perspectives related to the issue, so that the individual members can then decide which position(s) they wish to support.
Professional training has been a focus of the ISWA since the beginning; providing SWANA training courses and inviting experts from around the country to share their wealth of knowledge. These training events and presentations have created constructive discussions amongst members. Over the years the association has met and discussed topics such as waste tire disposal, household hazardous waste, asbestos disposal, electronic waste disposal, environmental monitoring, landfill cell construction, leachate management and many more relevant issues. In 2004 ISWA partnered up with IEHA (Idaho Environmental Health Association) to provide training sessions for members. This partnership created a long lasting tradition of spring training events for the association.
ISWA has also made visiting solid waste locations throughout the state a priority. Alternating to different sides of the state each year, the fall conference gives members the opportunity to tour and discuss solid waste facilities as well as commercial sources of solid waste. This has provided insight as to where some solid waste originates and how facilities have overcome the challenges that were sent their way.
ISWA has upheld its original goals and has grown to the 160+ member association that is today. ISWA now holds both a spring and fall conference each year. The spring session is held in conjunction with IEHA to provide training on a variety of issues in the solid waste industry. The fall conference provides an opportunity for vendors to present solutions to many of these issues as well as holding tours at solid waste facilities.
The ISWA Spring Conference will be held March 5th - 7th at Boise State University. The conference this year will kick off with a half day of operators training followed by an afternoon of facility tours in the Boise area. Registration and Agenda information can be found IEHA's website by clicking the button below!
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