About Us

Southwest Michigan Solid Waste Consortium

Our Mission

The purpose of the Consortium is to create a formal organization structure to resolve problems and propose policies and plans in the areas of solid waste and recycling.

The Southwest Michigan Solid Waste Consortium (SWMSWC) was established by a Board Resolution in 1995, with an interlocal agreement between: Allegan, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, St. Joseph, and Van Buren Counties. The main goal of the SWMSWC is to work together to resolve problems and negotiate agreements, policies and plans in the areas of solid waste and recycling.

The SWMSWC is not a waste authority. Each County remains as its own entity to manage solid waste for its citizens according to its own accepted solid waste management plan. Each County has two representatives seated at the board. The board is served by task force made up of county resource recovery personnel.

The SWMSWC plans regional events that emphasize recycling education and ways to divert material from landfills.  See Projects for recycling events provided by this Consortium.

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