Code of Conduct

E-Group Rules & Etiquette

Thanks for being part of the MySWANA community. To ensure the best possible experience for all members, we have established some basic guidelines for participation.

By joining and using MySWANA communities, forums, blogs, and libraries, you agree that you have read and will follow the rules and guidelines set for them. You also agree to reserve list discussions for topics best suited to the medium. This is a great medium to solicit the advice of your peers, benefit from their experience, and participate in ongoing conversations. Questions about MySWANA should be directed to our Member Services department. Technical questions on association management issues should directed to our helpdesk 1.800.467.9262.

Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with these important guidelines. In order to preserve a climate that encourages both civil and fruitful dialogue, SWANA reserves the right to suspend or terminate membership on all lists for members who violate these rules.

The Rules

  • Don't challenge or attack others. The discussions on the lists are meant to stimulate conversation not to create contention. Let others have their say, just as you may. 
  • Don’t post unsolicited commercial messages on any community forum. Contact people directly with product and service information if you believe it would help them. To showcase your company or initiative, please post your “Industry Watch” article under the Blog tab or visit the Professional Services Directory at under the Resources tab to be featured.
  • Use caution when discussing products. Information posted on the lists is available for all to see, and comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws. 
  • All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials are strictly prohibited. Do not post anything in a community forum that you would not want the world to see or that you would not want anyone to know came from you. 
  • Please note carefully all items listed in the disclaimer and legal rules below, particularly regarding the copyright ownership of information posted to the list. 
  • Remember that SWANA Members and other community participants have the right to reproduce postings.
  • Send your message only to the most appropriate list(s). Do not spam several lists with the same message.
  • All messages must add to the body of knowledge in solid waste. The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) reserves the right to reject any message for any reason.

E-Group Etiquette

  • Include a signature tag on all messages. Include your name, affiliation, location. 
  • State concisely and clearly the topic of your comments in the subject line. This allows members to respond more appropriately to your posting and makes it easier for members to search the archives by subject. 
  • Include only the relevant portions of the original message in your reply. Delete any header information, and put your response before the original posting. 
  • Only send a message to the entire list when it contains information that everyone can benefit from. 
  • Send messages such as “thanks for the information” or “me, too” to individuals—not to the entire list. Do this by using the Reply to Sender link to the left of every message.
  • Do not send administrative messages, such as remove me from the list, through MySWANA. Instead, use the web interface to change your settings or to remove yourself from a list. If you are changing e-mail addresses, you do not need to remove yourself from the list and rejoin under your new e-mail address. Simply change your settings. 
  • Warn other list subscribers of lengthy messages either in the subject line or at the beginning of the message body with a line that says “Long Message”.

The Legal Stuff

MySWANA provided as a service of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). SWANA is not responsible for the opinions and information posted on this site by others. SWANA disclaims all warranties with regard to information posted on this site, whether posted by SWANA or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event shall SWANA  be liable for any special, indirect, or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data, or profits, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of any information posted on this site.

Do not post any defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials. Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner. By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that he or she owns the copyright with respect to such material or has received permission from the copyright owner. In addition, the posting party grants SWANA and users the nonexclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information or other material.

Messages should not be posted if they encourage or facilitate members to arrive at any agreement that either expressly or impliedly leads to price fixing, a boycott of another's business, or other conduct intended to illegally restrict free trade. Messages that encourage or facilitate an agreement about the following subjects are inappropriate: prices, discounts, or terms or conditions of sale; salaries; profits, profit margins, or cost data; market shares, sales territories, or markets; allocation of customers or territories; or selection, rejection, or termination of customers or suppliers.

SWANA does not actively monitor the site for inappropriate postings and do not on its own undertake editorial control of postings. However, in the event that any inappropriate posting is brought to SWANA’s attention, SWANA will take all appropriate action.

SWANA reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines.