Who We Are

Our Mission

Enhance and promote effective State and Territorial programs and to affect relevant national policies for waste and materials management, environmentally sustainable practices, and environmental restoration.

About Us

The Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials, Inc., (ASTSWMO), is an organization representing the 50 States, 5 Territories and the District of Columbia (hereinafter “Members”). We were founded on October 22, 1974 in the State of Georgia. Our mission is to enhance and promote effective State and Territorial programs and to affect relevant national policies for waste and materials management, environmentally sustainable practices, and environmental restoration.

ASTSWMO’s primary functions are to enhance the State and Federal partnerships, promote effective State programs and provide member States technical assistance, training, and forums for information exchange. These allow States to develop their program capabilities and manage their programs in the most efficient and effective manner possible. An additional feature of ASTSWMO’s non-profit approach is its relative objectivity. ASTSWMO represents the balanced interest of all State member programs, which necessitates consideration of all sides of any given issue. In addition, State members can gather their fellow State members’ viewpoints through the Association and then incorporate those responses into their approaches to program implementation and strategy. This helps foster program consistencies across the States. All ASTSWMO activities performed by the Association and its member States are supportive of and consistent with our Strategic Plan.