The South Dakota Solid Waste Management Association (SDSWMA) was formally incorporated on September 18, 1991, during the first annual solid waste and recycling conference sponsored by the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Water Pollution Control Association with support from the US EPA Region VIII. Prior to the incorporation, individuals from hauling, landfill and recycling businesses statewide had met for six months to develop a proposed organizational structure and mission statement. One of the primary goals adopted was to emphasize training and education. That goal continues to drive the association. SDSWMA sponsors two conferences annually, sponsors and co-sponsors a variety of training workshops and symposiums, publishes a newsletter semi-annually, and tracks legislation for members. A few examples of training workshops hosted since incorporation, include garbage hauler safety courses, restricted use/rubble site operations, waste screening and blood borne pathogen classes, waste tire symposiums, Manager of Landfill Operations certification classes, load inspection classes, tribal integrated solid waste planning, and a tip fee workshop.