The most valuable outcome of regional and statewide gatherings is the information sharing among communities on what is working. It is for this purpose that SWAT actively seeks to facilitate roundtables and breakout sessions for their conference presentations at ATCEM and AFE each year.
Additionally, SWAT believes that regional and state waste services and systems have a great potential to lower costs and expand opportunities for improved waste management. For example, Backhaul Alaska started because the small rural community populations result in a very unfavorable economy- of-scale and their isolation and remoteness results in extreme freight and construction costs. But shared programs and projects can only work if they are designed by and for rural Alaska.
SWAT regularly engages with rural Alaska community environmental professionals, waste management staff, and council members to find out what is happening in their communities, what types of equipment and activities are working, and what types of training is needed.