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Next Chapter Workshop

Join Us September 8, 2016
Hyatt Regency
21500 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

10:30 - 1:30

Glenn Acosta – Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts
“Legislative Update”

Laith Ezzet-HF&H Consultants
“Trailblazing Organics Programs”

There has been lots of talk about commercial organics, but less action than talk.  Laith Ezzet will describe the actual programs that have been implemented by some of the trailblazing entities that have boldly moved forward with organics programs, including case studies for several cities that have negotiated commercial organics programs and rates with their franchise haulers.  The theme that has emerged is there is no cookie cutter approach, and there is surprising variation in the types of programs and their costs.

Susan Robinson-Waste Management
"Is it time to put Weight Based Recycling Goals on a Diet?"
Based on the theory that if recycling is a good thing, then recycling more must be even better, for the past twenty-five years we have embraced recycling and aggressive, high recycling goals.   In our “bigger must be better” mentality, have we lost sight of what really matters:  protecting the environment?   Is it time to do away with our industry’s obsession with weight-based recycling goals?  They do not capture important upstream materials reduction efforts or account for the benefits of products and packaging along the entire value chain.  This is a difficult shift in thinking for states, cities and businesses who have been striving to reach aggressive weight based goals for years.   Lifecycle Thinking will allow for realistic goals that have greater GHG emissions benefits.   At the same time, lifecycle thinking opens the door for better program focus, targeting our dollars on the actions that will achieve the greatest benefits to the environment.

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YPThe Recycled Economist...


OSHA fines increase August 1st.
On June 30, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released an interim new rule increasing fines to keep up with inflation. This includes fines issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA will increase maximum penalties by 78% to make up for decades without change.


In SWANA's ongoing campaign to promote safety in the solid waste industry, please note the 5 to Stay Alive: Safety Tips below.  Please see the link at the bottom of this email for materials you can download and distribute in your organization. Also check out the https://swana.org/safety link for more safety information.  Thanks, and be safe!

5 to Stay Alive: Safety Tips
Solid waste collection is the 5th most dangerous job in the United States.
1.      Always wear PPE, especially high visibility vests and/or outerwear
2.      Never use your cell phone while driving the truck or at a disposal facility
3.      Don’t ride on the step if the truck is BACKING or going more than 10mph
or 1/5th mile
4.      Always comply with safety belt rules
5.      Don’t exceed the speed limit and don’t rush
Following these rules will help keep you safe!
SWANA wants you to go home to your family every day, safely. In addition to these five important rules, be sure to follow local and federal pre- and post-trip inspection protocols EVERY TIME.


Body of Compton Garbage Truck Driver Identified.....read more.

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