Workshop Recap | Sept. 14, 2017 in Huntington Beach

Southern California SWANA Chapter Workshop was held at:
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa


El Monte’s Success Story – Reduce Illegal Dumping/Increase Public Awareness
Presented by:
Debbie Morris, Senior Project Manager, HF&H Consultants, LLC
Elaine Jeng, PE, Director of Public Works and Utilities, City of El Monte

School Organics and Recycling Program
Presented by:
Erin Rowland, City of Long Beach

In 2005 Clark County (WA) Solid Waste Staff launched a small pilot in a handful of schools to divert organic material from the landfill. This small pilot grew and expanded to all 7 school districts and 100 schools in the county reaching over 80,000 students. The program annually diverts over 1 million pounds of food scraps, 22 million milk cartons, 8 million bottles and 8 million aluminum cans. This program began as a single focused waste diversion program and expanded into a comprehensive education and behavior change campaign, transforming how schools thought about and manage their waste streams.
This presentation will focus on how to develop and implement school organics and recycling programs (logistical and operational side) and provide insights and strategies to ensure their long-term success.”

Safety Life-changer, Mission 2 Zero | View/Download Presentation
Presented by:
Brian Waters, Director of Safety, Waste Management
Brian Waters serves as Director of Safety Operations at Waste Management Safety Services responsible for continuous improvement and development of the safety processes and programs across North America.  Working with Waste Management since 2008 he has held various positions from Sr. District Manager over Collections, Transfer Stations, Medical Waste, Material Recovery Facilities and Area Sales Director of Northern California and Nevada.  Mr. Waters has more than 29 years’ experience in the industry, starting off as a driver for BFI in 1988 giving him the experience from cradle to grave. In addition to his 29 years in the industry, he has a business background including being a small business owner.
In his presentation, Brian will speak about Waste Management’s Safety Culture and how it has become one of the company’s core value. Best practices around programs, tools, and technology will be discussed.

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Workshop Recap | Sept. 8th, 2016 in Huntington Beach

Southern California SWANA Chapter Workshop was held on September 8th at the Hyatt Regency

Topics and Speakers Included:

  • “Trailblazing Organics Programs”
    Laith Ezzet, HF&H Consultants, LLC | Presentation
    There has been lots of talk about commercial organics, but less action than talk. Laith Ezzet described 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.

  • “Is it time to put Weight Based Recycling Goals on a Diet?”
    Susan Robinson, Waste Management | Presentation
    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.

  • “Legislative Update”
    Glenn Acosta, LACSD | Presentation – N/A