Next Workshop | September 6, 2018

Huntington Beach, CA | Join us for the next SoCal SWANA workshop at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa on Thursday, September 6, 2018. Workshop topics include AB 617 and SB 1383 presentations.

AB 617 changes the focus of air regulations in California from the facility to the community, and in doing so, has the potential to generate not only more administrative burden on these facilities but emission reduction requirements that go beyond current regulations.

In September 2016, Governor Brown signed SB 1383, establishing methane emissions reduction targets in a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP) in various sectors of California’s economy. Learn about the schedule, scope, and depth of the various programmatic, educational, reporting, and enforcement requirements of SB 1383.

Enjoy The Hyatt in Huntington Beach, featuring attractive dining opportunities with stellar views of the Pacific Ocean.

WRS Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Palm Springs, CA | The Western Regional Symposium hosts hundreds of solid waste industry experts for three days of presentations, events, trade show and networking opportunities. Put your company’s name and logo in front of this important audience with a level of sponsorship that’s right for you — May 21-24, 2018 at the Palm Springs Hilton. There are eighteen sponsor packages available including Keynote Address, breakfast, lunch, Monte Carlo Night, and Banquet Hall refreshments. The Palm Springs Hilton Resort has made available a block of rooms and suites at a special rate for SWANA attendees. These rates are guaranteed through March 1, 2018. Contact the Palm Springs Hilton Resort at (760) 320-6868 and be sure to mention 2018 SWANA Conference to receive the single/double rate of $150.00 per day.


Next So Cal Workshop June 8, 2017

Buena Park, CA | New exciting technologies continue to revolutionize the solid waste industry, tremendously improving diversion and public outreach. In addition, it is imperative to stay up-to-date with the growing number of solid waste legislation which impacts our local jurisdictions and communities. The June 8 SWANA workshop touches on several key topics, including successful recycling programs, key state legislation, and emerging technologies.  This workshop is structured into two tracks (Room A and Room B).

Topics include:

  • The Art of Venue Event Recycling
  • Food Finders: keeping good wholesome food out of the landfills, feeding hungry people, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Big Data
  • Mobile Apps
  • Anaerobic and Aerobic Digestion
  • Cal Recycle Legislation
  • Stormwater Compliance

  • Lunch: Keynote Speaker Lori Baker – Schena, MBA, EdD ~  Crisis Communications

  • Secondary MRF
  • Textile Recycling
  • A Hot Ticket – OC Landfill Tours Program
  • Workshop Summary and Raffle

Change of January 19th Workshop Topic


The new topic will concentrate on the contributions Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts (LACSD), SWANA and the Solid Waste Industry, have made to greenhouse gas reduction for decades, as well as their continued support of state and national climate change goals. This will be a presentation that will be approximately one-hour, by Frank Caponi of LACSD.

The change has been made out of respect for many SWANA members that have expressed concerns over the timing of the previous topic at a time when the state is moving forward with an aggressive climate change agenda.


The solid waste management industry has been at the forefront of greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions long before the term climate change was ever used.  LACSD have pioneered the management of solid waste as a resource and worked with industry and regulators to further the development of resource recovery in a manner that also reduces GHG and criteria pollutants.  SWANA has also worked to support these goals locally through its chapters, and both nationally and internationally.  LACSD, SWANA and the industry now work to further solid waste management by maximizing recycling and diversion of organics from landfills, and in cooperation with regulators, break down the barriers that enable biogas use to be expanded to include natural pipeline injection and directly as a transportation fuel.  This presentation will provide a historical perspective of solid waste management as a resource, the development of regulations that promote GHG reduction, and the significant contributions solid waste management programs have to climate change goals.


SWANA Founding Chapter Board is very excited to announce the launch of our newly designed website. Visit our new website at The site’s homepage features bright colors and an uncluttered design. We wanted to make the new website faster, easier to navigate, have better tools and more user-friendly.

It’s important for us to make information regarding memberships, training, safety, legislative updates and any solid waste services and trends easily accessible for our current and prospective members. As we endeavor to provide our members with the most accurate, up-to-date information, we made the site much easier for finding and sharing resources.

Reflecting on our long-standing commitment to learning and continuous improvement, we welcome your feedback as we continue to improve this site. Please email your feedback to:

SoCal SWANA Board Election Results

SoCal SWANA is proud to announce election results for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

2016 ~ 2017 Board Election Results |

President: Brad Gust, Rehrig Pacific;

Vice President: Dylan Wright, OC Waste & Recycling;

Secretary: Mary Valerio, City of San Diego;

Treasurer: Susan Moulton, Waste Management |

Public Directors:

Jeff Southern, OC Waste & RecyclingKim Braun, City of Santa Monica;

Kim Braun, City of Santa MonicaDiko Melkonian, City of Long Beach;

Diko Melkonian, City of Long Beach;

Khalil Gharios, City of Los Angeles;

Frank Caponi, LACSD |

Corporate Directors:

Laith Ezzet, HF&H Consultants, LLC.;

Pete Woodfill, CH2M Hill;

Jim Kuhl, (City of Long Beach Retired);

Michelle Leonard, SCS Engineers