• September 6, 2018
  • 10:00 am
  • Hyatt, Huntington Beach

Southern California SWANA Chapter Workshop
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa
21500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, CA 92648
September 6, 2018 | 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Register today! Seating is limited to 70 people.

Southern California SWANA Workshop will be in the Vista I Room

Topics Include:


Community Air Protection Program AB617: The New Paradigm in Air Quality Regulations and its Potential Impacts on the Solid Waste Industry

Presenter: Frank Caponi, Los Angeles County Sanitation District (LACSD)

Air quality regulations in California, especially in the South Coast Air Quality Management District, have been the most stringent in the world. The solid waste industry in California has learned to adapt to this regulatory environment while being at the forefront of sustainable management of solid waste. AB617 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. This presentation will provide an overview of the AB617 program and how it could potentially impact the solid waste industry.

Frank Caponi is a Professional Engineer with over 36 years of experience in solid waste and wastewater management. He is currently a Division Engineer heading up Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts’ (LACSDs’) Air Quality Engineering Section. Frank acts as a regulatory liaison with federal, state and local air quality agencies, as well as serving on several agency committees. Facilities under the responsibility of Frank’s Air Quality Engineering Section provide wastewater and solid waste management services for over 5.8 million people in Los Angeles County. Frank has been an active member of SWANA since 1998 and currently the SWANA Vice President and the SWANA Landfill and Biogas Advocacy Co-Chair. Frank is also a member of the Southern California SWANA Board and an active member of the SWANA Legislative Task Force.


Is SB 1383 the new AB 939? Here’s What it Takes to Comply…

Presenter: Phil Mainolfi, HF&H

SB 1383 was adopted in September 2016 and CalRecycle has stated that these requirements are as significant as AB 939 (or maybe more so). This presentation will educate the audience on the schedule, scope, and depth of the various programmatic, educational, reporting, and enforcement requirements of SB 1383. Furthermore, it will illustrate several potential approaches to achieving and exceeding compliance, using case studies from California communities who have already established the programs, services, contractual provisions, and enforcement approaches to meet the goal.

Phil Mainolfi is a Senior Associate at HF&H consultants with over 10 years of prior financial and process automation experience, the last 6 years within the recycling and solid waste industry. His past experience includes managing recycling and solid waste contract compliance for 46 public agencies. At HF&H Mr. Mainolfi has assisted multiple jurisdictions with organics recycling planning and implementation.


Recycling is Broken – Will it Survive in Your Community?
A look into the changes levied by China to today’s recycling industry, the impacts thus far, and how to ensure recycling can continue in your community

Presenter: Richard Coupland, Vice President, Municipal Sales, Republic Services

The North American recycling industry has long relied on export markets, such as China, to purchase commodities from processing facilities. Recently, China changed its acceptance criteria for imported recyclable commodities. The net effect of these changes, known as “China Sword” is a significant reduction in acceptable contamination levels. Additionally, China has banned all mixed paper from import, regardless of contamination levels. This session will take a look at the China Sword changes, what recycling companies are doing to manage the changes, and offer suggestions on how cities can structure more successful partnerships to address these realities and keep recycling sustainable in your community.

Richard Coupland joined Republic Services in 2015 as vice president of Municipal Sales. He currently leads the Municipal market vertical, consisting of partnerships with more than 2400 municipal cities in 40 states and Puerto Rico.
Richard received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute, and his Masters degree in Business Administration from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

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