• May 21, 2018
  • 6:45 am
  • Hilton Palm Springs

The 2018 Western Regional Symposium
“Environmental Policy | A Changing Landscape”
Palm Springs Hilton Resort
400 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, California, 92262

May 21-24, 2018

The annual Symposium affords great opportunities to network and exchange ideas with peers, as well as industry leaders, gain valuable knowledge and see the latest innovations and technologies. Symposium technical sessions are presented by experienced professionals and cover a wide-range of topics important to quality integrated waste management… from collection and recycling to cutting-edge regulatory, transformation and disposal developments. Tech sessions also qualify for SWANA CEU’s (ie., MOLO credits). At the symposium’s trade show, you will see the latest products and services available from a variety of exhibitors and you will often be able to speak directly with the innovators, themselves. Between the formal functions, you will find ample time to make new acquaintances, build new relationships and strengthen existing ones.

Purchase tickets online for the entire WRS event:

  • WRS Full Registration | May 21-24, 2018  | $650 member, $700 non-member
  • Full registration includes admission to:
    • Legislative and technical sessions
    • All vendors’ exhibits
    • Breakfast and lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday
    • Monday Night and Wednesday Night events
  • Discounts on Full-Registration Admissions are available to WRS speakers and SWANA CA Young Professionals who are current California Chapter SWANA Members. To take advantage of these discounts, registration must be completed by printing out our registration form and mailing or faxing it in. SWANA CA Young Professionals must provide a member number on the registration form.
  • Cost of discounted tickets are as follows:
    • SWANA Young Professionals | $75 for Full-Registration Admission
    • WRS 2018 Speakers | $350 for Full-Registration Admission

Purchase tickets and/or sponsorships online for WRS Golf Tournament:

Purchase tickets online for WRS activities a la carte:

Purchase tickets OFFline | Download registration forms and mail or fax them in:

Symposium Location & Accommodations

The 47th Annual SWANA Western Regional Solid Waste Symposium and Exposition will be held in Palm Springs, an area known for fantastic golf courses, excellent restaurants, spectacular views, and great weather. Make your reservations early to ensure you have a room onsite. 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.

Click here to book your reservation at the Hilton.

Vendors & Exhibits

The Hilton has a large carpeted ballroom/exhibit area. Equipment and vendor booths will all be located indoors in a climate controlled atmosphere. In addition, there will be systems and professional consulting firms which can help your organization perform at an optimum. Don’t miss the opportunity to view the show, talk with waste professionals, inspect equipment, and win some great door prizes. Exhibit set-up starts Sunday, May 20th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. All setups must be completed by Monday at 3:00 pm. For more information please call Scott Ramey at (818) 519-0591.

Current Exhibit Hall Participants Include:


Continuing Education Units (CEU)

Continuing Education Units (CEU) This year’s symposium is rich with timely topics and notable speakers. Take advantage of this valuable resource and receive CEU credit as well. SWANA is awarding CEU’s for each day’s attendance at the symposium. A form will be provided at registration and must be signed by a SWANA Founding Chapter Board member to receive credit. Don’t miss this golden opportunity to fulfill your Continuing Education Requirements while you gain useful insight from industry leaders.


Upon arrival at the hotel, please pick up your packet at the Registration Center. The packet will contain full Symposium information and a name badge. This badge is your admission to all Technical Sessions and Exhibit area. For additional information prior to the Symposium please email the Association office at info@socalswana.org.

Registration Center Hours (located in the lobby area of the Hotel):
Monday, May 21 / 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesday, May 22 / 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wednesday, May 23 / 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Thursday, May 24 / 7:30 am – 10:00 am

2018 Western Regional Symposium Sponsors Include:

Are you interested in sponsorship opportunities at the Western Regional Symposium? You can find more information about that here:



Golf Tournament & Lunch / Monday, May 21st / 6:45 am – 2:30 pm

Come and enjoy a great round of golf in beautiful Palm Springs, home of some of the finest golf courses in Southern California. The Annual Western Regional Symposium Golf Tournament, a “Best Ball Scramble” will be held at the Tahquitz Creek Golf Course Resort. The fee for eighteen holes is $129 for early bird by February 20, 2018, $149 thereafter per person, which includes a BBQ lunch. There will be a “Shotgun Start” at 8:00 am. The number of spaces is limited and will be assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis. If you wish to participate, you are encouraged to register as early as possible. For more information please contact Laith Ezzet at (949) 251-8902 or lezzet@hfh-consultants.com. The golf registration form is also available online at www.socalswana.org.

Welcome Reception / Monday, May 21st / 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Monday night there will be a Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall. Please join us for beverages and hors d’oeuvres while you browse the Exhibit Hall. Over 40 different vendors and exhibitors will display the latest technology and offer their services.

Poolside Monte Carlo Night / Wednesday, May 23rd / 6:00 pm

Wednesday night, SWANA will host a party around the pool (weather permitting). Please wear casual pool deck clothing to enjoy good food, entertainment, and games of chance. Successful gamblers will cash in their chips to take home great prizes.


Monday, May 21st

6:45 am – 1:00 pm  / Golf Tournament (Tahquitz Creek Golf Course)
9:00 am – 4:00 pm / Registration
9:00 am – 3:00 pm / Vendor Set-up (set-up must be complete by 3:00 pm)
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm / Golf BBQ Lunch and Awards
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm / Welcome Reception in Vendor Hall

Tuesday, May 22nd

6:30 am – 8:30 am / Breakfast
8:00 am – 4:00 pm / Registration

8:30 am – 9:45 am / Welcome: Looking Forward to A Changing Landscape

  • Panel Discussion regarding Trends and Changes in the Industry | Panel Members: John Snyder, EDCO; Susan Moulton, Waste Management Inc.; Grace Hyde, LACSD

9:30 am – 11:30 am / Vendor Hall Open

10:45 am – 11:45 / Educational Sessions

Session 1: Community Engagement

  • Leveraging New Media | Presenters: Angela Goebel and Tim Flanagan, Monterey Regional Waste District
  • One Hot Ticket – OC Landfills Tour Program | Presenter: Ruth Wardwell and Weena Darby, OC Waste and Recycling

Session 2: Facility and Process Optimization

  • The Future of Zero Waste Infrastructure | Presenter: Cindy Liles, Clements Environmental Corp.
  • Mastering the Science of Operations  | Presenter: Neal Bolton, President, Blue Ridge Services

11:30 am – 1:00 pm / Lunch

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm / Educational Sessions

Session 1A: Safety through SOPs / 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

  • Standard Operating Procedures: The Missing Safety Link | Presenter: Kasem Cornelius, Blue Ridge Services

Session 1B: Organics Legislation and Regulation / 1:45 pm – 2:30 pm

  • Implications of Organics Regulations (Legislative Task Force) | Presenters: Frank Acosta, Chair LTF, Frank Caponi, Los Angeles Sanitation Districts and CalRecycle representative.

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm / Session 2: Landfills – Getting It Right

  • Owner-Contractor Relations: Reducing costs by providing a favorable estimating environment
    Presenter: Kevin Hanson, OC Waste and Recycling
  • Dust Mitigation Under Control | Presenter: Steven Clark, EnviroTech Services
  • OCW&R Drone Program | Presenter: Kevin Froehlich, OC Waste and Recycling

2:45 pm – 4:15 pm / Educational Sessions

Session 1: Curbing Illegal Dumping

  • Innovating Curbside Large Item Collection from Education to Operations | Presenter: Cecilia Rios, City of San Jose
  • Artificial Intelligence for Combating Illegal Dumping | Presenter: Anna Szabo, City of San Jose

Session 2: Community Engagement and Partnerships

  • Innovative Partnership Programs | Presenter: Isabel Rios-Khan, OC Waste and Recycling
  • Community Engagement | Presenters: Kit Cole and Janine Hamner, Kit Cole Consulting LLC

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm / Vendor Hall Open – Popcorn & Beer

Wednesday, May 23rd

6:30 am – 8:30 am / Breakfast
8:00 am – 2:00 pm / Registration

8:30 am – 10:00 am / Educational Sessions

Session 1: Landfill Management Strategies

  • Effective Use of Remote LFG Monitoring Systems | Presenters: Philip Carrillo, SCS Engineers and David Wong OC Waste and Recycling
  • WAIV – New Leachate Evaporative Technology | Presenter: Brad Granley PE, President, Leachate Management Specialists
  • Post Closure LFG Care? Try a Micro-Flare! | Presenter: Srividhya Viswanathan, SCS Engineers

Session 2: Enhancing Diversion

  • Is SB 1383 the new AB939? What it takes to comply | Presenter: Rob Hilton, HFH Consultants
  • What are you Wasting? Opportunities to increase diversion with waste characterization studies  | Presenter: Michelle Leonard, SCS Engineers

10:00 am – 12:00 pm / Vendor Hall Open

10:45 am – 11:45 pm / Session 1

  • Preventing Workplace Harassment | Presenter: Cynthia Stafford, , Human Relations and Risk Management Director, City of Lynwood

11:30 am – 1:00 pm / Lunch

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm / Educational Sessions

Session 1: Disruption and Standardization

  • RecycLA: LA SAN’s Journey | Presenter: Daniel Meyers, City of Los Angeles
  • Business Case for Data Standardization | Presenter: Emily Blackmer, Recyclist

Session 2: Landfills – Nuts and Bolts

  • An Alternative to Daily Cover | Presenter: Patrick Sullivan, SCS Engineers and J.D. Mohr, EPI Environmental Products Inc.
  • Phyto-utilization – Sustainable method for on-site leachate disposal | Presenter: Brad Granley PE, President, Leachate Management Specialists

2:45 pm – 4:15 pm / Educational Sessions

Session 1: After the Disaster

  • San Jose Flood Disaster Debris Removal and Recovery | Presenter: Alana Lowrie, City of San Jose
  • Fire Disaster Debris | Presenter: Leslie Lukacs, SCS Engineers
  • Drones! Eyes in the Sky! | Presenter: Lorne Zalesin, DroneView Technologies

Session 2: Organics Solutions

  • Organics: Composting and Processing Solutions | Presenter: Jim Miller CEO, JRMA Architects and Engineers
  • Decentralized Urban Composting | Presenter: Leah Retherford, SCS Engineers and Greg McCaroon, SCS Engineers

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm / Poolside Dinner & Entertainment

Includes a performance from Mr. Eco, along with Monte Carlo Night and a DJ with dancing.

Thursday, May 24th

8:00 am – 10:00 am / Registration

8:00 am – 9:30 am / Organics – Getting It Right

  • Organics Collection Strategies in Rural California | Presenter: Lori Scozzafava, Sr. VP, GBB
  • Managing Organics with Large-Scale AD Technology | Presenter: Ekpa Akpan, City of San Jose
  • Is your commercial organics rate structure a success or failure? | Presenter: Haley Kunert, HF&H Consultants

9:45 am – 11:15 am / Is China Ushering in a New Era of Recycling?

China’s Import Policies’ Impacts on Recycling Programs

  • China Waste Ban Tsunami: Ripple effect on MRF processing contracts | Presenter: Constance Hornig, Law Offices
  • Roundtable/open discussion of what California cities are doing in their recycling programs to address the markets issue following the China change in contamination rates and waste ban

Cancellations and Refunds

Notice of cancellation must be made in writing and postmarked NO LATER THAN MARCH 12, 2018. An administrative fee of $95.00 will be deducted from the amount to be refunded. Request notice should be sent to the registration address or e-mail info@socalswana.org . No cancellations will be accepted over the phone, and no refunds will be given for “no shows”. All substitutions must be made in writing prior to May 3, 2018, or a $20 fee will be assessed to transfer registration onsite. SORRY, but absolutely NO refunds will be given for cancellations after May 1, 2018. Note: Returned check fee is $155.00.