• 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 online for WRS activities a la carte:

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

WRS Golf Tournament | SOLD OUT

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:

Silver Sponsor

Welcome Reception Sponsor

Monte Carlo Night Sponsor

Vendor Hall Refreshments Sponsor



Wednesday Night Refreshments






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. Includes a performance from “The EcoHero Show”, and a DJ with dancing.

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.