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

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