November 10, 2017

Membership - SWANA membership continues to grow.  We had 8575 members on October 31, exceeding our target for the month, and continue to see strong interest from individuals in both the public and private sectors.  I urge chapters to continue reaching out to managers, potential Young Professionals and others at local governments and companies in their states and provinces, to urge them to join SWANA. The value proposition for SWANA membership has never been higher.
Upcoming Events - SWANA and its chapters are working hard to organize terrific events for you and others in 2017.  These include:
  1. Senior Executive Seminar in Tampa - Feb 19-21 
  2. SWANApalooza in Reno - March 27-30
  3. NAWTEC in Minneapolis - April 24-26 
Please plan on attending these terrific SWANA events. 
ISWA World Congress - Swana is busy with preparations and planning for hosting the ISWA World Congress.  SWANA issued the Call for Speakers last month , link for your convenience -
U. S. Department of Commerce - Executive Director and CEO David Biderman and Past President Michelle Leonard and have been appointed to a Department of Commerce Advisory Committee that helps promote U.S. companies selling environmental products and services overseas.  These appointments will benefit SWANA members interested in foreign markets, and with the joint ISWA-WASTECON event in September 2017 is well-timed.
The first meeting of the Advisory Committee will be in January 2017.
New Affinity program - SWANA's has a new affinity relationship with Amazon.  When you buy from Amazon, a portion of your purchase will go to SWANA!  The holidays are coming up - tell your friends, and everyone in your family, neighborhood, and book club to use this link:

Next So Cal SWANA Chapter Workshop
Save the Date!

"Man-made climate change; is it real or not? "

January 19, 2017
Dave & Buster's ~ 4821 Mills Circle, Ontario  CA

Speakers TBA

Click here to download the registration form.
So Cal 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:
City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works Contract Approvals

After a detailed and rigorous evaluation process that involved an estimated 16,000 hours of review, the City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works approved the award of contracts to seven (7) companies to collect commercial and multifamily waste from LA eleven (11) exclusive franchise zones. The program has been touted to be historic and has the potential to serve as a model for other cities. The Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation (LASAN) recommended the contracts approval of three (3) large zones to Athens Services, two for Republic Services, two for Waste Management and one for Universal Waste Systems. Small zone recommendations include one for NASA Services, one for CalMet Services and one for Ware Disposal. The contracts will require approval from Mayor Eric Garcetti and the L.A. City Council.

Board Member Spotlight

Welcome Frank Caponi, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts

Frank has over 33 years of related experience and more that 15 years focused directly contributing to SWANA.  He is a regular presenter of technical papers, formal publications, keynote presentations and administers E-session webinars for SWANA.  He is currently participating in the strategic planning efforts currently underway at SWANA International, participates on the planning and coordination of the WASTECON events, and is an active participant in furthering educational opportunities through SWANA.  Frank has proven to be vested in the mission and goals of SWANA.

Young Professional Spotlight

Samir Kaleem, OC Waste & Recycling

YP Representative April Hilario interviewed
Samir Kaleem, site engineer at OC Waste & Recycling. Samir is in charge of engineering projects at the Frank R. Bowerman (FRB) landfill in Irvine, CA. In the video interview, Samir discusses several interesting landfill topics ranging from methane collection, drones, and site efficiency.

BLS Releases 2015 Workplace Injuries & Illnesses Report
On October 27, the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its 2015 data on employer-reported workplace injuries and illnesses. According to BLS, private industry collection, landfill and materials recovery facility workers all saw decreases to their nonfatal injury and illness incidence rates from 2014.
Private solid waste collection workers had an injury and illness rate of 6.6 per 100 full time employees (FTE) last year, lower than 2014, but still above 2013's rate of 6.4. Private collection was also listed as one of the industries with the highest rates of injury and illness requiring days away from work.

The 2015 rate for workers at private landfills dropped from 4.9 to 3.5, and for MRF workers, dropped rather dramatically from 8.4 to 5.1 incidents per 100 FTE.
Among all private industry sectors in the U.S., there were approximately 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported in 2015. These incidents occurred at a rate of 3.0 cases per 100 FTE. Over half of the cases reported involved days away from work, job transfer, or restriction. The vast majority of all reportable incidents were injuries, totaling 

The rate of reported injuries and illnesses remained highest among mid-size private industry establishments (employing 50 to 249 workers) and lowest among small establishments (employing fewer than 11 workers).
Aggregate injury and illness data was also listed for state and local government workers in 2015. An estimated 752,600 injury and illness cases were reported out of approximately 18.4 million total employees. This resulted in an overall rate of 5.1 cases per 100 full-time workers. BLS estimates that 4 in 5 of the injuries and illnesses reported among government workers occurred at the local level.