Southern California SWANA Founding Chapter Newsletter
December 2015

Next Chapter Workshop

Dave and Buster's
4821 Mills Circle, Ontario California

January 21, 2016

10:00am - 1:30pm

Cost: $55 Members - $65 Non Members

Topics and Speakers Include:

"Safety in Waste Collections & Operations"
Bob Figoni, City of Ontario

"Safety in Landfill Operations"
Mario Almaraz, OC Waste & Recycling

"Cyberspace Safety"
Gary Hayslip, City of San Diego

To register, click HERE.

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Looking For Safety Ambassadors
Waste collection workers have the fifth highest fatality rate in the United States. The injury/illness rate for waste collection workers is increasing and remains stubbornly high for MRF and landfill employees. In addition, there are daily accidents and frequent fires involving trucks and facilities.
SWANA is starting a "Safety Ambassador" initiative at the chapter level. Under this new initiative, SWANA chapters will identify at one or more members who will serve as the chapter's Safety Ambassador(s).
The purpose of this initiative is to:
  1. Create a chapter-level safety resource that members can go to with questions;
  2. Provide a person in the chapter who will receive and distribute safety-related information from SWANA HQ and the chapter;
  3. Demonstrate the renewed emphasis on safety at the chapter level at SWANA; and
  4. Create additional leadership opportunities at the chapter level.
If you are interested in volunteering as a Safety Ambassador for the Founding Chapter of SWANA in Southern California, please express your interest by emailing us at . We are very excited about this new initiative and being a part of SWANA's renewed focus on reducing accidents and injuries
What is SWANA's Young Professionals Group?

A "Young Professional" is defined as an individual in the solid waste industry 35 or younger.  That's actual age, not just how you feel.
We are a group of individuals who represent the future of the solid waste industry. We are passionate about the environment, our industry, and helping each other succeed. We are eager to offer advice, brainstorm ideas, develop solutions, and share in the struggles and triumphs of working in this business.
We are energetic. We are motivated. We are committed. We are the next generation of SWANA.  For more information click here.

The Southern California SWANA Founding Chapter is pleased to announce April Hilario as the new Young Professional (YP) Chapter Representative. Ms. Hilario works as a Senior Associate with HF&H Consultants, where she specializes in solid waste analytical projects including competitive procurement's for new solid waste contracts, recycling contract management, financial modeling, and rate studies. She helps manage the used oil grant funds for the Coachella Valley Association of Governments which has seen a 600% increase in the recycling of used oil filters since 2007. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, and playing indoor volleyball. Ms. Hilario holds a M.A. in Economics from Cal State Fullerton and a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from U.C. Riverside.

Solid Waste Association of North America's
45th Annual Western Regional Symposium and Trade Show in San Luis Obispo, CA
April 11 to 14, 2016

"Building a Sustainable Future"

This is your chance to present your latest project, research, or case study at the premier event for solid waste professionals on the west coast.  Please submit an abstract or panel discussion proposal of 500 words or less on one or more of the following topics:
  • Waste-to-Energy 
  • Waste Conversion Technologies
  • Transfer Station Design and Operations
  • Regional Landfill Development
  • Recycling and Composting Programs
  • Landfill Gas Recovery
  • Waste Reduction and Reuse
  • Climate Action Issues
  • Cap and Trade for Landfills
  • Legislative Issues
  • LFG to Vehicle Fuels
  • Landfill Operations
  • Environmental Issues
  • Health and Safety
  • Public Relations
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Technology
  • Sustainable Operations
  • Special Wastes
  • Electronic Recycling
  • Collections
  • Solar Energy

Submit Your Abstract and Biographical Sketch Today to Steve Strait at
The 2016 Western Regional Symposium, "Building a Sustainable Future," will be held at the Embassy Suites, San Luis Obispo, from April 11th through April 14th, 2016.
Click here for more information...
CalRecycle is hosting a public workshop in Southern California titled: California's Environmental Goals and Funding Waste Management Infrastructure.  Details and location information for the workshop is below. Additionally, please subscribe to the California's Environmental Goals and Funding Waste Management Infrastructure Listserv for updates and information about future workshops on this topic.
This workshop will focus on the state investment and partnerships needed to achieve California's 75 percent recycling goal while sustaining CalRecycle's ability to manage the handling of solid waste in California. Staff will present and seek feedback on potential funding mechanisms that support achieving the 75 percent recycling goal and provide sustainable funding as disposal fee revenue decreases.

Date: December 8, 2015
Time-frame : 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: 21865 Copley Drive Diamond Bar, CA 91765

I. Welcome and Introduction: Scott Smithline, Director
II. History, Current Funding Shortfall, Funding to Achieve New Goals
        i. The Integrated Waste Management Act (AB 939 (Sher)
           Chapter 1095, Statutes of 1989)
        ii. Overview of the Integrated Waste Management Account
        iii. New Goals and Mandates
III. Mechanisms for Achieving California's Environmental Goals
         i. Infrastructure and Financing Needs
         ii. State Investments - Possible Approaches
-----Public Comment-----
IV. Sustainable Funding Strategies to Support California's Environmental Goals
         i. Possible Funding Mechanisms
         ii. Implementing a Statewide Charge on Solid Waste Generation   
-----Public Comment-----
In Memory of John Pacey 
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