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The California Gold Rush Chapter is now a member of the SWANA Chapter Webinar Program, which allows Gold Rush Chapter members to attend live SWANA Webinars with no out-of-pocket cost. The Chapter is very excited to offer this benefit to our members!

As part of SWANA’s upgrade of its online store, the Chapter Webinar Program debit card codes and registration procedure will be changed. Please check back later for updated information. Please contact Jesse Maxwell at jmaxwell@swana.org with any questions or concerns.



Southern California SWANA Chapter Workshop
Join SoCal SWANA on June 5, 2019, at the Los Coyotes Country Club
8888 Los Coyotes Drive, Buena Park, CA
9:30 am to 3:00 pm


Workshop Agenda:

9:30 am | Registration and Welcome Remarks

10:00 am – 10:45 am | Track 1: Room A

  • Sustainable Waste Management Programs | Speaker: Leslie Griffin, Environmental Health Specialist, Sony Pictures Entertainment

10:00 am – 10:45 am | Track 2: Room B

  • Food Recovery: The Cost of SB 1383 – Real World Case Studies | Speaker: Laith Ezzet, HFH Consultants
  • Food Recovery Programs in Operations | Speaker: Rachel Otair, Program Manager, Waste Not OC

11:00 am – 11:45 am | Track 1: Room A

  • Safety at Landfills | Speaker: Jordan Young, Safety Culture Manager, OCWR
  • Safety at MRFs | Speaker: Jaime Britt, Director of Safety, Athens Disposal

11:00 am – 11:45 am | Track 2: Room B

  • Stormwater Industrial Generator Permits: How to Reduce Level 2 Exceedances at Transfer Stations | Speaker: Kim Braun, City of Culver City
  • Driver Shortages | Speaker: Michael Pompay, Athens Disposal

Noon – 1:30 pm | Luncheon

Keynote Speaker: Frank Caponi, 2019 President, SWANA International

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm | Track 1: Room A

  • Panel Discussion: Recycling Contamination Contractor Comments/ Municipal Comments | Speakers: Adam Holt, Allen Company; Ray Grothaus, Republic Services; and Michael Lee, City of Los Angeles

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm | Track 2: Room B

  • Organics Management at Landfills | Speaker: Isaac Novella, OCWR
  • Developing Composting Sites on Landfills: Miramar Landfill, San Diego | Speaker: Srividhya Viswanathan, SCS Engineers




Turning the Ship Around Wading through the Plastic Seas

Titus MRF Tour 9-10:30 (space is limited)
6625 Stanford Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90001

Workshop 11-4 (includes networking lunch 12-1)
City of Lynwood - Bateman Hall
11331 Ernestine Avenue
Lynwood, CA 90262
Event Flyer

A lot of plastic packaging is a problem in our discard stream. Markets have tightened as a result of China's National Sword policy and we are short of domestic markets for some plastic resins. 

The Local Agency Technical Council and Global Recycling Council of the California Resource Recovery Association are sponsoring a workshop series along with the Solid Waste Association of North America, the California Refuse Recycling Council and the Southern California Waste Management Forum addressing problem plastics markets.

The first workshop held in March 2019 was a call to action. This June 2019 workshop will focus on the local solutions that communities, haulers, processors and manufacturers can implement. 

A statewide policy workshop is planned for September 2019.

Workshop Panels
Processors and Manufacturers
What is a secondary MRF? What commodities are marketable?  
What materials can be marketed locally? What are the issues for California manufacturers?

Local Communities and Service Providers
What are local communities and local haulers doing to educate customers about contamination and wishcycling?
What public policy tools (bans, incentives) can local communities use to reduce the impacts of plastic pollution?

Non-Government Organizations
What are advocacy organizations doing to support businesses and local communities?


CRRA, SWANA, CRRC and Forum Members $50
Non-members $60
Includes networking lunch
Brown Paper Tickets:
Space is limited for the Titus MRF tour! Sign up today!