4:30 PM16:30

NCRA / SWANA Fall Happy Hour

The event is Thursday, October 5th from 4:30-7:00 p.m. at the Uproar Brewing Company in downtown San Jose. This is a new brewery in San Jose in a hip, laidback warehouse style space.

Parking is validated from ParkSJ parking garages, and there is also metered street parking available. It’s about a 20 min transit trip from the Diridon Caltrain station. There are also stops nearby for bus and light rail.

Appetizers will be provided (sponsored by NCRA and SWANA Gold Rush Chapter).

All members and potential members are welcome. Please feel free to share this with other professionals in the environmental industry, and college students interested in our industry.

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ISWA World Congress & WASTECON 2017
to Sep 27

ISWA World Congress & WASTECON 2017

  • Baltimore Convention Center (map)
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ISWA World Congress & WASTECON 2017

The World Congress is the biggest annual event organized by the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA). In 2017, WASTECON® co-locates with ISWA’s World Congress to offer two exciting international events in one location, September 25–27 2017, in Baltimore, Maryland.

What to Expect?

ISWA World Congress & WASTECON® 2017 provide opportunities to see what’s new in collection, processing, marketing and management of compost, recyclables and solid waste. Join thousands of industry professionals from throughout the world for technical sessions, facility tours, exhibits and networking opportunities. Explore a variety of new topics and expand your knowledge of what’s happening in solid waste management.

Help Grow the Industry!

Bring Young Professional (YP) colleagues (defined as someone age 35 and younger) along to experience everything that these two important events provide—access to the industry’s premier thought leaders, hands-on experiences and opportunities for important discussions. Help build the next generation of our profession. Special pricing offered for YP participants.

Key Conference details to help you plan:


 Register: here

 Conference Program: here

 Exhibit/Sponsorships : here

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9:30 AM09:30

It's All About Organics Workshop Part 2

  • San Jose Environmental Innovation Center (map)
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The SWANA Northern CA Gold Rush Chapter is pleased to announce the “It’s All About Organics, Part 2” Workshop. It will be held on June 22, 2017 in San Jose.  As a follow up to our sold out February workshop, we are offering a new line-up of speakers focused on addressing the challenges and developing the strategies for reducing organic waste to landfill.

Please make plans to join us. Click above to see the flyer for details and reservation link.

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5:30 PM17:30

SWANA Young Professionals Happy Hour

  • Track 7 Brewing Company - Natomas Tap Room (map)
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Attention SWANA Gold Rush Chapter Members, Sacramento Area Young Professionals, and College Students:
You are invited to the Gold Rush Chapter Young Professionals Happy Hour, to be held Monday, June 5th, at the Track 7 Brewing Company Natomas Tap Room. All SWANA members and potential SWANA members are welcome. Please feel free to share the flyer below with other professionals in the environmental industry, and with college students interested in our industry. Please note, Not‐as‐Young Professionals are welcome to attend the Happy Hour, but are encouraged to bring a Young Professional along with them.

Track 7 will be giving a tour and tasting at 5:30 pm (sponsored by the Gold Rush Chapter), followed by networking. There will also be a food truck on site.

RSVP is required for the Tour/Tasting portion of the event, as space is limited. No RSVP is required for networking.

Hope to see you there!

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5:30 PM17:30

SWANA Young Professionals Happy Hour

Solid Waste Association of North America Young Professionals

Invites You to Our First

Young Professionals
Happy Hour

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Cafeteria 15L
1116 15th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814

Come meet other professionals specializing in all areas of solid waste management and
resource recovery. If you know people in the solid waste sector that would be interested
in joining, feel free to invite them by forwarding this invite. Not‐as‐Young Professionals
are also welcome to attend the Happy Hour, but are encouraged to bring a Young
Professional along with them. SWANA will be providing tasty appetizers.

R.S.V.P. appreciated but not required to Andrea Ramirez at AndreaRamirez@hdrinc.com

Happy Hour prices available 4 to 7 pm.

Valet Parking ‐ $5 per car
Metered Street Parking (1hr limit): Monday‐Saturday 8am‐6pm

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9:00 AM09:00

SWANA Senior Executive Seminar

The Solid Waste Association of North America In Partnership with the SWANA Arizona Chapter presents:

20th Annual Senior Executive Seminar & Training Conference
June 26, 2016 – June 30, 2016
The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa
6902 East Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

SWANA's Senior Executive Seminar brings together executive-level directors and managers of major public sector solid waste agencies throughout North America along with their counterparts from the private sector.

The purpose of this seminar is to provide a "think tank" atmosphere for solid waste leaders. The program features presentations and panel discussions dealing with today’s most important issues, brainstorming sessions to develop practical solutions to the most pressing questions regarding solid waste management and informal networking opportunities.


NEW for 2016
SWANA HQ and SWANA’s Arizona Chapter partner to host SES! The Seminar program is organized by SWANA’s Arizona Chapter in collaboration with members of the Planning and Management Technical Division.
See the preliminary program here.


If you have any questions, please contact techdivisions@swana.org or Brad Frisk at 480-503-6432 or brad.frisk@gilbertaz.gov

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10:00 AM10:00

Chapter Workshop: Commodities Markets Forcast and Municipal RFPs/Franchise Agreements


******************EARN TWO CONTINUING EDUCATIONAL UNITS**************

Wed., June 22, 2016
11:00 a.m. - Registration
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. – Networking

Massimo’s Restaurant
5200 Mowry Avenue
Fremont CA 94538

All-Star Speakers:
Constance Hornig, Esq., Law Offices of Constance Hornig
Rob Hilton, HF&H Consultants
Peter Slote, City of Oakland, Public Works

Derek Crutchfield, City of Vallejo

COST: $40 Members // $50 Non-Members // Lunch is provided

REGISTER: http://swanacontracts.brownpapertickets.com

Trish Pisenti (707) 565-7958
Derek Crutchfield (707) 648-5346

Our experts will share their keen insights on:

The RFP process

Achieving high diversion performance

Navigating the political review process

Getting cost-effective solutions in your franchise agreements.

Compliance with Props 218 and 26


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to Apr 14

Western Regional Symposium

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"

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...


PRESENTATIONS for SWANA 2015 Western Regional Symposium
Sponsored by the Solid Waste Association of North America, Founding Chapter
Palm Springs, California April 13-16, 2015

The 44th annual 2015 SWANA Western Regional Solid Waste Symposium and Exposition was a great success! Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed!

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to Apr 7


SWANApalooza 2016

April 4-7, 2016 | Charleston, South Carolina

SWANApalooza features five key solid waste industry events—all in one place at one time—making industry information, education and networking more accessible and affordable in 2016!

Plenary Speakers
Opening sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 5 and 6, focus on changes in the waste industry due to new goals for U.S. food waste collection and an international emphasis on the “circular economy”, an effort to focus on reuse, recovered materials and energy.

Technical Sessions

SWANApalooza now offers an option for “All Conference Access” that includes technical sessions for all three of these events. This package allows you to move seamlessly from one event to another, choosing the sessions that are most appropriate to your organization and location.


  • U.S. EPA’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) Workshop: The LMOP National Landfill Gas Energy Workshop will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2016 and will highlight recent successes in landfill gas (LFG) energy projects as well as current trends affecting LFG energy development and the solid waste management sector. This event is FREE, but registration is required.
  • SWANA’s Spring Training & Exam Center: As an alternative to these events, you may want to focus your professional development and certification needs with SWANA’s renowned training sessions.


  • Fleet Management Expo (FME) -  FME is a unique industry experience that provides waste and recycling fleet owners, managers and other professionals, in both the public and private sectors, hands-on information about improving their operations, a chance to network with vendors who specialize in fleet products and services, and the opportunity to test the newest innovations in refuse trucks and equipment.
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11:30 AM11:30

Gold Rush Chapter Workshop

Gold Rush Chapter Organics Workshop with Big SWANA's Executive Director, David Biderman.

We hope you can join us for a great day of information and networking!

Workshop Agenda:

Buffet lunch at 11:30am

Presentations from 12:30pm – 3:00pm

  • Matt Cotton, Integrated Waste Management Consulting, LLC will speak on the "The Organics Infrastructure Gap"
  • Karen Gissibl, City of Sunnyvale’s Environmental Programs Manger, will present an"Update on Food Rescue Efforts in Santa Clara County" 
  • David Biderman, the Executive Director and CEO of SWANA – we are very excited to have David attending this event!

Networking and beverages after the presentations
– please stay and talk with your SWANA Gold Rush Board members, your counterparts from other agencies and organizations, and with David.

The workshop is eligible for 3 CEUs and is only $25 for SWANA members or $35 for non-members – bring someone else from your office and get them involved!

Please RSVP at http://swanaorganicsworkshop.brownpapertickets.com/

Credit card payment is available online, or pay at the door* with cash or check. 

Workshop location and parking:

Gordon Biersch Brewery – Restaurant – Pilsner Room
33 E. San Fernando Street in San Jose, CA
11:30am to 3:00pm

The Pilsner Room is just past the main restaurant entrance and to the left.

Discounted parking is available at the Pavillion Garage located underground through the 2nd street entrance OR the Fountain Valley lot across the street from the Improv on 2nd Street.

***The City Park's open air parking lot across the street on East San Fernando DOES NOT ACCEPT any validations from the city or Gordon Biersch.***


*Planning to pay at the door? – please RSVP online – although it says free on the website, the prices will be the same as if you paid online.

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Annual Awards Celebration -- RSVP by Oct 16th!
to Oct 24

Annual Awards Celebration -- RSVP by Oct 16th!

  • Hilton Sonoma Wine Country (map)
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Join the SWANA Gold Rush Chapter in Sonoma Wine Country for the 2015 Annual Awards and Installation Celebration.

This exciting annual event is open to all. Members and soon-to-be members alike! Please also bring your friends and family!

The setting for this year's celebration is the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Hotel. We invite you to stay over night and attend a FREE wine tasting on October 24th at The Rutherford Grove Winery!

RSVP is required by October 16th! Get all the details in our event flyer: here.

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WasteCon 2015
to Aug 27

WasteCon 2015

WASTECON® is the premier solid waste industry-focused conference that brings you the latest news, education, advancements and products to help you achieve success in your business, all in one setting. Our 53rd Annual WASTECON® conference will take place in Orlando, Florida, from August 25-27, 2015.

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10:00 AM10:00


  • Santa Clara/San Jose Regional Wastewater Facility (map)
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MEETING DATE: July 22, 2015
MEETING SITE: San Jose/Santa Clara Regional Waste Water Facility

700 Los Esteros Road, Administration Bldg.
San Jose, CA 94134

Parking: Front or either side of building (get "visitor" badge inside)

TOUR SITE: Zanker Recycling (across the street from meeting site)

There will be two bus tours (1pm and 2:15pm) that departs from the Waste Water facility. Each is about 1-1/4 hours.

TOUR OVERVIEW: Zanker Recycling is a nationally recognized leader in the field of innovative waste material recovery and processing. The Zanker Recycling facilities are some of the largest in the country with some of the highest recovery rates in the industry. The tour will include:

• A brand new Demolition Debris sort lines that handles about 80 tons per hour with a 95% recovery rate.

Mixed C + D recovery lines handle about 60 tons per hour with an 80% recovery rate.

• The world’s largest Dry Fermentation Anaerobic Digestion Facility which came on line in Dec. 2013 (handles about 90,000 TPY of food scraps, yard waste and other compostable materials, and annually generates about 1.6MW of clean, renewal power).

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m Board Meeting
12:00 p.m. – 1p.m Lunch & Zanker Site Overview
1pm-2:15pm Zanker Site Tour #1 (12 slots—first come basis)
2:15-3:30pm Zanker Site Tour #2 (12 slots—first come basis)

RSVP by Email to by July 16th:
Joe La Mariana
2014-15 Gold Rush Chapter Vice President
Section Manager, Solid Waste & Environmental Services
Office of Sustainability, County of San Mateo (650) 599-1471 (office); (650) 759-1172 (cell)
Email: jlamariana@smcgov.org

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10:00 AM10:00

Board Meeting and Facility Tour

Board of Directors Meeting and Facility Tour

DATE: May 27, 2015

LOCATION: Recology’s Blossom Valley Organics (formerly "Grover Environmental Products)

3909 Gaffery Road
(209) 833-3392 (main)


HOT TOPIC: Come tour one of Recology’s three California-based compost production facilities located on 216 acres in the heart of the San Joaquin valley’s rich agricultural region. This facility produces high-quality compost, mulch and other landscape products for the agricultural industry, and for commercial and residential use. Highly coveted OMRI-certified compost is also produced on this site.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Board Meeting
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch and site/facility tour (jeans and boots strongly encouraged)

All members, prospective members, and interested parties are invited to attend!

RSVP by Email to by May, 20th (see RSVP flyer here):

Joe La Mariana
2014-15 Gold Rush Chapter Vice President
Section Manager, Solid Waste & Environmental Services
Department of Public Works
County of San Mateo
555 County Center, 5th Floor
Redwood City, CA 94063
Phone: (650) 599-1471 (office); (650) 759-1172 (cell)
Email: jlamariana@smcgov.org

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MOLO Course
to Mar 27

MOLO Course

  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites (map)
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Manager of Landfill Operations (MOLO) Training and Certification Course in Sacramento, CA

On Tuesday, March 24 and Thursday, March 26, 2015, Students are in the classroom and out for a field exercise at Sacramento County’s Kiefer Landfill.

Friday, March 27, 2015 is the MOLO Exam.

The class will be held in Elk Grove, CA, with instructors Neal Bolton, Curtis Larkin, & James Moore.

Check out the flyer and register today! Learn more about the MOLO Course here.

Course location and Hotel information:

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
9175 W. Stockton Blvd.
Elk Grove, CA 95758
Phone: (916) 478-9000

Ask for the MOLO Training Event group rate: $99 per night if you reserve by March 6th.

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10:00 AM10:00

Board Meeting & Legislative Review

  • Shaw Yoder Offices, Meridian Plaza 1415 "L" Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 (map)
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Board of Directors Meeting & Legislative Review

Venue: Shaw Yoder Offices, Meridian Plaza

Address: 1415 "L" Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

All members, prospective members, and interested parties are invited to attend!

RSVP is required. Please fill out this form and email it to jlamariana@smcgov.org

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