6:15 PM18:15

SWANA Gold Rush Annual Awards Banquet


The SWANA Gold Rush Chapter will be hosting the annual awards banquet and installation of officers and Board of Directors on Friday, September 28 at the Rio City Café in Sacramento.

DATE: September 28, 2018

LOCATION: Rio City Café, 1110 Front Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

TIME: 6:15-9:30pm (6:15-7:00pm cocktails, 7-8:30pm dinner, 8:30-8:30pm raffle and board recognition)

COST: $65 per person (includes two drink tickets and a 3-course meal)

RSVP TICKETS: By September 24 through Brown Paper:

Click below for addition details, including local hotel information. And a special thank you to our sponsors!

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Zero Food Waste Forum 2018
8:00 AM08:00

Zero Food Waste Forum 2018

We are pleased to announce the second Zero Food Waste Forum to be held October 16, 2018 in Berkeley, California, hosted by the Northern California Recycling Association and the Solid Waste Association of North America Gold Rush Chapter.

Check out the Program and apply to attend today!  

Attendance is limited and priority will be given to local jurisdiction staff.

  • NCRA & SWANA members: $65/person
  • Non-Members: $75/person

The purpose of the Forum is to help local jurisdictions understand the direction and intentions of Senate Bill 1383 (2016), which requires that no less than 20 percent of edible food currently disposed of in California is recovered for human consumption by 2025, and where we need to go.  

The Forum will profile successful policies and programs in food waste prevention and reduction and edible food re-purposing and recovery, highlight regional and statewide examples and provide a forum for innovative approaches to reduce wasted food and feed hungry people. There will be time for break out sessions in which to delve more deeply into these subjects with presenters and colleagues.

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10:00 AM10:00

CalRecycle Monthly Public Meeting

  • CalEPA Building, Byron Sher Auditorium (2nd Floor) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

As part of CalRecycle’s commitment to maintain transparency in decision making and program development, the Department will conduct public meetings on a monthly basis.  This meeting will include 1) a review of pending decisions to be made within the following 30-60 days, 2) an update on ongoing projects and other work activities currently underway and 3) an opportunity for public comment on activities in general.

Meeting Details:

o   Agenda – [will be posted closer to the meeting date] or [see "Documents" section.]

o   To attend the meeting in person, see “Event Information”.

o   To participate via webcast, go to: broadcast.

o    Send comments/questions during the meeting to:

NOTE:  Please indicate in the subject line which section of the agenda you are addressing (i.e.  Subject:  Section B, Item # 2).  Staff will compile questions/comments, and deliver to the appropriate panel member for a response.  In addition, comments/questions may be emailed before and after the meeting to the same email address indicated above.

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to Oct 24

2018 Resource Recycling Conference

  • Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Resource Recycling Conference, in partnership with the National Recycling Coalition and in alliance with Waste360, the Missouri Recycling Association, is the must-attend conference for the recycling industry’s most influential policy leaders, CEOs and government officials. The conference, now entering its nineth year, is your opportunity to network with clients, prospective partners, vendors and top materials management decision-makers all in one location, saving you precious time and travel expenses.  The conference's lineup of education sessions will offer attendees the latest on materials processing trends, tactics to boost diversion rates, legislative talking points, market analysis and much more.

The Resource Recycling Conference shines a light on the topics most relevant to recycling and composting professionals.  Experts from across the field will share fresh research findings and delve into key company developments and informed prognoses of the future. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the issues set to be explored in St Louis:

•    Everything You Need to Know About Dirty MRFs
•    Updates from the Closed Loop Fund and The Recycling Partnership
•    The Past, Present and Future of Critical Commodities Markets
•    The Intersection of Recycling and Sustainability
•    Proven Strategies for Connecting With Your Community

Early Registration - $575 per person
Walk-up Registration - $595 per person
Sponsor and Exhibitor Representative Additional Registration - $495

Please click here to register!

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to Nov 1

Community-Based Social Marketing Workshops

These workshops will be of interest to those working to promote behavioral changes that protect the environment or foster public health and safety. Descriptions of both workshops are provided below.

Introductory Workshop (October 29-30): The two-day introductory workshop provides a comprehensive introduction to community-based social marketing and how it is being applied throughout the world to foster behavior change. Those who attend the workshop will learn the five steps of community-based social marketing (selecting behaviors, identifying barriers, developing strategies, conducting pilots, and broad scale implementation) and be exposed to numerous case studies illustrating its use. Participants will receive a copy of the third edition of "An Introduction to Community-Based Social Marketing." The introductory workshop is a mandatory prerequisite for the advanced workshop.

Advanced Workshop (Oct. 31 - Nov. 1): The two-day advanced workshop provides an in-depth exploration of how community-based social marketing can be used to foster behavioral changes and provides attendees the opportunity to apply this approach to their own programs. Building on the introductory workshop, participants will be exposed to advanced topics regarding fostering behavioral changes, with a particular focus on the formation of habits that protect the environment or foster public health and safety; accurately determining the barriers to a behavioral change; and program evaluation and determining return on investment. The workshop also addresses the effective use of social media, apps and websites. Participants will also be coached in making community-based social marketing presentations to their agency or community and will receive PowerPoint and Keynote presentations for this purpose. This workshop is restricted to individuals who have previously attended Dr. McKenzie-Mohr's introductory workshop. If you have not yet attended an introductory workshop, reduced rates are available for attending both sessions.

For over three decades Dr. Doug McKenzie-Mohr has been working to incorporate scientific knowledge on behavior change into the design and delivery of community programs. He is the founder of community-based social marketing and the author of three books on the topic. One of these books has been recommended by Time Magazine and become requisite reading for those who deliver programs to protect the environment, promote public health and prevent injuries. His work has been featured in the New York Times and he is the recipient of the American Psychological Association’s inaugural award for innovation in environmental psychology and the World Social Marketing conference’s inaugural award for contributions to the field of social marketing. He has delivered workshops internationally for over 70,000 program managers

For full details, please download the brochure here.
Click here to register.

Questions regarding the workshops should be directed to

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10:00 AM10:00

2018 SWANA Gold Rush Chapter Annual BBQ and Board Elections

  • City of WatsonVille Water Treatment Plant (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

You are cordially invited to the SWANA Gold Rush Chapter Annual BBQ and Board Election on Friday, September 14th in Corralitos. At the meeting (or by designating a proxy, as detailed on the slate document), chapter members are asked to vote on the proposed slate of 2018-2019 officers and directors (click here for nominees). As an appreciation to the membership, attendance is free to all members and guests. We look forward to seeing you in beautiful downtown Corralitos. 

Friday, September 14th, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Board of Directors Meeting  – All are welcome! 
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Annual BBQ and Chapter Members Meeting Election of 2018-2019 Officers and Directors

R.S.V.P by September 11th!
Brown Paper Tickets

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10:00 AM10:00

Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) Monthly Public Meeting

As part of CalRecycle’s commitment to maintain transparency in decision making and program development, the Department will conduct public meetings on a monthly basis.  This meeting will include 1) a review of pending decisions to be made within the following 30-60 days, 2) an update on ongoing projects and other work activities currently underway and 3) an opportunity for public comment on activities in general.

Meeting Details:

o   Agenda – [will be posted closer to the meeting date] or [see "Documents" section.]

o   To attend the meeting in person, see “Event Information”.

o   To participate via webcast, go to:  broadcast.

o    Send comments/questions during the meeting to:

       NOTE:  Please indicate in the subject line which section of the agenda you are addressing (i.e.  Subject:  Section B, Item # 2).  Staff will compile questions/comments, and deliver to the appropriate panel member for a response.  In addition, comments/questions may be emailed before and after the meeting to the same email address indicated above.

Contact(s): or (916) 341-6103

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to Aug 23


WASTECON® 2018: August 20–23, Nashville, TN

Join us in Music City for a week of learning, networking, and fun at WASTECON® 2018 in Nashville, TN from August 20–23. This dynamic conference will feature “Sound Ideas” in waste management, speaking to the most pressing issues in our industry today.

Conference topics range from food waste, to waste technology and the Internet of Things, to the changing recycling landscape due to the Chinese waste import restrictions. Attendees can expect to meet thousands of industry colleagues all working towards shaping the future of the solid waste industry for the better.

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9:00 AM09:00

Californians Against Waste: 2018 Birthday Bash

Californians Against Waste (CAW)'s annual birthday bash is our chance to recognize achievements in recycling and waste prevention over the past year. It takes real passion and leadership to foster the recycling revolution occurring right here in California.

Save the date! This is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with California's recycling leadership from the public, private, and non-profit sectors. 

More event information here.

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42nd Annual CRRA Conference
to Jul 29

42nd Annual CRRA Conference

  • Oakland Marriott City Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Each year, the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) organizes one of the most comprehensive and informative conferences dedicated to recycling and sustainable materials management in California and beyond. CRRA is well known for its training and educational offerings since the early 1970s.  The Annual Conference and Tradeshow attracts over 600 individuals annually and showcases an estimated 30 sessions each year with over 100 industry experts as presenters. This year’s event will be held at the Oakland Marriott City Center, July 26-29, 2018.  Details are forthcoming, please be sure to join our mailing list for Conference updates.   Share your story, your experiences and your successes. Keep California moving into the future we want!

The theme for this year is Sea Change – Weathering the Storm in the Recycling Industry.  From National Sword to organics diversion to food rescue, we are headed into uncharted waters, join us for compelling and innovative workshops, panels and conference sessions from our community of industry professionals!

Please visit CRRA's website for more information on this conference.

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9:30 AM09:30

SWANA Gold Rush Board of Directors Meeting and Presentation

Our July 2018 SWANA Gold Rush Chapter meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 25th, starting at 9:30 am at the Cattlemens Restaurant at 2882 Kitty Hawk Road, Livermore, CA 94551.  Due to the need of several folks to leave early in order to make other commitments, the board meeting will start at 9:30 AM, lunch will be served at 11:45, and our presentation will begin at 12:30. Our guest speaker will be Wil Selby. Wil will be discussing some new innovations in collection vehicle safety systems.

FleetGuide is the first LIDAR-based aftermarket safety system which provides autonomous vehicle grade algorithms to waste management vehicles. Unlike traditional camera-based safety systems, the LIDAR-based solution is able to understand the exact location of the vehicle and the obstacles around the vehicle by generating high definition, 360˚ 3-D images. The product improves the driver's situational awareness and provides managers an aggregate view of their fleet's performance to support daily operations, training, and incident liability claims. An example of one of the features, a 360˚ backup cam, is available for viewing here. The product is currently deployed on fleets in the San Francisco Bay area with plans to launch pilots in additional cities across the U.S. this year. For more information, visit

A buffet lunch will include grilled tri-tip, teriyaki chicken, rice, seasonal vegetables, salad, ranch-style beans bread, coffee, tea, or soda and dessert. Please RSVP by going to no later than 12:00 noon on Monday, July 23rd.  The cost is free for Board Directors, $20 for Gold Rush chapter members, and $30 for non-members.

We hope to see you there.

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8:00 AM08:00


The Central California Sierra Chapter will be hosting a SWANA Road-EO on Saturday July 21, 2018 on the Campus of Allan Hancock College, in Santa Maria California. This event will be open to all Front Load and Side Load drivers. We encourage all qualifying SWANA members and their employees to partici- pate in this wonderful event.

This is a great opportunity to interact with other drivers from around the state, speak with vendors/ sponsors of the event and test your skills against some of the top drivers in your field. What better reason to get a way to California’s beautiful, central coast this summer?
Bring your family to see you at your best and spend your off time touring Santa Maria and the nearby coast line.

All participants will receive a T-shirt/ Hat and lunch will be provided.
Guests can purchase lunch for $5.00.

Room reservations can be made at one of three hotels holding rooms up until 30 days prior to the event. Mention the “SWANA ROAD-EO” to receive a discount.

Radisson Hotel (805) 928-8000
Candlewood Suites (805) 928-4155
Fairfield Suites (805) 925-8500

Event Chair: Kyle Loreto
(559) 277-4027 O
(559) 231-3997 C

Find event Registration and Release forms on our website or click on the Registration form here and the Release form here.

Please submit your completed registration & release forms to Kyle Loreto @

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10:00 PM22:00

[Monthly Meeting] CalRecycle Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery

As part of CalRecycle's commitment to maintain transparency in decision making and program development, the Resources Recycling and Recovery Department will conduct public meetings on a monthly basis. The meeting will include 1) a review of pending decisions to be made within the following 30-60 days, 2) an update on ongoing projects and other work activities currently underway and 3) an opportunity for public comments on activities in general.

To see the meeting Agenda -- which will be posted shortly before the meeting date -- and other information, please visit the CalRecycle website.


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8:30 AM08:30

The Problem with Plastic Packaging Workshop

  • Fire Department Large Training Room (Fremont) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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 Global Recycling Council of CRRA and the Gold Rush Chapter of SWANA are co-sponsoring a day-long workshop on packaging hosted by the City of Fremont. The focus of the day will be on plastic packaging (but we may address other problem packages as well), and how local governments, collectors, processors and brokers are addressing these challenges.

Register today!
CRRA and SWANA Members: $40
Non-Members: $50

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5:30 PM17:30

Air Quality Planning Under AB 617

  • 520 Capitol Mall Sacramento, CA, 95814 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ambient air quality standards. Risk reduction audits. Community air monitoring systems. Non-attainment area plans. Disadvantaged communities. How do these all fit together in an air quality planning process?

Please join us for a head-shaking discussion led by Gary Rubenstein of Foulweather Consulting where few of your questions will be answered, and you'll probably leave more confused than when you arrive.


  • 5:30pm -- Arrival and Social
  • 6:00pm -- Dinner*
  • 6:30pm -- Presentation
  • 8:00pm -- Adjourn

Cost: Free. *Pizza and drinks will be served.

To attend, please email Gary Rubenstein at Directions and parking information will be sent prior to the meeting to those who sign up.

Cancellation Policy:
If you are not able to attend, please cancel as soon as possible in order to assist us in planning for food and beverages at the meeting.

Who Should Attend:
This event is organized by the Mother Lode Chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association. This event may be attended by students and their professors, and interested members and their colleagues. We welcome representatives of regulatory agencies, academia, industry, community and environmental groups, and the consulting community.

If you have questions about this event, contact Gary Rubenstein by phone at (916) 802-1375, or by email at For more information about the Mother Lode Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association, visit our website at

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2018 Western Region Symposium
to May 24

2018 Western Region Symposium

  • The Palm Springs Hilton Resort (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

2018 Western Region Symposium | May 21-24

The 47th Annual SWANA Western Regional Solid Waste Symposium and Exposition will be held in Palm Springs, an area known for fantastic golf courses, excellent restaurants, spectacular views, and great weather. Make your reservations early to ensure you have a room onsite. The Palm Springs Hilton Resort has made available a block of rooms and suites at a special rate for SWANA attendees. These rates are guaranteed through March 1, 2018. Contact the Palm Springs Hilton Resort at (760) 320-6868 and be sure to mention SWANA to receive the single/double rate of $150.00 per day.

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SWANApalooza 2018
to Mar 7

SWANApalooza 2018

  • Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

SWANApalooza 2018

Denver, Colorado
March 5–7, 2018

SWANApalooza is the brand name for four SWANA events combined into one location to provide a significant learning experience, saving you time and travel to multiple events. SWANApalooza features the Annual Landfill Gas and Biogas Symposium, the Annual Landfill Symposium, and the Road to Zero Waste Conference, along with the Spring Training & Exam Center. Formerly a separate event, the U.S. EPA’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) is now a partner in the Landfill Gas and Biogas Symposium. Professional tours to view local operations are always part of the educational offerings. For social experiences, we have a Fun Run, networking receptions, and more, depending on the location.

The solid waste industry is changing, with hot topics including safety, technology advances, and food scrap disposal at the top of the conversation list.

REACH NEW HEIGHTS in the solid waste industry by being an integral part of SWANApalooza!

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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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

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 or Brad Frisk at 480-503-6432 or

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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


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

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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