2018 President's Message

Well, I’m ahead of last year – it was May before I found time to get this message put together in 2017. I’m excited to be serving a second year as Gold Rush Chapter President.  We have a great team of folks on our Board of Directors, and we are looking forward to a busy year. We had our first 2018 Board of Directors meeting and a tour of the anaerobic digester system at the Blue Line Transfer station in South San Francisco a few week s ago and had a great turnout – thanks again to Teresa and the folks at South San Francisco Scavenger for being such generous hosts.  We hope to have several more interesting tours later in the year. Our chapter has grown by more than 30 new members over the last year and we now have over 380 dedicated solid waste professionals serving in all aspects of the waste industry.  The Gold Rush chapter provides our members with many ways to advance their careers through certified training webinars and technical courses, professional networking opportunities, and Continuing Educational Unit (CEU)-eligible meetings, presentations, facility tours and workshops.

I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you about this year’s SWANAPalooza event, which will take place in Denver, CO from March 5-7.  The staff at SWANA and the Colorado chapter members are hard at work putting the finishing touches on what should be a great event. I highly encourage you to attend this event – not only will you learn from the technical sessions, but you’ll have a chance to interact with solid waste professionals from throughout the country.

Our March Board meeting will be our annual Legislative and Regulatory update, held in Sacramento – we‘ll have registration information for that event in mid-February.

Registration is also open now for this year’s Western Regional Symposium, presented by the Southern California Founding Chapter.  It will be held in Palm Springs May 21-24 and is always a great event.

We are working on plans for our 2018 workshops – if you have an idea for a topic or want to help out with the planning, I encourage you to reach out to our Workshop Committee chair, Ruth Abbe – you can reach her at ruth.abbe@abbeassociates.com.

This year’s WASTECON will be held in Nashville, TN from August 20-23, 2018. We’ll have more information as we get into the summer months.

I encourage you to get involved with SWANA, both at the local chapter level and nationally, through the Technical Divisions.  If you’re not receiving e-mail notices of our local chapter meetings and workshops, please contact us and let’s make sure your contact information is up to date. If you’re not a SWANA member, please consider joining – we have some great membership rates designed for our Young Professionals (those under 35) and Students (currently, Student memberships are FREE!). We are always looking for people to get involved in our local committees and help us plan our activities – we would really value your ideas and help.


WCIRB Reviewing the Solid Waste Industry

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California (WCIRB) is a licensed rating organization and the California Insurance Commissioner’s designated statistical agent for workers’ compensation insurance. For over 100 years, the WCIRB has been relied upon by the Insurance Commissioner, the legislature, insurers and employers as the premier source of reliable workers' compensation information and statistics.

Integral to the WCIRB’s mission is the administration of a Standard Classification System that is used to facilitate the accurate collection of workers’ compensation payroll and loss data. Each standard classification represents a distinct and identifiable group of employers engaged in a relatively homogenous set of operations. The payroll and loss data collected is used to establish an advisory pure premium rate for each standard classification. These advisory rates are approved by California’s Insurance Commissioner and used by insurers to derive the rates they charge employers for workers’ compensation insurance. The advisory pure premium rates are typically revised and approved annually to be effective as of a policy’s inception.

As part of the WCIRB’s mission, the standard classifications are regularly reviewed to ensure that they continue to reflect California’s ever changing and emerging industries. This year, the WCIRB is reviewing the business operations of the Salvage Material Dealer Industry to clarify, update and enhance classification descriptions and procedures to address the collecting, purchasing, sorting, consolidating and selling of various recycled and secondhand materials, including but not limited to California Redemption Value (CRV) beverage containers, scrap metal, rubber stock, paper stock, wiping cloths, green waste, electronic waste and similar salvage materials. The WCIRB will also review the classification descriptions and procedures for garbage or refuse collection, as well as landfill, transfer station and material recovery facility operations. The classifications that will be studied include the following:

* 8847, Beverage Container Collection or Redemption
* 8264(2), Bottle Dealers – secondhand
* 8265(1), Iron or Steel Scrap Dealers
* 8265(2), Junk Dealers – N.O.C.
* 8500, Metal Scrap Dealers – nonferrous
* 8264(1), Paper Stock Dealers – secondhand
* 8264(3), Rubber Stock Dealers – secondhand
* 8264(4), Wiping Cloth or Rag Dealers – including all laundry operations
* 9403(1), Garbage or Refuse Collection
* 9424,  Garbage or Refuse Landfill, Transfer and Material Recovery Facility Operations – all employees

We highly encourage you to advise your association members regarding this study. The WCIRB welcomes and encourages feedback, information and questions from the industries under review.

If you are interested in discussing any matters related to this study, please contact me at the number shown below.

Brian Gray
Director, Classification Administration and Education WCIRB California
1221 Broadway, Suite 900
Oakland, CA 94612
Office: 415.778.7177
Website: www.wcirb.com