2017 Gold Rush Chapter President's Message

2017 Gold Rush Chapter President's Message

I can’t believe it is already May – 2017 is flying by, and there is so much going on in the world of solid waste that you might miss if you’re not connected! Our chapter now has over 350 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.

My term as President of the Gold Rush chapter is at the halfway point, and I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished so far.  We held a workshop on Organics in Sacramento in February, focusing on the regulatory changes coming in California over the next three to five years, and had a standing room only crowd of over 60 people. Recently we co- hosted the Wednesday evening networking event at SWANAPalooza in Reno, NV and had over 250 people enjoy an evening of fun and entertainment, with giant sized versions of Jenga and Connect-4, along with an amazing magician who dazzled folks with his sleight of hand tricks. Speaking of SWANAPalooza, the over 1,000 attendees were kept busy with some outstanding technical presentations and a lively exhibit show area. Our Chapter Safety Ambassador, Rexie LeStrange, gave the opening safety briefing to kick off the week, with its emphasis on safety in the solid waste industry.

We are working on plans for our next workshop, to be held June 22nd in San Jose – the overall topic theme will again be Organics Management and the challenges ahead of us as we find alternative solutions for the disposal of organics here in California.  Our next chapter meeting will be in July, details should be available here on our website in late May. We are also busy keeping up with the ever changing federal environmental policies that come with a new administration. The SWANA International Board recently approved an update to Management and Administrative Policy 33 (MA-33), The Role of SWANA in Advocacy. MA-33 clarifies the roles of SWANA Executive Staff, the Chapters and the Technical Divisions in advocacy, and establishes a Core Advocacy Group structure to manage and monitor advocacy issues. These changes will help ensure timely and meaningful responses to advocacy matters in the solid waste industry.

The next major national event for SWANA will be WASTECON 2017, with the added bonus that SWANA will be the host for this year’s International Congress meeting of the International Solid Waste Association to offer two exciting international events in one location. Don’t miss this premier solid waste conference. Thousands of industry professionals will gather at this convenient Baltimore destination, from the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America and around the world. I highly recommend that if you are able, that you attend this exciting event, which will be held September 25-27, 2017.

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.

James Moore, President, SWANA Gold Rush Chapter

International Solid Waste Association's Call to #CloseDumpsites

Why this is important

40% of the world's waste is simply dumped.

This unmanaged waste finds its way into rivers and oceans, being burnt in the open, or littering the streets and byways of townships and cities.

In a globalized and interconnected world, any pandemic related to dumpsites can easily become a global one. The world’s open dumpsites must be closed, for the health and wellbeing of not just the millions of people directly affected by this shameful and polluting practice, but for the future of everyone on this planet. Dumpsites are causing a global health emergency, and there is an urgent need for a concerted international response. ISWA will lead this response, beginning with our Roadmap Report which provides the guidance required, to each and every local authority or government, for the process and procedures required to close a dumpsite and develop an alternative sound waste management system. The next step is to set up a helpdesk to provide more direct support on an individual basis. See more about this at closedumpsites.iswa.org

We, the undersigned, declare our support for the closure of the world’s 50 largest dumpsites, as a starting point to drive the closure of all the dumpsites in the world by 2030. Achieving this goal will immediately improve the lives of 64 million people directly affected by the 50 biggest dumpsites, and will help lift 10,000 children from squalid dumpsites into school.

Establishing alternatives to dumpsites will substantially reduce climate change emissions, stem the tide of plastic that is destroying our oceans and improve the health and wellbeing of everyone on the planet. By replacing all open dumpsites with safe and sensible alternatives for managing waste, dependent communities will also benefit from improved education, training and employment.

A world without dumpsites will also be a huge step towards the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals that have been agreed by 193 nations. Now is the time to work together, to protect people’s livelihoods and the environment they depend upon.

Add your voice and declare your support!

Gold Rush Chapter President's Message


Welcome to the most important and influential
solid waste and recycling professional organization
in North America!


SWANA’s Northern California Gold Rush chapter engages seasoned leaders and young professionals alike in the essential issues that confront our industry today, while creating environmentally responsible and economically viable plans for tomorrow. We are public service decision-makers. We are private sector technical engineers and consultants. We are facility managers. We are collection company operators and program managers. We are equipment manufacturers. We are passionate recyclers. Today, our chapter is over 300 members strong.

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.

We speak with a loud and clear voice on the laws and rules that matter most to our industry. The Gold Rush chapter carries a strong advocacy message within California’s environmental legislative and regulatory community.  Our Legislative Task Force draws from the impressive resources of all three of our California chapters as it represents the interests of over 1,000 California-based SWANA members in Sacramento. These relentless advocates are recognized for their forward-thinking positions and their highly-skilled, inclusive approach while respectfully working with the governor’s office, elected officials, legislative staffs, and regulatory agency staffs on these critical matters. Through the backing of our national organization, we also have a powerful voice on Capitol Hill and the White House in Washington. They represent us well.

I personally invite you to get involved in this great organization and have some fun along the way!  Keep checking this website for upcoming event details. Can’t wait to see you at our next event!

Very warm regards,

Joe La Mariana
President 2015-16
Gold Rush Chapter