Southern California SWANA Founding Chapter Summer Newsletter

August 2011
In This Issue
So Cal SWANA Workshop
Proposed Slate of Officers
2012 WRS
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Industry News...

EPA Finalizes Deferral of Biogenic Emissions Applicability     

On July 5, 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency finalized the "Deferral for CO2 emissions from Bioenergy and Other Biogenic Sources under the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Title V". This rule will allow facilities to be exempt from PSD and Title V permitting if their emissions are biogenic in nature.

Landfills would not be subject to permitting of CO2 from their flares or engines. EPA considers methane to be anthropogenic when generated from landfills, so methane emissions that are not combusted would still be subject to PSD and Title V. Waste-to-energy operations would not be responsible for permitting based on the biogenic source of their emissions but  would be subject to permitting for  the anthropogenic or fossil-fuel derived emissions that exceeded the thresholds in the regulation.

SWANA encouraged EPA to finalize this proposed rule as soon as possible, and seek the input of SWANA and its members while moving forward with developing alternative methods to accounting for biogenic emissions.


September 15, 2011  10:00am - 1:00pm
So Cal SWANA Workshop at the Balboa Bay Club, Newport Beach

Community Partnerships

"Zero Waste - Just a Click Away" 

Lawrence Grodeska

Bay Area Regional Online Recycling Database Project Leader

Internet Communications Coordinator

SF Environment

City/County of San Francisco

The San Francisco Department of the Environment (SF Environment), Alameda County (, Palo Alto Zero Waste Program and the City of San Jose have partnered to create a new software platform for managing and sharing their recycling information.  Lawrence will profile the fiscal and programmatic collaboration between project partners and preview the new online recycling database tool, scheduled to launch October 1, 2011.


"Is a Bag Ban in Your Future?" 

Josephine Miller 

Program Coordinator, Plastic Carryout Bag Ban
Office of Sustainability and the Environment
City of Santa Monica

The City of Santa Monica has adopted a Single-use Carryout Bag Ordinance that prohibits all retail establishments in Santa Monica from providing single-use plastic carryout bags to customers at point of sale, and prohibits the free distribution of paper carryout bags.  Josephine will highlight the diversity of community partners involved with different aspects of outreach, including their pilot "Share a Bag" Program.


"New Eyes for Crime Prevention"  

Kris Spilsbury
Manager of Security
Western Group of Waste Management and WASTE WATCH Program

Helping keep neighborhoods safe is one way that Waste Management partners with municipalities.  Through their WASTE WATCH Program, Waste Management provides special training to its drivers in what to look for and how to report suspicious or criminal activity.  They assist local police and fire departments by acting as extra eyes and ears on local streets.  Kris will profile the accomplishments of this unique driver-training program.  


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Southern California SWANA Founding Chapter
Proposed Slate of Officers 2011-2012 

President - Diko Melkonian, City of Long Beach

Vice President - Michelle Leonard, HDR, Inc.

Treasurer - Jeff Southern, OC Waste & Recycling

Secretary - Robert Ferrante, LACSD

Past President - Mike Giancola, OC Waste & Recycling

Chapter Director - John Gulledge, LACSD

Corporate Director - Peter Woodfill, CH2M Hill

Corporate Director - Susan Moulton, Waste Management

Corporate Director - Laith Ezzet, HF&H Consultants, LLC

Corporate Director - Brad Gust, Rehrig Pacific

Public Director - Mary Valerio, City of San Diego

Public Director - Jim Kuhl, City of Long Beach

Public Director - Khalil Gharios, City of Los Angeles




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Southern California SWANA Founding Chapter
2012 Western Regional Symposium
April 2-5, 2012

Palm Springs Hilton

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