Southern California SWANA Spring 2012 Newsletter


April 2-5, 2012

Palm Springs Hilton Resort

400 East Tahquitz Canyon Way

Palm Springs, California, USA, 92262


WRS - Visible for 4 Short Days in Palm Springs


                They say trash is the invisible service - roll it out to the curb and it disappears. But for those of us in the industry, it is anything but invisible. It is many things; it is trash, recyclables, organics, hazardous materials, C&D, and e-waste. It can live forever in landfill, get a new chance at life as a different product made from recycled materials, or be the feedstock for the production of electricity.

                At the SWANA Western Regional Symposium (WRS) the first week of April in Palm Springs, we'll have the opportunity to talk trash, trade ideas, learn from the successes and mistakes of others, and most importantly, connect on a personal level with people who love trash with a passion the way we do.

                WRS is jam-packed with 35 presentations covering a diverse range of topics as well as featuring more than 30 prominent service and product providers ready to help you conquer challenges and be even more successful. It would be impossible to do justice to each of the experts presenting and to cover all the important topics, but there are a few special guests we'd like to tell you about.

                Lee Silber is a dynamic entrepreneur opening the WRS on Tuesday morning telling us 'to take this job - and love it!' Lee has an unshakable belief in the creativity and innovative spirit of the American employee and knows that everyone is able to contribute to the growth and success of the organization. We need to give them the opportunity to help us all succeed!

                We've heard the saying "buy locally." What about "dispose locally"? Trash is not, actually, a local issue - it's global.   The founders of Project Kaisei will be on hand to teach us about their scientific work related to the Texas sized patch of garbage floating in the Pacific Ocean. How can it be returned to land and repurposed? It will be interesting to hear their thoughts on the Japanese tsunami debris anticipated to arrive on the west coast during the coming year.

                Qualcomm participated with MIT on the Trash Track project which tracked how far waste actually traveled after the consumer disposed of it via inGeotm GPS technology. (You will be surprised!)

                Various WRS sessions will look at the complex area of organics: how to plan facilities, implement collection programs, discuss the legislation and changing regulations, and even address the sticky question - is compostable picnic ware really compostable?

                Landfill covers and landfill closures are certainly areas of interest to many of us and will be discussed by a variety of professionals. We'll also get an update on Puente Hills' closure.

                Partnering and integrating complimentary functions has garnered a lot of attention the past few years. One session is dedicated to discussing how the waste and energy industries can beneficially work together. We are also fortunate to feature a hot new entrepreneurial company 'ecoATM.' Their shopping malls kiosks conveniently recycle old cell phones and disburse payment to the recycler.

                Connect with to see the entire program of events via the link under Technical Sessions. WRS-Palm Springs is an event not to be missed!

                Join us the first week of April for these presentations and many other exciting sights and sounds (but not smells) of trash - the invisible service that is anything but invisible to us!

This year's Symposium includes: 


Technical Sessions

This year's session topics will provide the opportunity to hear first hand of the changes affecting the industry.



The Hilton has a large carpeted ballroom/exhibit area.  Equipment and vendor booths will all be located indoors in a climate controlled atmosphere.  In addition, there will be systems and professional consulting firms which can help your organization perform optimally.


Golf Anyone?

Come and enjoy a great round of golf in beautiful Palm Springs, home of some of the finest golf courses in Southern California.  The Annual Western Regional Symposium Golf Tournament, a "Best Ball Scramble" will be held Monday, April 2, 2012 at the Tahquitz Creek Golf Course Resort.  The fee for eighteen holes is only $115 per person, which includes a BBQ lunch.  Tee times are still available.   


Young Professionals Day

A number of young professionals will be hosted by our Symposium sponsors on Tuesday April 3 to introduce career opportunities available in our industry of diverse specialties to promising university students.


Continuous Education Units  
This year's symposium is rich with timely topics and notable speakers.  Take advantage of this valuable resource and receive CEU credit as well.  SWANA is awarding CEU's for each day's attendance at the symposium. 

                    This Year's Sponsors Include:


amrep           Quinn logo

ch2m hill logo         intec           




Sponsorships are still available!

Southern California SWANA
Chapter Workshop
May 17, 2012   


Join us in May at this most unique venue!

The Marconi Automotive Museum in Tustin!

-Topics Include-    

Tom Lagergren with Nissan USA    

"Zero emission Nissan Leaf and the green methods used to produce the vehicle"



Bruce Belluschi with Ventura County PWA
"AB341 (mandatory commercial recycling mandate) that becomes effective July 1st"


Please watch for more information as we draw closer!