Southern California SWANA Founding Chapter
I am excited and pleased to be writing you as the new Southern California Founding SWANA Chapter president for 2013-14. This is my second term as president, and I am very grateful for the opportunity to guide an organization that has been so valuable to me professionally and personally.
I would also like to share with you some of the key goals and objectives being undertaken by the SWANA Board this year. At our recent Board retreat, we thought critically about innovative ways we can better serve the members of this organization, both public and private. A top priority will be workshop content and format to deliver relevant, timely and holistic perspectives that give our members an edge in the industry. We are also looking for creative ways to provide more value to vendors.
And finally, I would just like to remind you that one of our Chapter's biggest assets is you, our members. Please be an active ambassador of SWANA, as every little bit helps to recruit new members. I also value your thoughts and opinions on how to continue moving the organization forward this year, and look forward to your feedback. Please call me at (562) 305-0042.
January 16th, 2014
San Antonio Winery
737 Lamar St., Los Angeles 90031
10:00am - 1:30pm
$55 Members - $65 Non Members
Southern California SWANA : We Are the Champions
Our National Excellence Awards Winners
City of Long Beach
Presenter: Diko Melkonian
General Superintendent, Environmental Services Bureau
"Communication Tools to Increase HHW Collection"
City of Glendale
Presenter: Mario Nunez
Integrated Waste Manager
"Glendale's Integrated Waste Management System".
City of Santa Monica
Presenter: Kim Braun
Resource Recovery & Recycling Manager
"Designing a Collection Management System"
Meet Our New Chapter Board Member
Kim Braun, City of Santa Monica
Kim Braun is the Resource Recovery & Recycling Manager for the City of Santa Monica. The City provides waste, recycling, green and food waste collection services for approximately 16, 450 accounts on a weekly basis, citywide street sweeping and pressure washing services. Santa Monica is extremely proactive in its recycling and other zero waste programs and will be presenting its zero waste strategic plan to the City Council by the end of the fiscal year.
She has also served as the Facilities Maintenance Superintendent, overseeing the daily maintenance of 170 city owned facilities, all street lighting, graffiti removal, traffic operations including traffic signals and parking meter maintenance.
Kim began her Santa Monica career as the Materials Recovery Superintendent with the Solid Waste Management Division in 1997. Kim has worked with the City for 15 years.
Prior to relocating to Santa Monica, Kim worked for the Mercer County Improvement Authority (MCIA) in Trenton, New Jersey as the Director of Operations. Kim was responsible for the daily operations of a 1200 Ton Per Day transfer station, and county wide recycling programs for 100,000 single-family residences.
Kim received her B.S. Degree from Michigan State University and a Masters Degree from the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C. Kim resides with her husband and three children in Marina Del Rey, California.
After a fulfilling day of training, sessions and technical tours, WASTECON 2013 goers flocked to the Wednesday Night Networking Event at KBD in Long Beach, hosted by the Southern California Founding Chapter. Whether playing arcade games, singing karaoke, participating in hula-hooping contests, or hamming it up in the photo booth, a good time was had by all!
What made the Networking Party such a standout event was the variety of activities and different themed lounges available for guests to enjoy.
Potential Industries' Beach and Billiards Party was a big hit. Guests challenged themselves to go as low as they could go to win prizes in the limbo contest, and danced the night away to classic hits by the Beach Boys, Dick Dale and the Surfaris.
Upstairs, at Tetra Tech BAS' exclusive lounge, guests puffed on cigars and enjoyed a "Night in Havana."
At the Rehrig Pacific Tiki Bowling alleys, the company celebrated their 100th anniversary while guests racked up strikes and spares.
Other popular attractions throughout the night were the Photo booth, sponsored by Intec Video Systems, and arcade games, sponsored by the Los Angeles County Waste Management Association. Guests also enjoyed a dinner buffet sponsored by AmRep, Rainbow Disposal, Golder Associates and Toter, as well as a delicious dessert bar, sponsored by Edco Disposal and Waxie Sanitary Supply. The bar was sponsored by CH2MHill. SCS Engineers also sponsored the event.
The fun and excitement of Wednesday Night would not have been possible without all the support from our sponsors. Thanks so much to all of the organizations that made the Founding Chapter's Networking event one of the most memorable at WASTECON 2013!
Dylan Wright Selected As OC Waste & Recycling Director
With 17 years of combined public and private solid waste industry experience, Dylan Wright is the new Director of Orange County OC Waste & Recycling. Wright has served as Interim Director of OC Waste & Recycling since May 2013, having previously held the positions of Deputy Director for Business Services and Government & Community Relations with the department.
Wright joined the County in April 2001 as an Engineering Technician III with the Integrated Waste Management Department, now known as OC Waste & Recycling. He became a manager in the department's Contract Administration Unit in May 2004, advancing in August 2006 to become Manager of Waste Disposal Contracts. Wright received his Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Pepperdine University and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Long Beach. He is also a graduate of the Orange County Leadership Academy, a County leadership development program.
OC Waste & Recycling manages one of the nation's premiere solid waste disposal systems serving Orange County's residents and businesses. On behalf of 34 cities and over three million residents, OC Waste & Recycling operates a network of three active landfills and four household hazardous waste collection centers.
Developments at Bowerman Landfill
Written by Virginia Roman, Project Manager
OC Waste & Recycling is doing much more than burying trash, working with the community on recycling measures, and maintaining the landfill gas, water, and air quality systems; we are also responsible for preserving a solid waste system which is estimated at $49M in capital projects at FRB alone. Yes, $49M is a lot of money, but that cost is necessary to complete expansion and ensure uninterrupted landfill operations.
It all began in September of 2002 when an accidental landslide unexpectedly occurred at FRB Landfill. It was temporarily stabilized to avoid a catastrophic failure of an unstable landmass. Officially in November of 2004, the revised Master Development Plan was completed. The recommendation was to execute incremental landslide remediation efforts (later determined to be in three phases). The first phase (Backcut Excavation project) of the landslide mitigation was completed in 2009 and it provided temporary stabilization at the toe of the East Canyon Landslide. This project decelerated landslide movement and provided additional time to perform necessary geotechnical investigation, complete the design, and obtain all required permits for the East Flank Landslide Remediation (EFLR) project. The EFLR project is the second phase of incremental landslide remediation efforts. That construction began in August 2013, by Wood Brothers, and will continue for almost two years. The third and last phase called, East Canyon Landslide Mitigation Measures (ECLMM), will start immediately after completion of the second phase.
Moving forward, FRB will continue to implement measures in the Joint Technical Document for the FRB Landfill which designated seven major future landfill development phases: VII-A, VII-B, VIII-A, VIII-B, VIII-C, IX and X. Each phase of development requires a composite liner underneath the refuse fill area for groundwater protection, prior to refuse disposal. Based on current tonnage projections, the current active refuse fill areas, phases VII-A and VII-B will reach disposal capacity in 2015. Phase VIII-C, currently under construction, will provide approximately an additional four years of disposal capacity. If you are wondering why we are we doing phase VIII-C before phases VIII-A and VIII-B, it's because phases VIII-A and VIII-B are located below the unstable landslide area. Therefore, they could only be constructed after the phases of the landslide remediation projects are completed. Phase VIII-C is beyond to the landslide remediation area thus, the only project that could be completed prior to remediation of the landslide. The construction of this project is currently being performed by Sukut Construction.
In addition to the landfill expansion projects, FRB is constructing the West Channel Realignment, and the South Basin/Wetland Basin Project. These projects comprise realigning an existing channel to eliminate a sharp curve that had previously failed and accommodates storm water runoff from the eastern portion of the landfill. The new channel capacity will adequately convey water flow from a 100-year storm event. The South Basin will drain into the Wetland Basin which supports habitat mitigation for the East Flank Remediation project. These projects perform dual tasks of storm water management and biological mitigation. All of these projects are being constructed by Sukut Construction.
As pledged, Central Region is living up to our mission of providing waste management services, protecting the environment, and promoting recycling in order to ensure a safe and healthy community for current and future generations.
JOIN THE FOUNDING CHAPTER ON FEBRUARY 12TH FOR A TOUR OF THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES' NEW LOS ANGELES ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING CENTER AT THE HYPERION TREATMENT PLANT.
The 20,000-square foot facility is the stunning result of completely renovating the Hyperion Treatment Plant's former administration building into a leading center for environmental learning. Sustainable practices and learning experiences were built throughout the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold facility.
The Learning Center includes the following:
*A first-floor gallery of interpretive exhibits that focus on clean water and watershed protection.
*A second-floor gallery that discusses solid resources and shows how Los Angeles is on the Road to Zero Waste.
*A green roof that is irrigated with recycled water, skylights that provide natural light to the second floor, photovoltaic panels that generate electricity, wind turbine, solar water heater, and a view deck to observe the treatment processes at Hyperion and Santa Monica Bay.
*A terraced wetland fed with recycled water and stocked with mosquito fish.
*A walkway to the entrance made of permeable pavers, a stream and drought-tolerant landscaping.
*An 87-seat auditorium and learning lab classroom. Other sustainable features, such as chilled-beam air conditioning, waterless urinals, low VOC (volatile organic compound) paint, and smart controls for irrigation.
TOUR IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 40 FOUNDING CHAPTER MEMBERS THAT RSVP BY JANUARY 27, 2014 DATE. A ONE HOUR TOUR OF THE HYPERION TREATMENT PLANT IS ALSO AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE LEARNING CENTER TOUR FOR ANYONE INTERESTED.
WHEN: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2014
WHERE: HYPERION TREATMENT PLANT
12000 Vista Del Mar
Playa Del Rey, 90293
(Across from Dockweiler Beach)
TIME: 9:00 AM - 12 NOON
SWANA FOUNDING CHAPTER
PLEASE RSVP BY January 27, 2014
FREE ON-SITE PARKING IS AVAILABLE THROUGH GATE C. CLOSED ENDED SHOES REQUIRED.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE LEARNING CENTER, VISIT www.lacitysan.elc.org