Southern California SWANA Newsletter

Summer 2014
In This Issue


2014~2015 Proposed BOD

Joint Conference

The City of Los Angeles

Strategic Management
Planning Process

LACSD Food Waste
Anaerobic Digestion

2015 WRS
Palm Springs, CA
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Board of Directors

Susan Moulton

Vice President
Jeff Southern

Brad Gust

Chuck Boehmke

Past President
Diko Melkonian

Chapter Director
John Gulledge

Corporate Directors
Peter Woodfill
Laith Ezzet
Michelle Leonard

Public Directors
Jim Kuhl
Mary Valerio
Khalil Gharios
Kim Braun

Executive Officer
Scott Ramey
Joint Conference

The conference and trade show will be held at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose August 3-6, 2014. The big news this year is that for the first time, CRRA and SWANA are partnering to host a joint conference! The combined CRRA-SWANA Conference is this year's SWANA Western Regional Symposium. We look forward to bringing each of our organization's strength to the process. To make this a triple win, we are elated that the City of San Jose is partnering with us as official hosts to bring local experience and knowledge to the conference planning process. You can expect very interesting and educational sessions, lots of networking opportunities, a large exhibit hall, tours to local facilities and programs, and a golf tournament!


2015 WRS

The 44th annual SWANA Western Regional Solid Waste Symposium and Exposition is being held in Palm Springs at the Palm Springs Hilton Resort located at 400 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, California.  The Palm Springs Hilton Resort has been beautifully renovated and our past symposiums there have been a huge success. The Palm Springs area is known for fantastic golf courses, excellent restaurants, spectacular views, and great weather.

This promises to be an outstanding show!

Technical and Legislative Sessions, CEU's, Vendors and Exhibits, Golf, & Wednesday Night Hospitality, and More!


WASTECONŽ is the premier industry-focused conference that brings you the latest in industry news, education, advancements and products to help you achieve success in your business, all in one setting. Our 52nd Annual WASTECONŽ conference will take place in Dallas, Texas, from August 26-28, 2014. Make sure you don't miss this must-attend event!  

What to Expect?
WASTECONŽ maintains the standard of excellence you've come to expect from SWANA by offering opportunities to see what's new and exciting in collection, processing, marketing and management of compost, recyclables and solid waste. Join thousands of industry professionals for training, technical sessions, exhibits and networking opportunities. Explore a variety of new topics and expand your knowledge of what's happening in solid waste management.

Help Grow the Industry!
Keep Young Professional (YP) colleagues in mind when registering to attend this event, and bring them along to experience all the networking that WASTECON provides. We even offer special pricing for YP attendees! SWANA defines a "Young Professional" as someone under the age of 35.


For more information please click here! 


Southern California SWANA Founding Chapter  
2014 / 2015 Proposed Board of Directors
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President - Jeff Southern, OC Waste & Recycling

Vice President - Brad Gust, Rehrig Pacific Company

Treasurer - Charles Boehmke, LACSD

Secretary - Mary Valerio, City of San Diego

Chapter Director - Susan Moulton, Waste Management

Corporate Director - Peter Woodfill, CH2M Hill

Corporate Director - Michelle Leonard, SCS Engineers

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

Public Director - Kim Braun, City of Santa Monica

Public Director - Jim Kuhl, City of Long Beach

Public Director - Khalil Gharios, City of Los Angeles

Public Director - Diko Melkonian, City of Long Beach

Public Director - Dylan Wright, OC Waste & Recycling

Save the Date!  September 18, 2014
So Cal SWANA Workshop & Board Elections.
Balboa Bay Club, Newport Beach, Ca
The City of Los Angeles is transitioning to a new waste and recycling system for all businesses and large apartment complexes. 

The City of Los Angeles is transitioning to a new waste and recycling system for all businesses and large apartment complexes. The goals of the new system - a franchise program called Zero Waste LA - include:

*Higher Recycling (90% diversion from landfills by 2025)
*Fair Customer Rates
*Reduced Street Impacts and Cleaner Air Superior Customer Service


For more info visit the link:  

Strategic Management Planning Process UNDERWAY

In order to prepare the association for future relevance and continued success, SWANA's leadership has initiated a Strategic Management Planning (SMP) Process. The project seeks to:

*             Build on the historical success of SWANA and further improve its ability to function effectively as a membership organization with a focus on the mission, vision, and goals of the organization.

*             Respond to future challenges and take advantage of future opportunities to grow and sustain the organization.

*             Determine what will continue to constitute value for current and future members.

*             Focus resources so that SWANA remains relevant and influential in an evolving environment.

*             Build buy-in and consensus to support, promote and implement a successful strategic plan for the organization.

*             Incorporate a process for integrating strategic thinking and planning in future efforts.

As part of the process, a Request for Proposals to assist SWANA in preparing the Strategic Plan was prepared and distributed to interested and qualified consulting firms . Four proposals were submitted, and after review and evaluation by a subcommittee comprised of SWANA International Board members and staff, Tecker International was chosen for the work. Tecker is an international consulting firm that specializes in assisting organizations in strategic positioning, assessing the environment, connection vision to operational planning and infrastructure, and enhancing future success.

The Plan will be developed using input from the International Board and interested stakeholders, including SWANA members, past Presidents, staff, and outside organization. The elements of the plan will include:

CORE PURPOSE: The association's reason for being.

CORE VALUES: The essential and enduring principles that guide the association.

VISION: What the organization seeks to be or become.

MISSION: Who we are (association); what we are trying to accomplish (purpose); what we do to accomplish that (business lines).

STRATEGIC OUTCOMES: Goals - The outcomes the organization will achieve for its stakeholders

OBJECTIVES: What we want to have happen with an issue; what would constitute success in observable or measurable terms.

STRATEGIES: How the association will commit its resources to accomplishing the goal.

The project kicked-off in February 2014, and in May a two-day facilitated session was included as part of the International Board's mid-year meeting. A first draft of the first sections of the report was prepared using input gathered at the meeting.

Strategic planning subcommittee members will lead focus groups with stakeholders during the next few months, and input will be incorporated into a preliminary document for another round of discussion at SWANA's annual IB meeting in August.

Work will continue thereafter with the expectation that a final, approvable SMP will be presented to the full IB at its meeting in spring 2015. Following approval of the final report, the IB and SWANA staff will continue to work on the development of implementation plans.

The Strategic Planning Subcommittee is comprised of the following individuals: International Treasurer Michelle Leonard, Chair; Pacific Chapter Director Ralph Bischoff; Arkansas Chapter Director Wendy Cravens; Region 4 Council Director (Ohio) Michael Greenberg; Pennsylvania Keystone Chapter Director Bob Watts; former Regional Council Director and IB member Jeff Murray; and SWANA Deputy Executive Directors Sara Bixby and Meri Beth Wojtaszek.






by Dave Czerniak, Mark McDannel, Matt Eaton

Solid Waste Management Department, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County

The Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County (Districts) and Waste Management (WM) have embarked on a first-of-its-kind endeavor in Southern California, turning tons of food waste into green, renewable energy at a wastewater treatment plant. Expired produce that otherwise would be tossed out at the grocery store or food scraps thrown in the trash at your favorite restaurant are being turned into sustainable biofuels that can be used for process heating, generating electricity, and eventually fueling vehicles.

Since the 1920s, the Districts have been pioneers in wastewater and solid waste management and continue to build award-winning projects, engage in trend-setting research, and create innovative programs to serve nearly 5 million people in LA County. Most recently, the Districts, in collaboration with WM, are leading the way in assisting its member cities and their haulers in complying with California's recycling and diversion goals by launching a food waste anaerobic digestion demonstration program at the Joint Water Pollution Control Plant (JWPCP) in the City of Carson.

The Districts entered into an agreement with WM to jointly test and demonstrate the feasibility of co-digesting food waste- derived, engineered feedstock slurry (EFS) with biosolids at the JWPCP. The agreement is for a two-year demonstration program during which WM will process and deliver approximately 84 tons or 20,000 gallons per day of EFS for injection into a test digester. This represents approximately 9% of the total food waste and biosolids flow (225,000 gallons per day) to the test digester.

The photo below shows the food waste receiving/feed-in station at JWPCP that includes four 20,000 gallon storage tanks and two control/pumping skids. The food waste is pumped and metered into an adjacent test digester through an underground feed pipe.


EFS Receiving/Feed-in Station at Joint Water Pollution Control Plant

It is estimated that the addition of 84 tpd of food
waste to the test digester will produce 200 scfm-biogas,
which could be used to produce approximately 1,500
gasoline-gallon-equivalents of biomethane or 750 kW of
electricity.There are two potential uses of the biogas
created at JWPCP during the food waste demonstration:
(1) The biogas will be used in the existing JWPCP turbine-
generators to generate electricity for internal plant use, or
(2) The biogas may be used to offset natural gas usage in
the boilers that make steam to meet heating requirements
of the JWPCP digesters.

The Districts-WM demonstration program will provide
full-scale operating experience in co-digesting food waste
along with data to evaluate the impacts of EFS on treatment
plant digester performance and biogas production. It offers
an innovative solution, utilizing existing anaerobic digestion
capacity and power generation facilities to divert organic
waste from landfills and produce renewable fuels. Moreover,
this experience will help plan future programs to assist Districts member cities in complying with anticipated increases in waste diversion targets.