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2015 Western Regional Symposium

Sponsored by the Solid Waste Association of North America, Founding Chapter
Palm Springs, California
April 13-16, 2015

The 44th annual 2015 SWANA Western Regional Solid Waste Symposium and Exposition was a great success! Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed!

Program was as follows: Please click on the title to view the presentation.
(Please note, not all presentations are available.)

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM 
Plaza AB: Challenges and Innovative Solutions for Material Recovery

Unique Challenges of Waste Diversion at Major Airports
Airports are complex facilities with unique barriers such as language, TSA, tenants, contractors, and space constraints having implications for waste and recycling services. Also, evolving Federal regulations require airports work to increase waste diversion.
Kelly Runyon, Environmental Science Associates

Vacuum-Based Automatic Collection of MSW and Recyclables
Automatic collection systems move waste and recyclables via pneumatic conveyance, primarily through underground pipe networks. Cost effective, energy efficient and environmentally friendly, they are used in residential settings (including high-rises), airports, sports arenas, shopping malls, hospitals, etc. While there are over 700 large scale systems around the world, they are just starting to be more widely adopted in the US. 
Paul Marttila, MariMatic, Inc.

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM 
Plaza CD: Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling: Collection and Infrastructure Challenges
The Legislative Task Force hosts a fascinating discussion of current organics legislation and its anticipated impacts on the industry. Successful programs that confront the food waste packaging dilemma will be showcased.
Renee Robertson, City of San Diego

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM 
Plaza AB: Regulatory Compliance for Waste Facilities


New Requirements for Industrial General Permits
An in-depth discussion of how the new General Industrial Permit will affect your landfill, transfer station, maintenance facility and/or hauling yard. The new, more stringent regulatory requirements go into effect July 1, 2015. 
Michael Cullinane, P.E., SWT Engineering
Jonathan Sandoval, SWT Engineering

Forecasting Landfill Long Term Care Before Closure
Owners of closed municipal landfills are responsible for maintenance and monitoring for 30 years. This presentation explores successful methods and techniques to predict the time period to achieve landfill stability long before landfill closure.
Travis Pyle, P.E., CH2M Hill
Janet Goodrich, CH2M Hill

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM 
Plaza CD: Community Education in Action


Education and Outreach with Impact
Change public behavior through hands-on educational experiences. OC Waste and Recycling utilizes partnerships such as the Eco Challenge with the Discovery Science Center and with the Angels baseball team to reach a broad cross section of the public.
Isaac Novella, OC Waste and Recycling

The Road to Zero Waste: ReThink Disposable Campaign
The innovative ReThink Disposable campaign aims to stop waste before it starts. Food and beverage packaging make up two-thirds of street litter in the Bay area. Participating businesses and schools have realized significant cost savings and have reduced disposables by 25%.
Samantha Sommer, Clean Water Action

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM 
Plaza AB: Mastering Zero Waste Strategies from Used Oil to Construction Debris


Modeling Zero Waste
Zero waste plans need strategies that incorporate all available resources in order to meet ambitious yet realistic diversion goals and to accurately measure success along the way.
Jared Zitron, SCS Engineers

Get Slick: Used Oil Program Advertising Strategies
Get the most educational bang out of your used oil grant buck. Innovating advertising techniques and community based social marketing strategies have resulted in nearly a 400% increase in recycled filters since 2006.
April Hilario, HF&H Consultants

Zero Waste in the 21st Century
A world-wide movement began in the 90’s when communities recognized that waste is not inevitable. Recyclables are what we used to keep out of the trash. Now trash is what is left over after we reduce, reuse, recycle and compost. By utilizing a whole system approach, reducing consumption, providing convenient and accessible recycling programs, and promoting producer responsibility, Zero Waste is a reality. Make it yours!
Michelle Leonard, SCS Engineers

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM 
Plaza CD: Benefits of Reduced Residential Waste Collection


Every Other Week Collection of Municipal Solid Waste
The City of Tacoma, Washington launched a six month pilot program to test the results of implementing every-other-week (EOW) collection. The pilot program was successful, and led to city-wide adoption of EOW collection resulting in many benefits including increased diversion from landfill, reduced fuel usage, reduced carbon footprint, and lower costs for collection service for residents. Tacoma’s experience provides a model for other cities to emulate.
Golan Kedan, CH2M Hill

Reduced the Collection Budget by 15%, and Kept 100% of the Work
During the recession, San Diego’s waste collection program coped with severe budget reductions by implementing an innovative scheduling program which reduced the cost of service and improved productivity. 
Mary Valerio, City of San Diego

Wednesday, April 15th

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Plaza AB: Improving Recycling


Update on National Product Stewardship Efforts
An overview of national producer responsibility legislation discussing what has worked well, and what has not, and how to ensure we learn the lessons on what needs to be in good producer responsibility legislation at the state or local level to increase funding and convenience of recycling efforts.
Heidi Sanborn, California Product Stewardship Council

Mattress Recycling in California
In 2013, California enacted legislation requiring the mattress industry to create a statewide recycling program for discarded mattresses. The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) has been created as the non-profit stewardship organization to develop and implement the law. The program is set to launch in early 2016.
Mark Patti, Mattress Recycling Council

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM 
Plaza AB: Inventing the Future of Resource Recovery in Monterey


Inventing the Future of Resource Recovery in Monterey
The Monterey Regional Waste Management District (MRWMD) routinely brings visionary practices and technologies to their member communities long before they become common practice elsewhere. Beginning in 2010, MRWMD has undertaken a planning and implementation effort to develop new infrastructure, recover energy and fuel from the waste stream, and create a future with less waste and more resources. The resulting approach is designed to achieve material recovery rates that are among the highest levels in the U.S.
Rob Hilton, HF&H Consultants
Tim Flanagan, Monterey Regional Waste Management
Emily Finn, GreenWaste Recovery

1:15 PM – 2:45 PM 
Plaza CD: Organic Composting


BMPs of Forced Aeration Composting
Using forced aeration and following Best Management Practices to ensure biological & economic sustainability, odor capture & control, and regulatory compliance.
Steve Diddy, Engineered Compost Systems

Lessons Learned: Diverting Organics from Businesses and Institutions
AB1826 mandates organics recycling for commercial or public entities and multi-family dwellings. Metro Vancouver announced in 2010 that it would ban organics from disposal by January 1, 2015. Learn what has transpired as well as about Vancouver’s challenges including low participation, high contamination, odor, and space constraints and changes in waste composition. Vancouver’s experience with implementing strategies, programs, public education and outreach, resulted in lessons everyone can benefit from.
Wilbert Yang, Tetra Tech

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM 
Plaza AB: Managing Landfills: More than Just Odors, Gas Systems, and Keeping Records


Managing Odors at Municipal Landfills
How to take proactive steps to control odors by modifying how loads are managed, deploying misting systems, using wind deflection fences, and creating a viewshed berm. A highway will be constructed through the Prima Landfill and involve the relocation of 750,000 CY of waste. Equally important to addressing an environmental issue is to maintain a strong public outreach program.
David Tieu, P.E., MSCE, QSD, OC Waste and Recycling

Improving Decision Making By Managing Work Orders and Assets
Implementation of a modern work order and asset management system has changed work practices, maintenance, purchasing, timekeeping, budgeting, and reporting for the District’s Solid Waste Department. Reporting costs in real time has provided the Districts better tools to respond to industry trends and affect the course of both short and long term operations. 
Sean Christian, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County

Puente Hills Landfill Closure and Future Maintenance
After more than 50 years in operation, Puente Hills Landfill closed in October 2013. The closure process includes the installation of a soil “cap” on the top deck of the landfill, as well as gas system, drainage structures, irrigation system, and the removal of facilities no longer required. Maintenance of the landfill will continue for 30+ years.
Rafael Becerra, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM 
Plaza CD: Organics Processing Equipment and Technology


Investment in Food Waste/Organics Composting Infrastructure
California legislation for increased recycling and organics collection will require considerable investment in processing equipment and other infrastructure. Three case studies (Organics to Energy in San Jose, Renewable Energy in Perris, and an Aerated Static Pile in Palo Alto) will illustrate various technologies which may be employed to meet this challenge.
Jim Miller, JR Miller and Associates

Choosing the Right Waste Treatment Technology
This presentation explores strengths and weaknesses of various technologies using case study examples from Europe and elsewhere to illustrate how policy, collection strategies, seasonal variations, financial drivers and available markets influence the choice of technology. 
Andrew Street, SLR Consulting Limited

Thursday, April 16th

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM 
Plaza AB: Overcoming Stormwater Basin and Gas Collection Obstacles


Enhance Stormwater Basin Performance
Case study of stormwater basin improvements at Ox Mountain Sanitary Landfill in San Mateo County. The improvements reduce contaminants in the stormwater discharge to meet the new Phase II Industrial NPDES regulations.
Michael Cullinane, P.E., SWT Engineering, Inc.
Lochlin Caffey, Republic Services

Managing Landfill Liquids in Gas Collection Systems
The accumulation of liquids in gas wells and trenches due to differential settlement and other factors have reduced the effectiveness of the gas collection and control systems in the Puente Hills Landfill. Improvements have been made improving gas production and improving compliance with SCAQMD Rule 1150.1. 
Scott Partridge, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM 
Plaza CD: Solutions for Managing “Hard to Recycle” Items


Extended Producer Responsibility
A panel will examine the current status of extended producer responsibility programs. Key lessons regarding the success or lack thereof, cost impacts, and unintended consequences for local governments will be addressed. 
Chaz Miller, National Waste and Recycling Association
Meghan Stasz, Grocery Manufacturers Association

Cartons – The New Standard in Recycling Programs
Once considered a “hard to recycle” item, cartons provide some of the cleanest and best long fiber remaining in the residential recycling stream, and are part of comprehensive residential and school recycling programs.
Debbi Dodson, Carton Council
Jeff Epstein, Carton Council

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Plaza AB: Super Session - Looking Toward Our Future


Fighting the Zero Waste Death Spiral
Communities with zero waste goals face a unique challenge when it comes to structuring rates. On one hand, economic structures that reward recycling and penalize waste are critical to achieving success. On the other hand, those economic structures successful in creating the desired behavior change undermine the economic viability of the systems that rely on them. As communities achieve and exceed 50% recycling rates, this results in funding more and more of the system costs on a smaller and smaller base – the “Zero Waste Death Spiral.”
Rob Hilton, Vice President, HF&H Consultants

Co-Digesting Food Waste and Bio-Solids      
The Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County and Waste Management have agreed to jointly test and demonstrate the feasibility of co-digesting food waste-derived, engineered bioslurry (EBS) with biosolids at the District’s Joint Water Pollution Control Plant in Carson, California. The goal of the project is to gain full-scale operating experience utilizing existing anaerobic digesters in determining the biogas production, operational impacts on digester performance and dewatering operations, and effects on biosolids cake management.
David Czerniak, P.E., Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
James Ecker, P.E., Waste Management

 

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