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SWANA has grown to be an International Association, the Southern California Founding Chapter has remained an active contributor to the education, development and training of its members...Founding Chapter Story. 
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Western Regional Symposium
Managing Waste and Resources in a Circular Economy
May 20 - 23, 2024

Hilton Palm Springs

The SWANA Western Regional Symposium and Trade-show is the premier professional meeting for solid waste, recycling, composting, and organics management professionals. With a program slated to cover dozens of topics ranging from Circular Economy, Zero Waste, Recycling Markets, Organics Policies and Programs, Infrastructure, SB 1383, Advanced Technology, Facilities (Landfills, Transfer Stations, Processing Facilities) and more...

Upcoming Events

Next MOLO Course
Fresno CA

Course Location and Hotel Reservation Information
April 9 – 11, 2024
Double Tree
2233 Ventura Street
Fresno, CA 93721


SOAR 2024: Technical Solutions for Resource Management

April 15-18, 2024
Phoenix Convention Center
Phoenix AZ

Join professionals in Collection & Transfer, Communication, Education & Marketing, Landfill Gas & Biogas, Landfill Management, Sustainable Materials Management, Planning & Management, and Waste Conversion & Energy Recovery at this enhanced and productive technical summit.

In order to prepare the next generation for the environmentally and economically sound practice of solid waste, SWANA has developed several scholarship and internship programs for students studying in fields related to solid waste management.


2023 Winners


Southern California SWANA Superior Service Award

SoCal SWANA Chapter wants to recognize SWANA members for valuable and distinguished contributions to SWANA, the individual’s employing organization, the general public and the field of Solid Waste Management in general. Nominations for the award will be accepted from SWANA members and non-members. However, the nominee must be a SWANA member.

If you know or work with someone whose contributions fit the qualifications listed above, please submit your nomination with a detailed justification not to exceed one page by clicking on the link here. The award once approved by the board will be presented at one of our workshops.

Click here to submit your nomination!


We celebrate bringing in new members into the organization!
During WASTECON, the Southern California Founding Chapter was honored with an award for largest number increase in membership throughout North America. We celebrate this achievement and hope to continue to inspire and encourage professionals to join the organization. Whether you work for a public or private organization, are in management or operations, have an interest in all aspects of solid waste or just one—you’ll benefit in many ways by being a SWANA member!

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Everyone has their own reason for joining an association.  For some, it’s the networking opportunity.   For others, it’s the educational content.  MORE REASONS FOR JOINING...

SWANA is an organization of professionals committed to advancing from solid waste management to resource management through their shared emphasis on education, advocacy and research. LEARN MORE ABOUT SWANA...

Do I need to Renew My Membership?

SWANA members can check whether your membership is up for renewal.

Check your renewal status here

Become an Industry-Leading Professional with SWANA Membership

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