In December of 1961, Mr. Grant H. Flint, General Superintendent of Refuse Collection and Disposal for the City of Los Angeles, initiated a proposal for a luncheon meeting to explore the feasibility of forming an association so that proposed members could exchange ideas and share experiences unique to refuse collection and disposal.
By April of 1962, The Solid Waste Association of North America had begun.  Officers had been elected, a constitution adopted, and the first general meeting was held.  As 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.


September 30, 2021  10:30AM - 11:30AM ~ Webinar

Topic: California Commission report on Recycling Markets and  Curbside Recycling

Moderator: Khalil Gharios, City of Los Angeles / Bureau of Sanitation

This meeting will include a free 30 minute webinar at 10:30 by Heidi Sanborn. Heidi will share California Commission report on Recycling Markets and Curbside Recycling. Association business will follow with the membership voting on the 2021/2022 Slate of Officers as follows:


President ~ Jeff Southern, OC Waste & Recycling
Vice President ~ Khalil Gharios, City of Los Angeles / Bureau of Sanitation

Secretary ~ Michelle Leonard, SCS Engineers
Treasurer ~ Peter Woodfill, JACOBS

Diko Melkonian, City of Long Beach
Frank Caponi, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts (Retired)
Laith Ezzet, HF&H Consultants LLC

Brad Gust, 3rd Eye

Haley Kunert, HF&H Consulants LLC
Tom Koutroulis, OC Waste & Recycling
Susan Moulton, Waste Management
Hans Kernkamp, Riverside County Department of Waste Resources
Chris Celsi, City of  Santa Monica

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Sep 30, 2021 10:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Topic: California Commission report on Recycling Markets and  Curbside Recycling & Board Vote

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


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


Join us by affiliating your organization with Southern California SWANA Founding Chapter on our website. 



SWANA Urges All Solid Waste Employees to Get Vaccinated

August 30, 2021

Silver Spring, MD – The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) urges all solid waste workers in the private and public sectors to receive COVID-19 vaccinations and to get booster shots as they become available.


SWANA Issues RFP for Development of a Canadian Adaptation of its MOLO Certification and Course

August 26, 2021

Response Deadline: Friday, September 24, 8:00 pm EDTMandatory Pre-proposal Submission Conference Call: Monday, September 13, 2:00 pm EDT


SWANA Announces Seven 2021 Professional Achievement Award Winners

August 17, 2021

SWANA is pleased to announce the recipients of its annual Professional Achievement Awards.


HF&H provides solid waste and recycling consulting services to public agencies, including SB 1383 compliance services, contracting assistance, rate studies, waste hauler audits, contract management, and recycling/organics program planning. Please contact Laith Ezzet, Sr. Vice President, at Lezzet@hfh-consultants.com or go to www.hfh-consultants.com.

PEI is a design and manufacturing company specializing in biogas processing systems and equipment. If your project requires utility flare systems, enclosed flare systems, gas handling systems, blower systems, or compressed gas systems PEI has the pre-engineered, guaranteed system for your application!

Tetra Tech is a leading provider of consulting and engineering services. The Company supports government and commercial clients by providing innovative solutions focused on water, environment, infrastructure, resource management, energy, and international development. With 20,000 associates worldwide, Tetra Tech's capabilities span the entire project life cycle.

J.R. Miller and Associates (JRMA) has successfully provided engineering services for solid waste and recycling facility owners, public entities, and design/build construction contractors since 1982. We’ve played a key role in designing over 150 solid waste facilities, including many award-winning material recovery facilities and transfer stations throughout the United States.

For over 100 years, Rehrig Pacific has believed the key to success lies in making products that give our customers a real advantage. In 1913, a young carpenter named Will Rehrig saw new possibilities emerging as the Second Industrial Revolution was in full swing. Read more..


HDR solves complex waste issues with upfront studies, strategic planning, permitting, design and construction services. We deliver cost-effective, socially and environmentally-accepted solutions including economic evaluations, collection/waste characterization studies, facility/collection procurements, market/technology research, long-term strategic planning, and strategic communication services. Contact John Carlton, National Solid Waste Lead, at John.Carlton@hdrinc.com or 714.730.2336.

SCS, an environmental consulting and construction firm is celebrating its 50th year in business, SCS Engineers is producing technologies and programs that lower industrial operating costs and reduce greenhouse gases for private and public clients establishing goals to reduce their environmental impact.