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.


August 12, 2021 10:30AM - 12-15PM ~ Webinar
Topic: “What You Wish You Knew When You Were a Young Professional”
Moderator: Haley Kunert, Senior Associate, HF&H Consultants – Socal SWANA YP Ambassador

       ~Years in the Solid Waste Industry: 8 Years

Speakers Include:

  • Michelle Leonard, Sr. Vice President, SCS Engineers
    ~Years in the Solid Waste Industry: 33 Years

  • Nick Morell, Recycling Coordinator, Facilities Planning Department, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts:
    ~Years in the Solid Waste Industry: 30 Years

  • Susanne Passantino, Market Director, Government Affairs, Republic Services
    ~Years in the Solid Waste Industry: 25 Years

  • Jeff Southern, Deputy Director, OC Waste and Recycling
    ~Years in the Solid Waste industry: 32 Years
    Click here to register.



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


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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.