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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...


Annual Western Regional Symposium 2025

Tenaya Lodge
Yosemite, CA

Monday, April 07, 2025

Thursday, April 10, 2025


SWANA Certification: Professionalism, Recognition, Knowledge, Achievement, Leadership

SWANA certification is recognized by numerous states as the standard for solid waste employees.

Certification Information

Certification empowers you with the latest information, creates networking opportunities with fellow professionals, and identifies you as an asset to the industry.

Get and Stay Certified

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.


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!

Business Networking



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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