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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.


Save the Date!

February 23,2023 
Double Tree Hotel – Ontario  
9:00am – 2:30pm
“What’s that left on your plate?
Achieving 20% edible food recovery through the lenses of
Public, Corporate and non-profit organizations”

Exhibitors are Welcome


Hauler’s Potential Role in Edible Food Recovery

Susanne Passantino with Republic Services

Market Director, Government Affairs


Developing SB 1383 Tier identification, Inspections, and Capacity Building Programing

Jessica Toth with Solana Center

Executive Director


Edible Food Recovery, Corporate Responsibility, and Profit

Mike Learakos with Abound Foodcare


A Food Recovery Organization’s Perspective of SB 1383: Challenges and Lessons Learned so Far

Caterina Richards with Brackens Kitchen Inc. 

Chief Operating Officer

SOAR 2023:
Technical Solutions for Resource Management

April 17-20, 2023
Georgia World Congress Center | Atlanta, GA

For more information click here.

The SWANA Founding Chapter is excited to announce that SWANA’s 2023
scholarship application forms are now available.


SWANA’s Grant H. Flint Scholarship Awards Program makes available:

  • Category 1 – up to three scholarships of $5,000 to high school seniors going onto a two- or four-year college or university.

    • The student can be studying any topic.

    • The students must be sponsored by a relative who is a current SWANA member.  

  • Category 2 – up to one scholarship of $5,000 to a rising college junior or senior. Students must be enrolled and attending classes to receive the scholarship.

    • The student must be a SWANA student member or must be sponsored by a SWANA member.  SWANA student membership is free for the period the student is enrolled.   

    • The applicant must be studying a topic related to solid waste or resource management.  That is interpreted very broadly. People in our industry don’t work only as engineers and scientists.  It’s OK to consider those who may be studying business or communications or other non-technical topics so long as they make a case in their application that there is relevance to work in the solid waste and resource management industry. We are trying to attract young people to this field.

  • The Robert P. Stearns/SCS Engineers Scholarship, named for a co-founder of SCS Engineers, provides $5,000 funding for a student pursuing a graduate degree in an environmental field.

    • The student must be a SWANA student member or must be sponsored by a SWANA member.

    • Students must be enrolled and attending classes to receive the scholarship.

    • Students must be pursuing a graduate degree in an environmental field.


Application forms for these scholarship categories are attached and also available on SWANA’s website at

Please share with students that you may know who would benefit from this opportunity.

Applications and questions should be addressed to our Chapter Scholarship Chair:

Michelle Leonard




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 or go to


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!


Established in 1972, Agromin recycles organic waste and manufactures earth-friendly soil products from collected organic waste. It is one of the largest organics recyclers in the State of California, serving California communities. Agromin helps cities, counties and other jurisdictions with California SB 1383 procurement and compliance. Contact: Bill Camarillo,

Weaver Consultants Group

Weaver Consultants Group® is a multi-disciplinary engineering and environmental consulting firm offering over 100 professional services, including science-based odor control. WCG brings a high level of expertise to the entire odor mitigation process, providing fully integrated, custom-engineered odor control delivery systems and proprietary chemical solutions to clients nationwide.


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.

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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..


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.

What we do

We have created a frontier, mindful technology capable of recycling biowaste into a biomass that boosts biogas and biomethane production, both key pillars of a fair energy transition towards a net-zero economy.


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.


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.

Keith Walking Floor

KEITH® technology provides versatile material handling solutions for waste and recycling industries.  WALKING FLOOR® unloaders efficiently move a variety of materials including solid waste, recyclables, and C&D debris.  KEITH® WALKING FLOOR® systems offer greater payload capacity, increased safety, and durability.  KEITH® systems can be used in trailers and stationary applications.

Athens Services is a local, family-owned waste collection and recycling company that has been a fixture in the greater Los Angeles community for the past 60 years. We provide innovative, consistent, and quality environmental services to our more than  250,000 customers in the 50+ communities we serve. Through reuse, recycling, and composting, Athens diverts valuable resources from landfills.


Recent Press Releases

SWANA Introduces Safety First Newsletter in February

January 23, 2023

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is proud to announce that its weekly safety e-newsletter Safety Matters will be rebranded as Safety First effective February 1, 2023.

Refuse and Recyclable Materials Collection Now Seventh Deadliest Job in United States

December 16, 2022

The US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its 2021 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries showing refuse and recyclable materials collection was the seventh-deadliest job that year, down from sixth in 2020.

EPA Opens Applications for Federal Recycling Grant Programs

November 16, 2022

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued Requests for Applications for two important new recycling grant programs.

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

Become an Industry-Leading Professional with SWANA Membership

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