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 29, 2022
So Cal SWANA Workshop
The Grand
4101 E. Willow St.
Long Beach, CA 90815


9:00 - 9:30      Registration ~ Networking

9:30 - 9:45      Opening Remarks | Election of Officers

9:45 - 10:00    Legislative Update ~ Frank Caponi, LACSD (Retired)

10:00 - 10:30  Wastewater Treatment Plants Roles in Organic Management
                       Speaker TBD

10:30 - 10:45  Networking Break

10:45 - 11:15  Banning Plastics, LA Journey ~ Paul S. Cobian, Acting Assistant
                       Division Manager, LA Sanitation & Environment
11:15 - 11:45  Speaker TBD

11:45 - 12:45  Lunch

12:45 - 1:15    Raffle | Closing



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