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The Forum

…is dedicated to protection of the environment.
The FORUM is a nonprofit, tax-exempt
organization dedicated to advancing knowledge
of the interrelationship between waste management
practices and the environment.


…FORUM members are representatives from local,
state and federal government agencies, private
industry, public utilities, academia and concerned
citizens. Anyone interested in waste management
and its relationship with the environment may join.
Please click here to download the membership application.


Volunteers Wanted:
The FORUM is looking for current members who want
to be more active in shaping our future events as members
of the event planning committees.

The 2016 Conference was successful largely as a result
of the active participation of volunteers helping to
plan the program and securing the exceptional roster
of speakers.  If you are interested, please send an
E-mail to info@scwmf.org

Contact us at:
Southern California Waste Management Forum
Association Office
21520 Yorba Linda Bl., Ste. G-428
Yorba Linda, CA  92887
Ph. 714-866-9988
Fax. 951-277-4498
E-mail: info@scwmf.org

Forum Bulletin Board


Southern California Waste Management Forum
2017 Annual Conference and Exhibits
November 8, 2017
Sheraton Fairplex Hotel and Conference Center, Pomona, CA

Call for Speakers

The Southern California Waste Management Forum is looking for speakers to participate in a Round Table discussion at its Annual Conference on November 8, 2017 in Pomona, California. The topic of the Round Table will be:

The Long Term Future of our Environment

A more detailed outline of the Round Table discussion is included below.

The Forum

The Forum is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing knowledge of the interrelationships between waste management practices and the environment.  Our members include elected officials, municipal staff, waste management industry representatives, equipment manufacturers, consultants, and the general public. For more information about the Forum, please visit our website:


The Annual Conference

Each year, the Forum puts on an Annual Conference at which our members meet to hear presentations about trends in the field of environmental stewardship in general, and waste management in particular.  Our annual conference usually attracts approximately 250 attendees.

We are seeking speakers to participate in the Afternoon Round Table at our conference.   The Afternoon Round Table is a two hour moderated session with 4 or 5 speakers that present their ideas for about 20 minutes each followed by questions from the audience. The theme for this year’s Afternoon Round Table is outlined below.

Persons who are interested in presenting their ideas in the Afternoon Round Table are encouraged to submit a brief abstract of the ideas they would like to present along with a brief professional biography. All the speakers at the conference serve on a pro bono basis. In some cases, the Forum may reimburse speakers for in-State travel expenses.

Abstracts and bios should be emailed no later than July 17, 2017 to:



The Forum is looking for compelling speakers, who are experts in their field, who can address the following questions, and present ideas about the issues outlined below.


The Long Term Future of our Environment


What does the long-term future hold for our environment?  How will the physical environment (e.g., natural resources, energy, water, air, oceans, etc.) be different in the year 2050 than it is today?  How will environmental events and circumstances that occur today impact our society and world in the next 20 to 30 years?


Energy – the State of California just adopted a goal to transition to 100% renewable energy by the year 2030.  Is this feasible?  What steps will be needed to accomplish this goal?  How will this affect the daily life of the average Californian in 2030, or in 2050?

Water – California has just emerged from one of the worst droughts in recent memory.  However, the State’s population continues to expand.  How will the drought of the early 21st Century compare with the demand for water in 2050.  Will the California Coast be dotted with desalinization plants?  Will ‘toilet to tap’ be the norm?  Will green backyard lawns and lush golf courses be a thing of the distant past?

Air – The majority of current environmental regulations (energy, waste, water, air) are driven by the need to reduce carbon emissions to reduce or mitigate the warming of the planet.  However, the United States consumes 25% of the world’s energy; the population of California represents approximately 10% of the United States.  If California represents only 2.5% of the world’s energy consumption; can we really make a difference.  Some studies indicate that if we implemented all the GHG reducing measures being recommended today, it would have only a minor effect on future average global temperature.  To what extent should current climate cooling environmental regulations be undertaken without consideration of their cost of additional resources, lost jobs, etc.

Oceans – the acidification of the earth’s oceans is often referred to as the ‘evil twin’ of global warming.  Is this a real threat?  If so, how will the further acidification of the oceans affect mankind in the year 2050?

Natural Resources – California’s natural resources (timber, minerals, etc.) are being consumed at an ever increasing rate.  Will there be adequate natural resources in the year 2050?

Public HealthScientists are sounding the alarm that we have been overusing antibiotics – and that the germs have figured out ways to become resistant to them.  How much of a threat will epidemics like Ebola and MRSA be in the future?  Will the medicines and anti-biotics that we use today still be effective in the year 2050?  What are some of the lesser known, but significant, threats to public health that may arise in the next 20 – 30 years?  How significant are these threats, and what measures should be taking now to reduce our risk?

Transportation – California is constructing a controversial high-speed rail project to connect San Francisco with Los Angeles.  Major technology companies are researching and developing autonomous cars.  Drivers in Los Angeles and San Francisco experience traffic gridlock on a daily basis.  How will Californians transport themselves in the year 2050?  Will they be as mobile as they are today?


Please click on the link to view the latest issue of Inside Solid Waste:

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B 341/Mandatory Commercial Recycling Program - Three Perspectives

AB 341 requires all businesses, large
apartment/condo complexes, and public entities to recycle beginning July 1, 2012.  Additionally, each jurisdiction is required to establish an accompanying public education, outreach and monitoring program to ensure compliance.  Our Annual Business Meeting will present perspectives from three different entities (County, City, and Private) on their plans to implement mandatory multifamily and commercial recycling programs.  Attend the meeting and learn about what others are doing to comply.  You don’t have to reinvent the wheel.

Presenters Include:

Howard Morris, City of Pomona.
Mandatory Recycling Program Overview
and City Perspective

Isabel Rios, OC Waste & Recycling
Orange County Perspective

Allan Company
Industry Perspective

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