The Forum
…is dedicated to the 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.

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Dr. Thomas O'Brien is the Executive Director of the Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT) at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and the Deputy Director of the METRANS Transportation Consortium, a partnership of CSULB and the University of Southern California. He also serves as the Director of the Southwest Transportation Workforce Center (SWTWC), one of five regional workforce centers originally funded by the Federal Highway Administration.  READ MORE

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Our Website Sponsors

The Forum would like to invite you to join us by affiliating your organization with Southern California Waste Management Forum on our website.  Your annual sponsorship fee for $250 will announce your company/organization is affiliated with The Forum, and its dedication to the protection of the environment.

As a sponsor, your company logo will be featured on the Forum’s home page with a link to your firm’s website.

Questions? Please email us at  Thank you in advance for your consideration!
Download the Sponsor Application Form
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The Organization


The Southern California Waste Management Forum (SCWMF) is a nonprofit, tax exempt organization dedicated to advancing knowledge of the interrelationship between waste management practices and the environment. Originally organized in August 1969 as the Los Angeles Regional Forum on Solid Waste Management, The Forum is the natural outgrowth of a series of meetings between representatives of concerned public and private agencies who saw a need to protect the environment while meeting the solid, liquid and hazardous waste collection and disposal requirements of the community.


The Forum’s objectives are:


…to facilitate the exchange of fundamental and practical knowledge concerning the characteristics, collection, transportation, treatment, storage and disposal of wastes, and accompanying resource recovery activities, including, but not limited to, source reduction, recycling, composting and public education techniques.


…to disseminate information about the design, construction, development and operation of equipment, facilities and processes used in the waste management industry, legislation and regulations, planning and policies, and research and development pertaining thereto.

The Board

The Board is comprised of 15 members, each with a term of three years, and represents the various positions and sectors related to solid waste and recycling management. The Board, along with the executive administrator, develop and coordinate three events a year to educate the membership on emerging trends, technologies and issues related to the Forum’s objectives. Those events include a business meeting, a spring conference and the annual conference and exhibit. Board members are expected to be active in developing content, retaining speakers and participate in Board meetings and events.

The Recruitment

The Board is looking to fill Board positions for the 2022-2025 terms with professionals from the solid waste and recycling field (public or private) and the following geographic areas; Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, and San Diego County. Applicants must become members in good standing of the Forum prior to appointment. Learn more about the organization at,


To apply send your resume to with the subject SCWMF Board Recruitment.

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Southern California Waste Management Forum has partnered with GreenEducation.US to bring SCWMF members a 35% discount on the highly acclaimed Certificate in Sustainable Resource Management Program.  This in-depth educational program is accredited by the National Recycling Coalition andSan Jose State University (3 CEUs awarded upon completion).....READ MORE.


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