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The Annual Waste Management Conference and Exhibit is the highlight of The Forum’s regularly scheduled events. 
A Planning Committee is hard at work developing a timely and informative program and an impressive roster of speakers.  A program announcement and registration flier will be e-mailed to those on the Forum’s mailing list.
If you wish to be on the Conference mailing list, please message us through our Contact Us page.  
Anyone interested in exhibiting their products or services at the conference, or contributing, should complete and send an exhibit order form to the Forum.



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Conference Attendee Registration

Conference Schedule ~

Check in  -  Coffee  - Networking


Cynthia Vant Hul, Bill Camarillo, Melissa Morgan

Keynote Speaker
Moderator: Mike Mohajer

Speaker:  Heidi Sanborn, Executive Director National Stewardship Action Council


Moderator: Mike Mohajer

Legislative Update, Analyst and what to expect
Speaker:  Doug Kobold, CPSC/SWANA LTF



Moderator: Cynthia Vant Hul

Implementation Lessons Learned
Speakers:  Richard Nino, Burrtec;
Manuel Gouveia, Republic Services

Lunch / Luncheon Speaker

Moderator: Melissa Morgan, MPA
Speaker:  Ashlee M Yee, CalRecycle

Moderator: Olivia Sanchez 
Reporting Software Programs
Speakers:  David Davis, MSW Consultants; Emily Coven, Recyclist;
Judi Gregory, Go2Zero

1:30PM— 2:30PM     
Moderators: Bill Camarillo; Teri Cohan Link
Showcased Organics Facilities;  Santa Barbara Resource Recovery, Anergia  Facilities for source-separated systems (Sun Valley to Rialto)
Speakers:  Yaniv Scherson, Anaergia; John Dewey, Mustang Power; Bill Camarillo, CEO, Agromin



Moderator: Thomas Coates

Porscha Gatewood, City of Ontario
Colleen Foster, City of Oceanside


3:00PM - 3:15PM Wrap up / Raffle

Moderator: David Davis, MSW Consultants



Doug Kobold has worked in the Solid Waste and Recycling industry for nearly 30 years. He accepted the position of Executive Director for the California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) in August 2018. He worked at Sacramento County for over 18 years, where he last held the position of Waste Management Program Manager and prior to that he worked in solid waste consulting for 2 ½ years with Edgar & Associates and 5 ½ years with Yolo County prior to his time in consulting. Doug received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from California State University, Chico, with a minor in Planning in 1992. He also received SWANA certifications for Manager of Landfill Operations (MOLO) in 1997, Manager of Collection Systems (MOCS), and Manager of MSW Management (MMSWM), both in 2008. He currently serves as Chair on the SWANA California Chapters Legislative Task Force (LTF), is an elected Board Member of CRRA, and Vice Chair of the Statewide Illegal Dumping Technical Advisory Committee (IDTAC) hosted by CalRecycle.

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Ashlee Yee has worked with CalRecycle for over ten years.  Ashlee oversees the Jurisdiction and Agency Compliance and Enforcement Branch, which evaluates jurisdictions’ and agencies’ compliance of our state laws including SB 1383. Previously, Ashlee worked in the Local Assistance and Market Development Branch, where she focused on the implementation of state laws such as mandatory commercial recycling, mandatory commercial organics recycling, short-lived climate pollutants, and state agency recycling as well as the State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign.  Prior to that, Ashlee has worked as a CalRecycle representative for jurisdictions and state agencies in the Bay Area and in CalRecycle’s Jurisdiction Compliance Unit.  Ashlee is a graduate from UC Santa Cruz.

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Heidi Sanborn
Founding Executive Director, National Stewardship Action Council & Stewardship Action Foundation

Heidi Sanborn has been an internationally recognized advocate for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and a circular economy for over 20 years and been in the industry for 32 years. She served as the first Chair of the Statewide Commission on Recycling Markets and Curbside Recycling 2020-2022 which resulted in 34 unanimous policy recommendations, many of which became law in this timeframe.  Heidi is a dynamic and knowledgeable speaker who uses solid information, real-world stories, and humor to share her message. National Stewardship Action Council is a highly successful education and advocacy organization which is known for passage of California’s landmark 2018 medicine and sharps take-back legislation SB 212 (Jackson, Ting, Gray), and in 2021 sponsored passage of SB 343 (Allen) and AB 818 (Bloom) Truth in Labeling bills for recycling and “flushable” wipes.  In 2022, she was one of 25 negotiators which drafted and passed SB 54 (Allen), the Plastic Pollution Prevention and Packaging Producer Responsibility Act, the only true Circular Economy bill in the U.S.

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Dr. Yaniv Scherson is the Chief Operating Officer for Anaergia. Yaniv is based in Carlsbad California where he leads Anaergia's projects integrating organics recycling from solid waste with anaerobic digestion and wastewater for production of renewable power, renewable natural gas, and fertilizer. He is a licensed professional engineer in California and holds Ph.D. and Master degrees from Stanford University.


John Dewey, Mustang Renewable Power Ventures, CEO/Founder

Mustang was founded in 2008 responding to increasing demand for environmentally sustainable solid waste management projects in California and the US.  Mustang is developing resource recovery and waste diversion projects throughout North America. Mustang’s projects use European technologies to: 1) sort, separate and recover recyclable materials (Mixed MSW MRF); and, 2) convert organic food & green waste to compost and energy via dry fermentation anaerobic digestion (AD).   


Mustang was selected by Santa Barbara County (CA) in 2011 as the Public Private Partnership (P3) Design/Build/Operate Contractor of the Tajiguas Resource Recovery Project TRRP) to process ~250,000 tons of Mixed MSW and ~50,000 tons of Source Separated Recyclables (SSR) per year at the County owned Tajiguas Landfill. Mustang was selected over a field of 9 competitive regional, national and international waste management firms. The project includes a mixed waste processing facility (MRF) combined with a dry fermentation anaerobic digestion and composting facility (ADF).  The project’s landfill diversion rate is anticipated to exceed 60% bringing the County’s overall diversion rate to >85%.  The TRRP commenced construction in December 2018 and was completed and commenced operations in 2021. More information about the TRRP can be found at  Project CapEx: $175 million. 


Mustang develops environmental infrastructure projects with municipal agencies as Private Public Partnerships. Dewey is also a principal in a real estate investment firm specializing in complex project entitlements, finance and development, with an emphasis on environmentally impacted (i.e., brownfield) properties, including ownership of 3 former landfills currently operating as self-storage and industrial with regulatory oversight of these sites by the State of California  Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC), Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board (LARWQCB), and LA County Environmental Health Dept..  Dewey and partners have developed and/or financed in excess of $2 billion of commercial, industrial, multi-family and residential development projects in California over the past 35+ years. Dewey earned a BA in Business-Economics from UCLA.


Emily Coven is the founder of Recyclist, a software company dedicated to creating simple, elegant technology solutions to complex environmental challenges. After 15 years in the technology sector, Emily happened upon the waste industry and has never looked back. She is continually awed by the dedication of the recycling coordinators and program managers that Recyclist works with, at cities, counties and haulers across California and increasingly the rest of the country. Emily lives in Truckee, California, where she spends her free time skiing, biking and paddling with her family in the environment that the Recyclist team is committed to protecting.

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Judi Gregory is the President of Go2Zero Strategies LLC. She is also the founder of GreenEducation and co-founder of SMART Compliance, Inc. She has worked in the recycling and solid waste management industry for over 35 years. Her love of trash began in 2nd grade when she began dumpster diving to collect recyclables and she has never looked back. In 2013, Go2Zero was awarded Small Business of the Year by the CA Small Business Administration and in 2018 Judi was named a Woman in Business Honoree by Senator Portantino. 


Bill Camarillo, CEO of Agromin. Being one of the largest organics recyclers in California and the United States, Mr. Camarillo remains passionate after 30 years in the industry. As the CEO of Agromin he plays a key role in pioneering sustainability through organic waste conversion.  All of Agromin’s 250-plus eco-friendly organic soil and mulch products are sold in retail, agriculture, landscape and energy sectors.  Agromin’s products are organic, earth-friendly and the result of over 1,000,000 tons of organic waste materials recycled in California every year.

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Manuel Gouveia

Area Municipal Manager, West Area Republic Services

Manuel “Manny” Gouveia is the West Area Municipal Manager at Republic Services dedicated to serving the solid waste and recycling service needs of communities across Southern California.  Manny provides support and oversight to five Municipal Managers in the regional market and helps them administer contract compliance to over 50 exclusive and non-exclusive municipal franchise agreements.  Additionally, he proudly serves on the Board of Directors to the Long Beach, Seal Beach, and Montebello Chambers of Commerce. 

Prior to joining Republic, Manny spent over 10 years in the public sector working for US Senator Dianne Feinstein, CA State Senator Carol Liu, and the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District – a member agency of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern CA.  Manny holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA.


Richard Nino is a Vice President with Burrtec Waste Industries.  He has worked in the solid waste industry including hauling operations management, customer service, program development and jurisdictional contract compliance for over 25 years.  Most recently Richard has focused efforts on SB 1383 program development and compliance.  Richard holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Pomona College in Claremont, CA.


Porscha Gatewood, Senior Environmental Technician at the City of Ontario Public Works Agency, has worked in the recycling and solid waste industry for over 12 years. She is a certified Sustainable Resource Management Professional via San Jose State University and holds a HAZWOPER certificate through the San Bernardino Fire Department. Her depth of experience includes a strong focus in solid waste operations, account management, project management and sales. Porscha is a natural leader with a huge heart for people and community, which has led her to prioritize education in order to steer her customers and peers to do the right thing for humanity and the environment.

Porscha specializes in providing solutions to organic waste diversion in service of residences, commercial businesses, and special events. Her participation in large-scale waste material characterizations and mass data collection has contributed to her knowledge base and helps her to develop unique approaches that empower those around her to achieve new goals, all while maintaining compliance with all California state laws such as AB 341 and AB 1826.

Porscha is passionate about her work and the evolution of the industry, which has brought her to her current focus of projects for waste reduction and sustainability practices. Her commitment to her work can be felt through her unmatched energy and presence. She looks forward to continuing to serve, empower, and contribute to both her community and environment.   

Registering:    SOLD OUT

Payment instructions:

  • To register to attend click on the links above to download the forms and mail to:

  • SCWMF Association Office
    21520 Yorba Linda Blvd., Ste. G-428
    Yorba Linda CA 92887 

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If paying by check, please make check payable to Southern California Waste Management Forum
Registration is a financial commitment. All cancellations must be received in writing 14 days prior to the event. We do not accept PO's for payment, and there is a $75.00 processing fee on all returned checks.
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