Join us in May!

The SWANA Pacific Chapter – BC & Yukon, is hosting the 34th annual Northwest Regional Symposium, April 30 through May 2, 2019 in Richmond, British Columbia. Our theme for this event is Make it Happen – Make it Matter!

Our industry has been undergoing many changes in solid waste management systems, how materials are collected and managed and how we move forward in the future. Our 2019 Symposium will cover a broad range of topics under this theme.

We look forward to providing all of the details over the next couple of months. In the meantime, we have a number of sponsorship opportunities, as well as a special rate for accommodations for the event.

If you have any questions about sponsorship, tradeshow details, or speaking at the event, please see the links below, or contact the Chapter Administrator at [email protected]

Accommodation

A block of rooms has been set aside at the River Rock Casino Resort at $189/night plus taxes for either 2 queen beds or 1 king bed, standard room – must be booked by March 29, 2019 to guarantee the rates.

Reservations can be made by calling the hotel’s reservation department at 1-866-748-3718 or email [email protected]. Please ensure to mention the SWANA Pacific group block when booking.

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Conference Week-at-a-Glance

Details coming soon!

  • 12:30 – 04:15 pm: Tours
  • 05:30 – 07:00 pm: Symposium Welcome Reception – Thompson Room
  • 07:00– 08:00 pm: YP Networking Session – Thompson Room
  • 10:00am – 6:00pm:  Trade Show Open
  • 7:30am – 8:55am:  Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 8:55am – 9:00am:  Welcome & Opening Remarks
  • 9:00am – 9:30am:  Keynote Speaker – David Biderman
  • 9:30am – 10:30am:  Session 1 – Recycling in the Age of China’s ‘National Sword’ Policy
  • 10:30am – 11:00am:  Networking Break
  • 11:05am – 12:05pm:  Session 2A – Solid Waste; Session 2B – Safety in Operations and Management Systems & Zero Waste Facility Management
  • 12:10pm – 12:25pm:  Sponsor Recognition
  • 12:25pm – 1:25pm:  Lunch and Networking
  • 1:30pm – 2:25pm:  Session 3A – Deconstruction Demolition; Session 3B – Landfill Leachate and Waste Stormwater Management
  • 2:30pm – 3:00pm:  Networking Break
  • 3:00pm – 4:30pm:  Session 4A – Materials Spotlight; Session 4B – Facility Planning and Clothing, Event and Industrial Wastes Staff Engagement
  • 4:45pm – 6:00pm:  Tradeshow Reception
  • 6:00pm – 9:00pm:  Banquet Dinner and Entertainment
  • 9:00am – 2:00pm:  Trade Show Open
  • 7:30am – 8:45am:  Registration & Continental Breakfast
  • 8:45am – 8:50am:  Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • 8:55am – 10:00am:  Session 5A – Managing Solid Waste; Session 5B – Optimizing Landfill Gas Collection & Reducing Contamination Collection & Beneficial Use
  • 10:05am – 10:30am:  Networking Break
  • 10:35am – 11:55am:  Session 6A – Organics Management; Session 6B – Innovations in Landfill
    Processes of All Sizes Design and Closure
  • 12:00am – 1:00pm:  Lunch, Entertainment and Networking
  • 1:05am – 2:30pm:  Session 7A – Organics Management; Session 7B – Landfill Nuisance & Risk
    From Collections to Process Optimization Management
  • 2:30am – 2:45pm:  Closing & Final Remarks

Optional Symposium Tours

April 30, 2019 . 12:30 – 4:15 pm

[ Tickets are $25 – Transportation and snacks will be provided ]

Tour 1 – Depot & Landfill Tour

  • Ecowaste Landfill – The Ecowaste Landfill in Richmond, BC accepts inert refuse, mainly from construction and demolition activities. This material is returned to the earth or renewed into products such as compost, bark mulch and crushed concrete for sale. Ecowaste is developing 170 acres as the Richmond Industrial Centre. This industrial park is envisioned to consist of up to 12 large floor plate buildings for use by inter-modal logistics, warehousing, and distribution companies, with a total of approximately 2.8 million square feet of building space.
  • Olympic Experience at Richmond Olympic Oval – Feel the rush as you fly off an Olympic ski jump, paddle down a raging white-water kayak course, carve the perfect line in a sit-ski slalom race or zip along a bobsleigh track at incredible speeds at the first official Olympic Museum in Canada, the Olympic Experience. Covering the history of the modern Games through a range of exhibits including digital archives, over 400 artefacts, films, stories, world-class sport simulators, and interactive challenges, you can immerse yourself in sport and the magic of the Games!
  • City of Richmond Recycling Depot – The Richmond Recycling Depot accepts recyclables from residents and businesses operators. Residents can also purchase rain barrels, backyard compost bins, garbage disposal vouchers and garbage tags. The recycling depot also offers free recycling resources such as Blue Box, yellow Mixed Paper Recycling Bag, grey Glass Recycling Bin, Blue Cart indoor collection bag, Green Can decals, brochures and other information materials.

Tour 2 – Asphalt & Steel Tour

  • Vancouver Kent Operation Yard – The Vancouver Kent Operation Yard has been in existence since 1999 and asphalt pavement plant since 1999, while the City of Vancouver has had asphalt operations since the mid-1940’s. The asphalt pavement plant works by taking reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) that is processed using a series of operations, including crushing, screening, conveying, and stacking. It’s estimated that as much as 15,000 tonnes of RAP is annually converted into portions of recycled hot mix asphalt, in cold mixes, and combined with concrete slab to create greater than 125,000 tonnes as aggregate in granular or stabilized base materials.
  • Richmond Steel Recycling PlantRichmond Steel Recycling is a leading scrap metal recycler since 1974 with the vision to become a leader in promoting sustainability. Their operation works by shredding scrap appliances, automobiles and other light gauge metals into small pieces. The ferrous and non-ferrous metals are first separated and then further separation takes place using blowers and reverse magnets. The metal is then sold to steel mills or smelters for production of new steel or non-ferrous metals.
  • Olympic Experience at Richmond Olympic Oval – Feel the rush as you fly off an Olympic ski jump, paddle down a raging white-water kayak course, carve the perfect line in a sit-ski slalom race or zip along a bobsleigh track at incredible speeds at the first official Olympic Museum in Canada, the Olympic Experience. Covering the history of the modern Games through a range of exhibits including digital archives, over 400 artefacts, films, stories, world-class sport simulators, and interactive challenges, you can immerse yourself in sport and the magic of the Games!

Keynote Speaker

David Biderman

Executive Director and CEO, Solid Waste Association of North America

David Biderman is the Executive Director and CEO of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and has been a leader in the waste industry for more than 20 years. He has been with SWANA for four years, and has helped it significantly grow its membership and leadership position in both the United States and Canada. David joined SWANA in April 2015 after 18 years with the National Waste & Recycling Association, where he was their General Counsel, Vice President for Government Affairs, and Safety Director. He has testified before numerous federal, state and local agencies and councils. He has spoken about waste and recycling issues and policies at numerous international environmental conferences, including events in Asia, Latin America, and Europe.

David is very passionate about safety for solid waste workers, and was the recipient of Preco’s Safety in Motion award for 2016, given to an individual who is making a significant difference improving safety. He has provided safety and compliance training to thousands of workers throughout the United States and Canada.
Prior to entering the waste industry, David was an attorney at a Washington DC law firm Steptoe & Johnson, where he specialized in environmental and transportation law.

David graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Johns Hopkins University.

Conference Partners

Ruby Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsors

Session Sponsors

Check back or watch for the SWANA Pacific Chapter newsletter for all the details!