Announcing Sponsorship, Tradeshow and Call for Presentations

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 PDF links below, or contact the Chapter Administrator at [email protected]


  • 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.

Call for Presentations

The SWANA Northwest Regional Symposium Program Committee is actively seeking speakers interested in presenting for the technical program of the 2019 Northwest Regional Symposium (PNW). In its 34th year, the PNW will attract over 200 attendees from British Columbia, the Yukon, Washington, Oregon and beyond. SWANA Pacific Chapter (British Columbia & Yukon) is proud to be hosting this prestigious event at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, British Columbia.

The theme for our Symposium ‘Make it Happen – Make it Matter’, is prompting us to share lessons learned and success stories, and to collaborate on next steps. Topics of interest for abstracts include the following:

  • Policies and program planning for Zero Waste
  • Economic incentives and pricing models
  • Asset management
  • Opportunities for material re-use, repurposing, and the sharing economy
  • Adapting to changes in commodities markets and China’s National Sword
  • Ocean plastics, single use items reduction, and the role of compostable plastics
  • Illegal dumping, streetscapes, and litter management in public spaces
  • Event waste management
  • Increasing recycling in multi-family buildings
  • Disaster debris management planning and response
  • Organic waste reduction, collection programs, and processing
  • Textiles collection and management
  • Extended producer responsibility programs and formats
  • Material recovery and advances in material handling and separation
  • Advancing construction and demolition waste diversion and beneficial use
  • Community engagement and partnerships
  • Rural transfer stations and eco-depots
  • Changes to regulatory frameworks
  • Safety programs and initiatives in operations
  • Safety and operational effects of marijuana legalization
  • Staff training and engagement
  • Managing nuisance impacts at solid waste facilities
  • Landfill leachate and stormwater management
  • Landfill closure, end use, and post-closure care
  • Strategies to measure and minimize landfill gas emissions
  • Troubleshooting landfill gas collection and beneficial use

Please submit your abstracts by email to [email protected] by end of day Monday, December 17, 2018. Include the following in your submission:

  • Topic from the list above or as otherwise suggested;
  • Presentation title of 15 words or less;
  • Presentation summary of 400 words or less, and;
  • Contact information and a brief biography (200 words or less) for the presenter(s).

Additional considerations include the following:

  • Submissions will be considered based on alignment with the conference theme and topics; relevance to the expected audience; and focus on specific examples.
  • Authors may submit more than one abstract.
  • Authors of accepted presentations will be notified in writing by the end of January 2019.
  • All selected presenters will be eligible to register for the Symposium at a reduced presenter rate and are responsible for all related travel costs.
  • Student submissions are encouraged. Presentations will be included in the Symposium and a student registration rate will be available.
  • All Symposium presentations will be included in the proceedings (posted on the SWANA Pacific web page).

Stay tuned for more information on the 2019 Northwest Regional Symposium.


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