Northwest Regional Symposium

2023 Evergreen Chapter Symposium

38th Annual Northwest Regional Symposium

April 18-20, 2023
Tulalip Resort Hotel

Each spring the Evergreen (WA and MT), Beaver (OR and ID), and Pacific (BC and Yukon) chapters hold a joint Northwest Symposium. Join solid waste industry professionals from a wide variety of specialized fields, where members come to exchange information and learn from technical experts.

The SWANA Evergreen Chapter is among the more active and diversely represented chapters in the nation. We have a positive reputation among members, neighboring chapters and the national organization for promoting innovation, supporting education, and taking on challenging technical and policy initiatives.

Our Board of Directors reflects who you are through its representation of public officials, engineering professionals, and commercial operators and haulers. Our members, sponsors and surrounding communities benefit from the energy we commit toward taking on tomorrow’s resource challenges.


Call for Abstracts

We want to put together a dynamic program on The Next Normal: The Future of Solid Waste Management with topics that provide value to symposium attendees.


While we hope to focus on our symposium theme, please feel free to propose any topic you feel would be of interest to the attendees.

Here are some suggested topics with our theme:

  • The future of labor in the solid waste industry (i.e. hiring/retention amid staffing shortages, automation)
  • Safety, operations, and planning post-COVID-19
  • Innovations in landfill and facility operation
  • Organic materials management, collection, processing, and policy
  • Extended producer responsibility (EPR) policy and programs
  • Climate change and solid waste operations/emergency management
  • New and emerging materials markets
  • Alternative fuel technologies (i.e., operations, economics, emissions)
  • Integrated solid waste management planning
  • Solid waste system finance and ratemaking
  • Collection systems management

Session Length and Format

  • The length of most presentation sessions, including a brief question and answer period, is 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Presentations involving panel discussions are also encouraged. Multi-member panels and other special sessions can be up to 90 minutes in length. The Program Committee will decide session type (i.e. panel or platform style.)

Additional Considerations

  • Include the following in the Abstract Submission Form linked in the button below:
    • Speaker(s) name(s,) and affiliation(s), and short bio
    • Phone number, address, and email address
    • Presentation title of 15 words or less
    • Abstract of 500 words or less
    • Estimated duration of the presentation
    • Please include the category that best describes your presentation: collection and transfer; communications, education, and marketing; landfill gas and biogas; landfill management; sustainable materials management; diversity, equity, and inclusion; climate change; safety; or other.
    • Prior SWANA presentations
  • Potential presenters may submit more than one abstract.
  • Presenters receive free registration on the day they are speaking. (Note this does not include banquet attendance.)
  • Accepted presenters will be notified in January 2023.

Due Date

Submit abstracts using the form below no later than December 9, 2022

Questions about presenting or participating in a panel discussion? Contact Matt Hobson, Chair of the Symposium Speakers Committee, using the Committee Contact Form or by phone at 210-439-8702.


Attendee registration will be open later this fall. Stay tuned!


Your company or organization has the opportunity to showcase itself to hundreds of solid waste management professionals by sponsoring or exhibiting at the upcoming SWANA Evergreen Chapter 2023 NW Regional Symposium in Tulalip, Washington. The symposium attracts delegates representing public and private sector organizations in the Pacific Northwest solid waste industry. Only sponsors will have the opportunity to exhibit.

Check out the Sponsor Guide for all the details on sponsor opportunities and benefits!
View the Exhibitor Booth Floor Plan.

Thank you early sponsors!


Tulalip Resort Hotel

The 38th Annual Northwest Regional Symposium will be held at the beautiful Tulalip Resort Hotel.

$139 plus tax for Deluxe Queen or King (Mon-Thurs)
$179 plus tax for Resort King (Mon-Thurs)
$199 plus tax for Queen or King (Fri-Sat)
(For guests who want to extend their stay for the weekend)

Group code and reservation information available soon

Socials and Entertainment

In addition to learning and networking, we love to have a great time. Don’t miss these opportunities for an evening of amazing food, drinks and fun.

Tuesday, April 18 | Sponsor Social
Wednesday, April 19 | Banquet and Entertainment

Nate Jester – Magician

Symposium Committee Contacts

Your Symposium Committee is dedicated to planning an exceptional event. If you have any questions or comments, please contact them.

  • Symposium Chair
    Karam Singh | 321-370-3173
  • Speakers
    Matthew Hobson | 210-439-8702
  • Sponsorships
    Lewis Griffith | 253-573-2420
  • Symposium Coordinator
    Jeannie Balducci Wolf | 425-348-1440

Contact the Committee

    Past Northwest Regional Symposia

    2022: Winds of Change

    April 27–29, 2022
    Hosted by the SWANA Pacific Chapter
    Radisson Vancouver Airport Hotel – Richmond, BC

    2021: Industry Resilience Through An Impacted Economy

    October 27-29, 2021
    Hosted by the SWANA Beaver Chapter
    McMenamins Edgefield Hotel—Troutdale, OR

    2019: Make it Happen, Make it Matter!

    April 20 – May 2, 2019
    Hosted by the SWANA Pacific Chapter
    River Rock Casino Resort—Richmond, BC


    April 18–20, 2018
    Hosted by the SWANA Beaver Chapter
    McMenamins Edgefield Hotel—Troutdale, OR


    April 25–27, 2017
    Hosted by the SWANA Evergreen Chapter
    Tulalip Casino Resort Hotel—Tulalip, WA