WASTECON: Learning How the World-Famous San Diego Zoo Handles Waste

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San Diego, CA, December 1, 2022 – Exotic animals attract most people to the San Diego Zoo, but the Solid Waste Management Association of North America’s (SWANA) December 5 tour will cover something just as exotic: How does this world-famous attraction handle the logistics of waste management?

A highlight of WASTECON 2022, which takes place in the San Diego Convention Center on December 5–8, is the San Diego Zoo Sustainability Tour. The tour will educate waste management leaders throughout the United States about the logistics of waste collection, innovations in green waste diversion that is particular to a zoo and botanical garden, and the sustainable re-use of items in the unique environment of a zoo.

“Developing sustainable conservation solutions is core to the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance mission,” said SWANA President Timothy S. Flanagan. “The Zoo is a laboratory for innovation that can give our members, waste professionals from throughout North America, ideas that they can adapt in their communities. It is also a chance to share our expertise with sustainability leaders at the Zoo.”

WASTECON is an annual event that brings together more than 1500 leaders and innovators in the solid waste and recycling industry to address the toughest challenges and discover the most promising opportunities in waste management. The San Diego Zoo tour is one of several unique offsite behind–the–scenes tours of innovative waste management processes and facilities.

Running concurrently is the SWANA–ISRI MRF Summit addressing the rapidly evolving and dynamic area of materials recovery and scrap recycling and the SWANA Safety Summit that will focus on creating a safer work environment for solid waste workers and safer communities.


The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is an organization of more than 10,000 public and private sector professionals committed to advancing from solid waste management to resource management through their shared emphasis on education, advocacy and research. For more than 60 years, SWANA has been the leading association in the solid waste management field. SWANA serves industry professionals through technical conferences, certifications, publications and a large offering of technical training courses.

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