Infrastructure Solutions for SB 1383 and National Sword
Kawsar Vazifdar, Associate Civil Engineer, Los Angeles County Public Works
Urgent priorities in solid waste management include diverting organic waste from landfill disposal per California Senate Bill 1383 (2016) and identifying outlets for unrecyclable materials in the wake of the China National Sword policy. Significant new conversion technology infrastructure is needed to address these issues. Los Angeles County is analyzing strategies to incentivize local infrastructure development and is also pursuing state legislation that would allocate Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds for infrastructure throughout California.
Kawsar Vazifdar is an Associate Civil Engineer managing the Zero Waste Planning Unit in the Environmental Programs Division at Los Angeles County Public Works. Her Unit works on The Southern California Conversion Technology Project, which promotes the development of infrastructure creating renewable energy and fuels from municipal solid waste. Ms. Vazifdar also works on environmental policy relating to solid waste, organic waste, and renewable energy and fuels. In addition, she is involved in planning for the County of Los Angeles to comply with California Senate Bill 1383 (2016) which establishes statewide targets for organic waste landfill disposal reduction. Ms. Vazifdar is registered as a Professional Civil Engineer in California and received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UCLA.