Kawsar Vazifdar


Presentation Title

Opportunities for Municipal Organic Waste Conversion

Kawsar Vazifdar, Associate Civil Engineer, Los Angeles County Public Works


The state of California has established ambitious targets to divert 75% of organic waste from landfill disposal by the year 2025. The presentation will discuss new opportunities for the conversion of municipal organic waste, such as food waste, paper, biomass, and more, from all generators including residential and commercial sectors, into low-carbon fuels, electricity, and other useful products. The presentation will discuss several potential barriers to developing sufficient organic waste conversion infrastructure and strategies to address contamination, limitations of processing technologies, and risk associated with end markets, to facilitate the conversion of municipal organic waste into renewable energy.       


Kawsar Vazifdar is an Associate Civil Engineer working for the Environmental Programs Division at Los Angeles County Public Works. Ms. Vazifdar works on The Southern California Conversion Technology Project, which aims to develop energy, green fuels, and useful products from municipal solid waste.  She also works on environmental policy and legislation relating to solid waste, organic waste, and renewable energy and fuels. Ms. Vazifdar 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.