WasteExpo 2017

Special Events

WasteExpo's Special Events are plentiful and unique. Enjoy this chance to network and learn.

New to WasteExpo's Conference Program: Spotlight Sessions 

FREE and Open to ALL Attendees 
Room 243 - 245

Explore the top industry trends in these four FREE Spotlight Sessions. You'll learn how technology, food waste/recovery, contamination and smart cities impact the waste, recycling and organics industry. See below for session topics & times.


Welcome Reception

6:30pm – 9:30pm

Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Dr., New Orleans, LA

Kick off your WasteExpo experience at the best party in town. This year's reception is at the distinctive Generations Hall in downtown New Orleans. Mix and mingle with colleagues, customers and friends at the waste, recycling and organic industry's reunion.


National Waste & Recycling Association's Awards Breakfast

7:30am – 9:30am

Great Hall A & D

See the industry's brightest stars honored at the National Waste & Recycling Association's Awards Breakfast.

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Spotlight Session:

Reducing Food Waste and Increasing Organics Diversion and Recovery in Municipal Programs (Part I)

1:30pm – 3:00pm

Room 243 - 245

FREE and Open to ALL Attendees 


Speakers/Presentations include:

Organics in NYC: Building the Nation's Largest Organics Collection Program.
Gregory Anderson
Chief of Staff
NYC Department of Sanitation

Strategies and Policies for Increasing Diversion of Food Waste and Other Organics.
Aiden Cohen
Austin Resource Recovery
City of Austin, TX

City of Minneapolis Organics Recycling Pilot, Drop-Offs, and Citywide Collection Program.
Kellie Kish
City of Minnieapolis

Food Scrap Recovery in Northern Michigan: Commercial Collection Case Study.
Elisa Seltzer
Emmet County Department of Public Works

Spotlight Session:

Digitalization of the Waste Industry 

3:30pm – 5:00pm

Room 243 - 245

FREE and Open to ALL Attendees

As technology continues to be the focal point of many industries, how does it affect the way the waste and recycling industry does business? Hear from experts from inside and outside of the industry on topics like on-demand waste pick up, how big data can play a role in enhancing customer relationships and where technology might be taking us in the future.


Michael Allegretti
Head of Public Policy
Rubicon Global

Stephanie Stuckey
Chief Reliance Officer
City of Atlanta, GA

Lisa Faison
City of Phoenix, AZ

Tim Lake

Jimmy Martin
AMCS Group

Dominic Papa

International Reception

5:15pm - 6:15pm

International Business Center (Near Registration)

A highlight of WasteExpo is welcoming our global friends. Non-U.S. attendees are invited to join us for a special reception.

Environmental Research and Education Foundation's (EREF) Annual Charitable Auction

Booth #134

EREF Silent Auction: Tuesday, May 9, 10:00 am until Wednesday, May 10, 3:30 pm..


Spotlight Session:

Smart Cities with a Solid (Waste) Plan 

12:00pm – 1:15pm

Room 243 - 245

FREE and Open to ALL Attendees

With increasing populations, changing policy requirements, new sustainability and recycling goals and improved technology developments, how are cities managing their solid waste? How are they planning for the future? Hear from innovative cities on their plans for managing waste now and down the road.

Speakers: Municipality Panel:

Phil Bresee
Chief, Environmental Management Office, Arlington County
Virginia Solid Waste Bureau

Susan Fife-Ferris
Director, Solid Waste Planning & Program Management
Seattle Public Utilities

Jim McKay
General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services
City of Toronto

Environmental Research and Education Foundation's (EREF) Annual Charitable Auction

3:00pm: Reception
3:30pm: Live Auction

Booth #134

Spotlight Session:

Managing Contamination: Does One Bad Apple Spoil the Whole Barrel?  

3:00pm – 4:15pm

Room 243 - 245

FREE and Open to All Attendees

Contamination is the bane of every MRF operator. It creates problems by reducing throughput of actual recyclables, causes safety problems, dirties the clean recyclables and gets caught up in the machinery. Find out how your colleagues are managing contamination.


Chris Coady
The Recycling Partnership

Ellen Martin
The Closed Loop Fund