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 for ALL Attendees 

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

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

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

Get your tickets now.

Spotlight Session:

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

1:30pm – 3:00pm

Speakers/Presentations include:

  • 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, Solid Waste and Recycling. Minneapolis. MN
  • Organics in NYC: Building the Nation’s Largest Organics Collection Program.
    Gregory Anderson, Chief of Staff, NYC Department of Sanitation. NY
  • Food Scrap Recovery in Northern Michigan: Commercial Collection Case Study. 
    Elisa Seltzer, Emmet County Department of Public Works. MI 
    Learn how a rural, northern Michigan community developed a cost-effective commercial food scrap collection and composting program as part of its model resource recovery program

Spotlight Session:

Digitalization of the Waste Industry 

3:30pm – 4:30pm

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- Rubicon
  • Stephanie Benfield – City of Atlanta

International Reception


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

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:

  • Jim McKay - City of Toronto
  • Susan Fife-Ferris - City of Seattle
  • ​Phil Bresee - City of Arlington

Environmental Research and Education Foundation’s (EREF) Annual Charitable Auction
Booth #134

3:00 PM: Reception
3:30 PM: Live Auction

Spotlight Session:

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

3:00pm – 4:15pm

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.


  • Bridget Croke - The Closed Loop Fund