Conference & Special Events: April 23-26, 2018
Exhibits: April 24-26, 2018
Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Halls
Las Vegas, NV, USA


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By partnering with the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) and Dr. Stu Buckner, WasteExpo is able to deliver a conference program that is more interactive and essential than ever beforeproviding you with everything you need to do your job smarter, safer and more efficiently!

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Monday, April 23
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

With a worker shortage facing the waste industry, it’s critical now more than ever that we not only engage, but also develop the right talent. In addition to the challenge of engaging the upcoming millennial workforce, keeping loyal, dedicated employees has a huge effect on a company’s bottom line, which...
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Charlie Kimmel

President/CEO
Kimmel & Associates
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Kristen Fitzmorris

Principal
Hidden Brook Communications
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Valetta Wright

Director of Organizational and Talent Development
WCA Corporation
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  • Monday, April 23, 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
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This session will give participants an understanding of how to hire and maintain their CDL Drivers in a manner compliant with the Federal DOT Regulations. • Hiring Drivers: DOT Compliant Background Checks, Pre-Employment Drug Testing and DOT Medical Exams • Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs: Random, Post-Accident and Reasonable Suspicion • DOT Medical...
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Tony Cardamone

Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Concorde, Inc.
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In the waste industry, there continues to be an ever-present risk of fire – both at the facility and in the trucks themselves. There are many necessary steps to take to mitigate the potential outbreak of a fire, including public education, proactively implementing suppression tactics, and incorporating new technologies.
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Brent Shows

Corporate Operations Manager – Recycling & Transfer Stations
Advanced Disposal
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Hilary Gans


South Bay Waste Management Authority
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Michael Timpane

Vice President of Process Optimization and Material Recovery
RRS, Inc.
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Ryan Fogelman

Vice President of Business Development
FireRover
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Darby Hoover

Senior Resource Specialist
Natural Resources Defense Council
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Katherine Worley

Senior Manager, Solid Waste & Recycling
Walmart Stores Inc
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Hear perspectives from outside of the industry about waste reduction & sustainability goals - what drives them, how they’ll be achieved, and what challenges they need to overcome – and find out how the industry can help turn these goals into a reality. 
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Judy Ward

President & CEO
Advanced Enviro Systems (WaWa)
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Rebecca Richert

Facilities, Energy and Environmental
SUPERVALU
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Artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics are emerging trends that have the potential to transform the operations and profitability of the waste and recycling industries. Join experts in artificial intelligence to discover how robotics are addressing industry challenges such as the volatility of staffing sorting lines, raising revenue through higher material purities, and...
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Matanya Horowitz

Co-Founder and CEO
Amp Robotics
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Rich Reardon

Managing Director
Bulk Handling Systems
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Monday, April 23
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Franchising might seem like a good idea – but for whom? Government officials might view it as a way of reducing truck traffic. What about the business owners that no longer have the autonomy to select their service providers? Or the hauler that loses out because they don’t win a...
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Michelle Leonard

Vice President
SCS Engineers
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Monday, April 23
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

  • Monday, April 23, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
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Public, private, big or small, there is one goal every company in the waste industry has in common: keeping humans safe. Whether it’s keeping drivers hydrated, rested, or better equipped with technology, the waste industry is focused on keeping people healthy and unharmed. In addition, properly executing a safety strategy...
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Ben Hoffman

Ph.D.
Occupational Medicine
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Mark Paulsen

Founder
Wildnerness Athlete
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Haulers have lots of daily challenges. How to safely and efficiently collect recyclables, organics and trash – anywhere – is a big one. This session will focus on the unique challenges haulers face in urban and congested areas when making collections. Best management practices for late hour and early morning...

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Big data, small data, standardized data. Everyone is talking about data, but how can it actually be applied to help make an impact on waste operations? What role does small data play in decision-making, and how is it combined to form big data? What would be the financial impact on...
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A.J. Novak

Chief Revenue Officer
OnePlus Systems
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Emily Coven

Founder
The Recyclist
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Jason Gates

CEO & Co-founder
Compology
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Hear from The Recycling Partnership on their optimization work (i.e., increase participation and/or decrease contamination) in the cities of Atlanta, Chicago and Denver. This session will address the importance of pre- and post-capture rate studies and how data generated from those studies were used to craft education/communication efforts (e.g., electronic...
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Cody Marshall

VP Technical Assistance
The Recycling Partnership
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McKenna Morrigan

Senior Associate – Recycling & Materials Management, Education & Behavior Change
Cascadia Consulting Group
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Monday, April 23
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

When China announced the ban of certain recyclables from importation, it threw a giant curve ball at the rest of the world. Suddenly alternative options are needed – and fast. What is the fall-out from this decision? Is it short-term? Or do we need to find a permanent alternative to...
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Susan Robinson

Director of Public Affairs
Waste Management, Inc.
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Sponsored by:   NWRA Women's Council
Fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, – it seems that the number of disasters that occur each year increase. And our industry is at the ready.  What is needed in an emergency operation plan to ensure the safety and wellbeing of employees along with the ability to continue to operate?  How has industry...

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Monday, April 23
1:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Food waste and how to solve it remains a hot topic in the U.S. and throughout the global supply chain. In this session, leaders in this movement will give case studies as to what their companies or organizations are doing to address food waste across the supply chain, and what...
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Amy Keister

VP Consumer Engagement
Compass Group
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Monday, April 23
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

  • Monday, April 23, 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
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With recent changes in legislation, navigating the tax world can be complicated – corporate tax rate reductions, accelerated depreciation provisions, private activity bonds and more. In this session, tax experts will share insight into how the latest tax reform laws affect the solid waste and recycling industry, and what potential...
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Tony Rice

Vice President, Environmental Services Department
Comerica Bank
Moderator

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Monday, April 23
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Sponsored by:   CPG
Back by popular demand, this session will highlight a panel of 40 under 40 award winners, to get an inside look at what they see as the industry’s challenges and opportunities in this power session.  Attendees will gain insight on:  • Young professional’s perspectives of where the waste industry is headed • How technology...
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Ronald Mittelstaedt

CEO
Waste Management
Moderator

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Over the past few years, drones have been finding their place in the waste industry. As this technology develops, so do the opportunities to utilize it. This session will take a look at the different spaces that drones are being utilized, and how they may become game-changers for some of...

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There’s always something in the bin that’s a challenge – maybe because it’s a contaminant, maybe because it can be dangerous, maybe just because it’s a nuisance. Learn about some of the items that give recycling facilities headaches. What’s the cure to make managing these items a breeze?
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Bill Keegan

President
Dem-Con Companies
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Carl Smith

President & CEO
Call2Recycle
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Gary Brooks


Marathon Equipment
Moderator

Tracie Bills

North California Director
Sustainable Materials Management - SCS Engineers
Speaker

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When it comes to fleet maintenance, preventative care is the best way to be sure minor problems don’t become major ones. This session will review best practices in fleet maintenance to ensure you get the most out of your equipment. Hear from experts on things like diesel particulate filters (DPFs),...
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Jeff Probst

Consultant
Ventech Systems
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Peter Tuckerman

Vice President
Diesel Emission Services
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Monday, April 23
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM

  • Monday, April 23, 1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
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The key to success for any government relations practitioner is the development and maintenance of relationships with legislators and staff over time.  This panel of former legislators will help guide mid-level government relations practitioners in how to develop productive and long-lasting relationships with the people that they need to influence....

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Monday, April 23
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Driverless vehicles may still be a few years away, but what new innovations are we seeing today on refuse vehicles? How are fleets changing to adapt to increasing demand for things like separated organics collection, smart waste technologies, and lower environmental impacts? Hear from experts on how trucks are quickly...
Speakers
Bryan Dodds

Director of Aftermarket Product Development
McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing
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Don Diego Padilla

VP of Sales
Fleetmind
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Ian Wright

Founder & CEO
Wrightspeed
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Skip Berg

National Sales Manager
Labrie Enviroequip
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When it comes to the environment, more people are becoming aware of the benefits of going green. However, it can be challenging for entire communities to embrace recycling. In order to impact change in local communities, it’s critical to educate consumers where they live, work and play. In this session, hear...
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Christy Youker

Area Manager
Texas Disposal Services
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Craig Rosen

DRI ScienceAlive Community Relations and Professional Development Administrator
Desert Research Institute
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Whether leachate is being treated onsite or at the publicly-owned treatment works (POTW), leachate management is a very significant cost for most engineered landfills.  Tighter future limits and treatment of emerging contaminants such as per- and poly-fluorinated compounds (PFAS) can further increase costs. These treatment costs continue long after the...
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Alistair McDonald

Program Leader and Principal
Golder Associates
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Brian Fuchs


GORE* Cover: North America
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Ryan Schipper

Senior Project Engineer
Golder Associates
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Steve Menoff

Senior Vice President
CEC
Moderator

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Join this session for a discussion between haulers that will provide real-world insight into the latest advances in operations technology in the industry today. Hear these experts discuss things like: GIS; the value of RFID outside of municipal requirements; prioritizing multiple cell devices on the truck; scales; which technologies might...
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Chuck Palmer

Manager IT, Operations Applications
Waste Connections
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Harland Chadbourne

Director of Purchasing
Waste Pro USA
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Jason Leck

Vice President
George Leck & Son
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Matt Frank

Director of Logistics
Advanced Disposal
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Tony Romano

Director, Digital Solutions
3rd Eye
Moderator

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Tuesday, April 24
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

  • Tuesday, April 24, 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
Join this session to hear a one-on-one “fireside chat” with the CEO of the largest waste management company in the U.S. Jim Fish will share his perspective on where we stand as an industry now, what significant challenges we face, and where the industry might be headed in the future. 
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Jim Fish

CEO
Waste Management
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Tuesday, April 24
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

A panel of experts and entrepreneurs will discuss how data and technology is being used to develop successful organics recycling programs, address collection efficiencies, and provide solutions to reduce food waste and ensure recovery of food scraps.
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Ricky Ashenfelter


Spoiler Alert
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Tuesday, April 24
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Flexible packaging, recycling bans, driverless vehicles, worker shortage, EPR, commodity pricing – what trends should you be watching? Find out what key trends, challenges, and opportunities will potentially impact your business in 2018 and beyond.  
Speakers
Anne Germain

Director of Waste & Recycling Technology
National Waste & Recycling Association
Moderator

JD Lindeburg

Principal and President
RRS, Inc.
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Michael Hoffman

Managing Director, Environmental Services Research
Stifel
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Tuesday, April 24
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Listed as one of the most dangerous professions in America, there is no larger priority in the waste and recycling industry than safety. Which is why having a solid safety foundation is essential to every company. Hear from experts on how to boost your safety program, to ensure you have...
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Douglas Castro


Global Educational Resource Alliance
Speaker

Justin Ganschow


Caterpillar
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It has been 10 years since the term the “evolving ton” was coined.  This presentation takes a glimpse back at the composition of the waste stream and explores future changes of the waste stream.  We’ll discuss changes in consumer packaging and products and forecast how these changes will affect the...

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Experienced communications professionals will share their expertise and offer best practices to successfully manage communicating in a crisis. Attendees from large and small companies will take away lessons they can apply immediately.
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Selin Hoboy

VP Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
Stericycle, Inc.
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Although there is a lot of talk about electric these days, CNG is as relevant in the waste industry as ever. This session will focus on current CNG truck technology from fleets, truck OEMs, and equipment OEMs, how to convert from diesel to CNG, and how you may be able...
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Aaron Lay

Vice President of Sales & Marketing
TruStar Energy
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William Zobel


Trillium CNG
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Comprehensive waste management systems develop, change and phase in over time. But what if an entire city or state could simply start over? What about an entire country? That is exactly what Qatar is going to do. Finalized in late 2017, the Zero Waste Qatar project, developed by Zero Waste...
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Jeff Bogg

Vice President of Project Delivery
Bulk Handling Systems
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Tuesday, April 24
1:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Speakers
Cedric Vanderbeken

President
DRYCAKE
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Maxime Lemonde


BiogasWorld Media
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Paul Oostelbos

Business Development Director
Waste Treatment Technolgies-Netherlands
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Ben Knudson

Recycling Specialist
Hennepin County Environment and Energy Dept
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Darby Hoover

Senior Resource Specialist
Natural Resources Defense Council
Moderator

Kamil Krawczyk

Senior Operations Manager
DSNY's Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability
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Tuesday, April 24
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

The State of California has always presented unique challenges in how the waste and recycling industry is regulated.  It is also true that many ideas start in California and move to other legislatures in the east.  Join this panel of political, legislative and regulatory experts as they discuss the latest...
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Eric Potashner

Vice President & Senior Director, Strategic Affairs
Recology
Moderator

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From grocery bags, to food storage, to plastic packing materials, 3 billion pounds of plastic film is generated each year in the U.S. and most of it ends up in landfills. But are there other options? In this session, industry experts will discuss how curbside collection could transform the collection...

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Ever wonder about the costs associated with MRFs? How much to build one? How much should be set aside for upgrades? What about operational expenses? Where’s the revenue and is it reliable? Come hear experts expound on the economics of MRFs. 
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Chris Hawn

North American Sales Manager
Machinex
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Michael Benedetto

Vice President
Tidewater Fiber Corporation
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Nathiel Egosi

President & CEO
RRT Design & Construction
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This session will look at recycling programs and technologies to the North, from major cities across Canada. Hear from the city of Toronto on the implementation of a new second generation organic cart, from design to implementation to consumer satisfaction and results. Also, find out the outcome of the implementation...
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Rob Orpin

Director-Collection and Litter Operations in the Solid Waste Management Services Division
Collections & Litter Operations, Solid Waste Management Services
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Join this session for a discussion between haulers that will provide real-world insight into the latest advances in safety technology in the industry today. Hear these experts discuss things like: the role data plays in taking the industry out of the top 5 in riskiest jobs; driver “big brother” concerns;...
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Jeff Martin

Vice President of Waste Management Safety Services
Waste Management
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Jerry Sjogren

Safety Director
E.L. Harvey
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Michael O'Connor

Managing Partner
Premier Waste Services
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Shawn Mandel

Vice President, Safety & Risk
Waste Connections, Inc.
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Tuesday, April 24
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM


Tuesday, April 24
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Technology is more and more prevalent in the waste and recycling industry.  Software, hardware, smart sensors and various devices - all collecting and generating data.  Growing volumes of data. You may realize the potential significance of this data, but what does it really mean to your business?  How do you...

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Tuesday, April 24
4:45 PM - 6:00 PM

Although the AD industry in North America has grown, many AD projects have failed. This session will provide an open dialogue with AD industry experts with experience in building successful plants or remediating failing plants.  Discussion will include sound development practices, fatal flaw analysis, sound technology design and implementation, meeting...
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Brandon Moffatt

VP - Development
StormFisher Environmental Ltd.
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Nadeen Afghan

President and CEO
Bio Ferm Energy Systems
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Wednesday, April 25
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM


Wednesday, April 25
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Industry experts that track recycling commodities will provide insights on what’s been happening to markets related to paper, plastics and glass. They’ll gaze into their crystal balls and provide attendees with forecasts for the coming year. 
Speakers
Dan Cotter

Vice President
Cellmark, Inc
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Hannah Zhao

Senior Economist
Recovered Paper - RISI
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Jordan Tony

Project Manager
Moore Recycling Associates
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With the Trump Administration fully in control of the leadership at the Department of Labor, there have been a number of new developments in this important area of the law.  There are several modifications and proposed rules under development related to electronic record keeping, drug testing, overtime, joint employer, micro-unions,...
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Kevin Kraushaar

Vice President, Government Affairs and General Counsel
NWRA
Moderator

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Would you prefer a driver that does 800 pickups per day, or a safer driver that can do 1,000? This session will focus on both the significant financial impact that implementing route optimization technology has on your operational costs, as well as provide real-world examples of the benefits of integrating...
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Jessica Cearfoss

Business Development Manager
RoutSmart Technologies
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  • Wednesday, April 25, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of WasteExpo, this session brings together different generations of family-owned waste companies to delve into the unique experience of transitioning a business from one generation to the next. Find out what challenges and opportunities may arise, what steps to take for familial succession planning, and how...
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John Casella

CEO
Casella Waste Systems, Inc.
Panelist

Joseph Garbarino

President
Marin Sanitary Service
Panelist

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Whether it is sexual harassment, bullying, threats, or a difficult termination, the threat or potential of workplace violence lurks in the shadows. This breakout session will be a primer on prevention, preparation for, and actions to take during a workplace violence situation. It will offer tools, and takeaways to the...
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Dan Katt

Corporate Loss Control Manager
Rumpke Waste & Recycling
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Wednesday, April 25
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

In 2017, two market studies were conducted to better understand the current state of the infrastructure to divert food scraps and compostable packaging. In the first study, BioCycle refreshed its community access survey to develop a national plot of residential food scrap collection programs. At the same time, Resource Recycling...

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Wednesday, April 25
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

The Internet of Things (IoT) has accelerated the idea of Smart Cities, and internet connected devices now gather information to help these cities achieve their goals of livability, sustainability, community services and improved city management. By embracing this digital revolution, companies are changing the way they engage with their customers....
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Don Gambelin

Vice President of Business Development
Compology
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Michael Winton

President, US
AMCS Group
Speaker

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Join this session for a discussion between haulers that will provide real-world insight into the latest advances in maintenance technology in the industry today. Hear these experts discuss things like: preventative and predictive maintenance; OEM diagnostic platforms; maintenance ERPs, which maintenance technologies might impact the industry in the next few...
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Curtis Dorwart

Vocational Marketing Manager
Mack Trucks, Inc
Moderator

Harold Graves


Texas Disposal
Speaker

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Hear case studies on different recycling programs implemented throughout North America, to learn possible strategies to help improve the performance of your current recycling program. This session will share insights from a study conducted in Iowa meant to inventory existing recycling operations within rural Iowa, to assess the feasibility of...
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Michael Santulli

Consultant
SERA
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Michelle Leonard

Vice President
SCS Engineers
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Special wastes can be a significant source of revenue for a landfill. But before accepting these materials, what should a landfill think about? Are there any design or operational considerations that should be taken into account? What regulations or potential enforcement actions should landfills be aware of, for special waste...
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Duane Lanoue

Project Manager
Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
Moderator

Philip Comella

Partner
Freeborn & Peter
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Wednesday, April 25
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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Brian Schellati

Director of Business Development
VAN DYK Recycling Solutions
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JD Lindeburg

Principal and President
RRS, Inc.
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Wednesday, April 25
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Hear recent case studies on the latest waste conversion technologies that are eliminating waste disposal in landfills while generating new, viable resources and energy.  
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Mike Hart

President & CEO
Sierra Energy
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President Trump was carried to the White House on promises of scaling back government’s reach into workplaces.  His Administration has framed its regulatory agenda as the “deconstruction of the administrative state.”  OSHA regulations are apparently at the heart of this deconstruction.  Now, a year into the Trump Administration, we have...
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Eric Conn

Chair, OSHA Practice Group
Conn Maciel Carey
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Responding to requests for proposals for municipalities can be a big challenge, especially for small haulers. This session will identify the steps necessary to execute successful solid waste partnerships between the public & private sector that are essential for the industry to grow and achieve win-win opportunities for all parties....
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Mitch Kessler

President
Kessler consulting, Inc
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It’s no secret that the workforce shortage is a major concern for the waste industry, and that’s only going to continue to grow over the next 5-8 years So what can your company do to stand out, to ensure you’re attracting and retaining the right talent? Join this panel of HR experts...

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Wednesday, April 25
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Speakers will discuss small scale composting and processing systems designed for commercial establishments and institutions. Processing can be done onsite or offsite. Selected systems are scalable to process residuals from multiple establishments.  

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Wednesday, April 25
4:15 PM - 5:45 PM

The documentary addresses the global food waste problem and boasts a veritable who’s who of culinary stars. Among the famous faces in Wasted’s are Anthony Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura, Sean Brock, and Danny Bowien. Over the course of the film, the chefs take ingredients that are typically...

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Thursday, April 26
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Attendees will learn:  • Why Zero Waste is the fastest, most cost effective way communities can reduce climate change impacts, promote local sustainability and create green jobs?  • How more than 250 U.S. municipalities are systematically pursuing high diversion and Zero Waste?  • What Zero Waste businesses – now in the thousands, are...

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Thursday, April 26
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

This workshop will teach waste characterization and diversion processes for food and other organics for any entity generating, hauling or processing organics and those that regulate the sector.  Understanding feedstock materials, contamination issues, container and collection options, and BMP’s for handling food and other organic waste.  Identifying the benefits to...

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