WasteExpo's Continued Commitment to Sustainability

Shaping the Waste Industry for a Sustainable Future.

At WasteExpo we not only talk about sustainability but we've taken the steps to create a more sustainable event by looking for opportunities to improve our impact environmentally, socially and economically in the regions we operate.

We want to continue our efforts to make WasteExpo more responsible and play a role in helping the market improve its own sustainability. We do this through connecting people with networks and knowledge to help solve the big challenges in our industry with a focus on the areas of waste management, energy and water conservation, sustainable procurement, and community engagement.

Our three pledges

Inspiring Sustainable



See It In Action - Green Initiatives

WasteExpo continues to partner with GES to procure more sustainable products for the conference.

GES was the first global full-service events provider to earn both APEX/ASTM Level 2 Certification in the U.S. and ISO 20121 in the UK, with the certification renewed every two years. 


  • Pack In And Pack Out Policy
  • Waste Diversion Of 65% Or Higher
  • Recycling And Repurposing Of Signage, Furniture, Graphics, And Carpet


  • Partner With Community Organizations To Donate Materials
  • Provide Labor And In-kind Services To Those In Need
  • We Are Committed To Serving The Communities In Which We Live And Work


  • Established Criteria For Purchasing Environmentally Preferred Products
  • Encourage Sourcing Materials Locally


  • Measurement Of Energy Consumption 
  • 100% Use Of Led Technology For Custom Builds

The Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) is one of the busiest centers in the world, encompassing 4.6 million square feet of space. Each year, nearly 2 million visitors walk through the doors to attend conventions, meetings, special events and some of the world’s largest industry tradeshows.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), a public agency which markets Las Vegas as a leisure and business travel destination, operates the Las Vegas Convention Center, and is committed to sustainable strategies that create superior customer experiences.

Through our business operations – during both building events and the LVCVA daily employee administrative activities -- we are committed to minimizing waste and conserving natural resources.

Greener Meetings & Events

We partner with show producers, building clients, business partners and contractors to:

  • Maximize recycling of excess materials, including carpet, techno trash, cables and more.
  • Utilize eco-friendly cleaning products.
  • Offer plant-based food options which can reduce carbon emissions and waste byproducts.
  • Connect building clients with local community organizations, charities and non-profits which can benefit from corporate social responsibility initiatives.

Greener Operation Strategies

The LVCVA has implemented initiatives in the convention center that minimize waste and maximize resources not only during active building events, but all year long.


  • Reducing lighting intensity by 50% during event move-in/move-out periods
  • Powering off escalators on low-traffic days
  • Converting lighting fixtures to energy-efficient LED lamps


  • Utilizing low-flow toilets in nearly 100% of all bathrooms.
  • Installing desert landscaping throughout the grounds, saving more than 1 million gallons of water annually.
  • Using products certified by the EPA WaterSense program, which use less water and save energy.


  • Using a dual-stream process that captures mixed recyclables (paper, plastics, metals, reusable dishware), diverting items from trash receptacles.
  • Practicing environmental purchasing, in which the LVCVA evaluates the environmental and sustainability of the property it purchases. In addition, used equipment that is no longer viable to operation is auctioned to local vendors who may benefit from their use.


  • The Las Vegas Monorail connects the Las Vegas Convention Center to six additional stations along Las Vegas Boulevard.
  • RTC Transit provides services for conventions as well as regular stops near the LVCC.
  • Taxis and rideshare services are available during events.
  • The LVCVA utilizes electric-powered carts and lifts on Las Convention Center campus.

What can you do?

Reduce signage waste by:

  • Encourage less printing and provide information digitally when it comes to booth literature. If must print, create reusable non-dated signs that can be used year after year.
  • Avoid foamcore signs as they CANNOT be recycled.  Instead request recyclable material such as cardboard.
  • Ask GES what options they have for sustainable booths.

Reduce booth waste by:

  • Requesting sustainable options from GES Break down ALL cardboard boxes and stack for pick up by janitorial staff.
  • Eliminate polystyrene (i.e. packing peanuts, #6 or foam plastic) from booth shipping and operations.
  • Use the stickers provided at the Exhibitor Services desk to mark your materials for donation.
  • Set a goal to leave no trace behind by shipping out all booth properties and packing materials and donating extra giveaways.
  • Visit an Eco-Station to compost food and recyclables

Participate in the Exhibitor Donation Program

  •  Waste Expo, in conjunction with the Las Vegas Convention Center and GES, will be coordinating donation services at Waste Expo
    2022.  Why donate? Because by donating your extra exhibit material, we can work together to prevent goods from going to waste, or entering landfills, while saving money on shipping! Goods donated will be picked up by various local non-profit organizations benefitting the Las Vegas community. Acceptable materials include: tables, chairs, bookcases, décor and accessories, and more.  Fill out the donation form or contact Lindsay Arell at [email protected] for more information.    

DON’T FORGET - Train all booth staff on sustainable booth operations including: waste management, nightly shut-down plans, post-event donations, and the sustainable attributes of the booth.

Travel Sustainably by:

  • Offset your own travel by selecting the offset package during registration
  • Choose a SmartWay™-certified hauler at no additional cost to ensure your transportation company is practicing sustainable shipping.
  • Bring reusable water bottles to refill at show while onsite.

While onsite: We are working hard to help reduce the impacts Waste Expo has on the environment.  But we need your help!

  • Make sure to download the Waste Expo mobile app instead of taking a program.
  • Remember to turn off lights when leaving your hotel room.
  • Participate in your hotels Linen ReUse Program. Did you know that you can often earn Rewards points for participating? Ask your hotel about their specific awards incentives!
  • Ask for a recycling bag for your hotel room if one isn’t in place.
  • Take advantage of the free hotel shuttle, monorail, or even better, walk if possible! 
  • Make sure to use the proper Recycling and Compost bins at the convention center. Look before you throw!
  • Use a refillable water bottle and coffee cup.
  • Take only what you need at events
  • Choose to eat vegetarian or vegan at least one meal per day. OR make the commitment eat meat free ALL WEEK!
  • Donate left over conference materials and items at show close
  • Return your lanyard at show close to be re-used for the future.

How Our Commitment Works

1. Inspiring Sustainable Development

Our first aim is for our events to inspire sustainable development.

This is about the sustainability of the industry that our event serves. With focus on our content and partnerships, we inspire our attendees, exhibitors and event teams to deliver a sustainable event.

2. Running an Environmentally Responsible Event

Our second aim is to run our events in an environmentally responsible manner.

The key is considering how we can reduce our carbon footprint through energy efficiency, consideration of our energy use, waste reduction and our procurement choices.

3. Running a Socially Responsible Event

Our third aim is to run our events in a socially responsible manner.

This requires us to think about the impact we have on the local community and whether we are being a good neighbor. It also includes how we consider the welfare of everyone at our events, how we do business in an ethical and safe manner and how we promote equality and accessibility.