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More Than 14,000 Registered Professionals Attend WasteExpo to Connect with Industry Leaders and Establish New Standards in Policy, Food Recovery, Compost and Sustainability

May 16, 2024

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 WasteExpo, North America's largest event dedicated to solid waste, recycling, organics, food waste recovery, and sustainability took place last week, May 6-9 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The event gathered professionals from more than 75 countries to discover the newest global trends and resources poised to drive innovation, sustainability and amplify progress in waste management, excelling the future of the industry.

Sessions highlighted experts in a wide array of topics ranging from reusing food scraps in the Food Recovery Forum, featuring executives from Wegmans and Kroger to strategic investment strategies in the Stifel Waste360 Investor Summit. In conjunction with a focused show floor area, technological educational content highlighted new uses of artificial intelligence (AI), automation and robotics in sorting and material identification, raising the standards and efficiency of waste collection, distribution, composting and recycling.

"WasteExpo is the pivotal place where the most innovative and knowledgeable authorities come together to solve challenges facing the waste industry, create new deals and share invaluable insight into future trends, processes and evolution that continuously affect waste professionals," shares Marc Acampora, Market Leader, VP of WasteExpo at Informa Markets' Infrastructure and Construction Group. "Through community events, top tier education, networking opportunities and the most expansive show floor, WasteExpo brings the industry together to not only celebrate the progress, but also to inspire future success on a global scale, leading to safer, healthier and cleaner communities across the globe."

Special events highlighting individuals and communities making positive change included the Waste360 TRASHION Show, featuring 17 designers from around the country debuting upcycled outfits on a runway style catwalk, raising awareness of upcycling fabric and scraps to create new items, combatting the apparel industry's predicted 50 percent increase in global emissions by 2030. Andrea Valentina from Orlando, Florida, took first place for the design titled "Chaos", featuring recycled denim and bubble wrap. The judging panel included Tequila Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer of Reworld, Lee Spivak, Director of Advisory Services at WM and Carrie Carter Cooper, Founder and Executive Director of the Las Vegas Fashion Council.

The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) hosted its Annual Charitable Auction, mobilizing donated products and experiences including recycling cans, trash compactors, trucks, and executive outings, resulting in over $4 million raised. All funds from the Auction directly support EREF's mission, funding data analysis, scholarships and research grants across numerous sustainability topics like landfill emissions measurement, improved recycling, composting and conversation of waste to energy and fuel.

More than 580 exhibiting companies including Mack Trucks, WM, Republic Services, Battle Motors, Chevron, Volvo and Wastequip were present on the show floor to debut new products, services and technology to advance the sector through upgraded safety features, sorting machinery, oil conversion and composting tools. Product launches included electric fleets of Mack Trucks, additional PreView Radar product lines from Sensata, designed to enhance operator awareness and fleet safety, as well as the unveiling of Battle Truck Solutions (BTS), an entity of Battle Motors that will provide aftersales support to over 180 dealer locations across North America, and finally, New Way and Hyzon unveiled the first-ever hydrogen fuel cell refuse truck.

WasteExpo 2025 will return to the Las Vegas Convention Center May 5-8. 

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WasteExpo Enhances Global Safety, Sustainability and Efficiency Standards in Solid Waste, Recycling and Organics Industry

April 17, 2024

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WasteExpo, the tentpole event for solid waste, recycling and organics, returns to the Las Vegas Convention Center, May 6-9, 2024. Manufacturers, suppliers and private and public sector waste management companies gather to discover emerging products in 90 categories catalyzing the future through innovation. Critical conversations surrounding compost, healthcare waste and safety forge new pathways to uplift standards and inspire positive change in the global industry.

The show floor will host over 580 exhibiting companies sharing high quality products spanning truck bodies, containers, recycling equipment, carts, fleet safety systems and machinery, to advance the dynamic waste and recycling industries. Global leaders Mack Trucks, Shell Oil Products, Republic Services and WM, will deliver essential resources to remain on the pulse of evolution and advancement, contributing to a more sustainable future in waste management.

The annual Waste360 Food Recovery Forum (May 6-8) will address food loss and waste across the supply chain and provide critical solutions for food waste prevention, reduction and recovery. Brianna Kramer, Senior Manager of Corporate Retail Operations & Sustainability at Kroger, will share the value of a comprehensive solution in tackling the wasted food crisis and helping businesses meet their ESG goals.

"WasteExpo ignites innovation through dynamic product launches, strategic partnerships and draws insights from esteemed experts at the forefront of their fields," shares Marc Acampora, VP, Market Leader, Waste360. "Facilitating dialogue on issues spanning across 20 adjacent industries, from politics and environmental regulations to safety measures and healthcare, this event enriches not only global sustainability efforts but also the lives of millions who utilize these vital services."

The comprehensive programming offered at WasteExpo amplifies thought leaders sharing science-backed data in focused conference tracks. With a focus on technology and innovation, education tracks will explore operations, fleet and safety, recycling and landfill, sustainability, business insights and policies, food recovery and organics recycling. Tara Hemmer, Senior Vice President and first Chief Sustainability Officer at WM will partake in a Fireside Chat to share the importance of sustainability as a business. Additional sessions include Elections: Importance & Impact on the Waste & Recycling Industry (May 6), Sustainable Sports and Events (May 7) and How to Secure Federal Funding for Sustainable Materials Management (May 8).

Additional opportunities to commemorate the dedication of professionals in waste, recycling and organics include Waste360 TRASHION: a Recycle, Reuse, ReFashion Show, featuring local upcycled designers and thrifted stylists breathing new life into discarded items. The Waste360 40 Under 40 Awards acknowledge exemplary professionals making significant contributions to the industry in a ceremony followed by a reception, and the Waste360 Women Who Inspire  Awards celebrate women in waste and recycling, recognizing extraordinary women who inspire others in the community and beyond.

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