International Buyers & Attendees


Meet U.S. companies Attending WasteExpo 2020

The U.S. Department of Commerce will help you identify and meet reputable U.S. companies and interested suppliers at WasteExpo 2020. Industry specialists will help your company make the most of its valuable time during the show by introducing your company to relevant U.S. exhibitors. Please view the Trade Event Partnership Program (TEPP) for a list of U.S. companies interested in exporting to your country.

Free Business Support for International Buyers

The U.S. Commercial Service wants to help you, the International Buyer, find American suppliers of quality products and services at WasteExpo. Located in most American embassies and consulates, your local U.S. Commercial Service office can help you get the most out of WasteExpo. If you are planning to visit WasteExpo as a representative of a qualified company*, you are automatically eligible to attend under the auspices of the U.S. Commercial Service as part of an official Embassy/Consulate Delegation - even if you prefer to travel alone.

Request an interpreter here:

Download the Multilingual Brochure

Attendee Visa letter process

You may request a visa invitation letter while registering to attend the show. On the Personal information page after you select your country, click "Yes, I require an invitation letter." This will prompt you to enter your Visa letter information. If you select electronic letter it will be emailed immediately after you have completed your registration.

If you select Original Signature Letter you will be charged $100.00 US (per letter) at the completion of your registration. (Canadian deliveries - allow 5-7 business days, all other countries - allow a minimum of 10 business days) For questions email [email protected]

WasteExpo International Reception

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
5:15PM - 6:15PM 
International Business Center (located near registration)
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA

Attendees from outside the U.S. are invited to the International Receptions held Tuesday and Wednesday evening. Enjoy meeting and greeting peers from around the world!

*Registered International WasteExpo attendees will receive their reception ticket upon check-in.


International Facility Tour – River Birch

Thursday, August 13, 2020
9:30AM - 1:30PM 
Buses depart from and return to Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Complimentary light lunch couresy of JEDCO will be provided

International attendees are invited to register.
Fee: $25 (to cover bus charges)

Join us at River Birch, an Avondale, LA headquartered landfill operation for a tour of their methane gasification process. The facility gasifies methane for internal power consumption with links to the local power grid. River Birch collects and treats landfill gases in their gas purification plant. The high-BTU landfill gas is processed, compressed and fed to a natural gas pipeline for future energy use. This reclaiming of this recycled gas is equivalent to producing over 20,000 gallons of diesel fuel per day.

More about River Birch

By volume, River Birch is the largest Subtitle D landfill in Louisiana. Our operations include the latest advances in landfill  technology for the protection of our surrounding ecosystems. Visit River Birch site.

Address: 2000 S. Kenner Road, Avondale, LA 70094

Special Thanks to River Birch and Jefferson Parish Economic Development Organization (JEDCO) for hosting our International Tour Attendees.

Full Schedule:

9:30-9:45 am: Attendees check in to Tour Room minimum of 15 minutes prior to departure time
9:45 am: Tour attendees walk to bus pick up area outside Convention Center
10:00 am: Depart from Convention Center
10:30 am: Arrive at River Birch facility; tour begins
11:30 am: Depart from River Birch facility tour location
11:50 am: Arrive to JEDCO offices
12:00 pm: Lunch and Welcome at JEDCO (light lunch served)
1:00 pm: Depart from JEDCO offices
1:30 pm: Return to Convention Center

International Delegation

If you are interested in joining a delegation and want to receive discounted pricing, here is a list of some supporting delegate leaders:

Benefits Available to Delegation Members:

  • FREE ticket to the International Reception where you can connect with fellow non-US visitors and sponsors.
  • Discounted conference pricing that will automatically be given to you when you register with your country name
  • Friendly, local language support available on Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Free exhibit hall admission
  • Free assistance arranging and scheduling appointments with U.S. exhibitors and companies before and during the show

To learn more about joining an official embassy/consulate delegation, or how the U.S. Commercial Service in your country can help you, contact the U.S. Commercial Service in your country.

If you choose NOT to take advantage of the benefits available to official embassy/consulate delegations, go to the show registration page.

Exhibit Hall Hours

August 11 & 12, 2020 10:00AM - 5:00PM
August 13, 2020 10:00AM - 1:00PM

Co-located Conferences