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WasteExpo’s conference program is your professional development opportunity of the year! The education and training that you’ll receive is guaranteed to sharpen your skills to help you do your job better. WasteExpo’s conference program is unparalleled.
With Nothing Wasted! we're creating an open forum for new ideas. So, get ready to hear inspired talks from a wide array of thought leaders and visionaries! In each session, you'll hear from three to four thought leaders, visionaries, seekers and seers—who'll share impactful, inspirational, influential, or even provocative ideas. You'll walk away with powerful ideas and perspectives that will make you a more thoughtful and creative problem-solver on the job. Don't miss this chance to think about the waste industry in brand new ways!
In this session, you’ll hear from thought leaders who will share their ideas about Solutions to Food Waste and Wasted Food - Prevention, Loss, Recovery, and Achieving a Sustainable Food System in the U.S.
Presentations & Speakers include:
Tuesday, May 7
CEO Fireside Chat with Richard Burke
Join this session for a one-on-one “fireside chat” with Richard Burke, CEO of Advanced Disposal and hear 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.
CEO, Advanced Disposal
NWRA Women's Council leverages unique access to bring together the most influential chief financial officers in waste & recycling. Leveraging their collective knowledge, this panel will share perspectives on what financial challenges and opportunities may arise over the coming years. This can't-miss session provides a rare opportunity for attendees to participate in an engaging discussion with the industry's top finance leaders.
Speakers will include:
CFO, WCA Waste Corporation
Senior Vice President, CFO & Treasurer, Casella Waste Systems, Inc.
Senior Vice President & CFO, Waste Management
Mary Anne Whitney
Senior Vice President & CFO, Waste Connections
Executive Vice President & CFO, Republic Services
In today’s climate, agility is critical for companies to stay competitive - you must be able to use technology to make real-time decisions and operate your business efficiently. Software, hardware, smart sensors, mobile devices - how do you navigate the technology that is best for your operation? Join this session to learn the steps you can take to not only implement the right technology, but also how to utilize it to make your operations more efficient.
Moderator: Evan Edgar, Edgar & Associates, Inc.
*Separate registration is required for each workshop. More details to come.
Introduction to Zero Waste - Certified Training
8:30AM - 12:30PM
Instructor: Ruth Abbe, President, Zero Waste USA
Are you interested in learning how Zero Waste has become a key component of community and business sustainability efforts across the US and the globe? Want to know more about the connections between Zero Waste and climate change, Highest and Best Use of discarded materials and green jobs, as well as other benefits to business and communities pursuing Zero Waste? Curious about Zero Waste planning and infrastructure as well as community and business Zero Waste facility certification? This lively interactive class if for you!
NWRA Safety Symposium
8:30AM - 12:30PM
Participants in this half-day safety symposium featuring former U.S. Department of Labor Assistant Secretary for OSHA, David Michaels. As one of the top 5 most dangerous professions in America, safety is the number one priority for the waste & recycling industry. This comprehensive safety workshop will go in-depth, covering everything from new safety solutions, regulatory updates, proven industry safety programs, OSHA compliance and more.
Recycling Myths, Legends and Pseudoscience: Understanding Objective Realities in Materials Recovery
8:30AM - 12:30PM
"Recycling is good, all the time... and all the time, recycling is good." This adage represents a viewpoint that has permeated our society for the last 40 to 50 years. But, is this perspective built on sound science, or have myths and pseudoscience propped up the message? What is reality when it comes to recycling? When is recycling good? And, are there situations when recycling may be bad?
This workshop will take a provocative look at recycling and attempt to address some of these questions. Using current science and data, various topics will be explored to evaluate if claims about recycling pass the test, or are simply contamination. Example topics include:
Composting and Organics Diversion Programs for Food Waste Generators
9:00AM - 12:00PM
Instructor: Gary Bilbro, EcoSafe® Zero Waste
This will be a full-scale workshop on how to start a successful composting program for all waste generators including municipal, educational, health care, hospitality, food service and many more. This workshop will cover all aspects of successful organics diversion programs. Attendees will learn all they need to start and maintain a diversion program where they live and work. The environmental and economic benefits of organics diversion will be reviewed. The financial benefits related to waste diversion and organics recycling will be explained. This workshop should be attended by anyone interested in organics diversion, composting and zero waste to landfill.