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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.
Join Worthing Jackman President and CEO of Waste Connections, for a fireside chat with Darrell Smith, President and CEO of NWRA. The two will discuss leadership, business insights, industry issues and much more. Jackman, who has been a part of Waste Connections since its inception in 1997 as its investment banker, was named CEO of the company in July 2019. Attendees will hear first-hand from Jackman about his rise to CEO of the third-largest waste management company in the U.S., where we stand as an industry
and where we might be headed in the future.
The National Waste & Recycling Association Women’s Council leverages unique access to bring together the industry’s most influential human resource leaders. Hear their collective knowledge and learn what challenges and opportunities may arise on issues such as talent acquisition, workforce development and employee retention. Attendees will have the chance to engage with this expert panel.
Moderated by: Kathy Trent, Co-Chair Professional Development NWRA Women’s
Council; Sr. Public Affairs, Waste Management, OH
Rumpke Waste Services
Oshkosh Corporation (McNeilus)
Jennifer Testa, J.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Environmental Solutions Group
Feet on the Street was originally launched as a pilot program by The Recycling Partnership (TRP) in part to answer China’s National Sword policies. It now serves as a foundational model for TRP’s contamination-fighting methods implemented in communities across the country.
Join the stakeholders involved in Feet on the Street (FOTS) – Atlanta and learn about the program’s inception, execution and success. Hear about their role in FOTS, challenges faced, lessons learned and initial results from the program’s first year.
You’ll see never-before-shared data about the program, including: updated contamination rates after tagging Atlanta’s 98,000 single-family homes; multicultural communications best practices; capture rate studies from 15-plus multi-family properties; and more.
Walk away with the inspiration and data to make real changes or improvements in your own cities or businesses.
Add another level to the technology tsunami that is propelling the waste industry into its brave new future. Alongside artificial intelligence and robotics add fleet electrification to the list as private haulers, municipalities (and their blended partnerships) embrace the idea of electrified refuse vehicles. This session will look at the opportunities and the challenges that come with an electrified refuse vehicle – battery life, power management, driver training and awareness are all part of this new domain along with the benefits of emissionless, quieter vehicles and possibly less rigorous maintenance routines. Hear from organizations that currently have electric vehicles out in the real world, what they are experiencing and what new trials will be released in 2020.
Moderator: Evan Edgar, Edgar & Associates, Inc.
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!
Monday, August 10
Track: Operations, Fleet & Safety
1:45PM – 3:00PM
Glitz and glamour, and waste and recycling often don’t go hand in hand. So, how is it that folks get into the waste and recycling industry? Is it a history of family generations already in the business, the potential of a steady industry and career or simply a bit of dumb luck and a dream? Join these panelists as they share their unique success stories of how they made their way into the waste industry and how they got to where they are today.
Tuesday, August 11
War on Plastics
Track: Technology & Innovation
3:00PM – 4:15PM
Plastic has become a hot topic the past few years, and it is only going to continue heating up. With new bans, more restrictions, changing markets, and an emphasis on sustainability and circular economy, the challenge of finding real solutions to manage plastic waste has become a priority. But there are differing views on how to attack this issue. What are the financial implications of recycling plastic? What are the infrastructure challenges? Is our energy better spent on addressing the root of the problem and limiting the use of plastic all together? Find out what steps are being taken to address this growing global problem.
History of Recycling – Live
Track: Recycling & Landfill
1:30PM – 2:45PM
In the coming years, some of the industry’s brightest and most-experienced colleagues will be retiring. This session seeks to capture their “tribal” wisdom on the history of recycling and, most importantly, what we can learn from it today. Join this session to find out the true meaning of recycling, what successful recycling systems have had in common, and how we can apply historical knowledge to our current recycling industry. Hear a vibrant introduction of the major twists and turns in recycling’s evolution over centuries and particularly the last few decades, as well a current overview of recycling in the U.S. in 2020. This will be followed by a lively panel who will answer questions and share insight that will teach attendees:
Wednesday, August 12
Addressing Climate Change & Packaging
Track: Technology & Innovation
12:15PM – 1:30PM
Climate change continues to be a highly debated topic in today’s world. In fact, the Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year for 2019 is “climate emergency”. And when talking climate change in relation to waste, especially when it comes to packaging, people tend to focus on recycling. But is recycling always the best option? Or would it be better to have lightweight packaging that is thrown away? Find out the impact and effects recyclable packaging really has.
Visionary Perspectives on Sustainable Systems, Zero Waste, and Biofuels
Track: Organics Management | Food Recovery Forum
1:40PM – 2:40PM
Moderator: Leah Lizarondo, 412 Rescue
Closing Plenary: Food Waste Paradigms
Track: Track: Organics Management | Food Recovery Forum
4:10PM – 5:00PM
Moderator: Darby Hoover, NRDC
Add a workshop to your registration! Returning for 2020, we will offer four half-day workshops on Thursday that each focus on a different industry topic. Workshops include: Zero Waste Certified Training, Food Waste & Organics Diversion Program Development, Safety, and Recycling.