Conference Program Overview

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.

2022 Conference Tracks include:


  • Operations, Fleet & Safety
  • Recycling & Landfill
  • Business Insights & Policy
  • Technology & Innovation
  • and more!

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!

Spotlight Room 310

The WasteExpo Spotlight Sessions are some of the most attended sessions at WasteExpo – why, you may ask? Because of the insight-packed sessions that allow attendees to explore top industry trends for FREE!

One-On-One Chat with Jon Vander Ark, President & CEO, Republic Services

Tuesday, May 10 |  1:00pm - 1:45pm | Spotlight Room 310

Join us as Vander Ark discusses his rise to CEO, his strategy for sustainably handling customers’ environmental services needs, where we currently stand as an industry and what may be in store for the industry in the future.

Darrell Smith
President & Chief Executive Officer
National Waste & Recycling Association

Jon Vander Ark
President & CEO
Republic Services


Future Steps Toward Refuse Fleet Electrification—What Comes Next

Tuesday, May 10 |  2:30pm - 4:00pm | Spotlight Room 310

Andy Campbell
Supplier Development Supervisor

Robert Potter
Sanitation Solid Resource Manager II, Los Angeles Sanitation and Environment (LASAN)
City of Los Angeles

Will Drier
Policy Manager
Electrification Coalition

Spiro Kattan
Deputy Director
New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY)

Martin Munch
New York City
Department of Sanitation

Boots on the Ground: A Conversation with the Women in the Waste and Recycling Industry

Wednesday, May 11  |  10:30am - 12:00pm  | Spotlight Room 310

The waste industry is an excellent industry to have a meaningful career in, especially for women. The National Waste & Recycling Association Women’s Council has proudly seated a panel of female employees who will share their experiences within the waste and recycling industry. Join us as the panelists discuss the ever-changing industry, the challenges they face and the new innovations and technologies they are using on the job.

Paige Coakley
Residential Driver in Worcester, MA
WIN Waste Innovations

Domenica Farmer
Area Vice President, Gulf Coast Area

Kim Luick
Operations Manager
Waste Connections


Jennifer Solewski
Vice President, Business & Technical Development
Bayshore Recycling Corp.

Norma Yanez
Government Contracts Manager
GFL Environmental 

Faith Zydowsky
Vice President
Sierra Container Group


Understanding Environmental Justice’s Role in the Waste and Recycling Industry

Wednesday, May 11  |  1:30pm - 3:00pm  | Spotlight Room 310

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines ​​environmental justice as “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.” That definition is the backbone of the
environmental justice movement within the waste and recycling industry, which has been ongoing since the 1980s. Learn about the current environmental justice efforts and goals, the challenges that come along with meeting those goals and
which states have proposed and engaged regulations and policies related to environmental justice. 

Keyna Cory
Public Affairs Consultants, Inc.


Bob Gardner
Senior Vice President
SCS Engineers

Anne Heard
Senior Advisor for Policy and Programs, Office of Land and Emergency Management
Environmental Protection Agency

Michael Jensen
Senior Counsel and Director of Regulatory Affairs
Waste Management


Co-located Conferences

Prepare for frank talk, innovative ideas, and real action

The tsunami of plastics is here, what now? Amazon has forever changed the waste stream, how do we evolve with it? Textiles and food waste are filling up landfills and causing climate change at a staggering rate. Beyond recycling…how can we all do our part and lead this charge? Landfills alone won’t do the trick. Who’s ready to innovate toward a sustainable future? Let’s tell the story…and talk solutions.

Gain the insights YOU need to succeed

These days, whether you’re financing your business, or thinking about investing in the waste and recycling industry’s latest technology, it’s critical to have all the facts before you make a decision. Over the past eight years, savvy investors and business owners have made the Investor Summit a must-attend event!

Ready to grow your business?

The Waste360 Business Leadership Forum, hosted by Comerica, is designed for small to midsized environmental services companies looking for business and financial strategies that go beyond day-to-day operations. 

Find the right solutions to your healthcare waste needs

The Healthcare Waste Conference focuses on the regulatory, legislative and technical issues that affect the healthcare waste industry. It’s the only annual conference in the U.S. strictly devoted to healthcare waste.

Take a bite out of food waste and recovery

Attend the WasteExpo Food Recovery Forum where you can learn ways to solve the social and environmental issues of wasted food as well as means to profit from the recovery and reuse of food waste.

Co-located Conferences