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.

Conference sessions include coverage of the following topics and more:
  • Alternative Fuel Fleets
  • Anaerobic Digestion Technologies
  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Case Studies of Anaerobic Digestion, Biogas and Biofuel Production
  • Circular Economy & Sustainability Initiatives
  • Commodities
  • Composting Infrastructure Development
  • Construction and Demolition Trends
  • Contract Negotiation and Municipal Bids
  • Drones, Robotics & Artificial Intelligence
  • Efficiency in Fleet Operations
  • Food Waste Prevention, Reduction & Recovery
  • Hard to Recycle Items
  • Leachate Management Technologies
  • MRF Operations
  • Municipal Recycling Issues
  • Organics Waste Processing
  • Organics Waste Reduction & Diversion
  • Single Use Plastics
  • Technology and Food Waste Reduction
  • The Status of Recycling & National SWORD
  • Trends in Landfill Management
  • Waste Conversion Technologies
  • Wasted Food Policy and Management
  • Waste-to-Energy
  • Workplace Threats & Violence
  • Zero Waste Initiatives


Speaker just announced!

Adam Minter

Author & Bloomberg Columnist, Secondhand, Junkyard Planet

Adam Minter is a columnist at Bloomberg Opinion where he writes about China, technology, and the environment. He is the author of Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade, a critically-acclaimed bestselling insider’s
account of the hidden world of globalized recycling, and Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale.

Adam has covered the global recycling industry for almost two decades. In 2002, he began a series of groundbreaking investigative pieces on China’s emerging recycling industries for Scrap and Recycling International. Since then, he has been cited, quoted, and interviewed on recycling and waste by a range of international media, most recently The New York Times, Vice, NPR, BBC, The Huffington Post, and CBC. He regularly speaks to groups about the global waste and recycling trade including colleges, universities, trade groups, TEDx, and an invited lecture to the Royal Geographic Society in London.

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!

Spotlight Sessions have included one-on-one interviews with top waste & recycling industry CEO’s like Jim Fish of Waste Management and Bill Caesar of WCA Waste Corporation to give their perspective on the future of the industry. Other sessions have included the industry's most influential chief financial officers, technology experts, and food waste reduction gurus.

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!

P.S. Check out our NothingWasted! Podcast now!

Thursday Workshops

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.

Exhibit Hall Hours

May 5 & 6, 2020 10:00AM - 5:00PM
May 7, 2020 10:00AM - 1:00PM

Co-located Conferences