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.

Stay tuned for more information about the 2021 WasteExpo Conference Program.

2021 Conference Tracks include:

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

Audience favorites returning in 2021 include:

  • Rising Leaders Talk Trash: 2021 Waste360 40 Under 40 award winners and rising leaders will share their perspective on where the waste industry is headed. They will also discuss the biggest challenges and opportunities facing the waste industry, how they got their start in the industry, current projects and initiatives they are working on, how they see the industry changing and more.

  • People's Choice Session- Legislative Updates by Region: “Move Over” laws, climate change, recycling, extended producer responsibility (EPR), per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), cannabis waste—the list goes on. Join this panel of experts to find out the latest legislation updates in each region across the U.S. and what you should have on your radar for 2021 and beyond. Also, learn how the results of the 2020 elections are having an effect on the waste and recycling industry.
    • Confirmed Speakers:
      Kenya Cory, President, Public Affairs Consultants, Inc.
      Eric Potashner, Vice President and Senior Director, Recology
  • Spanish Language Session- Manteniéndonos informados: un resumen acerca del reciclaje y desecho
    Únase a nuestra sesión en español, donde los expertos de la industria discutirán algunos de los temas más candentes en desechos y reciclaje. Los oradores hablarán sobre el cierre innovador de vertederos, la viabilidad de la conversión de residuos en energía, cómo desarrollar planes maestros integrados de residuos sólidos, cómo iniciar una pequeña empresa como mujer emprendedora y más. Esta sesión en español está abierta a todos los asistentes y expositores interesados.
    English Translation: Staying Informed: A Waste & Recycling Rundown
    Join our Spanish language session, where industry experts will discuss some of the hottest topics in waste and recycling. Speakers will talk about innovative landfill closure, the feasibility of waste-to-energy, how to develop integrated solid waste master plans, how to start a small business as a women entrepreneur and more. This Spanish language session is open to all interested attendees and exhibitors.
    • Confirmed Speakers:
      Daniel Pagan, Former Secretary for the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources
      Manny Hernandez, Project Director, SCS Engineers
      Michelle Salas, President, Lady Green Recycling 


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!

CEO Interview: One-on-one Chat with Worthing Jackman, President & CEO, Waste Connections

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 Waste & Recycling Industry Employment Outlook

The National Waste & Recycling Association Women’s Council leverages unique access to bring together the industry’s most influential human resource leaders. This expert panel will share their collective knowledge on topics such as talent acquisition, workforce development, employee retention, diversity and inclusion, working amid COVID-19 and more.

Confirmed Speakers:
Heather Stalvey, Vice President, Human Resources and Administration, Environmental Solutions Group
Eric Bostian, Director of Human Resources, Rumpke Waste & Recycling
Amanda Mickelson, Vice President, Human Resources, Oshkosh Corporation (McNeilus)
Moderated by: Kathy Trent, Senior Public Affairs, Waste Management

Opportunities & Challenges of Refuse Fleet Electrification – What We’ve Learned

Fleet electrification is on the rise. Lofty goals have been set. Large orders have been placed. Pilot and beta programs have rolled out in a handful of U.S. cities. We first broached this topic during WasteExpo Together Online with a handful of manufacturers and city sanitation representatives from Los Angeles and New York. Much was discussed—assessment of needs, infrastructure support and impact, truck features, battery life, multipurpose trucks—the list continues. Join this lively discussion to hear what New York and Los Angeles have learned since we last talked to them. Their insight and answers to your questions will help you on your pathway to fleet electrification.

Confirmed Speakers:
Rocco DiRico, Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY)
Robert Potter, Sanitation Solid Resource Manager II, Los Angeles Sanitation and Environment (LASAN), City of Los Angeles
Moderated by: Andy Campbell, Supplier Development Supervisor, Sourcewell


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!

Co-located Conferences

New! 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