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.

2023 Conference Tracks include:


  • Operations, Fleet & Safety
  • Recycling & Landfill
  • Sustainability Talks
  • 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!

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 Spotlight 

CEO Spotlight Session: A Conversation with WM’s Jim Fish 

Drawing on more than 20 years of experience within the waste and recycling industry, WM President and CEO Jim Fish will sit down with National Waste & Recycling Association President and CEO Darrell Smith to share how he has used his leadership skills and industry knowledge to continue to grow and innovate WM, the largest waste management, comprehensive waste and environmental services company operating in North America. From mergers and acquisitions, to safety, to labor, to technology, to navigating the ever changing demands and needs of the industry, Fish will discuss how the company addresses the challenges and opportunities that come its way and what WM is focusing on both now and in the future.

Jim Fish, President & Chief Executive Officer - WM
Darrell Smith, President and CEO - National Waste & Recycling Association

Tuesday, May 2, 2023
10:00am - 11:00am
Room 261

NWRA Women's Council

Succeeding & Proceeding: A Generational Conversation with  NWRA's Women's Council Past Presidents

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) Women's Council by joining a fireside chat seated by Women Council past presidents. Listen in on a generational conversation about the conceptual days of the Women's Council and how it became today's premier and powerhouse industry group. Join the past presidents as they share their experiences, insights and challenges in this unbridled industry.

Wednesday, May 3, 2023
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Room 261


Melissa Gauger
Director Product Management and Strategy

Ellen Harvey
Executive Vice President
EL Harvey & Sons

Tammy Holtzman
District Manager
Waste Connections Canada

Laura Hubbard
Director of Municipal Sales

Faith Zydowsky
Vice President
Sierra Container Group


Pam Caron
Sr. Vice President - Waste & Recycling Practice
Risk Strategies

Foundation & Association Roundtable

Spotlight Session: Foundation & Association Roundtable–Building a Stronger Industry Through Collaboration

The solid waste and recycling industry is supported by key associations, including the National Waste & Recycling Association, the Solid Waste Association of North America, the Environmental Research & Education Foundation and the Construction and Demolition Recycling Association. Each organization has its own mission and efforts, but through the power of collaboration, the industry can become stronger in the areas of safety, workforce, advocacy, research and education and more. Join this engaging roundtable to learn more about these associations’ roles in the industry, how your company can benefit from their work and how they are working both together and independently to support the members of the industry.

Wednesday, May 3, 2023
10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 261


David Biderman
Executive Director and CEO
Solid Waste Association of North America

Becky Caldwell
Executive Director
Construction and Demolition Recycling Association

Darrell Smith
President and CEO
National Waste & Recycling Association

Bryan Staley
President and Chief Executive Officer Environmental Research &
Education Foundation

Robin K. Wiener
Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc.


Don Ross
Chairman, NWRA Board
of Trustees and Chief Sales Officer McLaughlin Family Companies and New Way Trucks

Co-located Conferences

Co-located Conferences

Waste360 Sustainability Talks

Enjoy Frank Talk & 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.

Waste360 Investor Summit

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!

Find Solutions to Healthcare Waste Challenges

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.

Waste360 Healthcare Waste Conference

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.

Rising stars and young professionals

Each year the award winners are invited to WasteExpo for the award reception. Tickets to the reception can now be purchased through WasteExpo registration. Tables (up to 8) and individual seats are also available. There are also several opportunities to become a supporting sponsor.

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