Special Events

New Speaker Announced!

Adam Minter

Author & Bloomberg Columnist, Secondhand, Junkyard Planet

Stuff: The Hidden Borderland of Waste and Recycling
Adam Minter, Asia-based columnist for Bloomberg Opinion and Author, Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale
In the early 2000’s Adam Minter began exploring the hidden world of globalized recycling, producing groundbreaking reports from China, India, Ghana, and other countries. Then, in the mid-2000’s, he abruptly shifted focus to the world of thrift stores and secondhand goods. In his talk, Minter will explain the circumstances that led him to this shift and show why the growing tide of "single-use stuff" - from fashion to furniture - should concern waste and recycling professionals as much if not more than better-known problems like single-use plastics. Using his signature method of narrative storytelling, Minter will merge his personal experiences and observations with globalizing trends to illuminate this emerging frontier in recycling and waste management.

You're Invited: WasteExpo Welcome Reception

Monday, May 4, 2020

6:30PM - 9:00PM
Generation's Hall
New Orleans, LA

Attend the best party in town and the industry's biggest reunion at Generation's Hall in New Orleans, LA! 

Public Sector Networking Event

Meet and network with fellow public sector professionals at WasteExpo’s  Public Sector Networking Event hosted by Sourcewell.

2020 event details are coming soon...

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WasteExpo International Reception

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
5:15PM - 6:15PM 
International Business Center (located near registration)
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA

Attendees from outside the U.S. are invited to the International Receptions held Tuesday and Wednesday evening. Enjoy meeting and greeting peers from around the world!

*Registered International WasteExpo attendees will receive their reception ticket upon check-in.


EREF's Annual Charitable Auction & Silent Auction

The Environmental Research & Education Foundation and its charitable auction will its annual event at WasteExpo 2020 in New Orleans. The auction supports EREF's funding of scholarships and grants for solid waste research, as well as EREF's educational initiatives. Since 1994, the auction has raised more than $18 million.


NWRA's Boutique

The NWRA Women’s Council will be hosting a Boutique at WasteExpo 2020 in NOLA. Many recycled items and trinkets representing the waste and recycling industry will be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the Women’s Council Programs that include the Academic Scholarship program for new and returning students wishing to pursue a career in this great industry.

NWRA Awards Breakfast

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
7:30am - 9:30am
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA

Join NWRA for our premier WasteExpo event, the NWRA Awards Breakfast. We are proud to honor the leaders and unsung heroes of the waste and recycling industry. The awards presented include Driver of the Year, Operator of the Year, Hall of Fame, Distinguished Service, Member of the Year, and the Chapter Leadership Award.

More details coming soon...

Exhibit Hall Hours

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

Co-located Conferences