Special Events

New Speaker 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.

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