Special Events

Meet Ryan Hickman & Adam Minter

Ten-year-old Recycling Superstar Represents the Future of Recycling

Ryan Hickman details how his passion for recycling grew from a fun project with dad, to launching a young entrepreneur and media spotlight, to recognition as a youth environmentalist. Ryan, a young man with a mission to do much more will take us through this transformation and share some of his amazing experiences. Hear firsthand how he’s been able to use recycling awareness to support his environmental cleanup events and to support marine rescue centers. Ryan will reinvigorate and inspire us to make the world a better place and show us how recycling is one effort that’s making a real difference.

Listen to Ryan's episode on the Waste360 NothingWasted! Podcast here.

Ryan Hickman

WasteExpo’s popular Spotlight Sessions are FREE & open to all attendees.

Adam Minter

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 2000s, Adam Minter began exploring the hidden world of globalized recycling, producing groundbreaking reports from China, India, Ghana, and other countries. Then, in the mid-2000s, 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.

Listen to Adam's episode on the Waste360 NothingWasted! Podcast here.

You're Invited: WasteExpo Welcome Reception

Monday, August 10, 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! 

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Public Sector Networking Event

Tuesday, August 11

5:00 - 6:00PM
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Meet and network with fellow public sector professionals at WasteExpo’s  Public Sector Networking Event hosted by Sourcewell. This is event is open for all WasteExpo attendees who register as a government official or member of the public sector.


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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.


Silent Auction: Tuesday, August 11, 10:00 AM - Wednesday,
August 12, 4:00PM

While on the show floor, look for large red balloons indicating those exhibitors who donated to th EREF Auction. 

Live Auction:  Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Reception begins at 3:00PM  |  Bidding begins at 3:30PM

WasteExpo International Reception

Wednesday, August 12, 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.


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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, August 11, 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.

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Exhibit Hall Hours

August 11 & 12, 2020 10:00AM - 5:00PM
August 13, 2020 10:00AM - 1:00PM

Co-located Conferences