Special Events

WasteExpo Welcome Reception

Monday, May 6, 2019
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Jewel Night Club Las Vegas at ARIA Resort & Casino

Attend the best party in town and the industry's biggest reunion! The WasteExpo Welcome Reception will be at Jewel Nightclub in the Aria Resort & Casino.

NWRA Awards Breakfast 2019

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
7:00am - 9:00am
Las Vegas Convention Center, South Halls

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.

Applications for the following awards are currently open through December 15, 2018:

Driver of the Year
Operator of the Year
Hall of Fame

EREF Charitable Auction & Silent Auction

The Environmental Research & Education Foundation and its charitable auction will be celebrating 25 years at WasteExpo 2019! 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, May 7, 10:00AM until Wednesday, May 8, 3:30PM

EREF Reception
Wednesday, May 8, 3:00PM

Live Auction
Wednesday, May 8, 3:30PM

Spotlight Sessions are back!

Explore the top industry trends in WasteExpo's FREE Spotlight Sessions.

Tuesday, May 7


CEO Fireside Chat
Join this session for a one-on-one “fireside chat” with a leading industry CEO and hear their perspective on where we stand as an industry now, what significant challenges we face, and where the industry might be headed in the future.

Wednesday, May 8


CFO Insights: A Look at the Waste & Recycling Industry
NWRA Women's Council leverages unique access to bring together the most influential chief financial officers in waste & recycling. Leveraging their collective knowledge, this panel will share perspectives on what financial challenges and opportunities may arise over the coming years. This can't-miss session provides a rare opportunity for attendees to participate in an engaging discussion with the industry's top finance leaders. 

Speakers include:

Dianna Cervatnes, CFO, WCA Waste Corporation
Devina Rankin, Senior Vice President & CFO, Waste Management
Chuck Serrianni, Executive Vice President & CFO, Republic Services
Mary Anne Whitney, CFO, Waste Connections


Wednesday, May 8


Using Data and Technology to Drive Food Waste Reduction

A panel of experts, academics, and entrepreneurs will discuss how data and technology are being used to develop viable market platforms to address surplus food collection inefficiencies, and provide solutions to reduce food waste and ensure recovery of excess food and food scraps.

This session will include:
"Food Waste and the Sharing Economy" by Dr. Stephen F. Hamilton, Professor of Economics, California Polytechnic State University and Timothy Richards, Morrison School of Agribusiness and Resource Management, Arizona State University
Operational Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to Improve Shrink Management and Drive Food Waste Reduction” by Ricky Ashenfelter, CEO, Spoiler Alert, MA
Closing the Measurement Gap: Using Measurement and Data to Prevent Food Waste” by Steven Finn, VP, Food Waste Prevention, LeanPath, Inc., OR
Solving Your Company’s Dumbest Problem: Food Waste” by Komal Ahmad, CEO, Copia. CA
Energy from Food Waste – Flipping the Perspective”  by Michael Corbett, Director of Applied Science, Divert Inc., MA.

NWRA's Carts on Parade will be back!

Watch for details. Hosted by the NWRA Women's Council

Market Leaders

Exhibit Hall Hours

May 7 & 8: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
May 9: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
(2nd level opens at 9:30am)

Co-located Conferences