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WasteExpo’s conference program is your professional development opportunity of the year! The education and training that you’ll receive will help you sharpen your skills, learn best practices, and find innovative waste solutions. see first-hand in Las Vegas why over 75% of attendees report being satisfied with our conference program!

2024 Conference Tracks Include:

  • Operations, Fleet & Safety
  • Recycling & Landfill
  • Sustainability Talks
  • Business Insights & Policy
  • Technology & Innovation
  • Food Recovery Forum
  • Organics Recycling 

2024 Sessions

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Below is a sampling of the powerful sessions to be featured within each content track at the event.

Business Insights & Policy Track:

  • Rising Leaders Talk Trash – featuring Waste360’s 40 Under 40 Winners
  • Elections Impact on the Waste & Recycling Industry
  • Leading By Example: Creating and Maintaining a Strong and Adaptable Culture

Operations, Fleet & Safety Track:

  • Independent Hauler Roundtable: Operational Challenges and Opportunities 
  • Alternative Fuels: Best Practices for Stabilizing Fuel Budgets and Protecting Against Rising Fuel Rates
  • Safety First: Establishing a Stronger Safety Culture

Technology & Innovation Track:

  • How to Use Advanced Monitoring Technology to Inform and Verify Methane Mitigation
  • The Power of MRF Technology and Innovations
  • How Municipalities are Evolving Operations in the Face of Emerging Technology

Recycling & Landfill Track

  • Recycling Operations in a Post-EPR World
  • Lithium-ion Battery Recycling
  • Private Equity, Friend or Foe? Battling Odor Class Action Lawsuits

Sustainability Talks Track

  • Landfill Emissions - Market Overview
  • The Business of Sustainability
  • Waste & Recycling Industry Sustainability Consultants Panel

Food Recovery Forum

  • Creating Less Waste and More Hope
  • Federal Food Loss and Waste Reduction Initiatives
  • The State of Food Upcycling

Organics Recycling

  • Composting: Permitting Challenges, Technologies, Integrating AD
  • Processing and Recovery of the Organic Fraction of MSW
  • Case Studies of Successful Organics Recycling and Zero Waste Programs

2024 Speakers

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Spotlight Sessions

CEO Spotlight: Catching Up with Ron Mittelstaedt

Back at the helm of Waste Connections, President and CEO Ron Mittelstaedt sits down with National Waste & Recycling Association Interim President and CEO Jim Riley for a candid conversation about what it’s been like transitioning from executive chairman back to president and CEO; how the company continues to grow its culture hinged on a philosophy of servant leadership; how Waste Connections is addressing challenges such as safety and labor; how the company is “doubling down on human capital;” what’s next for Waste Connections; and more.

Speakers:
Ronald J. Mittelstaedt, President & Chief Executive Officer - Waste Connections
Jim Riley, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer - National Waste & Recycling Association

 

 

Empowering Engagement: Women's Affinity Groups as Catalysts for Organizational Success

Women’s affinity groups play an important role when it comes to overall organizational success for companies in the solid waste recycling industry. From providing support to employees, to building connections based on shared characteristics or interests, to improving communication and collaboration, these affinity groups are part of a critical strategy to enhance employee engagement. In this Spotlight Session, presented by the National Waste & Recycling Association’s Women’s Council, industry experts will share how affinity groups can build a sense of community and belonging for employees by connecting people in a social and professional way and encouraging interaction between employees. They’ll also discuss how creating and maintaining these groups can reduce employee turnover and drive labor cost savings. Tune in to learn more about successful women’s affinity groups and best practices for starting your own.

Moderator: Amanda Curtis, American Waste Control

Speakers: Sam Podgorny, ESG |Pam Caron, Risk Strategies  | Sue Netherton, Waste Connections | Sal Conigolio, Recology | Chris Hawn, Machinex

 

Climbing the Ladder: Insights from Young Professionals in the C-suite

In the waste and recycling industry, no two companies or positions are the same. Therefore, leadership styles vary, and different skills are needed for different roles. As you prepare to grow your career within the industry, join this session and hear from our panel on: how do you navigate the pathway to the top? What skills do you need to have in your toolbelt to be a senior leader? How can you lead by example and set your team up for success? Learn from and celebrate some of the industry’s young professionals who are already making an impact in the C-suite. Through storytelling and examples, they’ll share how they climbed the ladder to the top, and what opportunities and roadblocks they faced along the way.

Moderator: Mallory Szczepanski, NWRA

Speakers: To come

 

 

 

"Recycling is BS"–Combating Myths & Altering Perceptions–For Everyone’s Sake

8 out of 10 Americans report recycling is worth the effort, yet in homes with curbside recycling collection, over half of recyclables end up in the trash. Why? We know recycling is complex and highly interdependent. We also know there is a correlation between confidence and positive recycling behaviors.

The Recycling Partnership reports 84% of respondents said seeing a card with basic recycling information would give them more confidence in recycling but only a quarter of them remember receiving the information already. Only 47% said they believe their recyclables are always or usually made into new things.

We’ve all tried education programs to help bridge the intention-action gap. How do we truly rebuild confidence in the system so that the recycling is done, done properly, therefore aiding contamination reduction, process improvement and efficiency and lead to more resource recovery and revenue.

Some of it is tied to unlocking behavior change by using the right tools, motivation and illustrating how and why to recycle.Hear key research findings into what it will take—from all of us in the value chain—to incite the change necessary to accelerate re cycling best practices.

Speakers: Cody Marshall, Chief System Optimization Officer, The Recycling Partnership | Nicholas Trout, Supplier Development Administrator II, Sourcewell

Co-Located Events

Learn ways to solve the social and environmental issues of wasted food as well as avenues to profit from its recovery and reuse. When you register for the Food Recovery Forum, you also receive 3 days of educational and technical sessions on Organics Recycling.

Sponsored by Stericycle, tackle the healthcare industry's biggest challenges at the only annual conference in the U.S. strictly devoted to healthcare waste! The conference focuses on regulatory, legislative and technical issues affecting the healthcare waste industry.

Presented by Stifel, get business advice from investors and leaders from top public and private waste companies. Gain insights to succeed with a full day of learning, analysis, and networking you won’t find anywhere else. Seating is limited!

Join industry leaders as they discuss how the waste and recycling industry takes on plastics, packaging, and other environmental challenges – and our role in building a sustainable future.

Learn ways to solve the social and environmental issues of wasted food as well as avenues to profit from its recovery and reuse. When you register for the Food Recovery Forum, you also receive 3 days of educational and technical sessions on Organics Recycling.

Sponsored by Stericycle, tackle the healthcare industry's biggest challenges at the only annual conference in the U.S. strictly devoted to healthcare waste! The conference focuses on regulatory, legislative and technical issues affecting the healthcare waste industry.

Presented by Stifel, get business advice from investors and leaders from top public and private waste companies. Gain insights to succeed with a full day of learning, analysis, and networking you won’t find anywhere else. Seating is limited!

Join industry leaders as they discuss how the waste and recycling industry takes on plastics, packaging, and other environmental challenges – and our role in building a sustainable future.

Special Events

 

Make more out of your time at WasteExpo by participating in our special events! From lively welcome parties and happy hours, to memorable experiences like our Trashion show and Awards Reception, there are more opportunities than ever before to network and expand your waste horizons.