Waste Expo, North America’s largest solid waste, recycling and organics industry event, kicks off today in Las Vegas. The conference runs through Thursday, June 9.
The show features 600 exhibitors—the most ever for the event—and 12,000 attendees are expected to attend.
“We are very enthusiastic about the 2016 WasteExpo with a record number of exhibitors and strong attendee registrations,” says Waste360 Vice President and Market Leader Mark Hickey. “The number of education resources for attendees continues to grow with the addition of the Food Recovery Forum in 2016. The show floor offers attendees the opportunity to truly see all the technology and services that drive the waste and recycling industry.”
One new feature at this year’s show is the Food Recovery Forum, a new education program designed to complement the successful Composting & Organics Recycling program. WasteExpo is partnering with Supermarket News and Nation’s Restaurant News, two other brands also owned by Waste360 parent Penton on the event.
“The WasteExpo team is looking forward to another great show with significant new launches including the Waste360.com's Digital Marketplace, the Waste360 40 Under 40 and the Food Recovery Forum,” says Warren Bimblick, Penton Group President; Aviation, Financial Services, Sustainability and SmartReach.
The Food Recovery Forum will cover efforts to reduce food waste as well as increase food recovery and reuse, via donations of edible food to feed hungry people, and composting, and anaerobic digestion of food scraps to produce renewable energy and compost for healthy soils.
Another highlight is the annual National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) Awards Breakfast, which will take place on Tuesday, June 6, from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM. The awards presented at the event include Driver of the Year, Hall of Fame, Distinguished Service, Member of the Year and Chapter Leadership Award.
WasteExpo also features the Environmental Research and Education Foundation’s annual silent and live auctions. The auction has raised more than $16 million to further EREF’s mission to fund and direct scientific research and educational initiatives for waste management practices.
In addition to the Food Recovery Form, other education sessions during the next four days include:
- Composting & Organics Recycling: The new directions in organics management and food waste diversion and lessons learned to date.
- Recycling/Resource Recovery: Learn about the latest technologies used in new MRF’s along with paper, plastic and electronic recycling trends and markets.
- Safety: This year’s Safety Super Session focuses on how organizations can build a safety culture to eliminate needless accidents and injuries in collection and post collection activities.
- Leadership/Business Development/Finance: This year’s sessions highlight the tools and resources to identify, develop and retain talent, new labor laws and impacts to employers, how to capitalize and grow your business and so much more.
- Regulatory: What will the new NSPS rules from the EPA mean for landfill operations and how to effectively negotiate municipal contracts for a win/win.
- Fleet and Equipment Technology: As fleet and equipment technologies expand, learn about fleet management tools including CNG vehicle maintenance, purchasing versus leasing fleet and equipment and how well big data is helping organizations effectively manage routes and increase ROI.
- Landfill Technologies/Best Practices: This year’s sessions focus on the challenges and opportunities of operating landfills, leachate management and bioreactors at landfills.
- Hauling: Informative sessions include a mid-sized haulers panel, automated collections and driver recruitment and retention tools and resources.