WasteExpo, North America’s largest solid waste, recycling and organics industry event, kicks off today at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans and runs through Thursday, May 11.
The event features more than 600 exhibitors and will welcome an expected 13,000 participants.
“We are very pleased and excited about this year’s WasteExpo, with more than 600 exhibitors and strong registration numbers,” says Waste360 Vice President and Market Leader Mark Hickey. “The programming for attendees continues to expand, offering education and insights they can’t get elsewhere. The WasteExpo team is looking forward to another great show including important new launches—the Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) Summit on leachate management and free Spotlight Sessions on today’s hottest topics.”
This year’s event puts technology and innovation front and center and features six tracks for attendees to choose from:
- Technology/Business Development
- Fleet Management/Collection
- Anaerobic Digestion/Composting/Waste Conversion Technologies/Zero Waste/Renewable Energy/Organics Diversion & Recovery
- Food Recovery Forum
The Food Recovery Forum is back by popular demand after its successful inaugural year, focusing on efforts and solutions that reduce, rescue and recover food waste. Presentations will feature successful initiatives, model programs and case studies that showcase the forward-thinking learning that is making waves in this increasingly important arena.
Also returning is the Waste360 40 Under 40 awards program, which recognizes the next generation of leaders in the waste and recycling space.
New to WasteExpo in 2017 is the EREF Summit, a one-day event on May 8, which will bring together practicing engineers, academics, industry professionals, government personnel and policy makers for in-depth discussions on current topics related to landfill leachate treatment and management.
And the free Spotlight sessions are another addition open to all attendees. The sessions explore themes such as how technology, food waste/recovery, contamination and smart cities are impacting the waste, recycling and organics industry.
Additional highlights throughout the course of the show include:
- National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA)’s Awards Breakfast, which will take place on Tuesday, May 9, from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM. The awards presented will include Driver of the Year, Operator of the Year, Distinguished Service and the Chapter Leadership Award.
- Silent and live charitable auctions hosted by EREF. Since 1995, the auction has raised more than $17 million to further EREF’s mission to fund and direct scientific research and educational initiatives for waste management practices.
- The Waste360/Stifel Financial Investor Summit in its fifth year. This day of learning and analysis, taking place on May 8, provides attendees with insights into the factors influencing the behavior of operating companies. Michael E. Hoffman, a 29-year Wall Street veteran, will interview the senior leadership of the premier public and private companies in solid waste, industrial waste and energy waste.
- The annual Healthcare Waste Conference focuses on the regulatory, legislative and technical issues that affect the healthcare waste industry. It’s the only annual conference in the U.S. strictly devoted to healthcare waste.