Public and private solid waste and recycling managers descended upon the Las Vegas Convention Center earlier this month for the industry's largest North American trade show and conference.

Designed to help any sized operation run more efficiently, WasteExpo offers access to 550 equipment manufacturers and service providers as well as 40 educational programs on:

  • Minimizing employee injury from unregulated waste like medical sharps, acids, and burning cigarettes
  • Evaluating performance contracts for upstream processes to reduce or eliminate waste
  • How the International Green Code will affect markets for construction and demolition debris
  • Collection-related Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration interpretations and Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance recommendations
  • Implementing revised American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recommendations for containers and mobile equipment
  • Specifying refuse trucks based on routing restrictions and maneuverability, configuration, lift system, and fuel
  • Complying with Clean Air Act requirements for unique waste streams such as from Marcellus shale operations
  • Outsourcing fuel management
  • The subject of this month's cover story (page 30): managing food waste.

Sponsored by the Environmental Industry Associations and Waste Age magazine, next year the show celebrates its 45th anniversary May 21 – 23, 2013, in New Orleans.

If you couldn't make this year's WasteExpo, think about attending the Global Waste Management Symposium Sept. 30 – Oct. 3 at the Arizona Grand Resort in Phoenix.