20. What are some worthwhile national conferences for hazardous waste management professionals?
Cleantech Forum San Francisco
The Cleantech Forum San Francisco is promoted as “a comprehensive 3?day program (providing) exclusive opportunities to network, learn, and get deals done.”
It brings together corporate executives, startup and growth company CEOs, investors, government agencies, and other luminaries from across diverse environmental disciplines who touch upon hazardous material removal.
Compost is the annual conference of the US Composting Council, purported to be “the largest gathering of organics recycling professionals anywhere.” Exhibitors and attendees include “municipal and solid waste and recycling program managers, equipment suppliers, consultants, and educators.”
The annual C&D World conference is hosted by the Construction & Demolition Recycling Association, which promotes the eco-friendly recycling of construction and demolition materials. Products such as recycling equipment, crushers, and recycling systems are showcased. Educational sessions cover systemic solutions to environmental challenges across recycling and waste management industries.
Global Waste Management Symposium
The Global Waste Management Symposium is a biennial event billed as “North America’s #1 technical conference for the presentation of applied and fundamental research and case studies on waste management.”
The Plastics Recycling conference is for plastic reclaimers, equipment manufacturers, brand owners, brokers, government officials, and other worldwide authorities on sustainability
The initials stand for Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment, and Transport, the wastewater industry’s largest annual event, and it promises “a robust Marketplace Expo, best-in-the-industry education, a festival of live demos, (along with) great parties and events.” Expect over 100 sessions, each with titles like “Active Flow Rehabilitation of a 96” to 108” Sanitary Sewer Interceptor” and “From A-to-Effluent: The Essentials of Septic Tank Design.”
SWANApalooza, a convocation sponsored by the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), is actually four events held in one location: the Annual Landfill Gas and Biogas Symposium, the Annual Landfill Symposium, the Road to Zero Waste Conference, and the Spring Training & Exam Center. Topics include safety, technology advances, and such esoterica as food scrap disposal. Networking opportunities include a “fun run,” vendor receptions, and more.
International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management
This conference invites researchers, educators, government officials, consultants, managers, community leaders, and other stakeholders to submit papers for oral presentations or poster sessions. Papers related to landfill topics are read (e.g. energy recovery & thermal treatment, household hazardous wastes, solid waste dust, waste collection), as well as those related to recycling (e.g. waste reduction, composting & biological treatment, regulations, medical wastes).
BioCycle West Coast
Although billing itself as “the original and longest-running national conference on organics recycling (emphasis added), BioCycle West Coast has a definite California buzz.
ISRI Las Vegas
Held by the International Scrap Recycling Institute and purportedly the “largest scrap recycling event in the world,” Topics include international trade, human resources, compliance, business valuation, and commodity-specific issues as they have to do with such recyclable wastes as plastic, ferrous and non-ferrous materials, tires, rubber, paper, and electronics.
WasteExpo is a presentation of Waste 360, an “information, event, commerce, and education provider” to the recycling community. Features over 600 exhibitors among 12,000 attendees. Topics include but are not limited to recycling/landfill, fleet management/collection, organics, safety, and food recovery.
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