January begins the national conference season for hazardous waste management, and herein we list—and briefly describe—12 worthies in chronological order: two in January, two in February, two in March, three in April, two in May, and one in October.

A couple of recommendations

We recommend two spring dates in particular, both happening in May:

Missing from this year’s list is the Global Waste Management Symposium, as it’s a biennial affair, scheduled for February 11-14, 2020 in California. And as of this writing, the website for C&D World Exhibition & Conference is living in the past, still advertising last year’s event for all you time-travelers out there.

As we did last season, we’ve limited ourselves to U.S. national conferences, although The World Conference on Waste Management sounds interesting, held this year in Colombo, Sri Lanka. And we didn’t include any U.S. state or regional conferences.

There is no claim here that this list of national conferences about hazardous waste disposal is comprehensive. If you think an obvious choice is missing—let us know.  With those caveats:

Cleantech Forum San Francisco
January 28-30, 2019
Park Central Hotel—San Francisco, CA

Aimed toward those who are “concerned about where sustainable innovations are heading and how they are impacting industrial competitive advantage of companies and countries,” this forum attracts about 600 to 650 attendees annually from across 25+ countries, five continents, and many different sectors and industries. Participants include high-level corporate and investor representatives, entrepreneurs, and “disruptive startups.” Topics include the latest in sustainability trends, business models, partnering, financing, technology, and more.


Compost 2019
January 28-31, 2019
Renaissance Phoenix—Glendale, AZ

Billed as “the premiere professional meeting for composting, organics recycling, and related topics,” this is an annual event sponsored by US Composting Council, which advances compost manufacturing, compost utilization, and organics recycling. You’ll find 100+ exhibiters and live equipment demonstrations for the composting- and wood recycling industries. There will be 75+ workshops, tours, and breakout sessions along with 30+ hours of networking opportunities to rendezvous with potential partners and customers.


February 20-23, 2019
Indiana Convention Center—Indianapolis, IN

Describing itself as world’s largest annual trade show for professionals in the water & wastewater equipment, treatment, and transport fields, WWETT19 is actually two partially overlapping events. The Education portion runs February 20-22 and features educational programs, live demos, networking opportunities, and an extensive expo floor. The Marketplace portion runs from February 21-23 and promises 600 vendors across 350,000 square feet of exhibit space. Products and services include but are not limited to:

  • Computer Software
  • Confined Space
  • Dewatering
  • Grease Handling
  • High-Pressure Cleaning
  • Hydroexcavation
  • Industrial Vacuuming
  • Laterals & Mainlines
  • Lift Station Maintenance
  • Onsite Installation
  • Pipeline Rehab/CIPP
  • Portable Sanitation
  • Safety Equipment
  • Septic Pumping
  • Sewer Cleaning
  • TV Inspection
  • Utility Location
  • Waterblasting


SWANApalooza 2019
February 25-28, 2019
Sheraton Boston Hotel—Boston, MA

Sponsored by the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and advertised as “the premier technical gathering for professionals to explore environmental solutions for integrated solid waste management,” this year’s theme is “Building the Future.” The focus will be on the future of solid waste management given heightened recycling contamination standards, single use plastic reduction efforts, and the quest for more eco-friendly social and business practices. Specific topics will include domestic recycling, marine litter initiatives, landfill technical operations, safety best practices, and more.


Plastics Recycling
March 11-13, 2019
Gaylord Nation Resort and Conference Center—National Harbor, MD

Designed to be “the focal point for the increasingly complex and international plastics recycling industry,” this event will school you on “how to take advantage of the current market to maintain and grow your business.” Now in its 14th year, the event caters to an international audience of plastics reclaimers, equipment manufacturers, brand owners, brokers, government officials, and sustainability advocates. Expect presentations, panel discussions, and Q&A sessions featuring industry executives, reclaimers, and associations. The hall is expected to include more than 225 booths. Nearly 2,000 attendees from 35 countries attended last year.


The 34rd International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management
March 31-April 3, 2019
The Westin Annapolis Hotel—Washington D.C.

Held annually since 1985 and typically attracting participants from more than 40 countries, this conference invites researchers, educators, government officials, consultants, managers, community leaders, and other stakeholders to submit papers for oral presentations or poster sessions. This year, papers have been solicited across more than 40 topics including: landfilling, energy recovery and thermal treatment, waste material utilization, household hazardous wastes, chemical & biochemical treatment, municipal and agricultural wastes, mining & mineral wastes, scrap tires, carbon emissions, and more.


Solid Waste Landfill Design
April 1-3, 2019
University of Wisconsin Campus—Madison, WI
Presentations: Pyle Center
Accommodations: Lowell Center

Not really a conference, but a three-day college course to familiarize you with the science critical to landfill development. Topics include design, construction, principles & practices, landfill management, and more. Emerging technologies are also discussed, including such esoterica as polymer based bentonite composites in geosynthetic clay liners, landfill gas containment & management, gas-to-energy project design, CCR landfill management & impoundments, characterization & management of industrial residuals, and more.  Interactive learning with group discussion and idea exchange will be emphasized.


BioCycle West Coast 19
April 1-4, 2019
Red Lion Hotel—Portland, OR

Ostensibly “the original and longest-running national conference on organics recycling,” BioCycle West Coast 19 has moved to Portland Oregon. As of this writing, the agenda has yet to be announced, and papers are still being solicited across seven broad categories. They are:

  • Behavior change
  • Catalyzing organics recycling
  • Compost and biogas markets
  • Composting science
  • Contamination management
  • Food recovery
  • Infrastructure development


ISRI 2019 Las Vegas
April 9-13, 2019
Gansevoort Miami Beach (aka The Perry South Beach)—Miami Beach, FL

The “largest scrap recycling event in the world” will be held in Miami Beach for 2019, held by the International Scrap Recycling Institute. More than1600 companies of all shapes and sizes are invited—from mom & pop’s to multinational enterprises. Showcased will be products made from recycled electronics, rubber, plastics, glass, metals and paper.


WasteExpo 2019
May 6-9, 2019
Las Vegas Convention Center—Las Vegas, NV

Presented in partnership with the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA), this is an annual education & training opportunity for waste management professionals. Participants can attend sessions across a wide variety of topics including recycling & landfill, fleet management & collection, organics, safety, food recovery, and more. Attracting an international crowd of more than 14 thousand, there are typically more than 600 exhibiters demonstrating their products & services. PegEx hazardous waste experts will be there. Be sure to visit us at booth #5500.


Environmental Trade Fair and Conference
May 14-15, 2019
Austin Convention Center—Austin, TX

The premier educational forum in Texas for hazardous waste management is sponsored annually by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and offers over 100 classes on air and water permitting, oil and gas, solid waste management, remediation programs, compliance, enforcement, and lots more. PegEx hazardous waste experts will be there. Be sure to visit us at booth #1426.


Wastecon 2019
October 21-24, 2019
Phoenix Convention Center—Phoenix, AZ

Thousands of waste industry professionals attend this annual event to learn what’s new and different in waste collection and processing, including the marketing and management of compost, recyclables, and solid waste. This year’s topics cover the gamut from rural to international waste issues, including such new waste-management challenges as the recent Chinese waste-import restrictions.

Share This