WASTECON 2018: “Sound Ideas” in Waste Management

20 Aug 2018 - 23 Aug 2018


Nashville, TN





Innovation, technology and policy will take the stage at WASTECON 2018, the Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA) largest event helping solid waste leaders plan a sustainable future for their communities. From August 20-23 in Nashville, Tennessee. Join thought-leaders, environmental experts, and solid waste and recycling professionals from across North America for an overall unique conference experience where attendees will investigate “Sound Ideas” in waste management and address the most pressing issues facing the industry today.

Visionary keynote speakers will cover a range of compelling topics that will help professionals rethink their everyday workflow strategies and think big-picture about industry challenges. Hear from renowned solid waste leaders like Waste Connection’s CEO, Ron Mittelstaedt, on the future of the industry, or learn from new voices like Natalie Nixon, design strategist and author, who will address using intuition, pattern recognition, and improvisation for insights on creating order from chaos.

At SWANA’s Summer Training Center, join solid waste professionals from across the country for technical training in courses encompassing six different industry areas of practice. Gain even more hands-on experience during Nashville-area facility tours, where attendees will visit unique recycling, food recovery, and alternative energy venues.

In the exhibit hall, connect with hundreds of vendors offering new technology, processes and products for your company.

The Materials Recovery Facility Summit (MRF), co-located at WASTECON, will feature an inaugural forum for recycling stakeholders to address challenges and opportunities in the wake of China’s waste import restrictions. From August 22-23, waste industry leaders, state and local government officials, and manufacturers will discuss best practices, policy alternatives, standardizing recycling metrics, and ISRI’s scrap specifications.


Join us in Music City for a week of learning, networking, and fun at WASTECON® 2018 in Nashville, TN from August 20–23. This dynamic conference will feature “Sound Ideas” in waste management, speaking to the most pressing issues in our industry today.

Conference topics range from rural issues, to innovation trends and international waste topics, to waste management challenges such as the Chinese waste import restrictions. Attendees can expect to meet thousands of industry colleagues all working towards shaping the future of the solid waste industry for the better.

Purpose Statement: To help public sector solid waste directors and their management teams plan for sustainable futures for their communities.


Official Contractors: As you plan for WASTECON® 2018, you may receive solicitations from publications and vendors that are not affiliated with WASTECON® 2018, SWANA, and SPARGO, Inc. or any contracted organization therin. This information is securely provided to WASTECON® 2018 official contractors to inform exhibitors of show related services. Solicitations from unofficial vendors are often the result of obtaining public information from the Internet. WASTECON® 2018 partners with select vendors to produce our premiere conference and expo and can intervene on your behalf if any customer service issues arise.

List of official contractors:

  • SPARGO Inc. (Exhibit Sales, Management, Registration and Lead Retrieval)
  • Freeman (General Service Contractor)
  • PSAV (Audio Visual)
  • Gaylord Opryland (Electricity, Internet, Catering)