NEW YORK, June 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Penton's Waste360 Group today announced post show research shows over 50% of attendees plan to make a purchase as a result of attending WasteExpo. The record-breaking event brought together nearly 13,000 waste professionals, with over 2,000 international attendees and nearly 600 exhibiting companies, growing the event 10%. The education program also grew 34%. The industry finds that "garbage is good" and the "waste business is on solid footing."
"The 47th annual WasteExpo was a record event on every metric level we track – attendance, education sessions, co-located conferences and clearly shows the strength of the current waste and recycling industry leaving behind the economic downturn of the last several years," said Mark Hickey, Vice President, Penton's Waste360, which also produces Waste360.com, The Global Waste Management Symposium and the Waste360 Recycling Summit. "Positive feedback was abundant - education sessions covering the critical issues and technologies facing waste and recycling professionals were packed and a record number of attendees met with vendors on the exhibit floor to learn about new products, solutions and technologies. We look forward to working with the industry to bring an even more robust event in 2016."
Co-located with WasteExpo were the WasteExpo Investor Summit and The Healthcare Waste Conference. WasteExpo Investor Summit, produced in conjunction with Stifel, is the only dedicated gathering of corporate executives and institutional investors in the waste and recycling industry. The main takeaway of the Summit was that the waste business is on solid footing. There are concerns--including the cost of recycling--but overall the companies reported strong operations and outlooks for growth. The Healthcare Waste Conference covered the key issues and directions facing medical waste providers including dealing with the urgency of managing medical waste from pandemic outbreaks like Ebola. WasteExpo Investor Summit attendance grew by 40% and the Healthcare Waste Conference had record attendance as well.
The conference program offered a robust program with nine tracks and 60 sessions. "The Heavy Hitters" keynote panel brought together CEOs from leading waste management companies Advanced Disposal, Progressive Waste Solutions, Waste Connections, and Waste Management who gave their perspective on the trends, technologies and challenges in the recycling and disposal of solid, industrial and exploration and production (E&P) energy waste.
The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) honored 23 industry professionals at its annual awards ceremony. The awards included Drivers of the Year, Members of the Year, Chapter Leadership Awards and Distinguished Service Awards were announced, and four industry executives were named to the NWRA Hall of Fame.
Through the generosity of WasteExpo attendees, the Environmental Research and Education Foundation's (EREF) Annual Charitable Auction raised over $2 million to fund and direct scientific research and educational initiatives for waste management practices.
Waste360's first ever Waste360 Recycling Summit will take place from September 9-11, 2015 in Chicago. WasteExpo will return to the Las Vegas Convention Center, June 6-9, 2016.
About Penton's Waste360 Group
Penton's Waste360 Group harnesses the power of its many properties to serve the solid waste and recycling industry. The industry widely consumes this content in the form of websites, live events, online learning and digital opportunities and more and includes: Waste360.com, WasteExpo, The Global Waste Management Symposium, The Healthcare Waste Conference, the Waste360 Recycling Summit, and topical and timely e-newsletters. For more information, visit www.waste360.com.
Penton drives performance for more than eighteen million professionals each and every day. They rely on us to deliver: Insights, information, data & workflow tools to inform critical business decisions; networking & community to engage them with industry peers & partners; and marketing services to advance their business performance & deliver ROI.
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