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1550 Crystal Drive, Suite 804, Arlington, VA 22202
T: 800-424-2869, 202-244-4700
F: 202-966-4824

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WasteExpo is North America's largest waste and recycling trade show, with nearly 600 exhibitors and 13,000 attendees. It is an annual event put on by Waste360 in collaboration with NWRA. NWRA will be in Booth #4447 this year.



A great opportunity for professional growth and business development, WasteExpo offers access to the newest technologies, creates smart business connections and has a robust education program that we at NWRA have created in partnership with Waste 360.

WasteExpo 2017 takes place in Morial Convention Center in New Orleans with events, exhibits and conferences from May 8 - 11.

To register, visit the WasteExpo website!

NWRA Awards Breakfast

Join us in honoring the best and brightest in the waste and recycling industry at NWRA’s Awards Breakfast. Join us in New Orleans on May 9, 2017 from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM. View all of our honorees by clicking here.


Tickets will be available for the 2017 WasteExpo. Click here to purchase.


Our Awards Breakfast honors:

Drivers of the Year 

The Driver of the Year competition recognizes the best and safest drivers. The winner in each category is honored in person at WasteExpo, and receives a commemorative gift and $1000 cash prize.

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Operator of the Year

An award for operators working in post-collection including landfills, MRFs and transfer stations. They can be nominated by their peers or companies.


Hall of Fame 

The Hall of Fame award recognizes leaders in the waste and recycling industry who have distinguished themselves through significant contributions to the industry and their community and have been actively engaged in the business for at least 25 years.

Chapter Leadership Awards

The Chapter Leadership Award will be presented to members whose contributions to a chapter over the last 12 months, or over a period of time, were particularly meritorious. This award often goes to an individual who is a "go to" person. The award is meant to encourage recipients to remain active in the Association and continue developing leadership skills to serve the association. Until 2015, this award was known as the Special Advisory Board Award.

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Member of the Year Awards

The Member of the Year is selected based upon extraordinary service to the mission and goals of the Association and the industry over the last 12 months. The award need not be presented each year, but only when a qualified candidate is nominated.

Distinguished Service Awards

Distinguished Service Awards were made to longstanding members of the Association who rendered service in pursuit of its mission and goals over a period of time, generally spanning a number of years. The award was presented to recognize the highest spirit of volunteerism and involvement, personal integrity, professionalism, and performance in an honorable and ethical manner.

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NWRA's Awards Breakfast at Waste Expo is the largest gathering of industry leaders, bringing in more than 600 attendees from a wide range of companies.  Sponsoring the Award Breakfast is a fantastic opportunity to gain exposure for your brand. 

Booth Events

Join NWRA for all of the excitement in booth #4447

Award Winners' Reception

May 9, 3:30 - 5:00 PM

Celebrate the industry’s best! The 2017 Drivers of the Year, Operator of the Year, Hall of Fame Inductees and other distinguished awardees will be present. Come meet industry legends and heroes.

Women's Council Beignets & Coffee

May 10, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Meet the members of the NWRA Women’s Council. Formed in 2003, the Women’s Council promotes networking and professional development for those currently in the industry. In addition, the Council manages the Women’s Council Academic Scholarship program for those expanding their knowledge and for those entering the industry. Tickets will be sold for the SPLIT THE POT raffle and the winner will be announced during this time.

Meet Our Endorsed Providers

May 10, 3:00 - 4:30 PM

NWRA works with nearly a dozen companies that provide expert services to members, offering exclusive savings and benefits. Whether your needs are in the areas of insurance, compliance, credit card processing, surety programs, tires, account collections, auto purchasing, energy procurement, file management or cost containment services, one of our endorsed partners can help.


In 2017, we're launching a whole new, innovative platform for our education, featuring multiple learning levels, deep dive discussions, interactive dialogue and more. We'll continue to offer the comprehensive sessions that industry professionals expect, as well as advanced sessions and forums for those industry professionals that have taken advantage of prior WasteExpo education programs.

This year’s sessions are organized in three levels:
Introductory – Topics and sessions you’ve come to rely on – especially if you’re new to the industry or your role.
Informative – Advanced education from keynote speakers, headliners, industry icons and more.
Interactive – Deeper dive sessions allowing for an interactive experience and featuring expert panels, case studies and in-depth discussion.

Session Topic Areas Include:

  • Landfills
  • Recycling
  • Collection
  • Fleet Management
  • Safety
  • Business/Leadership

Questions? Contact Megan Passinger at 202-364-3702 or


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Contact Info

National Waste & Recycling Association
1550 Crystal Drive, Suite 804
Arlington, VA 22202
T: 800-424-2869 T: 202-244-4700
F: 202-966-4824