SWANApalooza goes virtual

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has announced the transition of SWANApalooza into a virtual event to be held the week of June 22-25. This comes following the postponement of the conference, which was originally scheduled for March 23-26 in Atlanta, due to impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

“SWANA is committed to making sure that all this hard work can be shared with our members and attendees,” the association says. “We feel that the virtual conference will allow even more of the solid waste community to participate in this important industry event.”

According to organizers, virtual SWANApalooza will be a combination of livestreamed keynote presentations, prerecorded technical presentations, livestreamed discussions and briefings, video chats, chat box forums and an interactive exhibit site.

The event has a lineup of experienced speakers covering COVID-19, recycling challenges, landfill management, energy recovery, landfill gas and biogas technologies, safety and more. The livestreamed keynotes, being aired June 23-25, will be recorded and made available to registered attendees on-demand.

Organizers cancel WasteExpo

Informa Markets and the Waste360 Group announced May 21 that WasteExpo 2020 has been canceled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event, which was originally scheduled for May 4-7 in New Orleans and later postponed to Aug. 10-13 because of the virus, will return April 26-29, 2021 in Las Vegas.

This is the first time in WasteExpo’s more than 50-year history that organizers have been forced to cancel the event.

The event’s organizers say they experienced strong industry support in the postponement of the event as it moved from May to August; however, it became an increasing safety concern as the COVID-19 situation worsened nationwide, with New Orleans particularly hit hard.

In lieu of the in-person event, Informa and Waste360 announced they will be hosting a digital event, WasteExpo Together Online, Aug. 10-14.

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