SWANA cancels Wastecon event in favor of virtual conference

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and concern for the health and safety of participants, the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) announced on Aug. 26 that it has canceled its Wastecon event that would have taken place Dec. 7-10 in Dallas.

SWANA’s executive leadership summit for the solid waste and recycling industries will be transformed into a virtual conference in late January 2021 that will bring together public and private sector waste industry leaders and professionals.

According to the association, “Virtual Wastecon will combine executive education with innovative program design and leave participants better prepared to lead, inspire and achieve in these challenging times.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. SWANA’s top priority must be the health and safety of our members and the Wastecon community,” SWANA Executive Director and CEO David Biderman says. “Particularly after the past five months, we were looking forward to gathering in person in Dallas. Now, SWANA looks forward to bringing the industry together at virtual Wastecon in January 2021 and at other virtual events later in 2020 and early 2021.”

New York associations cancel October event

The Federation of New York Solid Waste Associations has decided to cancel the rescheduled Oct. 4-7 conference and trade show at The Sagamore in Bolton Landing, New York.

The event is typically held each year in May and was at first postponed to October for 2020.

“Based upon input from attendees and discussions with The Sagamore, the Federation of New York Solid Waste Associations has made this difficult decision based on COVID-19 uncertainty, logistics and priority for the safety of participants,” the federation announced.

“Details about the May 16-19, 2021, event will be posted on our website as they become available,” adds the federation.