Inspiring and Visionary Keynotes
New Ways to Solve Your Toughest Problems
Led by Nashville-based design firm Stoked, founder Parker Gates and and his team gave a high-energy, highly-interactive Kick-Off Keynote Session.
A Conversation with Ron Mittelstaedt, Waste Connections CEO
In an interview with SWANA CEO David Biderman, Waste Connections CEO Ron Mittelstaedt’s shares his thoughts on the waste industry and its relationship with the public sector, and how Waste Connections is responding to current challenges.
The Changing Market for Recyclable Materials
Led by moderator David Biderman, CEO and President,, SWANA, panelists Robin Wiener, President, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc., and Stephen Sikra, Associate Director, Corporate Research and Development, Procter & Gamble provided an overview of new policies in place in China and discussed how these policies are affecting the present and future of recycling.
Wait, Is There a Plan for This?
WASTECON® 2018’s Lawrence Lecturer Michael Cahill summarized the transformation of solid waste management from the Garbage Barge of 1987 through today’s times, with observations on government, politics, regulators, technology, engineers, environmental activists, investment bankers, organized crime, the carting industry and the United States Supreme Court (not necessarily in that order).
A Workforce Trend You Can’t Ignore
Tom Morrison, CEO, Florida Automotive Industry Association provided the keys to researching and determining what future disruption is coming in today’s “Uber-ized” economy.
How to Use Systems Thinking to Create Order from Chaos
Natalie Nixon, Design Strategist, Author, Fellow at Paris d.School and Lecturer at The University of Pennsylvania calls intuition, pattern recognition, and improvisation components in a “chaordic system” that values structure and randomness in reaching solutions and creates order from the daily chaos.