SEATTLE (Waste Advantage): During the week of May 9 – 12, Waste Expo took place in fabulous Las Vegas, NV once again. The welcome reception on Monday was held at the Allegiant Stadium, home of the Las Vegas Raiders football team, location of Super Bowl LVIII in 2024(!) and featured in the May issue of Waste Advantage Magazine, highlighting their sustainability program. With fun, food and activities, such as punting, field goal kicking and passing/receiving, attendees had a great time enjoying the great venue and time on the field–an opportunity that only comes around once in a lifetime.
On Tuesday, the exhibits kicked off in the hall with trucks, products, services, and innovations on full display. Holding education sessions and exhibits in the new West Halls section of the Las Vegas Convention Center, attendees packed the aisles wanting to the see the latest solutions that would make their jobs more efficient or equipment additions that were the next steps in the industry moving forward. Mack Trucks not only gave their industry trends report and product updates, but also featured Michael Fernandez, Director of Solid Waste for Miami-Dade County, who talked about implementing a Mack LR® Electric refuse vehicle, the first one to be added to their fleet. He was excited about the coming results. In addition, the big buzzword this year was sustainability–whether it was through solutions and equipment or newly created positions in the company, the interest and implementation is growing and is something to keep an eye on.
Wednesday, the Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) held their annual auction that raises money for their scholarship programs and it was a great success. Hundreds gathered at auction time to bid on items and find out who the winners were were, while mingling with other attendees and chatting about their own experiences in the challenging last couple of years. That evening Rush Enterprises held their customer and dealer event where guests were treated to food, drink and a good conversation. Tommy McGhee, Director of Vocational Sales, and Owner, Rusty Rush, shared their thoughts on how grateful they were to all that attended and thanked them for their support over the years.
The final day of Waste Expo wrapped up the education session and exhibit hall displays and closed out a great event. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year in New Orleans from May 1 – 4 at the Ernest M. Morial Convention Center!