WasteExpo Marks 42nd Annual Event With Positive Results

Fri May 21, 2010 - National Edition
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Attendees stop by to inquire about the latest Bomag compaction machines.
Attendees stop by to inquire about the latest Bomag compaction machines.
Attendees stop by to inquire about the latest Bomag compaction machines. (L-R): The 836H landfill compactor on display at the Caterpillar exhibit was a very familiar product of discussion for Mark A. Welch, landfill application product specialist of Caterpillar, Peoria, Ill.; and Dwight Schaubach and Jamie Schaubach of Bay Dis Murray McIntyre (L) of Rotochopper Inc., St. Martin, Minn., speaks with John Hafner of Waste Connections Inc., Elreno, Okla., about the microprocessor that controls the EC-266 model and its ability to change the set up to accommodate grinding a variety of Standing in the hopper of the new DuraTech 5064 horizontal grinder (L-R) are Mofdy Morgan of Hundz Soil, Gaithersburg, Md.; Laurens Robinson, DuraTech Industries, Jamestown, N.D.; DuraTech product representative, Dave Heath, Shermans Dale, Pa.; and Bob St Taking bids for a great cause is Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers’ Divisional Manager, Gary Seybold, who donated his services for WasteExpo’s annual absolute auction with all proceeds benefiting the Environmental Research and Education Foundation. The Wastequip booth kept the crowd entertained with illusions, card tricks and some incredible billiards trick shots. This year’s WasteExpo’s annual charity raffle prize was quite an attention grabber —a 1971 Chevy Nova SS with a 427 c.i. V8 and cowl induction. Attendees stop by the Diamond Z booth to get more information on its line of grinders and screens. Discussing sales of the Peterson 4710B horizontal grinders are Brian Gray (L), product support manager-eastern North America of Peterson Pacific, Eugene, Ore., and Peterson distributor representative, Scott Starkweather, Ring Power Corp., Orlando, Fla. Manufacturer and dealer representatives work the show together to promote Volvo waste handling and recycling equipment as well as customer support and financial service offerings. (L-R): Steve Bloebaum, ASC Construction Equipment, Acworth, Ga.; Deric Came Representatives of Ga.-based Doppstadt distributor, Yancey Bros. Co., meet with the manufacturer. (L-R): Barry Cain, Yancey Bros. Co, Gainesville, Ga.; Martin Morgan and Ryan Cornelison,  Doppstadt US, Avon, Ohio; David Dukes and Greg DeWalt, Yancey Bros. (L-R): Discussing the Sennebogen 821R-HD are Michael Camp, Gibson Machinery, Oakwood Village, Ohio; Eric Thomas, H & E Equipment Services, Fletcher, N.C.; Stuart Deal, H & E Equipment Services, Charlotte, N.C.; and Scott Linker, Sennebogen, Stanley, N.C. Screen USA puts “the pen to paper” to come up with screening solutions for the University of Tennessee (UT). (L-R) are Mitch Groothuis, UT-Knoxville, Tenn.; Rick Cohen, Screen USA; Keith Zietlow of Ken Burns Inc., Manchester, Iowa; and Al Woma Exhibitor totals exceeded last year’s show and the mood on the show floor was upbeat toward overall industry recovery. Dan Stevick (second from L) and O.T. Bradley (second from R), both of CEC, Tualatin, Ore., discuss their company’s line of crushing, recycling and screening machines.

WasteExpo, North America’s largest event serving the $55 billion solid waste and recycling industry was held May 3 to 6 in Atlanta.

WasteExpo featured more than 537 exhibitors (up from 486 in 2009), which includes 157 new exhibitors to the show. Networking special events occurred throughout the four days, and 40 conference sessions and workshops, which covered critical industry topics including tracks on recycling, green management, business and finance, labor and employment, technology, safety, community and employee relations, politics and law and transportation.

Despite the current challenging economy, WasteExpo 2010 was well attended and experienced a steady number of attendees parallel to previous years. Attendees were considered highly qualified and motivated to learn and experience what’s new in the industry.

The Waste Training Institute, an industry-specific business training initiative designed to help employees in small-, medium-, and large-waste services companies run their businesses better, smarter and more effectively, once again was held at WasteExpo. Workshops were led by industry veterans including Eddie Dick of Eddie Dick & Associates; Don Ross of Kessler Consulting Inc.; David Biderman of the National Solid Wastes Management Association; and Del Lisk of Drive Cam Inc. Topics covered pricing and costing of services; measuring your effectiveness and productivity, and running an effective driver safety program.

Opening night kicked off with more than 1,400 people in attendance at the Welcome Reception, “Southern Nights” sponsored by Caterpillar, at the Grand Ballroom at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center. On Tuesday morning, ticket-holders to The EIA Awards Breakfast watched as the 2010 members were inducted into the EIA’s Hall of Fame. Inductees included Anthony Ciafolo of Clean Energy, Michael Cordesman of Republic Services Inc., Bob Gregory of Texas Disposal Systems, Ronald McCracken of RJM Associates, and Garwin McNeilus of McNeilus Companies.

Other awards also were given out. Other special events included the Mack Driving Skills Safety Challenge, the WasteExpo International Reception for non-U.S. visitors sponsored by Golder Associates, Harris, Marathon Equipment/NEXGEN, and PTR Baler and Compactor, Boxed Lunch discussions: Contrasting Public and Private Models of Success; Public Perceptions on the Solid Waste Industry; and Management Accountability — Making Safety Part of the Evaluation Process, the Zero Waste Initiatives Breakfast forum, and closed with the final special event, the 16th Annual EREF Equipment Auction, Silent Auction and Raffle, which raised more than $954,000.

The EIA Women’s Council Carts On Parade fundraiser project was a success at this year’s WasteExpo. Forty 96-gallon carts were decorated in the theme, “Environmentalists Every Day,” by sponsors or by artists commissioned by sponsors. Decorated carts came from across the country and were on display at the Georgia World Congress Center during the show. Several sponsors made this an employee team building exercise, while others worked with local groups such as the Boys and Girls Clubs, Scout Troops, and grammar school classrooms. The proceeds of the sponsored carts funded the Council’s academic scholarship and environmental education programs for the solid waste and recycling industry professional.

For more information, visit www.wasteexpo.com.

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