SWANA cancels WASTECON, transitions to virtual event
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and concern for the health and safety of participants, the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has cancelled the WASTECON that would have taken place December 7-10 in Dallas, Texas.
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 from the safety of their own homes and offices
Virtual WASTECON will combine executive education with innovative program design, and leave participants better prepared to lead, inspire, and achieve in these challenging times. SWANA is working to provide the unmatched networking opportunities, top industry speakers, and interaction with select industry solution providers.
"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," said SWANA Executive Director and CEO, David Biderman. "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. Stay safe, and I look forward to seeing everyone in person in 2021."
Traditionally, waste management companies have operated using a simple "management of waste" approach to operating a MRF. Throughput targets and continuous operation (minimal downtime) were the main driving forces. The industry has changed however, and the focus moving forward is now on optimizing system performance and reliability, in conjunction with increasing recycling rates and a drive for a "greener" and more sustainable tomorrow.
When considering the addition of, or upgrade to, an "intelligent" MRF, for municipalities or private operators, the main factors should always be the client's (operator) current requirements, and evolving market needs, which include throughput, reliability, output quality, and adaptability. Equally important is a full understanding of what is really expected from any proposed system. Having an engaged and focused mindset for the project with the client from the beginning, will impact and drive the entire design process. This then impacts the overall project result, through to the productive, efficient, ongoing operation of the facility itself.