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WASTECON 2021 Virtual Event – Embracing Disruption

January 26 @ 8:00 am - January 28 @ 5:00 pm

SWANA will host its annual national conference, WASTECON® as a virtual event aptly called “Embracing Disruption”, January 26-28, 2021.

Not just the conference theme, embracing disruption is the future of our industry. The solid waste and recycling industry is being reshaped by powerful forces – fiscal uncertainty, a critical need for infrastructure investment, local governments pushed to engage in creative city-to-city and public/private partnerships in the absence of federal and state leadership, and the need to leverage technology to connect to our communities and customers.

“When we embrace disruptions, we can lean in and make decisions that help accelerate needed solutions and sunset legacy practices that can stand in the way of progress,” said SWANA Deputy Executive Director, Meri Beth Wojtaszek. “This has some leaders replacing the phrase ‘before and after’ to ‘before and faster.’”



Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM (EST)
Keynote: Outside the Box: Reinventing Your Organization in Response to COVID-19 features a diverse panel that will share some innovative ways their organizations have responded and reinvented themselves to remain relevant during the pandemic.

  • Carlton Williams – City of Philadelphia
  • James Walsh – SCS Engineers
  • John Brusa, Jr. – Barton&Loguidice


Thursday, January 28, at 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM (EST)
Keynote: Paying for Waste Services During the Downturn

  • Vita Quinn – SCS Engineers
  • John Chalmers – Baltimore City Department of Public Works
  • Kim Braun – Culver City


Visit for program updates and registration information as it becomes available.






January 26 @ 8:00 am
January 28 @ 5:00 pm
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