Each year, the Federation of New York Solid Waste Associations’ Conference with Trade Show attracts national attention and hundreds of attendees. As always, the Conference will address timely topics and trends through a diversity of expert speakers, serving as a forum for discussion and learning on the most pertinent issues—in New York as well as nationally—faced by solid waste and recycling professionals. The upcoming conference runs May 19-22, 2024 located at The Sagamore in Bolton Landing, NY. The 2024 program will put a spotlight on responding to climate change (with topics such as renewable natural gas and electric vehicles), and also feature per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination as a focus area.

Abstracts are now being accepted to develop next year’s program. If you have an innovative program or improved process that you’d like to share with hundreds of your peers, please consider presenting at the 2024 Federation of New York Solid Waste Associations’ Conference. Abstracts of up to 250 words will be accepted through Dec. 1, 2023, on any topic associated with solid waste, including waste reduction, reuse, recycling, composting, product stewardship, energy-from-waste (EFW), and landfilling operations. Topics which tie together recycling and engineering that are potentially eligible for professional engineer credit will receive immediate consideration due to attendee demand. Technical presentations on products offered by exhibitors are also encouraged. Abstracts may be easily submitted through the Conference website at conference.nyfederation.org.

The Conference continues to offer an expanded program featuring three full days of technical sessions. Each breakout session typically includes up to three presentations of approximately 20 minutes in length, followed by questions and answers. Conference tracks are designed to provide more in-depth discussions of solid waste/materials management issues, catered to specific interests. Topics for the 2024 Conference are envisioned to include: climate change and carbon footprint reduction; emerging contaminants (PFAS); innovative design and case studies; operational optimization; conversion technologies; food waste composting and biological treatment; debris management; extended producer responsibility; beneficial use of LFG and closed landfills; collection and transportation efficiencies; employee retention; diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI); safety best practices and training; and more (full list of potential topics below).

The Conference will again take place at The Sagamore, a historic four-diamond resort on Lake George. The event draws upwards of 700 participants from not only the Northeast, Midwest, and Southern US, but also Canada and Europe. Due to the abundance of networking opportunities, newcomers are continually attracted and typically about 20 percent of attendees are first-time participants.

For more information, visit www.nyfederation.org.