April 30 — Competitive juices will surely flow during the 2012 Waste Expo -- and not just at the craps tables.
Expo attendees with commercial driver's licenses can hop in a Mack truck during the company's Driving Skills Safety Challenge, and test themselves on a course in the Las Vegas Convention Center's parking lot on May 1 and May 2.
Drivers will face seven events, including pre-trip inspection, turning radius and reversing accuracy, on a course that will "emulate a job site," said Rita Ugianskis-Fishman, managing director of Penton Media's Waste Industry Group, the Expo's organizer.
Attendance numbers are trending upward for Waste Expo, even as companies work with tighter budgets in a sluggish economy. Ugianskis-Fishman said it's a testament to the quality of the Expo?s proceedings. Plus, there's always excitement whenever the show heads to Las Vegas, she said.
Spectators will have 43 sessions to choose from, with topics ranging from the updated patent law enacted in September 2011 to an examination of when companies should, and shouldn't, outsource operations.
The sessions will give companies a look at what's coming in the future and how to prepare, said Alice Jacobsohn, director of education for Environmental Industry Associations, an event sponsor.
"The intent of our program is to provide information on things that are coming down the pike, to look at daily operations and help companies to do two things: One, either get feedback on what it is they are already doing from others, either [from those] in the industry or experts through our speakers, and the second piece is to provide them with information on how they might go about doing things."
Another key session will focus on low rolling resistance tires, which refuse and recycling trucks will be required to use after 2014 to comply with federal fuel efficiency standards.
"What tires do you need to use? What does this mean? It can make a difference when you're switching tires from the back of the truck to the front to get more use out of them," Jacobsohn said.
Since the Expo is packed with activities, it may not be possible for attendees to see each session. So for the first time, every session will be recorded and made available through an OnDemand Video Library.
"This way, people no longer need to make a choice when they come to Waste Expo. Let's face it, people can't clone themselves," Ugianskis-Fishman said.
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