The organizer of WasteExpo has moved back the 2021 edition of that event, while the organizer of Paper2021 has canceled that March get-together as COVID-19 continues to take a toll on in-person events for the waste and recycling industries heading into 2021.
The Washington-based American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) and the Chicago-based National Paper Trade Association (NPTA) have announced that Paper2021, which had been scheduled for March 14-16 in Atlanta, has now been canceled.
“We take the health and safety of our industry, attendees and staff very seriously,” states Heidi Brock, AF&PA president and CEO, and Matthew Bruno, NPTA’s executive vice president, in an email to potential participants.
The two association leaders add, “The CDC Guiding Principles for events and gatherings clearly state that large in-person gatherings where social distancing is difficult and where attendees travel from outside the local area represent the highest risk category for spreading COVID-19. These associated health risks, combined with continued government, corporate travel and meeting policy restrictions, have prompted us to cancel the event for 2021.”
The organizer of WasteExpo, one of the largest events held annually for the waste and recycling industry, has announced a delay in its 2021 event rather than a cancellation.
In an email to current and prospective exhibitors, Waste360 Vice President Marc Acampora writes, “WasteExpo has made the proactive decision to reschedule WasteExpo 2021 from its original dates in April to June 28-30, 2021, in the Central Halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center.”
Acampora adds, “This decision was made with our community in mind, as many of you have expressed an interest in postponing the show to provide some breathing room and instill confidence in a successful 2021 event for all involved. This date change means that we will shift from three days of an exhibit hall to two days on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 29-30. Educational opportunities will be offered Monday through Wednesday, June 28-30. This industry continues to show its resilience on a daily basis and we look forward to seeing you in person soon.”