As the District Manager, I attended a solid waste conference the first week of March 2018 which included a lot of information on waste diversion and zero waste. One of the plenary sessions was presented by Michael Hoffman, the Managing Director, Environmental Services Research, Stifel, with more than 29 years experience as an analyst. He provided his State of the Solid Waste Industry. This entry shares a summary of his presentation, including his list of 10 items for 2018.
First, he gave a very basic and generalized explanation of the recent stock market “corrections” and put that into historical context of other corrections that have occurred over the past 60 or so years. He then talked about various aspects and forecasts for the solid waste industry: collection, disposal, waste diversion. Among some of those were:
His presentation gave a lot of food for thought as well as lively discussion in the lobby afterwards for the more than 1000 attendees who came from all over the United States and Canada to the conference in Denver. There were several other sessions, but his was one of the primary highlights of the three day conference.