Hurricane Irma forces 2017 REW Conference to adapt event

Oct. 2-4 conference has become a virtual event, and a portion of proceeds will be donated to hurricane relief.

The past week has been a difficult time for the state of Florida and many in the southeastern U.S. Relief agencies, governments, residents and industry continue the cleanup and rebuilding process as a result of Hurricane Irma.

Unfortunately, southwest Florida and Fort Myers, Florida, where the 2017 Renewable Energy from Waste (REW) Conference was to be held Oct. 2-4, was one of the areas most affected by the disaster. Lee County, which includes Fort Myers, was scheduled to host a facility tour and give a presentation during the conference. 

The Recycling Today Media Group, the REW Conference organizer, has decided that because of the storm damage and ongoing recovery efforts, it will change the format to a virtual conference for 2017. This means attendees will be able to participate from their own offices virtually, avoiding travel to the affected region.

Attendees will have access to the same great educational sessions and will be able to interact with presenters. The REW Virtual Conference will be Oct. 3 and 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST.

“Our hearts go out to the families and businesses who have been affected by Hurricane Irma,” says Jim Keefe, publisher of the Recycling Today Media Group. “To show our support for the recovery efforts, we’ll be donating a portion of the proceeds from the 2017 REW Conference toward hurricane relief.”

Those who have already registered for the in-person event will be able to attend the virtual event. As well, anyone who had not registered for the in-person event but is interested in taking part in the online event can register at

“It is a critical time in the waste industry,” Keefe says. “As natural disasters such as Hurricanes Irma and Harvey have produced an enormous amount of waste that needs to be managed, shifts in political policy and new import limitations in China also are having major impacts on the waste industry. Now more than ever, alternatives to traditional material outlets are being considered, and waste conversion is one of those options.”

The Recycling Today Media Group, a business unit of GIE Media, is the publisher of Waste Today, Recycling Today and Construction & Demolition Recycling magazines, as well as accompanying websites, e-newsletters and events.