With the 2011 WasteExpo in Dallas just around the corner, this is certainly a busy time for both the Waste Age and WasteExpo staffs.

Making this an even busier time than the typical run-up to WasteExpo is the fact that we have two exciting new products on the horizon, products that are going to greatly improve your ability to stay on top of the solid waste industry and to improve your operations.

At WasteExpo, we will be unveiling Waste360.com, a new website that merges the resources of Penton Media’s six waste properties, including Waste Age and WasteExpo. Waste360 will become the go-to source for waste industry news and analysis, online training and education, and event information and registration. In addition to serving solid waste industry professionals, the site will provide information to large-scale waste generators such as manufacturing plants, restaurants, retail centers and universities seeking to implement waste sustainability initiatives and most effectively manage their waste streams. Waste360 also will seek to serve members of the general public who are seeking reliable information about recycling, sustainability practices and other waste services.

This spring, we also are launching another new website — auctions.wasteage.com — that is a nationwide, used waste equipment auction website. The site is the result of a partnership with AssetNation, a leading online auction provider that has more than 100,000 active buyers in more than 100 countries. We believe this site will become your top venue for selling and buying used waste equipment. Visit the site now and register to become a user — we are currently offering our readers free selling. (You must enter the promotion code WAP4FS when registering.)

We will be demonstrating both of these new sites at Waste Age’s booth (No. 3825) at WasteExpo, so plan to stop by and take a look. Plus, we’ll have more information about them in upcoming issues of Waste Age.

So keep your eyes peeled!

E-mail me at sursery@wasteage.com to pass along any feedback or suggestions for the magazine.