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EBC Eighth Annual New England “Talking Trash” Conference

April 9, 2021 @ 8:45 am – 12:30 pm

With the challenges of COVID this year, the decision has been made to combine the EBC Talking Trash North and Talking Trash South Conferences into this one conference that will focus and reflect on the changing landscape of solid waste industry operations in New England.

Following a presentation on the US Environmental Protection Agency’s perspective on the direction of managing solid waste in the United States, the Talking Trash conference will provide an opportunity for participants to learn firsthand from the leadership of the major solid waste companies serving the New England marketplace. Given their understanding of how the shifting of tons will cause major changes in New England’s solid waste industry, the discussion will focus on each company’s perspective of what the future holds for the industry. Next, the leadership of the participating solid waste companies will participate in the first interactive, moderated panel discussion.

A second moderated panel will consist primarily of the leadership of those state, regional, and national solid waste associations active in New England, including SWANA, NRRA, MassRecycle and NWRA. Speakers will emphasize their organization’s programs and strategies to address the larger pending solid waste management dilemma in New England.

The two moderated panel discussions will engage the audience and provide a deeper dive into the critical regional solid waste management issues.

Final Agenda – EBC Eighth Annual New England Talking Trash Conference

Presentations are posted to the Presentations section of the EBC website.

General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (3.0 training contact hours). Certificates are automatically provided via email link for registered attendees at the conclusion of the webinar.



Conference Co-Chairs:

  • Reagan Bissonnette, Executive Director, Northeast Resource Recovery Association
  • Brian Card, PE, MBA, Senior Project Engineer, Wheelabrator Technologies; Chapter President SWANA Southern New England
  • David Murphy, PE, Vice President, Tighe & Bond; Chair, EBC Solid Waste Management Committee
  • Kevin Roche, General Manager, ecomaine; Chapter President, SWANA Northern New England

Speaker Agenda:

U.S. EPA Perspective – The State and Vision of Solid Waste Management

  • Nena Shaw, Acting Director, Resource Conservation and Sustainability Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Industry Perspective – “State of Waste” in New England

Dan Emerson
Regional Vice President of Operations
Casella Waste Systems


Christopher P. DeSantis
Area Vice President, New England and Upstate New York
Waste Management


Kurt Lavery
Market Vice President, Northeast
Republic Services, Inc.



Bruce Stanas
Corporate Vice President, Waste Disposal
Wheelabrator / WIN Waste Innovations



Paul Gilman, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer


Industry Panel Discussion

  • Chris DeSantis, Waste Management of NE & UNY
  • Dan Emerson, Casella Waste Systems
  • Dr. Paul Gilman, Covanta
  • Bruce Stanas, Wheelabrator Technologies / WIN Waste Innovations

Association and Industry Insights and Reactions

Moderator: David Murphy, Tighe & Bond

Panel Members:

  • Reagan Bissonnette, Northeast Resource Recovery Association
  • Brian Card, Solid Waste Association of North America – Southern New England Chapter
  • Gretchen Carey, MassRecycle
  • Steve Changaris, National Waste & Recycling Association
  • Kevin Roche, Solid Waste Association of North America – Northern New England Chapter
Attendee List


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