EBC Rhode Island Program: Status of Solid Waste Management in Rhode Island, Recycling and Food Waste Initiatives


Date: November 1, 2019


Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]


Environmental Business Council of New England

What does the future hold for Rhode Island’s solid waste management needs? Rhode Island, as well as other neighboring areas, are faced with the challenge of managing an increasing volume of solid waste and shrinking landfill capacity.

This EBC Rhode Island Solid Waste program, presented jointly by the EBC Rhode Island Chapter and Southern New England Chapter of SWANA, will bring together key personnel from Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC), State Regulators, and leaders in innovative recycling technologies. Topics to be discussed will include current capacity issues at RIRRC, regulatory challenges and changes, and alternative recycling options such as asphalt shingles and food waste. Speakers will present on new ways to reduce the volume of material entering the Central Landfill in Johnston, Rhode Island. Additionally, representatives of three Rhode Island municipalities will provide their perspective on current solid waste issues and best management practices.

Following the discussion there will be a moderated panel discussion with the speakers and the registered attendees to discuss solid waste management issues facing not only Rhode Island but the regional area as well.

FACILITY TOUR: Following the program attendees will an opportunity to tour of the RIRRC facility. (Space Limited)

General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (3.5 training contact hours). Please select this option during registration if you wish to receive a certificate.

Final Agenda – Status of Solid Waste Management in Rhode Island


Program Chairs:

  • Edward Summerly, Principal, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
  • Courtney Toscano, Project Manager, CDM Smith Inc.

Speaker Agenda:

Disposal Capacity in Rhode Island and Southern New England

  • Jared Rhodes, Director of Policy & Programs, Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation
  • Bruce Stanas, Vice President – Fuel Sourcing, Wheelabrator Technologies

Regulatory Challenges and Changes – Waste Legislation

  • Mark Dennen, Supervising Environmental Scientist, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
  • Alyson Brunelli, Environmental Engineer, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management

Municipal Perspective

  • Gene Allen, Public Works Director, Town of Smithfield, Rhode Island
  • Kevin McGee, Director of Public Works, Town of Coventry, Rhode Island
  • Jean Philippe Barros, State Representative, Deputy Majority Leader, First Vice Chairman, House Committee on Municipal Government Member, House Committee on Finance, City of Central Falls
  • Melissa Soares, Public Works Special Duties, Town of Coventry, Rhode Island

State of Recycling (RI & MA/New England perspective)

  • Ryan Cournoyer, Process Engineer, Canada and New England, VAN DYK Recycling Solutions
  • Dan Horton, Founding Partner, ASR Systems

Organics/Food Waste Management & Recycling in Rhode Island

  • Diane Calvin, Director, foodSCAPE
  • Coryanne Mansell, Strategic Services Representative, Center for EcoTechnology

Attendee List

Glenn Almquist, Woodard & Curran, Senior Vice President
Raymond Antaya, Town of Portsmouth, RI, Recycling Coordinator
David Bonnett, Geosyntec Consultants, Principal
Youngmin Cho, Geosyntec Consultants, Project Engineer
Steven Contente, Town of Bristol, Town Administrator
Brendan Ennis, CDM Smith, Client Service Leader
Tim Faulkner, ecoRI News, Reporter
Courtney Forrester, WasteZero Programs, Manager
Nicole Knott, Town of West, Warwick Solid Waste/ Recycling Coordinator
Carl Knowlton, Fiberight LLC, Director of Asset Management
Niamh Lehane, CVS Health, Environmental Specialist
Gregory McCarron, SCS Engineers, VP
Michele McCaughey, RI DEM, Senior Environmental Scientist
Dave McLaughlin, Clean Ocean Access, Executive Director
Nicole Mulanaphy, SAGE Environmental, Inc., Senior Project Manager
Antonio Teixeira, Town of Little Compton, Town Administrator
Randy Tome, Woodard & Curran, Senior Project Manager

The available presentations from the EBC Rhode Island Program: Status of Solid Waste Management in Rhode Island, Recycling and Food Waste Initiatives completed on November 1, 2019, can be viewed below.

Presentations – Status of Solid Waste Management in Rhode Island

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