EBC Solid Waste Management Program: Reflections on Successes & Challenges of the MA Organics Ban Implementation


Date: November 12, 2015


Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]


Environmental Business Council of New England

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As of October 1, 2014, Massachusetts businesses and institutions that dispose of one ton or more per week of organic wastes (food waste) have been banned from disposing of these wastes at landfills or incinerators.  There is also a requirement that they reuse, recycle, compost or convert these waste materials.

At this EBC Solid Waste Program, Massachusetts DEP Commissioner Suuberg and key DEP solid waste staff will provide an update on how this waste ban program has evolved over the past year and reflect on what the future holds.

What was the ban supposed to accomplish?   What are the results so far?   How does it fit into the broader policy picture?   Where does this go in the future?

In addition, in order to provide a comprehensive review of the organics waste ban implementation, a diverse group of stakeholders including waste generators, haulers, project developers and organics processors will participate in this EBC program.

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.

Program Chair

  • Wayne Davis, Vice President – Government Affairs, Harvest Power

Keynote Speaker

  • Marty Suuberg, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection


  • John Fischer, Branch Chief, Commercial Waste Reduction and Waste Planning, MassDEP
  • John Majercak, President, Center for Eco-Technology
  • Karen Franczyk, Green Mission Coordinator, North Atlantic Region, Whole Foods Market
  • Daniel Hagen, Director of Business Development, Organic Recycling, Waste Management
  • Adam Mitchell, Major Account Representative & Partner, Save that Stuff
  • Abbie Webb, Sustainability Manager, Casella Organics
  • Gene Bernat, Vice President and Co-Founder, Cover Technologies, Inc.
  • Thomas Yeransian, Principal, CommonWealth Resource Management Corporation
  • Cheri R. Cousens, P.E., Executive Director, Greater Lawrence Sanitary District

Final Agenda – Massachusetts Organics Ban Implementation – Reflections on Successes & Challenges

The available presentations from the EBC Solid Waste Management Program: Massachusetts Organics Ban Implementation – Reflections on Successes & Challenges, completed on November 12, 2015, can be viewed below. Presentations are not available for download.

11-12-15 MASTER Massachusetts Organics Ban Implementation

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