EBC Solid Waste Management Webinar: The Future of Solid Waste Management in New England


Date: November 12, 2020


Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]


Virtual Meeting

Across New England, states are dealing with decreasing landfill capacity and density challenges that make siting new solid waste facilities exceedingly difficult. This EBC Solid Waste Management Webinar will focus on the current capacity and operations issues in the region and present three potential sources of innovation that may provide a path to achieve more sustainable industry-wide practices and programs.

The program will open with George Aronson, Principal at the Commonwealth Resource Management Corporation, providing a review of regional achievements in solid waste management over the last 30 years, with a particular focus on the extent to which Massachusetts met the goals of its first Solid Waste Master Plan from 1990.

Then Steve Changaris, Regional Vice President of the National Waste & Recycling Association, will provide a review of the existing solid waste assets in New England with an assessment of system successes and vulnerabilities.

After setting the context of the current solid waste infrastructure, the program will include presentations on three potential sources of innovation and structural change that may provide a way forward to achieve better waste management in New England.

The presentations will include:

  • Luis de la Parte, from the Sacyr Group, will provide European waste treatment success examples that could be replicated in the New England market.
  • Jessica Dominguez, from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will discuss new ways to partner with local community development efforts to realize improvements in solid waste operations that may reveal untapped local resources and synergies to fuel solutions to perennial solid waste challenges.
  • Wilbert Yang, from Tetra Tech, will review industry responses to increasingly stringent GHG regulations in California that are already bringing about significant improvements in solid waste processing and technology which may present attractive solutions as the New England may impose similarly GHG requirements.

A robust panel discussion with the audience will conclude the program.

General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (2.5 training contact hours).  Please send an email to EBC staff ([email protected]) following the conclusion of the program to receive a certificate.

Final Agenda – Webinar – Future of Solid Waste Management in New England


Program Chairs:

  • Debra Darby, Manager, Organics Sustainability Solutions, Tetra Tech
  • Peter Durning, Managing Shareholder, Mackie Shea Durning, P.C.

Speaker Agenda:

2020 Hindsight: Re-visiting the 1990 MassDEP Solid Waste Master Plan

  • George Aronson, Principal, Commonwealth Resource Management Corporation

Status of Existing Solid Waste Assets in New England

  • Steve Changaris, Regional Vice President, National Waste and Recycling Association

European Waste Treatment Success Examples and How They Can Be Implemented in New England

  • Luis de la Parte, Project Director, Sacyr Group

Opportunity Zones and Solid Waste: the USEPA Role in Supporting Community Revitalization and Development

  • Jessica Dominguez, Opportunity Zone and Smart Sector Advisor, EPA New England – Region 1

GHG Legislation and the Ramifications on Existing Solid Waste Infrastructure

  • Wilbert Yang, Senior Solid Waste Engineer, Tetra Tech

Attendee List

Scott Alfonse Greater New Bedford Regional Refuse Management District Executive Director
Joseph Bellino MADEP Waste Ban Inspector
David Bodendorf MIRA Sr. Env. Engineer
Jeff Bourdeau State of Vermont, Department of Environmental Conservation Solid Waste
Eugene Brown National Grid senior sustainability specialist
Jackie Caceci Tighe & Bond Project Manager
Ian Cain City of Quincy, MA City Councilor
Jaime Colby NH Department of Environmental Services Permit Engineer
Deb Denfeld Fuss & O’Neill, Inc. Sr. Administrative Assistant
Peter Egan Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority Director of Operations & Environmental Affairs
Eric Fredericksen Murphy Road Recycling Director of Operations
Thomas Gaffey Materials Innovation & Recycling Authority Director of Recycling & Enforcement
William Gay Arrowhead Environmental Partners CEO
Tony Giunta Nobis Group Director of Project Development
Phil Goddard Town of Bourne, MA Manager of Facility Compliance and Technology Development
Richard Golden Fiberight Director
Roger Guzowski Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority (MIRA) Contract and Procurement Manager
Mary B. Hayes Chelmsford Recycling Committee Consultant
Anne Herbst Metropolitan Area Planning Council Senior Environmental Planner
Alison Leary City of Newton City Councilor
Joanne Lupa Massachusetts Electric Company dba National Grid Principal Environmental Scientist
Thomas Mackie Mackie Shea Durning, P.C. Shareholder
Jeff Martirano Barton and Loguidice, D.P.C. Managing Engineer
Steven Poggi Waste Management Area Director of Disposal Operations
Brian Postale Mass DEP Regional Engineer
Jared Rhodes RI Resource Recovery Director of Policy and Programs
Peter Richer Waste Management, Inc. Area Engineering Manager
Michael Roether Weston & Sampson Sr Project Manager
Paul Schmidt CMA Engineers, Inc. Vice President
Ron St. Michel Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc. Senior Project Manager
Jeffery Thelen Tighe & Bond, Inc. Principal Hydrogeologist
Waneta Trabert City of Newton Director of Sustainable Materials Management
Keith Van Scotter Sustane Technologies VP US Development and Operations
THomas Yeransian CommonWealth Resource Management Corporation Principal

PowerPoint Presentations

The available PowerPoint presentations from the EBC Solid Waste Management Webinar: The Future of Solid Waste Management in New England completed on November 12, 2020, can be viewed below.

Presentations – Webinar – Future of Solid Waste Management in New England

Webinar Recording

Registered Attendees

All registered attendees receive the link to the webinar recording five business days after the conclusion of the webinar. If you are a registered attendee and did not receive the webinar recording, please contact the EBC office.

EBC Members

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Non-Members are welcome to register and pay the Non-Member registration rate to receive access to the webinar recording.

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