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EBC / SWANA / NWRA / MassRecycle Seventh Annual “Talking Trash” Conference in Southern New England

March 4, 2020 @ 7:15 am – 12:00 pm
Sheraton Hotel - Grand Ballroom
1657 Worcester Road

Join EBC’s Annual “Talking Trash” Conference in Southern New England to hear from industry stakeholders from across the region. According to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s recently commissioned waste and recycling capacity study, by the year 2027, in-state landfill capacity will effectively be eliminated in Massachusetts. For this Seventh Annual Conference the discussion will focus on how the industry can be prepared to meet the challenge of declining landfill capacity and the implications for residents and businesses.

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Industry speakers will also discuss new facility development, waste reduction programs, challenges facing recycling, and waste exportation.

The Conference will conclude with a robust panel discussion providing ample opportunity for questions and discussion among the presenters and conference attendees.

Attend this annual “Talking Trash” Conference and gain insight into the future of the waste management industry in Southern New England.

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.

Thank you to our PLATINUM Sponsors

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Thank you to our Bronze Sponsors


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Conference Agenda

Conference Chair:

  • David Murphy, P.E., Chair, EBC Solid Waste Management Committee; Vice President, Tighe & Bond

Speaker Agenda:

Status of MIRA’s Hartford Waste-to-Energy Project

  • Peter Egan, Director of Operations & Environmental Affairs, Materials Innovation & Recycling Authority, State of Connecticut

Updates from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

  • John Fischer, Branch Chief, Commercial Waste Reduction and Waste Planning, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

Market Trends and the Benefits of Waste to Energy

  • James Belden, Area Asset Manager, Covanta

Solid Waste Management in South Central New England; A Looming Crisis?

  • Steve Poggi, Area Director, Disposal Operations, Waste Management

Challenges Facing Recycling  

  • Chris Lucarelle, Recycling Director, Waste Management

Update on WTE and Rail Haul

  • John Farese, Marketing Manager for MA & NH, Wheelabrator

Additional speakers to be announced shortly.

Panel Discussion

Panel Moderator: Thomas Mackie, Shareholder, Mackie, Shea Durning, P.C.


  • James Belden, Covanta
  • Ken Connolly, Commonwealth Waste Transportation, LLC
  • John Farese, Wheelabrator
  • Toni King, Casella
  • Steve Poggi, Waste Management

Conference Details

Registration, Continental Breakfast: 7:15 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Program: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Google Map Location

Individual Registration

If registration occurs  ——–> Through February 26 After February 26
EBC Member: $125 $150
SWANA Member: $125 $150
NWRA Member: $125 $150
MassRecycle Member: $125 $150
Non-Member: $175 $200
Government/Non-Profit: $50 $50

Group Registration
For EBC Members only – register five attendees for the price of four!
Discount will automatically be applied during online registration.

Fine Print
Cancellations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26 for a refund. No-shows will be charged. Please keep in mind that online registration for this program will close at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3. Walk-in registration is accepted at the door.


Subsidized Registration

EBC Members Only – Ascending Professional Rate: $25
Attendees who have worked in the environmental/energy sector for less than 10 years.

Job Seeker Rate: $25
For attendees currently seeking employment, not for those currently self-employed.

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