Vice President of Client Services
Aardsma’s passion for sustainability services within the waste industry and his drive for process improvements have been critical for the development of Enevo’s waste and recycling analytics solution.
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be Waste Wise
Annepu helped create a nonprofit that has reached more than 57,000 people worldwide and brought 140 experts, leaders and artists together to explore solutions for improving waste and recycling processes globally.
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Armen’s Replenysh system takes a novel approach to boosting recycling in Orange County, Calif. Through an online platform, users can arrange to get their recyclables picked up in exchange for cash.
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Texas Pride Disposal
After a stint at WCA Waste Corp., Atkinson helped found a new firm. In less than four years, Atkinson has grown the company's annual run rate revenues from $250,000 to more than $9 million.
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Growing from the ground up, Bray has built a company that now employs 135 people servicing 54 municipalities representing more than 50,000 customers. That includes permitting and operating a new landfill that has capacity to last more than 100 years.
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Casella Waste Systems
Casella joined the company founded by his family in the mid-70s and has since risen through the ranks to become a market area manager of one of the company’s largest territories.
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Solid Waste Project Engineer
Classen has played a productive role aiding clients at HDR while also working to be a leader more broadly in the solid waste industry in the state of Iowa. He has implemented efficient compliance monitoring concepts for clients that have saved their agencies thousands of dollars.
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Resource Recycling Systems
Coddington made a mark leading the 2015-16 Centralized Study on Availability of Recycling conducted for the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. Now, she is currently managing the Materials Recovery for the Future project, a collaborative research initiative to find recovery pathways for formats such as flexible plastic packaging.
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Founder & CEO
When Cohen noticed local donation centers were getting too full and turning away furniture in good condition, he came up with the idea for Second Chance. Through Second Chance, he has kept materials out of the landfill and gotten them into the homes of those who otherwise would not have been able to afford them.
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James Contreras Jr.
RJ Waste & Recovery
Contreras’ contributions to the industry include giving back, with a focus on cancer awareness. He’s also been forward-thinking in the business and has partnered with startup Rubicon Global to extend his firm’s reach.
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El Paso Community College
As a student, Cordero started a pilot recycling project that blossomed and turned into a full-fledged program at the school. Upon graduation, Cordero was hired by the college to oversee operations, including monitoring disposal of chemical and biohazardous waste.
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Process Improvement Manager
Davenport was port of a team that launched an award-winning MRF that currently runs at 95 percent uptime, 60 tons per hour on two lines with mixed waste and has a 98 percent recovery rate. He’s also designed various reports to help Athens improve processes and conduct waste characterization studies.
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Salt Lake City Waste & Recycling Division
Waste & Recycling Permits Coordinator
Davis has worked to help design and implement the majority of Salt Lake City’s waste diversion initiatives. He is now helping the city move to zero waste in 2040.
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Environmental Solutions Group
Davis has forged a successful career at ESG helping fine tune the firm’s products as well as processes, such as improving on-hand inventory and reducing delivery times across ESG’s locations. He has also initiated an automated arm rebuild program that was one of the first in the industry.
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WCA Waste Corp.
Dominguez was the youngest regional maintenance manager at WCA and recently made the jump to fleet director. He joined the firm as a mechanic and has rapidly worked his way up the ranks, making a name for himself at the company in the process.
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Green For Life Environmental
President & CEO
After starting in the public sector, where she helped develop, coordinate, monitor and implement waste reduction and recycling programs and worked as a landfill site supervisor, English moved on to ReCollect, where she’s working as a solid waste and recycling expert for hundreds of municipalities.
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Fairley works on recycling and environmental education, public outreach and community relations. She has also taken the lead on the Wildlife Habitat Certification program for the South Atlantic area and has helped recertify several Waste Management sites for the program.
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Since inception in 2009, Budget Dumpster has seen double-digit revenue growth every year of existence. Fenn has constructed the firm to cater to first-time dumpster renters and do-it-yourselfers.
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The Leavitt Group
Risk Management Professional
For years, no insurance companies had answers to the complex needs of the e-waste industry. Fields developed a business plan to offer risk management services to industry.
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Water Utilities Department, City of Oceanside, Calif.
Senior Management Analyst, Solid Waste & Recycling
Foster helped make the Oceanside School District one of the first zero waste school districts in the nation. She also developed and implemented the Oceanside Zero Waste Strategic Plan that set a community goal of a recycling rate of 75 percent to 90 percent. She is also this year’s president of the California Resource and Recovery Association.
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CEO & Co-Founder
Gates’ company is on the cutting edge of waste and recycling technology. Its WasteOS is a dynamic routing system and its sensors track the fullness of front-load and roll-off containers.
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Director of Sustainability
Gookin oversees the growth and development at this construction and demolition recycling company. She’s helped the company grow from handling 32,000 tons per year to 150,000 tons annually and from a fleet of one truck to 10 trucks.
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Habets has served as the general manager of four different branches since joining Waste Industries. He’s gained a reputation for always going to locations in need and then building teams that can turn things around.
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Humphrey plays a critical role within Republic Services, traveling around the country implementing new IT programs and heading up trainings for key leadership fundamental classes.
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The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo
Director of Sustainability
Jampani oversees the sustainability program for some of the world’s largest integrated resorts and convention centers in Las Vegas. One of his primary responsibilities is to implement waste reduction and recycling projects at the properties.
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City of Minneapolis Division of Solid Waste and Recycling
Kish was part of a team that established Minnesota's first co-collected, source-separated organics composting collection program and the first source-separated organics recycling demonstration project.
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Kombouras has been instrumental in guiding Alkemy as it developed a process to effectively and safely recycle industrial waste in a commercial scale operation.
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Recycle Track Systems
Lettieri’s firm is attempting to innovate waste and recycling management through the use of real-time technologies and data analytics. In 18 months, he has helped grow the company to $9 million in revenues with more than 250 clients.
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Executive Vice President Sales Engineering
Marcouiller has worked his way up the ranks at Machinex, taking part in several major recycling installations across the country. That included being the project director for a project in Cincinnati for Rumpke on a 60 tph residential and commercial MRF.
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Volvo Construction Equipment NA
Director of Key Accounts Waste & Recycling
Mattson has more than 15 years of experience within the heavy equipment industry, working in various roles for Volvo. Now, he focuses on the waste and recycling segment, where he helps develop Volvo’s purpose-built machines for the industry.
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Waste Pro of Louisiana, Waste Pro USA
City of Toronto
General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services
McKay has worked on both the public and private sides of the waste and recycling industry. Now, he heads up the largest municipal waste management organization in Canada and has taken it in innovative directions.
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Project Development Manager
Schofield played a crucial role as one of the lead engineers on the world’s first commercial plant to transform non-recyclable household waste into green liquid transportation fuels and chemicals in Edmonton, Canada.
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Meridian Waste Solutions
Director of Business Operations & Systems
After leaving Advanced Disposal Services, Holley founded Three Bridge Partners and provided some broker services to construction clients. She consulted with Meridian Waste Services on its technology needs.
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Sim is one of SCS’ liquids management national experts, a strategic part of many of SCS’ landfill gas solutions, and the youngest member of the company’s Strategic Initiatives Committee.
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WCA Waste Corp.
Vice President of Operations
Spencer has been integral in developing and executing a consistent operational strategy across WCA’s footprint and has been instrumental in spreading the firm’s customer-first and safety culture.
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ReFed, Interim Director; MissionPoint Partners, Principal
Vared led the development and launch of ReFED's A Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste by 20 Percent. ReFED's Roadmap has become an industry standard for data on strategies for preventing, recovering and recycling wasted food.
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Founder & President
Winfield has grown Simple Recycling to provide free curbside recycling of clothing, shoes and home goods to more than 4 million residents in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Texas.
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Yafrate has focused his career on the design and operational aspects of solid waste landfills, including the use of mechanically stabilized earth berms to enhance disposal capacity.
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