Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
Southern Idaho Solid Waste
From 2014-17, Bartlome pioneered the first landfill gas-to-energy project at Southern Idaho Solid Waste. That $7.8 million facility opened in June 2018, and when it’s up to full power, it will produce enough energy to power 2,000 homes.
Read more about Bartlome here.
Waste Reduction and Recycling Specialist
Working as a solid waste and recycling expert for hundreds of municipalities at ReCollect, Bray has a direct impact on the reduction of contamination and solid waste across North America. One of her biggest accomplishments has been her lifelong dedication to waste reduction and environmental sustainability.
Read more about Bray here.
Meghan R. Butler
Director, Corporate Development
Butler’s determination has helped her climb the ranks at Recology. Now serving as the youngest director in the company’s history, she is responsible for executing new business opportunities, including acquisitions and requests for proposals. She also leads Recology’s innovation initiatives.
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At ReFED, Cochran has built out a network of 200-plus food business leaders, policymakers, funders, innovators and capital providers. He also helped implement the ReFED Roadmap by driving adoption of priority food waste solutions, scaling adoption of standardized date labeling, launching a spoilage prevention packaging initiative, planning a food recovery innovation initiative and creating partnerships with Kroger, Blue Apron, Compass and Wells Fargo.
Daniel M. Dodd
Chief Technology Officer
At Sierra Energy, Dodd managed the development of a novel technology (FastOx gasification) from a basic patented concept through to commercialization. In addition, he has served as the lead technical author for grant and contract proposals and has successfully procured $19 million in grants and contracts.
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Maryland Environmental Service
Throughout her recycling career, Filiaggi has progressed from an education and outreach specialist to the manager of recycling at Maryland Environmental Service, where she oversees new business development, commodity marketing, compost marketing and multiple statewide recycling programs.
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Chief Operating Officer
Medical Waste Management, Inc.
Grillo worked his way up from a driver and router to COO of Medical Waste Management. Throughout his career, he has helped secure several major partnerships with healthcare systems in Louisiana, taken on national cleanups and projects in the medical waste industry and helped grow the company to a much higher and larger scale.
Read more about Grillo here.
Manager Corporate Venturing, Technology Scouting
Hallenbeck is referred to as Waste Management’s go-to resource and subject matter expert for insight and analysis of emerging and nextgeneration waste processing technologies. His expertise was tapped for the National Waste & Recycling Association’s and the Solid Waste Association of North America’s joint document “Effective Responses to Emerging Waste Management Technology Proposals,” and he is one of the authors of Waste Management’s “Spectrum” model.
Read more about Hallenbeck here.
Senior Director of National Accounts
RiverRoad Waste Solutions, Inc./Rubicon Global
Hitt has taken a “build-and-execute” approach to help RiverRoad achieve a 97 percent customer retention rate. Additionally, she has been instrumental in growing the company’s hauler network, creating new lines of business in the commercial industry, developing a mail-back recycling program and implementing customer-focused upgrades for the company’s client portal, myRoad 3.0.
Read more about Hitt here.
John F. Howard III
Dekalb County Sanitation
Howard has helped Dekalb County Sanitation’s special collections unit streamline operations. Through his efforts, the unit and customer service team closed out 20,000 outstanding requests and established a service level agreement of within 10 business days for special collection requests and bulky items requests.
Read more about Howard here.
Area Safety Director
Waste Management, Northern California-Nevada
Hummel oversees the safety of more than 2,000 employees. She is responsible for ensuring the Northern California-Nevada area is compliant with all national, state and company safety regulations and for creating a multifaceted safety program to prevent injuries and accidents.
Read more about Hummel here.
Area Vice President, Eastern Canada
Johnson is a fourth-generation garbage man who began his career in the industry at his family’s business, which was later acquired by Waste Management. Johnson is now the youngest area vice president in the company’s history, and in that role, he leads a team that manages operations, safety, sales, acquisitions, landfills, environmental compliance and labor relations in two complex and different provinces where there are two official languages.
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Director of Research and Waste Stream Sustainability
Combining science, program development and communication, Kinder has worked her way through education and outreach to communities and consumers. She has built successful behavior-change programs, consulted multisite Fortune 500 businesses on zero waste and driven product strategy for waste consulting to eventually become a leading voice on circular economy.
Read more about Kinder here.
Director, Vendor Relations
As Enevo expanded its services, growing from a tech company into a service provider, Knowles led the charge, creating more than 100 independent hauler partnerships across the nation and expanding Enevo’s pricing tool. Additionally, he has helped haulers incorporate sensor technology and advanced routing collection software into their operations.
Divisional Vice President
Waste Pro USA
Lockwood began his career at Waste Pro as a financial analyst, and in that role, he assisted the team in reorganizing the company’s capital structure, which led to a recapitalization deal in 2014. He then joined Waste Pro’s Management Development Program and eventually worked his way up to become Waste Pro’s youngest divisional vice president.
Read more about Lockwood here.
Materials Recovery Facility Manager
Lopez has helped GreenWaste Recovery’s materials recovery facility (MRF) increase processing and diversion. In 2008, GreenWaste was processing about 22 tons per hour for single stream and 26 tons per hour for municipal solid waste. In 2015, Ricardo added a carpet recycling division, and now, in 2019, the GreenWaste MRF processes about 50 tons per hour for single stream and 90 tons per hour for municipal solid waste.
Read more about Lopez here.
Zero Waste Supervisor
Castro Valley Sanitary District
Lue has been instrumental in transforming the zero waste department’s strategies, operations, sustainability, financial management, customer service, print and web communications and organics and recycling programs for single and multifamily residents, commercial businesses and schools. She also conceptualized and managed a study to pilot less-than-weekly garbage collection.
Read more about Lue here.
Vice President of Sales, North America
Big Truck Rental
Martin spent his career on the supplier side of the industry but has invested significant effort in developing an understanding of his customer base. Additionally, he has helped grow the Future Industry Leaders Alliance (the young professionals group of the National Waste & Recycling Association) into an intensive, well-respected leadership training program.
Read more about Martin here.
Director of Land Management Services
Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County
Mayer oversees day-to-day landfill operations for municipal solid waste, ash and construction landfill cells as well as SWA’s closed landfills. He also spearheaded the development of the Solid Waste Association of North America’s International Solid Waste Design competition, a student team competition to solve real-world problems faced by solid waste professionals.
Read more about Mayer here.
Eastern Region Controller
McDonald has worked at Waste Connections for 15 years, building up his experience as a controller. He has moved five times within his career at Waste Connections to help and serve those in need, and he has won the company’s Controller of the Year award twice.
Read more about McDonald here.
Government Affairs Manager
Mejia assisted Athens Services with launching its recycLA commercial waste franchise zone through customer education and outreach. As government affairs liaison, Mejia supports city staff and is a bridge between customers and Athens’ operations team. In addition to her role at Athens, she is the founder of Prom Dresses to Give, which collects and upcycles formal dresses from residents across Los Angeles.
Read more about Mejia here.
Chief Operating Officer
The Recycling Partnership
Meyers has led The Recycling Partnership’s work with its funding partners, educating corporate America on the critical role in supporting community recycling programs. In addition, he has grown The Partnership’s dedication to providing accurate information, developing and following strong business practices and maintaining a powerful return on investment.
Read more about Meyers here.
Jennifer Wells Milner
State Recycling Coordinator
Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
Wells Milner is devoted to improving recycling in Mississippi via efforts such as making recycling program information easily accessible to the public through the department’s website recycling directory, working with state educators on a new school curriculum to teach youth about recycling and leading the launch of a statewide electronic recycling reporting system that will provide local governments with tools to improve their programs.
Read more about Wells Milner here.
James R. Mitchener
In addition to leading Waste Industries’ digitally focused revenue generation strategy, Mitchener has helped the company create best-inclass internet tools and develop an internal nonprofit called The Full Circle Project, which enables funds from customers’ monthly trash collection bills to go toward any charity they choose.
Read more about Mitchener here.
Senior Director Operations, Healthcare
Covanta Environmental Solutions
Moran has been instrumental in helping Covanta set up a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration sanctioned drug take-back program for the purpose of safe handling and destruction of expired and/or unused pharmaceuticals and controlled drugs. He also helped create Covanta’s subsidiary, Covanta Environmental Solutions, through the acquisition of 10 companies.
Read more about Moran here.
City of Austin, Austin Resource Recovery
Morgan spearheaded the first-ever communitywide effort to divert material from off-campus student housing in Austin to local reuse organizations, diverting more than 124,000 pounds of material and bringing about $135,000 to the local economy. She also launched a Zero Waste Professional Certificate Program and revamped the city’s Zero Waste Business Rebate.
Read more about Morgan here.
Jake Pack Jr.
WCA Waste Corporation
Pack is one of WCA’s youngest district managers, and his division has had the best safety record at the company for three years running. He has also led various initiatives in the company in the areas of customer service, revenue diversification, employee onboarding and mergers and acquisitions.
Read more about Pack here.
Recycling Representative, Specialist in Food Recovery and Organics Diversion Programs
With the passing of AB 1826 and SB 1383, Ragland took the mandates and pioneered the food recovery and organics diversion programs. She teamed with food banks, partner agencies and others to fulfill these new mandates and ensure food that would have gone to landfill is redistributed for its highest and best use.
Read more about Ragland here.
Government Affairs Representative
Best Way Disposal
In addition to monitoring policies and objectives at the local and state level for Best Way Disposal, Raverty-Evans is involved with industry issues at the national level. She assisted with leading the passage of two significant bills—HB 144 and HB 119—that aim to improve the safety of industry workers.
Read more about Raverty-Evans here.
Retamal has helped Wastequip rethink the status quo and adopt new, innovative approaches to how the company does business, manufactures and delivers products and meets and exceeds the expectations of customers while keeping costs in check. In addition, he partners with senior leadership to identify areas of operational improvement within each business unit, implement programs and establish key performance indicators to track efficiency gains and cost savings.
Read more about Retamal here.
Solid Waste Engineering Manager
Lee County Public Utilities
Rodriguez is setting the course for the future of Lee County Public Utilities with cost-effective, long-term solutions. As a consultant, she supported the Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority (SWA) with the construction and commissioning of SWA’s Renewable Energy Facility 2, and in 2017, she took over operations of Lee County’s landfill to help restore operations following Hurricane Irma.
Read more about Rodriguez here.
East Area President
Rumpke Waste & Recycling
Since 2007, Rumpke and his team have overseen 25 acquisitions of other haulers, landfills and recycling operations. In 2009, Rumpke oversaw the largest acquisition in the company’s history, establishing the company as a service provider in Northeast Ohio. Recently, he helped the company win its largest municipal contract and partnered with Columbus, Ohio, to start the first citywide curbside recycling program.
Read more about Rumpke here.
Michelle A. Salas
Lady Green Miami Recycling Co.
Through her dedication, effective education methods and customized recycling programs, Salas has helped the Miami area reduce waste, increase recycling efforts and lower contamination rates. Growing upon Lady Green, Salas recently launched a sister company called Green Cleaning Services, and she is soon publishing a children’s book that aims to teach young children the importance of recycling and protecting the planet.
Read more about Salas here.
Strategic Communications Advisor
Harvest Energy Holdings, LLC
In addition to her work at Harvest Energy Holdings, Sorensen taught composting to rural farmers for three years for $4 per day and set up a neighborhood composting station for her block before her city offered residential organics collection. She is currently getting her commercial driver’s license to better understand the safety needs of haulers.
Read more about Sorensen here.
District Manager, State of Wisconsin
Advanced Disposal Services
Stoeckigt has helped Advanced Disposal Services implement automated collection to improve safety and reduce the potential of employee injuries. He also has taken the initiative and risk to expand the service offerings in his market beyond traditional recycling materials.
Read more about Stoeckigt here.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Szaky is dedicated to recycling hard-to-recycle materials and turning them into raw material that can be used in new products. He also is focused on solving waste at the root cause (disposability) through ventures like Loop, a first-of-its-kind shopping system that aims to change the world’s reliance on single-use packaging.
Read more about Szaky here.
National Accounts Manager
Mack Trucks, Inc.
Timmerman boasts extensive experience in the concrete pumper, concrete mixer and refuse industries, making him a well-versed addition to the Mack family. Before joining Mack, he worked for McNeilus as a sales representative and a product manager and for Oshkosh Truck Corporation as a commercial chassis manager.
Read more about Timmerman here.
Senior Project Manager and Vice President
Viswanathan helps landfill and solid waste operations move efficiently into cleaner, more environmentally friendly operations that provide more value in urban areas and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. She also helps companies transition to meet the new California legislation SB 1383 to increase reuse, composting and reduced carbon emissions.
Read more about Viswanathan here.
Winters Bros. Waste Systems
Winters was born into the industry, working alongside his father and uncles to grow Winters Bros. Throughout his career, Winters has managed special projects, grown the business via his sales efforts and helped design and construct a new building in West Babylon, N.Y., which will be the new container repair shop equipped with a special work area for students with autism to help repair and paint containers.
Read more about Winters here.
Catherine (Kate) Wolff
Wolff has been with CJD E-Cycling since its inception as a small business startup, working to change the way Southern Illinois and St. Louis recycle their electronics. She has been diligently working toward several certifications to lift CJD’s recycling facility to the highest level, and she is continuously putting the idea of e-waste recycling on everyone’s radar.
Read more about Wolff here.
Waste360 Innovator Award Recipient: Dr. Matanya Benasher Horowitz
Chief Executive Officer
AMP Robotics Corporation
Horowitz launched AMP Robotics to change the economics and efficiency of material recovery and recycling via artificial intelligence and robotics. He designed, built and installed the first robot for sorting recyclable commodities in a materials recovery facility. He is now building upon AMP’s success by installing robotics in other facilities in the U.S.
Read more about Horowitz here.