Road to Zero Waste

Zero What? [1 CEU]

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Governor’s 14

Moderator: Tim Flanagan, General Manager, Monterey Regional Waste Management District

Zero Waste means different things to different people and organizations. As we go down the road to zero waste, there are several paths to take, and they don’t necessarily lead to the same place. The term “Zero Waste” is arguably more about defining a vision of a world without waste. This panel discussion will include representatives from communities that are on the road to Zero Waste.


At the Starting Line on the Road to Zero Waste for Bexley, Ohio

The biggest challenge to getting off the starting line on the Road to Zero Waste for a municipality is educating elected officials, gaining acceptance, achieving adequate funding, putting in the time to organize and educate your Green Team, obtaining key data to make commitments and recommendations and critically understand that a city is not a business and operates differently with different motivations. Overall, it is gaining trust with a group of diverse interests, opinions and goals.

Michael Greenberg, President, GT Environmental, Inc.

Michael Greenberg

Michael Greenberg is an environmental planner with 35 years of experience with environmental issues in the state of Ohio. He is president of GT Environmental, Inc. (GT), an environmental consulting firm focused on air, water, brownfields and solid waste management. Mr. Greenberg began his career as an environmental scientist with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency in 1981. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a Master’s degree in city and regional planning. Mr. Greenberg is the Treasurer for the SWANA International Board.

Optimizing Residential Recycling: Moving Beyond Recovery Plateaus

Denver sits on a high plateau, both geographically and in terms of its residential recycling program. Last year, the City and County of Denver, in tandem with The Recycling Partnership, pushed material recovery upward and moved beyond that plateau. How? Solid data and targeted communications. Learn all the details and gain access to their resources in this action-oriented session.

Karen Bandhauer, Strategic Partnerships Lead, The Recycling Partnership

Karen Bandhauer

With a decade of recycling experience, Karen Bandhauer previously worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and as a senior consultant for RRS, where she helped build The Recycling Partnership model. Ms. Bandhauer is a versatile teammate who loves to check off a to-do list, pitching in to support various work across The Partnership.

Courtney Cotton, Recycling Program Manager, City and County of Denver, Colorado

Courtney Cotton

Courtney Cotton is the recycling program manager for the City and County of Denver. Formerly, Ms. Cotton served as the recycling and sustainability manager for the Virginia Department of Corrections and was a senior chemist for the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland. Ms. Cotton has a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and a graduate certificate in environmental science from Towson University.

City of Toronto's Long Term Waste Management Strategy

The adoption of the City of Toronto's Long Term Waste Management Strategy includes an aspirational goal and commitment to achieve zero waste. Guiding principles in the strategy prioritize reduction and reuse, as well as working to introduce ways to further recycle, recover and reinvest resources back into systems through a circular economy approach. This session will provide participants with insider information on the start-up of the City's new Unit for Research, Innovation and a Circular Economy (recently formed as part of the strategy) and what it has planned in 2017 and beyond to support the goal of zero waste.

Charlotte Ueta, Manager, Waste Management Planning, City of Toronto

Charlotte Ueta

Charlotte Ueta led the development of City of Toronto’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy that will serve as the City’s decision making guideline on how to manage its waste for the next 30 to 50 years. She was instrumental in leading an innovative and inclusive process that engaged stakeholders, staff, members of Toronto City Council and the Toronto community. The result is a waste strategy that puts priority on reduction at source, explores innovative solutions to recover resources, and engages communities, researchers, and other sectors to work towards an aspirational zero waste goal and a circular economy approach to waste.