Road to Zero Waste

Reduce and Reuse in the Waste Management Hierarchy [1 CEU]

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Governor’s 14

Moderator: Ramona Simpson, MPA, Environmental Programs Supervisor, Town of Queen Creek, Arizona

Three leaders of the “reuse” movement talk about how to emphasize new life for things before recycling is the next best option.

What is “repurposedMaterials”?

It’s been described as the thrift store for industrial equipment, giving a second life to all kinds of unusual things in fresh and creative ways. Have fun with the game show “How Can It Be ‘repurposed’?”.

NOTE: Sign up to tour the Denver location on Monday morning!


Damon Carson, Owner and Founder, repurposedMATERIALS

Damon Carson

Damon Carson is the owner and founder of repurposedMATERIALS. With yards in Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas and Philadelphia, his company has a very unique business model focused on “repurposing” waste and obsolete materials from corporate America. repurposedMATERIALS is actually Mr. Carson’s second foray into the waste stream of America, albeit with a very different and unique business model. Several years back, he sold a garbage company that he had co-owned in the Colorado ski resorts of Vail and Breckenridge to Waste Management.

Restoring Reduce and Reuse to the Top of the Waste Reduction Hierarchy

Learn about policy and programmatic strategies, research findings and applications of sustainable materials management (SMM) principles. Bring your questions and concerns as we identify practical action steps to emphasize reduce and reuse at the top of the waste management hierarchy.

Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the connection of SMM to the 3Rs through practical implementation
  • Be able to prevent food waste in their community
  • Be able to support refillables and organize fix-it clinics it their communities


Marjorie Griek, Principal, Pearl Consulting

Marjorie Griek

Marjorie Griek is the former Executive Director of the Colorado Association for Recycling and is now the part-time Executive Director of the National Recycling Coalition and an independent consultant. Her background covers all aspects of solid waste materials management including pollution prevention, recycling, composting, reuse, sustainable purchasing, markets development and policy work. Ms. Griek has consulted nationally and internationally but it's her expertise in reuse that is legend—she will spend hours shopping in second-hand and thrift stores, visiting them every chance she gets and being thrilled by the multitude of treasures to be found there.

How to Build Your Next Facility: A Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials

Nearly 15 percent of our waste stream is hard-to-recycle (HTR) materials, such as electronics, mattresses and bulky plastics that require special handling or are labor-intensive to recycle. We will discuss the infrastructure and partnerships needed to expand recycling opportunities for these materials in your community, and the significant diversion benefits and job creation opportunities that result.

Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Develop a conceptual model for a CHaRM in their community
  • Identify potential partners in their community to collect and process hard-to-recycle materials
  • Share working models of companies creating jobs and increasing diversion through hard to recycle materials


Dan Matsch, CHaRM Director, Eco Cycle

Dan Matsch

Dan Matsch has served as manager of Eco-Cycle’s Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials (CHaRM) since 2001. Mr. Matsch also manages Eco-Cycle’s Compost Department and has significant experience in organic farming and composting. Mr. Matsch’s recycling career began with another non-profit recycling company, Recycle Ann Arbor, where he was responsible for setting up one of the first commercial recycling programs in the country in the early 1980s. He also served on Eco-Cycle’s Board of Directors from 1995 to 2001. Due to his extensive experience in the industry, Mr. Matsch helps oversee operational aspects of Eco-Cycle’s contract for the Boulder County Recycling Center.