Invited Session: Resource Management and Waste Diversion

Recycling Business Models that Work (0.5 CEU)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
16:15 – 16:45
Room 318

Moderator: Constance Hornig, Attorney, Constance Hornig Law Offices, California

After three years of investing in recycling collection, sortation and end market development, the Closed Loop Fund will share insights on:

  • The scale of capital needed to maximize recycling and ensure profitability
  • Key bottlenecks holding back recycling profitability
  • Scalable business models
  • The impact and direction of the fund

Following the presentation, participants will be able to determine how to attract the capital you need to grow your recycling program or business and leverage the best practices of successful projects to build a profitable program or business.


Ron Gonen, CEO, Closed Loop Partners, New York

Ron Gonen

Ron Gonen is the co-founder and managing director of Closed Loop Partners, an investment platform that invests in sustainable consumer goods, recycling and the development of the circular economy. Investors include many of the world’s largest consumer goods companies and family offices interested in investments that provide strong financials returns and tangible social impact. Prior to the Closed Loop Fund, Mr. Gonen was the Deputy Commissioner of Sanitation, Recycling and Sustainability, for New York City. He joined NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s administration with the task of rebuilding NYC’s recycling program, managing NYC’s paper, metal, glass, plastic, textile waste, electronic waste organics, as well as public policy and legislation. In 2013, NRDC and Earth Day New York named Mr. Gonen as the Public Official of the Year in New York City. Mr. Gonen has been an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School since 2010. In 2012, he was received the Social Enterprise Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching. From 2004-2010, Mr. Gonen was the co-founder and CEO of RecycleBank. During his tenure as CEO, the company grew from an idea into a company that serviced more than 50 cities and more than one1 million households.