MASSRECYCLE's Mission

MASSRECYCLE is the statewide 501c3 nonprofit coalition of individuals, all 351 municipalities, the recycling industry, and other green organizations dedicated to increaseing recycling and waste reduction in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We are working to empower all citizens in MA to be better recyclers to deal with our waste issues.

The Problem

In MA, we all recycle, but we are not doing it properly. We still spend $160 million of taxpayer money to manage our trash each year. This wastefulness will only get worse as landfill capacity dwindles. In fact, MassDEP projects that in just 4 years, we will be forced to ship 2 million tons of trash out of the state at a great cost to the environment, our wallets and to social equity.

Even more frustrating, more than half of the trash we are sending to landfills can be recovered and turned into something valuable if recycled properly by citizens. It is estimated that more than $150 million in recyclable materials is wastefully buried in landfills annually in MA. For example, based on MassDEP data and a population of over 6.75 million, each MA citizen still throws over 3 recyclable plastic bottles into the trash every day on average. It only takes about two dozen bottles for a manufacturer to capture enough recycled plastic toweave it into a new polar fleece jacket; one such manufacturer is thriving just over the border in NH for example.

The Solution

The solution is to provide ample, consistent opportunity and education for our citizens to recycle properly. MASSRECYCLE is working to empower citizens to recycle better. We partner with key legislators to advocate for practical legislation to increase opportunities to recycle. Our public space recycling bill, supported by the Joint Committee on Environment, has passed the Senate and is quickly moving through the House. We educate through the R3 Conference and R3 Webinars to enable our members to spread BMPs and information about better recycling to their constituencies. And we run innovative special programs like the MBTA Public Space Recycling Pilot Project to drive social and behavior change.

Our Work

Advocate

We partner with legislators at the State House to champion practical recycling legislation. Add your voice to ours and drive change.

Advocate

Educate

We run the annual R3 Conference bringing together over 400 experts and enthusiasts. Plus, we run regular educational R3 Webinars.

Educate

Innovate

We run special programs targeted at addressing pressing issues like the MBTA Project and the Keep Mercury from Rising project.

Innovate

MASSRECYCLE Board of Directors

The MASSRECYCLE Board of Directors is made up of dedicated volunteers representing citizens, municipalities, recycling businesses and other organizations. If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors to help grow MASSRECYCLE, contact us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for eligibility requirements and further information.

Jefferson Smith

Jefferson Smith

President
Citizen
Gretchen Carey

Gretchen Carey

Vice President
Republic Services
Phil Goddard

Phil Goddard

Treasurer
Town of Bourne - ISWM
Michele Bernier

Michele Bernier

Board Member
Town of North Attleborough
Waneta Trabert

Waneta Trabert

At Large
City of Newton
Meg Morris

Meg Morris

Immediate Past President
Covanta Energy
Dave Afonso

Dave Afonso

Board Member
Rehrig Pacific
Jeff Cabral

Jeff Cabral

Board Member
Complete Recycling Solutions
Liza Casella

Liza Casella

Board Member
Casella Recycling
Kalliope Chute

Kalliope Chute

Board Member
Barnstable County
Debra Darby

Debra Darby

Board Member
Organix Solutions
John Fantasia

John Fantasia

Board Member
Re-Stream
Michelle Lee Guiney

Michelle Lee Guiney

Board Member
Waste Management
Tim Lasker

Tim Lasker

Board Member
OPEIU 453
Ed McGrath

Ed McGrath

Board Member
City of Bedford
Gunther Wellenstein

Gunther Wellenstein

Board Member
City of Lowell

MASSRECYCLE Staff

Edward Hsieh
Executive Director

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Executive Director Edward Hsieh brings over a decade of nonprofit leadership to MASSRECYCLE. He excels at advocacy and innovative program development. Prior to MASSRECYCLE, he led the development of the first new public park in Brookline in decades. He also held positions working on alternative dispute resolution at the US EPA and working on anthrax management at the USPS. Edward has an Environmental Science and Public Policy AB from Harvard University.

2016 MASSRECYCLE Elections

The 2016 MASSRECYCLE Elections are currently live. Vote today for your representatives to serve on the Board of Directors to ensure that your voice is heard. Directors serve for two year terms. The current election cycle closes October 31st, 12 midnight.

Returning Board Members (serving 2nd year)

  • Gretchen Carey, Republic Services
  • Meg Morris, Covanta Energy
  • John Fantasia, Re-Stream
  • Terry Grady, Republic Services
  • Michelle Lee Guiney, Waste Management
  • Ben Harvey, EL Harvey & Sons
  • Zoe Neale, Mass Organics

Renewing Board Members (up for re-election)

  • Dave Afonso, Rehrig Pacific
  • Jeff Cabral, consultant at CRS & NCS
  • Elizabeth Casella, Casella Recycling
  • Phil Goddard, Town of Bourne ISWM
  • Ed McGrath, Town of Bedford
  • Jefferson Smith, citizen
  • Gunther Wellenstein, City of Lowell

New Board Candidates - Bios

Michele Bernier, Town of North Attleboro
After 15 years of benefiting from the knowledge and industry of the DEP Municipal Assistance Coordinators and MASSRECYCLE, Michele believes it is her turn to put her oar in the water and assist in the work of MASSRECYCLE. Specifically, she has been energized by the concept of passing extended producer responsibility legislation at the state and/or federal level to help deal appropriately with the final disposition of an ever changing list of materials resulting from a consumerism-based economy fueling a constant disposal stream. Michele has had a varied work experience (educator, paralegal, business manager) prior to her current position at North Attleboro and believes she can bring both knowledge and skills from each of these areas to assist in the continued good work of MASSRECYCLE.
Debra Darby, Organix Solutions
Debra's first involvement with recycling grew as an outreach of her tenure at Metabolix, a company focused on the development of bio-based, compostable and biodegradable polymers made from non-petroleum sources. The extraordinary applicability of these polymers to provide a compostable material that mimics the utility of traditional plastic, while being entirely compostable in industrial compost facilities, was her introduction to the field of organic materials recycling. She has served as a board member for the US Composting Council, executive leader with the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC, a project of GreenBlue) and presented at conferences including BioCycle and Waste Expo. She recently completed her Masters of Science degree for which the capstone project was a pilot organics diversion program with the Army Natick Labs. In her current role as a program and marketing director with Organix Solutions, she is engaged in providing consulting and best practices solutions to municipalities, government agencies and commercial entities seeking to implement organics diversion and increase recycling.
Waneta Trabert, City of Newton
Waneta would like to serve on the Board of Directors to advance sustainable materials management in Massachusetts. As she currently works for the City of Newton, she wants to be a voice for local governments within MASSRECYCLE. Her experience working for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Product Stewardship Institute is timely for many issues facing local governments and other materials management stakeholders in Massachusetts. Advancing policies that benefit local governments, particularly extended producer responsibility legislation, is one of her primary goals. Management of consumer electronics and post-consumer packaging, especially within extended producer responsibility systems, are her areas of interest and expertise. While there have been bills introduced for 14 years with little movement, Waneta believes the time is ripe to develop an updated e-waste bill based on the most successful electronics EPR systems in the US (Washington, Oregon, and Vermont), present data on the success of those programs, garner support among key stakeholders, and have Massachusetts become the 24th state with an electronics EPR law.
Tess Anais Zinnes, Product Stewardship Institute
Tess's primary reason to serve on MASSRECYCLE's Board is the same reason she came to work at the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI): she is passionate about minimizing waste through policy. At PSI, Tess is the technical lead on paint and fluorescent lamps, and she coordinates the Massachusetts, Nebraska, and Connecticut product stewardship councils (PSCs). These PSCs provide a platform for state and local governments to minimize post-consumer waste, and coordinating these groups has taught her about waste management across dozens of product areas in diverse political settings. She hopes to leverage her role at PSI to help support MASSRECYCLE's mission, especially via the newly formed MASSPSC. By contributing her development, public policy, and environmental experience in business and non-profit, she can help MASSRECYCLE expand recycling solutions and reduce waste across Massachusetts.
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2016 MASSPSC Officer Slate

Starting this year, the MASSPSC Officer Slate will be announced as part of the MASSRECYCLE Board Elections process. Please read the important notice below and review the proposed Officer Slate.

Proposed Slate of 2016 MASSPSC Officers

  • Michele Bernier, Town of North Attleboro
  • Phil Goddard, Town of Bourne ISWM
  • Ed McGrath, Town of Bedford
  • Meg Morris, Covanta Energy
  • Waneta Trabert, City of Newton
  • Gunther Wellenstein, City of Lowell
  • Tess Anais Zinnes, Product Stewardship Institute
If you have any questions about MASSPSC or are interested in being a future Officer of MASSPSC, contact MASSRECYCLE staff to discuss candidacy requirements.

Member Notice about MASSPSC

This September, the MASSRECYCLE Board of Directors voted to adopt the Massachusetts Product Stewardship Council (MASSPSC) as a program of MASSRECYCLE. Developed as a joint initiative with the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), MASSPSC will advocate for and pursue product stewardship solutions to materials management challenges faced in the Commonwealth. These solutions seek to minimize the environmental, social, and public health impacts of waste while saving money for governments and taxpayers and providing incentives to manufacturers to design products that are more easily recycled and reused, less toxic, and less harmful to public safety and the environment. MASSPSC, under the leadership of MASSRECYCLE and PSI, will launch this joint effort by driving support for a MA paint stewardship bill during the January 2017 legislative session. If passed, this law would require paint manufacturers to finance and manage the proper disposal of paint in the state, providing up to $12 million in financial benefits to Massachusetts municipalities annually. The MASSPSC will also work on other product priorities as directed by the group.
Officer Appointments
MASSPSC will be governed by seven Officers, appointed by the MASSRECYCLE Board of Directors, who will provide fiscal and programmatic oversight for MASSPSC. Starting this year, candidates for the MASSRECYCLE Board of Directors will identify their intent to serve as a MASSPSC Officer, which they will list on the ballot. After the elections, the newly elected MASSRECYCLE Board of Directors will vote to appoint Officers to the MASSPSC based on the interests of the MASSPSC program. Once appointed, the MASSPSC Officers will work to launch the program and develop a membership structure, so stay tuned for details on how to become part of this effort.

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Thanks to our Sustaining Members who make our programs possible year round
Circle of Excellence
Covanta Energy EL Harvey MassDEP Republic Services Waste Management
Circle of Commitment
BayState Textiles Town of Bourne Casella Recycling Coca Cola Coca Cola Northern New England
Glass Packaging Institute City of Lowell City of Newton NorthEast Waste Systems Organix Solutions
Pepsi Co. Rehrig Pacific SWANA UTEC WasteZero
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MASSRECYCLE is the statewide 501c3 nonprofit coalition of individuals, all 351 municipalities, recycling businesses, and other organizations dedicated to increasing recycling and waste reduction in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.