Meet Our Dedicated Leadership Team

GRETCHEN CAREY
GRETCHEN CAREYPresident
Gretchen has worked in the environmental field for over a decade as a volunteer, municipal recycling coordinator, and now the Republic Services Recycling and Organics Coordinator for Massachusetts. Gretchen provides training and education on recycling for both municipalities and commercial customers while helping to build the organics infrastructure for New England. In addition to her leadership of MassRecycle, Gretchen is a LEED Green Associate, a Zero Waste TRUE Advisor, and a member of the Environmental Business Council Solid Waste Management Leadership Committee.
WANETA TRABERT
WANETA TRABERTVice President
Waneta is the Director of Sustainable Materials Management for the City of Newton. Through her experience in electronics, EPR, and managing packaging waste for both the Wisconsin DNR and the Product Stewardship Institute, Waneta was a perfect fit as an officer of the MassRecycle Product Stewardship Council. She also managed hazardous waste at McMurdo Station, Antarctica during the 2014-2015 austral summer season.
PHIL GODDARD
PHIL GODDARDTreasurer
Phil Goddard currently holds the position of Manager of Facility Compliance and Technology Development at the Town of Bourne, Department of Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM) where he has worked for the Town for 19 years involved in project development, permitting and safety. In addition, he is the Treasurer of MassRecycle, Chairman of the Massachusetts Product Stewardship Council, and the President of the Southern New England Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA.)
DEBRA DARBY
DEBRA DARBYSecretary
Debra is marketing director for Organix Solutions, an organics recycling and solid waste consultancy based in Minnesota. Debra works with industry and government on waste reduction and implementing Organix Co-Collection™. She is part of a project team involved with new technologies and infrastructure for organics and solid waste processing.
DAVE AFONSO
DAVE AFONSOAt-Large Member, Executive Committee
Dave, who has been in the Waste & Recycling industry over 5 years, is employed by Rehrig Pacific where he works with haulers and municipalities to help them reduce trash and increase recycling through the use of curbside containers and code enforcement technology.
ERIN BANFIELD
ERIN BANFIELDBoard Member
Erin has worked in the Solid Waste and Recycling Industry for just under four years for Casella Resource Solutions, the largest recycler in the Northeast. For the past year and a half, she has been a part of the Municipal Development team at Casella, focusing in Massachusetts.
JEFF CABRAL
JEFF CABRALBoard Member
Jeff has worked in the recycling industry for 6 years, primarily in the electronic and universal waste sector for Complete Recycling Solutions (CRS), where he is the Account Manager supporting recycling services for businesses, municipalities, educational and medical industries. Jeff has assisted at MassRecycle’s networking events by connecting people together and sharing ideas for improving recycling throughout the state.
JOHN FANTASIA
JOHN FANTASIABoard Member
John has worked in the re-purposing/recycling industry for the past 26 years and is currently employed at Re-Stream, which rents Sustainable Moving Equipment and provides Green Business Logistics Services. John works very closely with his clients to re-purpose and recycle unwanted office materials, such as office supplies and furniture to donate to school teachers and non-profits.
MICHAEL ORR
MICHAEL ORRBoard Member
Mike has worked in the waste and recycling industry for 6 years, currently working for the City of Cambridge as the Recycling Director. He manages Cambridge’s trash reduction goals while exploring and expanding waste diversion programs, such as curbside organics and hopes to share his insight on recycling and composting with Massachusetts communities as a Board member of MassRECYCLE.
GUNTHER WELLENSTEIN
GUNTHER WELLENSTEINBoard Member
Gunther is the Solid Waste & Recycling Coordinator for the City of Haverhill where he manages daily operations for 25,000 curbside collection households. He has implemented programmatic efficiencies, like automated trash and single-stream recycling, de-manufacturing of mattresses and box springs all while doing outreach & education via social-media. Gunther has been active with Product Stewardship issues and is Member of MassRecycle’s Product Stewardship Council.