Members, It’s Time to Vote!
MassRecycle is happy to announce that it’s time to vote in the Board of Directors: both new and renewals. Our new Directors will be signing up for two year terms. Current Directors who are ready to renew will serve another term.
If you are a paid member in good standing, please join us on a September evening TBA for our Fall Social that will include our Annual Members’ Meeting. If you cannot make the Annual Members’ Meeting, please vote online no later than 5 pm on Tuesday, September 15, 2021 through an online ballot (will be sent to you via email from email@example.com.)
Please read further to learn about the candidates.
Erin Banfield, Casella Resource Solutions
Erin Banfield has been a MassRecycle Board member since 2018. She is a Senior Business Manager at Casella, managing the municipal strategy across Casella’ Northeast operating footprint including the Commonwealth. Erin has worked in the waste and recycling industry for over six years for Casella, the largest recycler in the Northeast. Erin brings knowledge of commodities and markets, as well as access to the MRF operators, as a part of an immediate team within Casella. She would like to focus on continued recycling and reuse education, working with MassDEP and the RecycleSmart campaign around what is and what is not recyclable and why. Her goal is to continue cleaning up the recycling stream to help the MRF operators produce a better-quality product with higher value.
Gretchen Carey, Republic Services
Gretchen has worked in the environmental field for 15 years 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 in 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. She is also co-founder of GreenLabs Recycling, the hyperlocal company for plastics recycling. Gretchen has been President for three busy years and looks forward to accomplishing much more.
Robin Ingenthron, Good Point Recycling
Robin is CEO of Good Point Recycling of Brockton, MA and Middlebury, VT. In the 1990s, Robin was Director of the Recycling Program at the Massachusetts DEP. He has a BA degree in International Relations (Carleton College, 1984) and an MBA from Boston University . He was US Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon, Africa and a cross-culture trainer for new volunteers. Robin Ingenthron is also the founder of Fair Trade Recycling, an export reform – and anti-defamation – group (WR3A.org). Robin was recently named #36 on the Top 100 Recycling experts worldwide by Recycling International, appeared on the cover of Recycling Today, and is a frequent contributor to Resource Recycling.
Audrey Ng, Boston Public Schools
Audrey Ng is the Water and Sustainability Project Manager for the Boston Public Schools District. She works on an array of sustainability initiatives across the district addressing clean drinking water, outdoor and garden education, and the goal of achieving zero waste. She has a background in the sustainable building design and construction industry as a LEED Certification Project Manager and a Design Consultant and worked to implement and improve best practices for designing for proper waste management in new construction projects. Audrey also addresses food waste as a volunteer with the City of Cambridge Recycling Advisory Committee and as an organizer with the South End Community Fridge that rescues hundreds of pounds of food for donation weekly.
Tom Segear, Town of Brookline
Tom has been in the waste and recycling industry for over 5 years and is currently the Assistant Recycling Coordinator for the Town of Brookline. He leads efforts to reduce solid waste through several diversion programs offered by the town and educates the public on proper recycling to reduce contamination levels. Prior to joining the Town of Brookline, Tom was the Outreach and Education Coordinator at Earthworm Recycling.
Casey Shea, Rehrig Pacific
I bring a robust knowledge of the recycling marketplace as well as the regulations and guidelines that are developing throughout the Northeast and the country as I am included on calls across the organization that we could use in Massachusetts to stay on the leading edge of the recycling front. I have connections that I believe we can leverage in multiple industries, from hazardous waste, to MSW, to recycling and organics to continue to build our collaborative efforts to move things forward. While MassRecycle is state and recycling specific, I believe each of the niches I have spent time in professionally have an interest in driving policy and being involved in the future of recycling and sustainability in the state of Massachusetts.
Stan Walczak, Resource Waste Services
Stan has over 40 years of experience working in both the private and public sector of the Solid Waste Industry. He has served as the general manager for various hauling and material recovery facilities throughout New England. He was responsible for the design, permitting and construction of the first material recovery facility in central Massachusetts. He was also instrumental in bringing automated collection programs to seven communities within the northeast region of Massachusetts. He is currently responsible for managing a Construction and Demolition facility owned by Resource Waste Services located in Roxbury Massachusetts which has been certified by the recycling certification institute.
Kesiah has made the Merrimack Valley Region her home and the regional launch location for OffBeet Compost. She is currently in pursuing a Master’s in Public Policy at Tufts University. Kesiah is excited to join the MassRecycle Board and contribute to working towards a sustainable future.
Gunther Wellenstein, City of Haverhill
Gunther has been on the MassRecycle Board of Directors since November 2015. In the organization his interests are in EPR of mattresses, electronics, paints, medications and sharps. For more than fifteen years, he has been managing municipal curbside collection programs; Gunther implemented automated municipal solid waste and single stream recycling in a city of 25,000 households (pop. 135,000).
Gunther is focused on providing effective and efficient Sustainable Material Management for the community, in the form of curbside collection and drop-off at the Recycle Center.
A most recent goal is to improve information sharing, BMPs, SOPs, and expanding professional advancement ie. CEUs and certification. Gunther has two SWANA certifications: Manager Recycling Systems and Zero Waste Principles & Practices; working on a third: Managing MSW Collection Systems.