May 2016 - Present
Staff reporter for leading trade publication that provides daily news briefs and features about the U.S. waste and recycling industry. Hundreds of stories on how the evolution toward "zero waste," coupled with the realities of recycling markets, is affecting everyone from collection truck drivers to CEOs.
"For many of my years in the service industry I paid little attention to what went into the trash bags I was carrying. Until I became a 'sanit' captain, and eventually a reporter on the trash beat, I had no idea where it was all going."
"Plastic bags are only part of the single-use, disposable culture that has created growing waste management headaches. The bags themselves are far less important than what we put in them."
"Volunteers found many types of litter alongside the Neponset River on a recent weekend morning - barnacle-crusted beer bottles, polystyrene foam chunks, old tennis ball - but one type - the plastic bag - has been getting a lot of attention lately."
"Major changes to Boston's trash system are under consideration, something that, advocates say, could reduce the city's environmental footprint and boost the local economy...Dorchester has been highlighted as one of the areas in greatest need of improvement with some of the greatest potential for economic benefits."
"The success of New York’s zero waste plans will have big implications for how other urban areas handle their trash in coming years. Many people are watching to see if a city limited by a lack of available land and known for wastefulness can actually change its ways..."
February - March 2016
"A new plan to send Brooklyn's garbage upstate would solidify the city's waste export strategy for decades, but also shows how impractical the system has become..."
"A highly anticipated study of commercial waste collection has been delayed, putting off any decision about a new franchise zoning system and ensuring that the fight over the industry's future is far from over..."
"New York is safer and more prosperous than it's been in years, but the city still can't figure out how to stop people from trashing streets with litter..."
"Garbage is one of the only things that unites all New Yorkers. Everyone creates it-yet few people want to think about what happens next..."
"On a frigid January night in Queens, the wood-paneled society clubhouse was full of people preparing for one of the most important tests they would ever take. New York's sanitation worker exam was only three weeks away and there was little time for small talk..."
"A new bill in the City Council could soon reduce the number of trucks that haul waste to and from Hunts Point transfer stations every day, but some station owners say they are being unfairly singled out."