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  • Annual Conferences

  • Attendee List • Agenda • Speaker Biographies


    Thank You to Our Event Sponsors

    Take-1Quantum Side by Side

    Thank You to Our Exhibitors

    PaintCare • Take 2 Inc. • Quantum Biopower • UCONN Master Composter Program • Winters Bros. Waste Systems • Mattress Recycling Council • Covanta • Newtech Recycling • CET • Methuen Construction • USA Hauling & Recycling • CT Recyclers' Coalition • iwastenot • Harvest New England • Sustainable Generation • Carton Council • Signature Marketing • Northstar Pulp and Paper

    All of the food waste from the day's event was recycled thanks to The Aqua Turf, Novamont, USA Hauling & Recycling and Harvest New England!


    Welcoming Remarks by The Honorable Nancy Wyman, Lieutenant Governor



    Breakfast Buffet Sponsored by

    CFA logoPanel I: Organics

    Presentations by: Chris Nelson, DEEP and Panel Moderator; Brian Paganini, Quantum Biopower; Jen Kleindienst, Wesleyan University; and Robert LaBonne, Jr., LaBonne's Markets



    Coffee Break Sponsored by


    Panel II: Product Stewardship

    Opening Remarks by Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr. Panel Moderator Brian Bartram, CT Product Stewardship Council. Presentations by: Scott Cassel, Product Stewardship Committee; Tom Metzner, DEEP; Pam Roach, Take 2, Inc.; Justine Fallon, Mattress Recycling Council; and Laura Honis, PaintCare



    Keynote Luncheon Sponsored by

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    Keynote Speaker: Commissioner Rob Klee, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

    Presentation by Commissioner Robert Klee



    Panel III: Meet the Policymakers

    Panel Moderator Mark Sussman, Murtha Cullina. Environment Committee Panelists: Representative James Albis, Co-Chair; Senator Clark Chapin, Ranking Member; Representative John Shaban, Ranking Member; and Representative Mary Mushinsky, Member



    Panel IV: Single Stream Recycling

    Presentations by: Curt Bucey, Strategic Materials; Will Flower, Winters Bros. Waste Systems; Tom DeVivo, Willimantic Waste Paper; and Ron Santos, ReCommunity



    Cocktail Hour Sponsored by




    Overview of CT’s Food Recycling Law & Update of the Connecticut Solid Waste Management Plan

    DEEP representatives will cover their plan to update the state’s current Solid Waste Management Plan pursuant to Public Act 14-94, including provisions for stakeholder and public input. The significance of the recycling of organic material as a key strategy to help meet the new 60% statewide recycling goal will be discussed, and an overview of Connecticut’s Organics Recycling Law will be shared.

    Lee Sawyer, CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

    K.C. Alexander, CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

    Community and Municipal Composting Programs

    Hear from panelists about their experience and lessons learned from their community and municipal composting programs. They will share where they see challenges and promise for future small to mid-scale organics recycling to develop in Connecticut.

    Jennifer Iannucci, Housatonic Resource Recovery Authority

    Ginny Walton, Town of Mansfield

    Domingo Medina, New Haven Farms

    Janet Pellichero, City of Princeton, NJ

    Commercial Organics Facilities and Technologies

    The state’s leading commercial composting facilities and anaerobic digestion developers will explain their system operations and various technologies. In addition, they will present their views on the promise each holds toward overcoming the challenges to diverting the state’s organic waste from the waste stream as well as the creation of sustainable energy and products.

    Brian Paganini, Quantum Biopower

    Chris Field, Harvest New England

    Amy McCrae Kessler, Turning Earth

    Deo Phagoo, Anaergia

    Infrastructure Challenges for Statewide Organics Recycling and Composting

    Waste haulers and large institutional and commercial food waste generators present their perspectives on the infrastructure challenges that must be overcome to achieve a successful statewide organics recycling program. The panel will address where they see key barriers and opportunities with current issues, such as costs and logistics.

    Bob Ferretti, Yale University

    Stan Sorkin, CT Food Association

    Mike Paine, Paine’s, Inc.

    Meg Morris, Covanta