Hear about current organics projects from around the region and discuss the various challenges and advantages faced by these projects. Learn about anaerobic digester projects, in sink diversion and depackaging efforts.

Susan Cascino, City of Boston

Susan Cascino has worked in recycling for most of her career. She was the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s first Recycling Grant Program Manager. She has been the Recycling Director for the City of Boston for the last 20 years. Susan is currently working on a Zero Waste Plan for the City.

Cheri Cousens, Greater Lawrence Sanitary District

Cheri Cousens is the Executive Director of the Greater Lawrence Sanitary District (GLSD). Previously, she worked at the Charles River Pollution Control District and CDM Smith. Cheri is a Registered Professional Engineer in MA and sits on the boards of the North East Biosolids & Residuals Association and the Massachusetts Coalition for Water Resources Stewardship.

Rob Heffernan, Organic Waste Management

Robert Heffernan spent 31 years with The Newark Group as Vice President and General Manager of the Northeast Region, Recycled Fibers Division. He then managed and operated an organic compost facility prior to forming Organic Waste Management. He has also served on numerous industry boards such as ISRI and the Eastern Paper Mill Suppliers Association.

Meredith Swasey, BIOFerm Energy Systems

Meredith Swasey holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Meredith’s Masters degree research was focused on a net energy study of a local anaerobic digester. She now works in her area of expertise as Application Engineer at BIOFerm™ Energy Systems.


Take part in the stellar technical workshops of R3 Conference. Exhibitors enjoy over 3 hours of time dedicated to networking with break snacks being served in the Exhibit Hall, lunch and the social hour. The five tracks are color-coded and matched to a corresponding room, as seen below in the map.

Click on a Workshop to View a Description and Speaker Bios

 Exhibit Hall 
Click here to view the Exhibit Hall
 B   Registration 
 C   D   E   F   Bar >