Discuss the results of MassDEP’s Statewide Recycling Participation Study and the need for improved recycling education. Explore the State’s efforts to educate the public and reduce contamination.

Greg Cooper, MassDEP

Greg Cooper is the Deputy Director of Consumer Programs, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). Greg has nearly 20 years of experience working on solid waste issues in Massachusetts. He currently manages the Commonwealth’s efforts on waste reduction, recycling, toxicity reduction, and composting. This includes running several financial and technical assistance programs and actively participating in solid waste policy and regulatory development.

Jason Hale, The Recycling Partnership

Jason Hale brings two decades of recycling experience to the table, having worked across the industry in the public, private and nonprofit sectors at the local, state and national level. Currently he’s part of the skilled communications team at The Recycling Partnership, forwarding the cutting edge of carts, communications and quality.

Gunther Wellenstein, MassRecycle | City of Lowell

Gunther Wellenstein has been a municipal material management professional for nine years. He thrives on using multimedia and social media to educate the multi-cultural city of Lowell. Gunther has mentored UMass-Lowell interns in Source Separated Organics and Mattress de-manufacturing. His long-term aspiration is to develop and teach an undergraduate class in “Sustainable Materials Management in modern society”.


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