Waste360 Announces 2023 40 Under 40 Awards Winners



The awards program honors the next generation of waste, recycling and organic leaders

NEW YORK, Feb. 02, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — waste360 today announces the winners of the eighth annual 40 Under 40 Awards program, which honors the next generation of leaders shaping the future of the waste and recycling industry.

“Congratulations to the winners of the 2023 Waste360 40 Under 40 awards. Our industry is filled with tremendous innovation and talent. We were overwhelmed by all the impressive nominations and look forward to celebrating the excellence of these winners at WasteExpo,” said Liz Bothwell, Head of Content & Marketing and Waste360 NothingWasted! Podcast Host.

the waste360 The 40 Under 40 Awards program recognizes inspiring and innovative professionals under the age of 40 whose work in waste, recycling and organics has made a significant contribution to the industry. The winners are active in all aspects of the waste and recycling industry, including trucking companies, municipalities, composters, recycling professionals, policy makers and product suppliers.

The winners of the 40 under 40 award 2023

  • Gary Nihart, COO, Atlas Organics

  • Mauricio Castelan, Managing Director, Balcones Resources, Inc.

  • Jessica Beasley, Area Sales Manager, Capital Waste Services

  • Erin Banfield, Director, Community Services, Casella Waste Systems, Inc.

  • Cameron Funk, Chief Sustainability Officer, Check Sammy

  • Joshua Yates, Director of Public Works, City of Birmingham, AL

  • Wilson Mora, Program Director, City of Chicago, Department of Roads and Sanitation

  • Matt Wampler, CEO, ClearCOGS

  • Eric Miller, Partner and Co-Founder, Eagle River Capital LLC

  • Dan Meccariello, Operations Manager, Generate upcycle

  • Sarah Gustitus-Graham, PhD, PE, Engineer, Geosyntec consultant

  • JT Howington, Managing Director II, GFL Environmental Inc.

  • Andrew Weins, President, Green Up Solutions LLC

  • Tony Staubach, Food Waste Diversion Coordinator, Hamilton County R3Source

  • Lenora Tollefson, operations manager, Keep Pearland beautiful

  • Ashleigh Garnes, Managing Director, Meridian waste

  • Nick Van Eyck, Deputy Director for Outreach, Bureau of Commercial Waste, New York Health Department

  • Andrea Collins, Senior Specialist, Sustainable Food Systems, NRDC – Natural Resources Defense Council

  • Charlotte Dreizen, Director, Sustainability & Environment, Association of the Plastics Industry

  • Sam Dietrich, CEO, Prairie Robotics

  • Victoria Jung, Director, Surface Care Packaging, Procter & Gamble

  • Anthony Crescenti, Managing Director, ecology

  • Kemrey Kidd, National Sales Manager, Rehrig Pacific Company

  • Bridgette Readlinger, Managing Director, services of the republic

  • Max Curry, logistics, Second helpings of Houston

  • Dustin Montey, Deputy General Manager, SMSC organic recycling plant

  • Elizabeth Rhue, VP Global Environmental, Sustainability & Technical Services, Sonoco Products Company

  • John McNamara, Managing Director, stalk

  • Gerald Belanger, Managing Director, Superior medical waste disposal

  • Emily Tipaldo, General Manager, US Plastic Pact

  • Kikei Wong, Manager, UCLA Zero Waste – Sustainability Specialist, Athens Services

  • Kevin Green, District Manager, waste connections

  • Kiel Pennington, Division Vice President, waste connections

  • Samantha Barreiro, Regional Human Resources Director, Waste Per

  • Brittany Taylor, Regional Sales Manager, waste equipment

  • Will Carroll, President Will’s Waste, LLC

  • Allia Saydjari, Executive Director for Sustainability, WIN waste innovations

  • James Bianchi, Operations Manager, WIN waste innovations

  • Corey Littlejohn, Area Collection Manager, WM

  • Monica Rowand, Senior Associate, WM

waste360 Innovator and Changemaker Awards
Yaniv Scherson, Chief Operating Officer, anergy was honored with the waste360 Innovator Award recognizing innovators and thought leaders who often use technology to improve the industry. Scherson helped complete Anaergia’s IPO and continues to rapidly grow the company, with a focus on building and operating large-scale anaerobic digestion facilities such as the Rialto Bioenergy Facility, the largest organic waste recycling facility in Los Angeles, California as part of the most comprehensive Mandate to divert organic waste in North America.

Graham Rihn, Founder and CEO, RoadRunner recycling was honored with the waste360 Changemaker Award recognizing leaders who create real, meaningful and positive change for the waste, recycling and organic industries. Rihn saw an opportunity to help expand recycling across North America with RoadRunner Recycling. The company has experienced tremendous growth and now serves 20 markets across North America, including raising over $130 million in capital. Rihn also led the acquisition of Compology, a leading waste meter technology company, which will enable the company to meet its 2030 ESG goals.

A jury of experts waste360 evaluated the nominations and consulted an external consultant to select the finalists and winners.

Winners will be honored during an awards ceremony at WasteExpo, North America’s premier event for the waste, recycling and organic industries, May 1-4, 2022 in New Orleans, LA. For more information about WasteExpo, please visit WasteExpo.com or follow WasteExpo on Twitter at @Waste_Expo.

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the waste360 The 40 Under 40 Awards program is sponsored by GFL Environmental.

About WasteExpo
WasteExpo is North America’s premier event for waste, recycling and organic professionals from both the private and public sectors. WasteExpo features an interactive conference program that dives deep into key industry topics such as recycling, landfill, fleet management, collections, organic matter, safety, food waste and recovery, and more. WasteExpo also features a robust exhibition hall showcasing hundreds of exhibitors and the latest industry solutions. The WasteExpo takes place together with the waste360 Investor Summit, the waste360 Healthcare Waste Conference, the waste360 Corporate Governance Forum and waste360 sustainability talks.

About the Waste360 Group
the waste360 Group harnesses the power of its many attributes to serve the waste and recycling industry. The industry leverages this content extensively in the form of websites, live events, online learning and digital opportunities and includes: Waste360.com, WasteExpo, The Global Waste Management Symposium and current and up-to-date eNewsletters, including waste360 Daily Wire. waste360is NothingWasted! The podcast features the rock stars of the waste, recycling and bio industries weekly for the latest news and insights into the people behind the industry. Visit www.waste360.com for more information.

About informa markets
Informa Markets creates platforms for industries and specialized markets for trade, innovation and growth. We provide opportunities for market participants around the world to engage, gain experience and do business through in-person exhibitions, targeted digital services and actionable data solutions. We connect buyers and sellers in more than a dozen global industries, including pharmaceutical, food, medical device and infrastructure. As the world’s leading market-making company, we bring a variety of specialized markets to life, unlocking opportunities and helping them thrive 365 days a year. For more information, visit www.informamarkets.com.

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Liz Bothwell
Head of Content & Marketing, Waste360 NothingWasted! Podcast Host
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