Municipal solid waste planning, procurement, zero waste practices

by Maggie Clarke, Ph.D.


Latest publication or presentation

Making Zero Waste Systems a Viable Alternative to Disposal, presented at Air & Waste Management Association Annual Conference and Exhibition, Chicago, IL,  June 26, 2013.

Discussion and Solutions to Excessive Food Waste Generation and Disposal, presented at Columbia        Business school food waste forum, New York, NY,  April 18, 2013


The Importance of Zero Waste in Climate Action Plans, panel presentation at the Buy Recycled Alliance of New York,  New York, NY.  March 14, 2012.

"The Importance of Zero Waste in Climate Action Plans", 27th International Solid Waste Technology and Management conference, Philadelphia, PA March 13, 2012.

Zero Waste and Sustainability in Climate Action Plans, panel presentation at Air and Waste Management Association Conference and Exhibition, Orlando, FL June 20-24, 2011.

The Citizens’ Zero Waste Plan for New York City, presented at California Resources Recovery Association conference, Sacramento, CA, August 9-11, 2010.


 “Zero Waste – What it is and What it isn’t”, Achieving Zero Waste: A Status Report – Panel, Air & Waste Management Association Conference and Exhibition, Calgary, AB Canada, June 22-25, 2010.


“Zero Waste Can Save More Energy”, panel debate Zero Waste vs. Waste-To-Energy, Air & Waste Management Association Conference and Exhibition, Calgary, AB Canada, June 22-25, 2010.

Waste Prevention Ideas From New York City Waste Prevention Advocacy Organizations, GRRN Recycling & Zero Waste Conference 2009
“Building Zero Waste Communities: Tools to Take Home”, Devens, MA October 18-20, 2009.  

Zero Waste and New York's Climate Footprint, 24th annual Solid Waste Technology and Management conference, Philadelphia, March 16-18, 2009.

 

Recommendations for Revision of the 1988 New York State Solid Waste Management Act

Proposed Amendments to the NYS Solid Waste Management Act of 1988 Co-Author

Discussion of Revisions to the NYS Solid Waste Management Act of 1988 Co-Author

Reaching for Zero: The Citizens' Plan for New York City, 2004 Co-Author

Comparison of the 1992 NYC Solid Waste Management Plan to the 2004 NYC Solid Waste Management Plan to "Reaching for Zero: The Citizens' Plan"

 

Prior Research, Publications and Presentations by Maggie Clarke, Ph.D.

"Making Zero Waste Part of the Plan", Gotham Gazette, April 21, 2008

Zero Waste and Climate Change, presented at Focus the Nation (on Climate Change) at Lehman College, Bronx, NY  January, 31, 2008

"Counterpoint: Reopening Fresh Kills, Brilliant or Boneheaded."  Article with reasons against re-opening Fresh Kills landfill.  New York Times, City Section, April 14, 2002 

"New York City After Fresh Kills: Latest Developments in the Planning Process (the Saga continues)", presented and published in the Proceedings of the Air & Waste Management Association's 94th Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Orlando, FL, June 24-28, 2001. 18 pp.

"New York City After Fresh Kills: Latest Developments in the Planning Process (the Saga continues)", published in the Proceedings of the Sixteenth International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management, Philadelphia, PA, December 11-13, 2000. 8 pp.

"Field Study of Recycling Efficiency and Durable Products Left at Curbside in New York City" presented and published in the Proceedings of the Air & Waste Management Association's 93rd Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Salt Lake City, UT, June 18-23, 2000. 10 pp.

"The History of Waste Prevention in New York City", presented at the plenary session of "Damming the Waste Stream", a waste prevention conference in New York, NY, December 18, 1999.

"Planning for the Closure of New York City's Fresh Kills Landfill: Integrated Waste Management or Export?", presented and published in the Proceedings of the Air & Waste Management Association’s 92nd Annual Meeting & Exhibition, St. Louis, MO, June 20-24, 1999. 16pp

Purchasing Strategies to Prevent Waste and Save Money, co-author. Guide published by the National Recycling Coalition, Alexandria, VA., April, 1999.

"Integrated waste management planning and decision-making in New York City", first author -- with Adam Read and Paul Phillips. Resources, Conservation and Recycling 26 (1999) 125-141. Paper focuses on developments since announcement of closure of Fresh Kills landfill in 1996.

"Multi-Family Recycling Programs: A New York City Case Study", presented at the National Recycling Coalition’s Eighteenth Annual Congress & Exposition, Cincinnati, OH. September 26-29, 1999.

"Planning for the Closure of New York City's Fresh Kills Landfill: Integrated Waste Management or Export?", presented at and published in the Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management. Philadelphia, PA, Nov 1-4, 1998. 8pp

Intro. 482 of 1998, Co-author. New York City proposed local legislation to effect more waste prevention and recycling in City Agencies via improved methods of product procurement and utilization.

"The Advisory Community's Role and Recommendations to Promote Waste Prevention Policies and Legislation in New York City", presented at the National Recycling Coalition's Seventeenth Annual Congress & Exposition, Albuquerque, NM. September 13-16, 1998.

"Advancements in Environmental Procurement: Enacting Comprehensive New Legislation in New York City", presented at Northeast Resource Recovery Conference, Burlington, VT, June 2-3, 1997.

Goodbye, Fresh Kills! or How the City Can Stop Worrying and Learn to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle, Task Force Report co-authored as a member of the Manhattan Solid Waste Working Group for the Manhattan Borough President, April 30, 1997.

"Advancements in Environmental Procurement: Enacting Comprehensive New Legislation in New York City", presented at and published in the Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management, Philadelphia, PA, Nov. 17-20, 1996, 8pp.

"Environmental Procurement in New York City: Making the Case for Enacting Comprehensive New Legislation", presented and published in the Proceedings of the 89th Annual Exhibition and Meeting, Air and Waste Management Association, Nashville, TN, June 23-28, 1996. 16pp.

"An Overview and Discussion on Integrated Waste Management", presented at Director’s Informal Seminar Series, Rutgers Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, New Brunswick, NJ., May 8, 1995.

"Fax-On-Demand and The Internet as Tools for Resource Exchanges" Chemical Bank Conference on Reuse, New York, NY. February 2-3, 1995.

Intro. 509. Co-Author.  Environmental Procurement Legislation for New York City, co-author. Introduced with 17 co-sponsoring Councilmembers in January, 1995.

"Establishing a Sustainable Integrated Waste Management System", Seventeenth International Madison Waste Conference, sponsored by Department of Engineering Professional Development, University of Wisconsin -- Madison/Extension, Madison, WI, September 21-22, 1994.

"Solid Waste Management Solutions for the U.S. and Ukraine", presented at The American-Ukraine Conference on Environmental Study and Control, Kiev State Technical University of Construction and Architecture, Kiev, Ukraine, September 21-26, 1993.

"Waste Prevention: The Key to Combatting the Garbage Crisis", in MetroPlanner, Metropolitan Chapter, American Planning Association, Vol. 5, No. 5, February, 1993. p. 16.

"Integrated MSW Planning and Decision-making in New York City: The Citizens' Alternative Plan" Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association, April, 1993.

"Integrated MSW Planning and Decision-making in New York City: The Citizens' Alternative Plan", AWMA South Atlantic Section's Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, September 10, 1992, and at the New York/New Jersey Chapter AWMA meeting, New York, NY. September 2, 1992.

"Integrated MSW Planning and Decision-making in New York City: The Citizens' Alternative Plan", presented and published in the Proceedings of the 85th Annual Meeting, Air and Waste Management Association, Kansas City, MO, June 22-26, 1992. 16 pp. Paper traces the genesis and development of public participation in solid waste planning in New York City, and describes the Citywide Recycling Advisory Board's alternative plan for the City.

"Environmental and Energy Careers", presented at Earth Day Lecture, Hunter College, Energy Policy Studies program, April 29, 1992.

"Solid Waste Disposal in the 21st Century", panelist featured in An Open Forum by the Marblehead, MA League of Women Voters for a discussion of the Marblehead Recycling/Incineration Project, and Town Meeting Articles #74 and #75. Marblehead, MA, April 25, 1991.

"Garbage Management in New York City -- The Promise of Source Reduction", presented at the New York City Environmental Education Conference: A Blueprint for Action, sponsored by NYC Department of Environmental Protection, New York, NY, September 9, 1989. The talk discussed the definition of source reduction, the percentage of the waste stream with source reduction potential, waste generation rates here and abroad, comparative costs for source reduction vs. other solid waste management options, and the paradox of source reduction's top placement in the hierarchy and its lowest placement in funding for research and programs. 36 p

"What Goes In Stays In -- Does Reduction and Separation Before Incineration Work?" presented at Ashes To ?? -Problems, Perceptions and Prospects in Municipal Waste Ash Management, A Cook College, Rutgers University Short Course, sponsored by NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection, New Brunswick, NJ, June 15, 1989. Acetates for the presentation were distributed. The talk described the available research describing the inputs of metals and other pollution precursors in the waste stream vs. outputs in terms of emissions and ash. 42pp

"Waste Characterization Studies and the Solid Waste Hierarchy", Resource Recycling.  February, 1992, pp. 75-84. Article traces the development and use of waste composition studies over the past twenty years, from their use to design incinerators, then recycling programs, and ultimately, source reduction strategies.

"Designing Waste Composition studies to Optimize Implementation of the Solid Waste Hierarchy", presented and published in the Proceedings of the 84th Annual Meeting of the Air and Waste Management Association, Vancouver, British Columbia, June 16-21, 1991. 16 pp.

Targeting Toxics in the Waste Stream, Waste Age, May 1991. Article describes the concept of pollutant precursors and their deleterious impacts on waste disposal and recycling, and presents available data on these toxics in the waste stream and the beneficial impacts to be achieved by their removal.

"The Paradox and the Promise of Source Reduction" presented and published in the Proceedings of the 83rd Annual Meeting of the Air and Waste Management Association", Pittsburgh, PA, June 25-29, 1990. 16 pp.

"A Solid Waste Research Agenda",  Waste Age April, 1990. Article outlines an interpretation of the public's perspectives regarding the waste management hierarchy and research needs for source reduction, recycling, incineration, ash management, and sludge management.

"An Ear for the Public's Wants" Waste Age, April, 1990. Article describes the genesis of the Not-In-My-Back-Yard Syndrome, the role of the public and nonprofit environmental organizations in public decision-making, a case study of mechanisms for public participation used in New York City, and recommendations for structuring of public participation in government.

"The Paradox and the Promise of Source Reduction" Solid Waste and Power, January, 1990. Article defines volume and toxic source reduction, describes its environmental, natural resources and economic implications vis a vis other solid waste management alternatives, reviews the successful Berlin source reduction experiment, and suggests a number of methods for achieving source reduction.

"New York's Future Is Export", Waste Age, December, 1989. Article explores three garbage scenarios for New York City to 2010, including tonnages and costs for various levels of source reduction, recycling, incineration/ash management, and landfilling.

"The Public's Perspective Regarding Waste Management and Research Needs", presented at and published in the Proceedings of the Conference on Municipal Waste at City College of New York, April 18, 1989. 11 pp.

"Solid Waste Management: A Challenge for New York City", co-authored with Maarten deKadt and Nancy Lilienthal, INFORM -- a chapter in Future Shocks to the New York Economy published by the Citizens Budget Commission, New York, NY, January, 1989. 72pp. Study describes three scenarios for garbage management in New York City from 1988 to 2010, indicating when the landfill closes and exports must begin, as well as the costs involved.

The Solid Waste Dilemma: An Agenda for Action. EPA Solid Waste Task Force, Washington, DC. September, 1988. Provided advance guidance and early peer review by invitation.

A Solid Waste Blueprint for New York State, contributing editor for INFORM, Inc.. Published March, 1988. 95pp. Report is a compendium of proposed legislative and programmatic initiatives with explanatory notes and citations for improved solid waste management in New York State. Co-authors: Natural Resources Defense Council, Environmental Defense Fund, Environmental Action Coalition, and Scenic Hudson.

"Laboratory Research to Identify the Predominant Sources of Pollutant Precursors in MSW", presented at and published in the Proceedings of the New England Section APCA Conference on Hazardous and Municipal Solid Waste Minimization, February 7-8, 1988, Providence, RI. 20 pp.