Working with State and Local Ordinances to Drive Zero Waste

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5th Annual National Zero Waste Business Conference
     Working with State and Local Ordinances to Drive Zero Waste
Friday, June 3rd, 2016
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm

Panel Description: In order to be successful in Zero Waste, businesses must work with their communities. Conversely, communities can play a key role in advancing Zero Waste with legislation. This session will feature presentations from communities that have passed ordinances that are a model of moving commercial Zero Waste forward.



RichardAnthony resizedRichard Anthony is principal of Richard Anthony Associates, a consulting firm that focuses on Zero Waste planning. Mr. Anthony has worked on resource conservation and recovery plans for almost 40 years, and is a former Department of Public Works solid waste manager from both Fresno County (1979 -1987) and San Diego County (1987 -1998), California.

He is currently advisor on Zero Waste planning to the City of Los Angeles, California, City of Austin, Texas, the Hawaii Island Economic Development Board, and the County of San Luis Obispo County, California. Most recently he led a team for Zero Waste Plans in Glendale and Oceanside CA. He is an internationally recognized and published expert in the area of Resource Management using the Zero Waste Systems approach. He has participated in developing Zero Waste plans since 1998.   He has recently led International Dialogs on Zero Waste in Brazil, the Philippines and Naples Italy.

Richard Anthony is a founder and member of the Board of Directors of the California Resource Recovery Association, the Grassroots Recycling Network, and the Zero Waste International Alliance.  He is an Instructor in the Californian Resource Recovery Association Certificate Program and Board Member of the California Resource Management Training Institute. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from the California State University Long Beach  and a Masters Degree in Public Administration.


head shot2John Fischer is Branch Chief for Commercial Waste Reduction and Waste Planning at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). In this position, he coordinates MassDEP’s programs to advance waste reduction, recycling, and composting by businesses and institutions in Massachusetts.  John also oversees development and implementation of Massachusetts’ Solid Waste Master Plan, solid waste and recycling data, the Solid Waste Advisory Committee, and disaster debris planning.  John has worked at MassDEP since 1998, including several years managing MassDEP’s implementation of the Toxics Use Reduction Act.  Prior to joining MassDEP, John worked on solid waste and recycling policy issues as Assistant Director of Waste Policy at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs.  John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Ecology from Connecticut College and a Master’s in City Planning, focusing on Environmental Policy and Planning, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.



Aiden Cohen currently serves at the City of Austin as the Program Manager for Austin Resource Recovery’s Business Outreach Team. Aiden has the enviable job of leading a dedicated team of professionals focused on new initiatives to help Austin’s business community make significant progress towards Zero Waste. Current job responsibilities include the full spectrum of budgeting, staffing, media and public presentations, coaching/mentoring and long-term planning. Aiden is responsible for fulfilling the City’s Universal Recycling Ordinance (URO) and helping companies save money by implementing zero waste programs and other sustainable activities.

Aiden earned a bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. In the past 20 years, Aiden’s professional experience includes the aerospace, commercial real estate, and government service sectors.

In the community, Aiden supports several non-profits including the Austin Children’s Museum “Thinkery”, several Alzheimer’s research organizations, and others community groups that provide development opportunities for children.


Julie Sands Profile photo for ZW Austin Conference Julie Sands Tyne has been an environmental specialist with the City of San Diego’s Environmental Services Department for about 15 years.  Before coming to the City, she was in environmental consulting and worked for an English language newspaper in Paris, France.  She currently oversees the commercial sector and special events recycling programs, the internal City recycling programs, and manages one of the contracts with a local recycling processing facility.  As with most on the environmental team, she wears a variety of hats!   She has a master’s in Environmental Policy from the University of London and a B.A. in Political Science from San Diego State University.