Waste Not: Circular Economy and Sustainable Waste Management
Show contributors: Eric Oddo, Janet Goodrich, Paul Thies
With the goal of improving environmental stewardship and economic resilience, innovators are employing new solutions to address the challenges of municipal waste management. At the forefront of concepts being explored is the circular economy model, which focuses on reuse, repair and recycling. In this episode of If/When we explored how a circular economic model can be deployed to address waste management, with guests Eric Oddo, Environmental Engineering Program Manager, Western Placer Waste Management Authority, and Janet Goodrich, P.E., Waste Solutions Global Technology Leader, Jacobs.
Eric Oddo, Environmental Engineering Program Manager, Western Placer Waste Management Authority, has worked for the WPWMA for more than 23 years and is responsible for overseeing operations at the WPWMA’s mixed waste MRF, green waste composting facility and sanitary landfill. He directs WPWMA’s Renewable Placer Waste Action Plan facility master planning and regional circular economy development project. Mr. Oddo is also in charge of developing and managing the WPWMA’s roughly $50 million annual budget. Prior to joining the WPWMA, Mr. Oddo worked for several private environmental engineering firms where he specialized in landfill gas generation rate modeling and landfill gas collection system design.
Janet Goodrich, P.E., Waste Solutions Global Technology Leader, Jacobs, has worked in the waste management field since the late 1980s and has been with Jacobs in the Sacramento, California office for over 26 years. Ms. Goodrich’s work experience in the waste management industry is diverse and varied. In addition to leading the Renewable Placer Waste Action Plan consulting project, she is currently involved in a variety of global and regional organic waste management, circular economy, and other waste solutions projects and leverages Jacobs’s waste solutions team for circular economy projects globally.