Michael Simpson


Presentation Title

Recycling in Crisis: Is Glass a Culprit? Should we just Throw Everything in the Landfill?

Michael Simpson, Executive Director, Northeast Resource Recovery Association


Mike Simpson, Exec. Director of the Nation’s oldest Recycling Cooperative, will drill down to the basics of what has happened and what the future portends for Recycling, Glass and Trash.  If you have input into or manage any part of a  Municipal Budget you cant afford to miss this presentation.   


Professor Michael Simpson is not only the Chair of the Environmental Studies graduate department at Antioch University New England, in Keene, NH , He has also recently been named as the Executive Director of the Northeast Resource Recovery Association in Epsom, NH.

He has over thirty years in the materials management and pollution prevention fields. In his early years, he worked to develop and expand NHRRA (now NRRA) both as the assistant director, and later as director, then as board chair. Subsequently, he worked for MA DEP he developed and implemented the first statewide solid waste composting plan in the country and has subsequently overseen dozens of start-ups for facilities that recover organics from the waste stream.

Domestically, he as conducted a number of cost analyses for implementation of integrated management of solid waste, including Keene and Nashua NH. In addition, he was also the project manager for the development of the New York City Solid Waste Plan. 

Subsequently for NYC, he assessed the technical and economic feasibility of establishing composting and anaerobic digestion at Riker’s Island prison, as well as both Hunt’s Point produce and Fulton Fish markets. In New Hampshire he designed and established the in-vessel composting facility for Dartmouth College, and he has subsequently worked with the College to revamp and enhance this operation and rebuild the odor-control biofilter.

He has authored a number of papers on materials recovery and organic waste management and has developed, for both State agencies and private clients, operator training and associated operation manuals.

Internationally, he has worked in Eastern Europe and the continents of the South to establish micro-enterprises providing environmental services and employment opportunities, with a focus on organics and wastewater recovery in fast growing urban / peri-urban areas of developing economies.  His most recent consultancy was in post-conflict Monrovia, Liberia, in conjunction with the International Rescue Committee, to address the re-establishment of solid waste services. More recently, he and an international team of solid waste specialists authored Solid Waste in the Cities of the World, for the United Nations Habitat program.