Doing The Right Thing Pays Off
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Doing The Right Thing Pays Off

We believe that sending reusable resources to a landfill is not only bad for the environment, it is bad for business. And we don’t just talk the talk. As a Zero Landfill company ourselves, we know the value firsthand. By working with us, you not only increase revenue, you also make a strong statement to your customers and staff that you care about doing what’s right.


Northstar Recycling is a fifth-generation, family-run company. We offer a level of personalized service unparalleled in the industry and everybody plays a part. Take a second and get a brief introduction to our team of recycling experts.


Noah Goodman


“Formula for failure: try to please everyone.”

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: With over 16 years experience in the recycling industry, Noah Goodman is known as an honest and straightforward executive. With his mathematics background, Noah designs straightforward, linear recycling solutions that work. Noah is the co-leader of Northstar and is accountable for Sales, Marketing, and Finance.

EDUCATION: B.S. in Mathematics, University of Pennsylvania

NOAH AFTER WORK: Noah’s time after work is dedicated to his wife Lori and his three boys, Ryan, Ben, and Ethan. An avid sports enthusiast, Noah enjoys playing golf and coaching his three sons in their sporting endeavors year round. Noah is heavily invested in his community where he supports the Jewish Community Center and the Jimmy Fund.


Seth Goodman


“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: With over 20 years experience in the recycling industry, Seth is known as a compassionate and inspiring leader by his customers and colleagues. Drawing on his strategic thinking and capacity to drive breakthrough results, Seth is the co-leader of Northstar and is focused on providing ongoing value and innovative solutions to all Northstar clients.

EDUCATION: B.S. in Finance, Lehigh University

SETH AFTER WORK: Seth values spending time with his wife, Jenna, and their three children, Jake, Rachel and Carly. Seth is actively involved with YPO where he holds a leadership position in the Western New England Chapter, and is committed to his community where he supports the Jewish Community Center and the Jimmy Fund. Seth is also a competitive runner and enjoys golfing, hoping to play the top 100 courses in the United States.


Cort Koenig

Sales Executive

“Hard work always precedes success.”

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Cort joined Northstar in 2014 after gaining extensive manufacturing and distribution experience in the Food & Beverage industry. He also built expert corporate relationship management skills working with Fortune 500 clients at Nike. Cort is known for being very hard working and extremely easy to work with, and his even keeled disposition allows him to calmly resolve even the most difficult situations.

EDUCATION: B.S. Environmental Studies and Biochemistry, Western Washington University.

CORT AFTER WORK: A former collegiate athlete, Cort is as active as possible in his free time. He enjoys golf, skiing, surfing, and on occasion just relaxing on the beach. Cort also takes great pleasure spending time with his family and friends, unwinding with good food and drink, and making sure everyone has a good time.


John Trovato

Vice President of Commodity Sales

“My greatest reward in this business is that my suppliers have an inherent trust in the fact that I always have their best interests in mind.”

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: John grew up in the wastepaper business, spending summers working for his dad at a paper mill in NJ. He joined Northstar in 2000, where he leverages his vast recycling and operational expertise to provide customized recycling programs. John is known for finding unique end uses for "hard to move" commodities, and has saved his clients MILLIONS of dollars per year in disposal fees.

EDUCATION: B. S. in Management & Marketing, University of Delaware

JOHN AFTER WORK: A beach bum at heart, John loves to travel as long as there is white sand, good food and a bottle of wine nearby. Otherwise he enjoys relaxing at home with his wife Pamela and his sons Elio and Luca. John is also actively involved with Lungevity, a Lung Cancer Research charity.


Brian Ulbricht

Commodity Sales Executive

“I pay fair market value for recyclables, develop programs based on the needs of each facility, deliver world class service, and follow through with my promises.”

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Brian joined Northstar after gaining valuable experience in the printing industry, and he now manages programs that generate over 1 million pounds of recyclable material each month. Brian’s relationship management and recycling expertise allows his clients to increase recycling revenues and achieve Zero Landfill.

EDUCATION: Management, Cornell University

BRIAN AFTER WORK: As a former collegiate athlete, Brian recognizes the values and principles athletics teach our youth. For nearly a decade, he has coached Middle School football in his hometown. Without the whistle, Brian spends time with his wife, Holly, and their dogs, Chili and Winston.


Jennifer Duquette


“Doing the right thing is not easy, but it makes you stronger”

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Jennifer has over 14 years experience managing accounts in the recycling industry, and genuinely enjoys helping her partners effectively run their recycling programs. Jennifer provides a unique combination of expert knowledge and great people skills, and is always willing to go above and beyond for her clients and colleagues.

EDUCATION: Associates Degree in Human Services, Springfield Technical Community College

JENIFFER AFTER WORK: Jennifer likes to read and go camping, but spends most of her free time watching her husband Scott, son Drew, and daughter Gillian play hockey, soccer and basketball.


Annette Maruca

Account Manager

“I believe a positive outlook is absolutely necessary for success”

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Annette brings extensive logistics, planning, and production experience to Northstar with over 25 years at a large consumer products manufacturer in various operational roles, including being one of only two female forklift operators. Annette is known for her attention to detail, responsiveness, and ability to quickly resolve complex issues.

EDUCATION: Logistics Management Certification, Holyoke Community College

ANNETTE AFTER WORK: Annette has many interests outside the office, including cooking with her husband Pete and decorative art painting. She also plays the flute and is even a licensed manicurist.


Amanda Zawtocki

Director of Account Management

“Every goal is attainable with a positive attitude and dedication.”

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Amanda has been with Northstar Recycling for over ten years. She came to the company with a background in the transportation industry, a skill set that she still uses on a daily basis while seeing to the transportation needs of her accounts. Amanda prides herself on organization, prompt response time, and having a solid understanding of the needs of each of her customers.

EDUCATION: Business Curriculum, Kent State University

AMANDA AFTER WORK: Amanda shares her personal time with her husband Ron, and daughters Grace and Lilly. As a family they enjoy camping and travel. Amanda can often be found unwinding with a good book, or in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes.

Jennifer Young

Jennifer Young

Account Manager

“Don’t wait for opportunity, create it.”

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Jenn has been working in customer service for over 14 years. Her previous work experience taught her that kindness and understanding are key ingredients to lasting relationships with customers, and she prides herself on being organized and having good time management. Jenn is very proud to work for a company that is doing great things for our planet and making it a better place for the generations to come.

EDUCATION: Jenn studied Social Science at Herkimer College

JENNIFER AFTER WORK: When Jenn is not at the office, she spends as much time as possible with her Husband (Chris) and daughter (Amelia). Jenn enjoys reading, playing golf, and crocheting in her spare time. She is also an avid football fan and believes there is nothing better than having family dinners every Sunday while watching the games.


Tina Brown


“I’ve learned to focus on what I can control and accept what I can’t”

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Tina joined Northstar after more than 25 years as a financial manager at a large insurance company where her team administered all the financials of several product lines. Her analytical ability, project management skills, and team orientation help ensure Northstar payments are made on time every time.

EDUCATION: Holyoke Community College

TINA AFTER WORK: Tina loves music and taking care of her perennial garden. She is also devoted to her husband David, son Alex, and granddaughter Gina.


Jeff Cartun

Vice President of Sales & Marketing

“There is nothing more rewarding than being part of a strong team and contributing to its success.”

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Jeff has more than 17 years experience developing and executing marketing strategies for Fortune 500 companies. Additionally, Jeff has an extensive process improvement background and has led numerous initiatives to reduce waste and increase efficiency.

EDUCATION: M.B.A. in Management, Fordham University; B.A. in History, Tulane University

JEFF AFTER WORK: Jeff is an avid baseball fan and enjoys historical fiction and documentaries, but is happiest spending time with his wife Sheri, and his two daughters, Avery and Maya.

Florence Tassinari

Florence Tassinari


“My Dad always told me that it didn’t matter what I chose to do as long as I earned an honest living and looked forward to going to work each day. Northstar makes that easy.”

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Flo is a C.P.A. with more than 25 years experience working in a financial capacity. Flo’s experience includes public accounting, corporate accounting, payroll and most recently she was the Controller of a publicly held company.

EDUCATION: M.B.A., Western New England University; B.S.B.A. with an accounting concentration, American International College

FLO AFTER WORK: Flo loves spending time with her children and spoiling her grandchildren. Flo also loves to be in the sun, either on the beach, on her patio or riding on the back of her husband Dave’s Harley.


Teresa Chamberlain

Client Development Team Lead

“We live in a world of finite resources and space, and I am thrilled to be working with a company that offers infinite solutions to this growing problem.”

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Teresa brought her passion for the environment and eagerness to learn to Northstar right out of college. She is known as a trustworthy and driven individual who aims to exceed expectations. Her high energy and outgoing spirit made her a natural leader at school where she developed her strong listening and problem solving abilities working with a number of on-campus groups.

EDUCATION: B.S. Integrated Degree in Engineering and Social Sciences, Environmental Engineering/ Environmental Studies, Lehigh University

TERESA AFTER WORK: Born and raised in Ohio, Teresa enjoys spending holidays and vacations with her parents, four siblings, and large extended family. She splits her free time reading books, exploring the outdoors and drinking IPAs with friends. Most evenings she looks forward to cooking dinner and watching the Food Network.


Lisa Hughes

Account Manager

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Lisa joined the Northstar Recycling team in 2014 with a background in the Industrial Safety Supply Industry, specializing in large volume Government Bids. She utilizes the people skills she acquired in the retail industry to build trusting relationships and meet the specific needs of each of her clients. Lisa is also a very quick learner and takes pride in always being true to her word.

EDUCATION: Associates Degree in Broadcast Communications, Herkimer County Community College

LISA AFTER WORK: Lisa enjoys spending her free time with her husband Tom, cooking on the grill and playing with their rescue dog, Mya. Lisa is very close with her family and loves visiting, shopping, bowling and going to the movies as a group.


Linda Walters

Account Manager

“Be Strong, Honest, Take Chances, Believe in Yourself, Inspire Others to Do Something Creative Everyday, Blame Nobody, Expect Nothing, and Do Something to Make a Difference.”

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Born and raised in Bayside NY, Linda worked as a Co-Manager of a clothing store and Finance Administrator at a laundry equipment company prior to moving to the Adirondacks after the attack on 9/11/01. Prior to joining Northstar, Linda had worked as the Service Supervisor and Dispatcher for a fuel company in her new hometown of Chestertown, NY.

LINDA AFTER WORK: Linda spends time with her husband, Stevie, and Miss Molly Mackenzie, their dog, in the perennial gardens and hiking the trails of their property. She is active in Our Town Theatre Group, volunteering in the community, listening/dancing to a variety of music, writing, and participating in 5K Races.


Rebekah Guzek

Account Manager

“Work for a cause, not for applause. Live life to express not to impress”

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Rebekah joined Northstar Recycling in late 2014. She has previously worked in customer service and ministry. She understands the joys of working with other people as well as the importance of working on a team. Rebekah also joins Northstar with business experience from the years attending HVCC.

EDUCATION: A.A.S. in Accounting ; Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY

REBEKAH AFTER WORK: Rebekah loves spending time with her husband Joe, which sometimes includes bowling and riding their 4-wheeler. Rebekah and Joe also serve at Redeemer church and love seeing their church family every weekend.


Emily Wilson

Senior Marketing Manager

“Use the value in the ordinary to make everyday extraordinary."

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Emily joined Northstar in 2015, bringing with her the waste industry experience she gained while working for Michigan State University Recycling. An environmental enthusiast, Emily enjoys applying her creativity and critical thinking toward communicating sustainable solutions.

EDUCATION: B.A. Professional Writing, Digital/Technical Focus, Michigan State University

EMILY AFTER WORK: Emily enjoys traveling, the arts, long walks, and good conversations. She also loves spending time with her family and learning new things.



Administrative Assistance

“Always stay humble and kind."

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Kim returned to the work field after taking some time off to raise her children. She joined Northstar’s team with her over 15 years of Customer Service experience in retail as a licensed Pharmacy Technician. Kim is proud to now be working for a company that has such strong core values.

EDUCATION: Attended Utica School of Commerce Business College for Business Administration; Massachusetts licensed Pharmacy technician

KIM AFTER WORK: When not at work, you will find Kim with her 3 daughters, cheering them on at sporting events or watching with pride at their dance classes. Kim also enjoys watching movies, going for walks, and shopping with her husband and daughters.

Jonathan Fischer

Jonathan Fischer

Account Manager

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Jonathan joined the Northstar team in early 2015, coming from a background in the banking and retail environments. He hopes to apply his excellent problem solving, communication, and organizational skills toward building good rapport with his clients in order to provide the best quality service

EDUCATION: B.S. in Business Administration, SUNY Institute of Technology

JONATHAN AFTER WORK: When Jonathan is not at work you can find him spending time with his wife, Laura, and outdoors hiking the Adirondack Mountains or Geocaching. He also enjoys spending time with his family, especially his two nephews.

Amy Shepherd

Amy Shepherd

Account Manager

"Wake up with determination. Go to bed with satisfaction."

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: With nearly 15 years of retail management experience, Amy prides herself with her ability to prioritize, multi task, and provide top notch customer service. Amy feels joining Northstar is a privilege. Working for a company that has such high standards on behalf of their clients and excellent core values is inspiring. She hopes to build lasting relationships with her clients and be sure they feel truly valued.

EDUCATION: Associates degree – Liberal Arts and Sciences – Herkimer County Community College

Licensed Massage Therapist – Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage

AMY AFTER WORK: Amy spends her free time with the three loves of her life, her daughters Dakota & Myka, and her husband Michael.Together they enjoy camping, playing/watching Soccer, basketball and other sports, and in general they love to be outside. Amy thoroughly enjoys a good book and dabbles with writing.

Colton Murphy

Colton Murphy

Accounting Clerk

"Do more of what makes you happy."

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Colton joined the Northstar team in mid 2015 with almost nine years of retail customer service experience and a background in visual design. He brings his unique outlook and a positive attitude toward every task he is faced with. Colton’s strong technical skills and passion for reducing waste makes him a valued member of the Accounting department.

EDUCATION: B.F.A. in Visual Design from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

COLTON AFTER WORK: Colton spends all of his free time either scavenging the local flea markets & thrift shops or going to the movies. He also plays retro video games, is an avid collector of all things vintage and enjoys hiking with his close friends.

Jessica Yule

Jessica Yule

Account Manager Team Lead

"To succeed in life you need three things: a wishbone, a back bone and a funny bone."

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Jessie joined Northstar in 2015 with experience in banking and retail. Her previous work experiences have taught her that listening to client needs and providing excellent service in a quick, efficient manner is the key to a successful day at the office. Jessie enjoys working for a company that makes a conscious effort to make the world a cleaner environment and also believes that honesty is truly the best policy.

JESSIE AFTER WORK: When Jessie is not at work you will find her spending time with her husband Brandon. Together they enjoy going camping, mudding and spending time with their 3 dogs Sasha, Fruitloop and Q. She also spends as much time as possible with her family, friends and serving as a firefighter for the Dolgeville Volunteer Fire Department.

Shawna Laczko

Shawna Laczko

Director of Strategic Initiatives

"Sustainability to me is not only the right thing to do; it’s also the smartest and most profitable."

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Shawna joined Northstar Recycling after years in the food industry as a sustainability professional. In her previous role, Shawna helped develop and implement a global corporate responsibility and sustainability strategy. Shawna utilizes her expertise to continually improve the experience Northstar provides to their clients.

EDUCATION: Environmental Science and Policy and Business Entrepreneurship, California State University Long Beach

SHAWNA AFTER WORK: An environmentalist at heart, Shawna loves spending her time outdoors hiking, camping and being close to nature. When not outside, you will find Shawna cooking with her husband Stephen or out with friends enjoying great food and company.

Jeff Baum

Jeff Baum

Client Development Executive

"There is no such thing as ‘away.’ When we throw anything away it must go somewhere." – Annie Leonard

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Jeff joined Northstar right out of college after several years of focus on university sustainability and recycling systems. He is excited to move further upstream in the recycling process, and is eager to apply the communication and problem-solving skills he developed in school to the Client Development position at Northstar.

EDUCATION: B.A. Geology, Brown University

JEFF AFTER WORK: Jeff recently moved to Northampton, and spends most of his weekends exploring the area. He enjoys cooking a lot of large, spicy meals. He also has a passion for music and has been singing for a long time.

Michelangelo Ball Van Zee

Michelangelo Ball Van Zee

Commodity Sales Executive

"I am happy knowing that my work at Northstar every day makes the world better."

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Michelangelo joined Northstar after graduating from college, where his interests led him toward coursework in environmental science, policy, and economics. He has worked as a field scientist internationally and domestically and has ample experience in conservation, academia, and the food industry.

EDUCATION: A.B. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Certificate in Environmental Studies, Princeton University

MICHELANGELO AFTER WORK: Raised in the concrete jungle of Manhattan, Michelangelo loves being outside and on the water. He also enjoys linguistics, cooking, and exploring new places.

Caitlin Boyer

Caitlin Boyer

Account Manager Team Lead

"A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it, it just blooms."

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Caitlin joined the Northstar team bringing with her a varied background, including experiences in everything from the food industry to loans, analysis, and she has even done a stint in a morgue. Her varied experiences make her a unique new asset to the team and will help her in managing her many different accounts.

EDUCATION: Bachelor Degree of Technology in Criminal Investigations – SUNY Canton

CAITLIN AFTER WORK: When not at work, you’ll find Caitlin spending time with her husband (Corey), their two dogs (Bailey & Opie), their cat (Tigger), and an abnormally large family. In the summer, Caitlin spends most of her time outdoors and taking the dogs for a swim wherever they find water. She also spends time working with a local foster house she helped found.

Anita Snell

Anita Snell

Account Manager

"Don’t put off tomorrow, what can be done today."

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Anita joined Northstar in October of 2015. She is proud to work for such a great company and is a strong believer in the company’s core values and what they stand for. Anita came to Northstar with over 15 years of financial experience. She looks forward to using her strong financial background and great communications skills to grow with the company.

ANITA AFTER WORK: After work, Anita enjoys spending time with her husband Dean. Together, you will find them with their sons (Derrick and Dillon), playing with their beloved family dogs (Elliott, Hemi, and Lassie), or taking care of the cows on their small farm. Anita enjoys traveling, running with the dogs, camping as much as possible, and making big family dinners.

Vince Dobrovolc

Vince Dobrovolc

Account Manager

"Do or do not. There is no try." – Master Yoda

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: With experience as an Architectural Engineering, with a strong background in Green Design, Vince brings his knowledge in pre and post consumer products to the Northstar team. Vince also has spent time in customer services, with experiences including working with Kinney’s Drugs (chain store), Student Loans, and POS Systems. All of these experiences have contributed to help Vince learn how to listen to what the customer is saying and address their needs as swiftly and accurately as possible.

EDUCATION: Bachelors in Architectural Engineering, SUNY College of Technology at Alfred

VINCE AFTER WORK: Vince Spends his time outside work with his wife (Sarah), two children (Avery and Brody), and two dogs (Shelby and Kodi). In addition to spending time with family camping, traveling, and enjoying weekend game nights, Vince also enjoys reading, watching TV, and playing strategy games.

Melinda Regan

Melinda Regan

Account Manager

"Whatever you are, be a good one." – Abraham Lincoln

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Melinda’s background as an administrative secretary helped her develop excellent organizational skills, and her experience working as a 911 Dispatcher taught her to work under pressure while remaining calm and providing the best customer service. She is thrilled to be part of the Northstar Recycling team where she can make a positive difference with the environment.

EDUCATION: A.A.S. Paralegal Studies, Herkimer County Community College

MELINDA AFTER WORK: When not at work, you can find Melinda home with her husband (Marty), children (Devyn, Kellan, Rylee and Mollie), and their rescue dog (Roxy). Melinda is an avid runner and has completed five 15ks and a half marathon. She enjoys learning and reading, especially about health, nutrition and the environment.

Mark Batiste

Mark T. Batiste

Business Development Representative

"There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do." – Derek Jeter, New York Yankees Icon

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Mark joined the Northstar team after spending the majority of his professional career working for the pharmaceutical industry in New York City. His experience also includes several years spent working with a national, full-service advertising agency based in Western Massachusetts.

EDUCATION: B.S. Marketing, Bentley University, Waltham, MA

MARK AFTER WORK: Mark’s passions are sports, fashion, business, and politics. He loves the great cities of Boston and New York, and is a diehard New England Patriots, Boston Celtics, Real Madrid Football, and New York Yankees Fan. Mark tries keeping in shape through various workout routines (with a special focus on keeping his competitive juices flowing), and he lists his family as being his heart & soul, saying that "spending time with them is a blessing."

Tyler Wheelock

Tyler Wheelock

Commodity Sales Executive

"If you don’t like how the table is set, turn over the table." – House of Cards

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Tyler is quick to learning new technologies and face new challenges. He joined the Northstar team with a background in property management and retail management, and has devoted his professional career to finding new efficiencies. In Tyler’s words, "there is always a better way to do things."

EDUCATION: B.S. Business Management and Marketing, Westfield State University

TYLER AFTER WORK: Outside of work, Tyler loves going to the movies and playing golf. He is a huge football and hockey fan, as well as an avid fantasy sports player.

Tom Yang

Tom Yang

Commodity Sales Executive

"Waste from one industrial process can serve as the raw materials for another, thereby reducing the impact of industry on the environment." – Frosch & Gallopoulos

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Tom joined Northstar with a background in Corporate Sustainability and the Recycling industries, having advised multinational corporations on assessing emissions and reducing waste through innovative solutions. Tom is excited to combine his lifelong passion for zero waste, his meticulous research skills, and knowledge of industrial environmental management to find innovative, sustainable, and economical materials management solutions for clients.

EDUCATION: B.A. in Social Studies, Harvard University; Master of Environmental Management, Specialization in Industrial Ecology and Green Design, Yale University; Animal Food Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI)

TOM AFTER WORK: Tom enjoys most of all spending time with his wife (Julie), particularly going on adventures, making crafts, (helping with) cooking, playing with their parrot Kiwi, and exploring New Haven (where they live). He also likes ping-pong, ultimate Frisbee, kayaking, cycling, board games, origami, and podcasts.

Hannah Sullivan

Hannah Sullivan

Business Development Representative

“If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pushes you.” – Steve Jobs

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Hannah joined Northstar Recycling straight from college, where she worked in the Admissions Office and at Student Disability Services as a Mentor.

EDUCATION: B.S. in Law and Society with a minor in Psychology, Western New England University

HANNAH AFTER WORK: Hannah likes to hike, spend time with friends, exercise, shop, and get involved with the local Irish community. Her favorite things to do are travel and explore new places and cultures.

Katherine Raber

Katherine Raber

Commodity Sales Executive

"It’s a magical world, Hobbes, ol’ buddy… Let’s go exploring!" – Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Katherine joined Northstar Recycling straight from college, where she primed herself for a more environmentally-minded career. She has completed many internships and field work abroad in the sectors of conservation, sustainability, biology, and nonprofit communication.

EDUCATION: B.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Certificate in Environmental Studies, Princeton University

KATHERINE AFTER WORK: Katherine is an avid traveler with a nose for bakeries. She enjoys athletics and taking time to recharge in the great outdoors.

Alex Crooker

Alex Crooker

Client Development Executive

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand." – Albert Einstein

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Alex joined Northstar straight out of college. Alex has worked in a verity of hotels and even a restaurant tech company during his time in college. The hotels ranged from Hilton DoubleTree to the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. After studying abroad in a sustainability program, Alex realized he wanted to combine his interests by joining Northstar. He believes he can apply his expertise in hospitality with a strong passion for providing excellent service to clients, helping them achieve their goals of sustainability through recycling.

EDUCATION: B.A. Hotel Administration, Hospitality Leadership Concentration in Law, Cornell University CIEE Study Abroad – Sustainability + The Environment, Monteverde Costa Rica

ALEX AFTER WORK: Alex recently moved to Northampton, MA after living in Ithaca, NY for 17 years. Even though he is from upstate New York, he is a large Boston Red Sox fan. He enjoys exploration and meeting new people, and one of his favorite things to do is find and try new restaurants with people.

Tom Il Grande

Tom Il Grande

Client Development Executive

"Humans are the only organisms that produce an output that is not in turn used as an input for another system. I am proud to be working for a company that is changing that."

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Despite growing up in a suburb of NYC, Tom’s passion for the environment first formed as a young boy caring for his family’s vegetable garden. Tom chose to focus his college education on sustainability and the environment. Prior to joining Northstar Recycling, Tom worked at the Paleontological Research Institution during his college years. At Cornell, Tom served as captain of his club soccer team and is excited to bring his leadership skills, friendly demeanor, and passion for the environment to his clients at Northstar Recycling.

EDUCATION: B.S. Development Sociology, Dual Minor in Environmental & Sustainability Studies and Climate Change, Cornell University

TOM AFTER WORK: Tom enjoys spending time with his large Italian family in New Jersey, gardening, playing soccer, and working out.

Scott Kinney

Scott Kinney

Director of Employee Experience

"How do you go from where you are to where you wanna be? And I think you have to have an enthusiasm for life. You have to have a dream, a goal. And you have to be willing to work for it." – Jimmy V

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: With over 25 years of experience working as a teacher, coach, and summer program administrator at Dexter Southfield (a prep school in Brookline, MA) Scott is a beloved mentor and inspirational leader. Applying his impressive background, Scott enhances our team as the Director of Employee Experience, in addition to heading many of the human resource elements of the company.

EDUCATION: B.S. in Education, Penn State University; MEd in Educational Research, Measurement, & Evaluation, Boston College

SCOTT AFTER WORK: Scott spends his time after work with his wife (Susan) and his two children (Chris and Alivia), both of whom are currently college students. Scott, a former college athlete and high school basketball coach, is a big fan of the Celtics and Patriots. He enjoys attending games at Boston College and spending time with his wife’s large extended family in the Boston Area.

Krystyna Petkovsek

Krystyna Petkovsek

Account Manager

“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Krystyna joined the Northstar team with a long background in the child care field. These experiences have taught her responsibility, patience, and how to have a positive outlook in all situations. She hopes to use these qualities in building strong relationships with her clients.

EDUCATION: B.S. in Criminal Justice, SUNY Polytechnic Institute

KRYSTYNA AFTER WORK: In her time away from work, Krystyna enjoys spending her weekends with family and friends. She loves live music and attends as many summer concerts as she can. Krystyna is also an avid New York sports fan. When not attending concerts or sporting events, she can be found at home relaxing with a good book and spending time with her dog, Mo.

Jennifer Stanley

Jennifer Stanley

Account Manager

“There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Jennifer joined Northstar in November 2016, bringing with her over 6 years of customer service experience and a background in dispatching and travel.  Jennifer has built her career around using her listening skills to develop sound relations with her clients.  She believes it is important to listen to understand, rather than listen to respond.

EDUCATION: B.S. Communications and Information Design with concentrated studies in branding, rebranding, and editorial work. 

JENNIFER AFTER WORK: Jennifer enjoys writing, reading, baking, and cooking.  She also likes to spend time with her friends, family, and her dog (Behr).

Marsha Rupp

Marsha Rupp

Client Development Executive

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Marsha joined the Northstar team in 2016, with an insurance background centered on financial account management and marketing. Always focused on the customer, Marsha strives to surpass client expectations with high quality, responsive communications, and brings energy and enthusiasm to her work. At Northstar, she provides value to her clients through financial analysis and recycling plan recommendations, resulting in cost savings and environmental benefits.

EDUCATION: B.A. Economics and Business Administration, Furman University

MARSHA AFTER WORK: Marsha is grateful for time spent with her husband (Chris), three children, (Dylan, Jacqueline and Austin), two rescue dogs, and family and friends in the local Connecticut area. She is an avid golfer, and enjoys fitness, music, photography, watching her kids’ sporting events, and volunteering for numerous charities and organizations.


Bridget Callahan

Client Development Executive

"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe." – John Muir

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Bridget joined Northstar after interning at a trade association in Washington, DC and a small environmental non-profit in Wilmington, NC. She brings experience in recycling and environmental stewardship programs within the plastics industry. At the University Of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW), Bridget was a trip-leader, taking students and facility on kayaking, standup paddle boarding, and surfing trips. She was also a member of UNCW’s Student Government Senate. Both activities at UNCW and her internships have taught Bridget the importance of attention to detail, problem solving, and customer service.

EDUCATION: B.S. Environmental Science, Minor Economics, University Of North Carolina Wilmington

BRIDGET AFTER WORK: Outside of work, Bridget enjoys cooking, any activity outside, and watching environmental documentaries. Bridget is excited to explore the coast of New England.


Mike Levin

Client Development Executive

"You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus."– Mark Twain

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Over his career, Mike has spearheaded the growth of a startup re-manufacturing business into a sustainable company.  During his tenure he worked in every facet of the company, including Sales, Operations, General Management, and Information Technology.  He also has experience identifying and implementing risk management solutions for companies.

EDUCATION: B. S. in Business Administration, University of New Hampshire

MIKE AFTER WORK: When not working, Mike spends his time with his wife and four children.  He enjoys spending time in the woods on his mountain bike, and is also an avid road biker.

Steve Brickel II

Steve Brickel II

Client Development Executive

“The future of everything we have accomplished since our intelligence evolved will depend on the wisdom of our actions over the next few years.” – Ronald Wright

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Steven’s passion for sustainability and waste management experience lead him to join Northstar in 2016. His career began at Michigan State University, where he co-founded the student organization “Sustainable Spartans,” and received national recognition for his efforts in reducing food waste on campus. He has also worked on the research and development teams at both Walt Disney Imagineering and Keurig Green Mountain, conducting life cycle and cost benefit analyses. Steven continues to use his diverse skill set to help companies in various industries achieve their waste reduction and sustainability related goals.

EDUCATION: B.S. in Environmental Studies and Agriscience with concentrations in Science and Policy, Michigan State University

STEVEN AFTER WORK: When the day is done Steven spends his time listening to music and attending concerts. He also enjoys camping, cooking, trying different varieties of craft beer, touring arboretums, and experiencing new things.


Trees Saved by Northstar in 2014


States in which Northstar Recycling operates


Tons of CO2 prevented from entering the atmosphere


Point of contact for all waste from all locations


Northstar Recycling is the smart, simple solution to your recycling needs. Our customized waste stream management programs help businesses across North America recycle more and landfill less.

Turnkey Recycling Solutions

We seamlessly manage all waste from all locations — with a single point of contact — and have the ability to handle all recyclables on one trailer.

We have a proven track record of developing innovative solutions for hard to recycle items. Our industry standing, large volumes and strong financial position allows you to benefit from prompt payment and great returns on your recyclable materials. Northstar Recycling has robust waste-to-energy options and can also efficiently handle trash removal as you move toward Zero Landfill.

Fast And Accurate Reporting

This business is all about results. With Northstar Recycling, you can track your progress toward Zero Landfill with data that is fast, accurate and reliable.

We provide centralized reporting for all of your waste from all of your locations and our customized website provides real time data along with the environmental impacts of your recycling program.

And Consulting

Northstar Recycling’s innovative consulting practices allow you to quickly increase revenue and achieve Zero Landfill.

Our extensive waste audits and ongoing support provide your staff with the tools they need to make your program work, including state-of-the-art recycling equipment. We use Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing techniques and methodologies to develop solutions that integrate with your current operational excellence programs.


Northstar Recycling has been the catalyst that brought our recycling program from a “patchwork” operation to one that is not only providing the means for diverting waste from landfill, but has become an instrumental partner in our pursuit of ‘Zero Waste.’

James McKeown, Director of Environment/Energy, Bimbo Bakeries USA

Since the beginning, Northstar Recycling has shown great commitment and professionalism. Together, we have put in place an effective and efficient system that allows us to continue managing our waste stream without disrupting our operations. Fres-co System is now [a] 100% landfill-free workplace, and successfully expanded the initiative to [our] manufacturing facility located in Iowa.

Patti Bendik, Logistics Manager, Fres-Co

My company was sending polystyrene to the landfill until we found Northstar. They recommended recycling equipment and supported the installation, enabling us to immediately stop using the landfill and begin earning income from this waste material.

John Zoller, Director Corporate Compliance, Shiseido America, Inc

ZERO LANDFILL IN ACTION – Northstar Recycling Case Studies

Northstar Recycling’s relationship with this multi-billion dollar company began in 2013. At the time, 17 of the client’s manufacturing facilities were tasked with achieving Zero Waste to Landfill status. Northstar helped all 17 locations reach their goal in less than one year, and lowered the client’s waste costs by almost 60%, an annual savings of over $1.1 Million. Today, Northstar manages Zero Waste to Landfill programs at over 50 manufacturing and distribution facilities for this client.

Before teaming up with Northstar Recycling, the company was sending 98% of their waste to a landfill and racking up more than $1,000,000 a year in disposal costs. Northstar quickly developed a unique solution for material that was previously unrecyclable, and in less than one year Northstar was recycling 90% of the client’s production waste. In addition to achieving Zero Landfill status, the manufacturer has generated over $120,000 a year in recycling rebates. Northstar monitors the success of the program with ongoing training, on-site consultations, and process analysis.

Beginning in 2007, Northstar Recycling developed a consolidated, standardized recycling program for more than 80 locations across the country. Due to this partnership, the client has been able to cut landfill volumes by 1/3, double their recycling volumes, and significantly reduce disposal costs. Today, Northstar manages more than 750 manufacturing, retail, and distribution locations for this client.

Prior to their partnership with Northstar Recycling in 2012, the company was spending over $1 million annually to transport materials from 5 distribution centers to a single manufacturing facility. Within 6 months of implementing Northstar’s customized program, they were recycling directly from each distribution center — eliminating all transportation costs. Additionally, Northstar developed and implemented a plan to recycle almost all materials that were previously being sent to landfills. Today, Northstar successfully manages Zero Waste to Landfill programs at this company’s manufacturing, distribution, and research facilities.

In 2010, this company turned to Northstar Recycling to help them reduce trash and increase recycling volumes. The primary challenge was finding a solution for a film that the company had been told was not recyclable. After implementing a standardized separation and sorting process, Northstar was able to find a market for the film. Northstar helped this client not only meet but surpass its waste and recycling objectives, doubling recycling and halving trash volumes within 2 years. Northstar now manages waste and recycling at all five of this client’s US-based production facilities.

Northstar began working with this client in 2009, conducting an in-depth, on-site process analysis to identify and implement numerous program improvements that led to elimination of virtually all landfill waste at one pilot location. Today, Northstar functions as the preferred recycling provider for this client, managing waste and recycling at over 25 of its manufacturing and distribution facilities.

Northstar Recycling started working with this company in 1982. Northstar now handles all recyclable commodities from over 20 plants for this client, helping them earn hundreds of thousands of dollars in recycling rebates. This enduring partnership has led to continual increases in recycling volumes and reductions in landfill waste (closely monitored by Northstar’s critical, real-time reporting).

Thanks to Northstar Recycling’s removal of all management fees, this client immediately realized $100,000 in annual savings at the start of their partnership. Northstar has since developed and implemented custom solutions for over 50 of this client’s distribution facilities. This has lead to increased recycling, reduced waste to landfill, and more than 20% additional annual savings.

With a waste stream of primarily paper, this company has used Northstar Recycling to manage its recycling since 2010. In the history of this relationship, Northstar has won 2 exhaustive, national RFPs against the largest and most respected waste paper dealers, brokers, paper mills, and recyclers by offering the greatest overall value in program services. Northstar currently recycles more than 10 Million pounds of waste paper a month at over 10 locations for this client.

This client specializes in manufacturing and supplying food to multi-chain casual dining operations. Prior to partnering with Northstar, this company’s previous waste and recycling service provider ran into financial difficulties, leaving them at risk. Northstar was brought in during May of 2015, and within 2 weeks of launch, had audited all 10 facilities, taking control over the waste and recycling programs at each location. Today, Northstar continues to work with this company at the corporate, managerial, and associate levels to continually ensure that material is separated properly so maximum waste diversion and recycling rebates can be achieved. This has been done through follow-up site visits, recycling audits, conference calls, and training slides.

Trash Talk Blog

Paper Recycling: Multiwall Sacks


Sometimes referred to as kraft bags, ingredient bags, pet food bags, or similar – multiwall paper sacks are both highly recyclable and highly prevalent in manufacturing and distribution company waste streams. Yet when it comes to paper recycling, this stream is often overlooked. Recycling Today recently published a great article about recycling multiwall sacks.


Guide to Recycling Metal


Humans have been recycling metal for thousands of years, but do you know how to identify different types of metal waste at your company?


The NextWave in Plastic Recycling


December 12 brought the announcement of a new organization, NextWave, that hopes to tackle the ever growing issue of plastic pollution in marine environments.  Here are some highlights about this innovative plastic recycling initiative: more



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