In addition to his role as a senior associate at the Edward J. Collins Center for Public Management at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Stephen Lisauskas serves as vice president of government affairs and regional vice president of sales at WasteZero. There, Stephen Lisauskas advises government officials on waste reduction initiatives. WasteZero is a certified B Corp on a mission to reduce waste in the United States by half. Since 1991, the company has partnered with towns, cities, and municipalities to help improve their recycling programs, reduce waste, and save money.
In a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, WasteZero President Mark Dancy was interviewed about the global waste crisis. Each year, 1.3 billion tons of waste is generated globally, and the U.S. is the largest contributor, at 254 million tons in 2013. Mr. Dancy weighed in on the reasons Americans may not realize how much waste they are producing, suggesting that since most people pay a flat fee for trash pickup, they don’t think about how much they dispose of. He advocates WasteZero’s “pay as you throw” program, in which people are charged by the bag, rather than paying a flat rate.