Wastes and Toxics

ERG provides a full suite of services to help clients design, implement, and assess strategies and programs to prevent, reduce, and manage wastes and toxic releases. Our engineers, scientists, and life cycle analysts characterize solid and hazardous wastes, conduct solid waste audits, and evaluate industrial processes and products to identify toxic releases and associated human and environmental exposures. In parallel, they also help clients understand options for reducing waste streams. They assess alternative manufacturing processes to identify green engineering, green chemistry, and treatment technology options, and evaluate recycling and end-of-life management strategies. Complementing this work, ERG program development and outreach specialists support government agencies in designing, implementing, and managing voluntary green purchasing, recycling, and waste reduction programs. For clients interested in understanding the value of regulatory or voluntary efforts, ERG economists evaluate the cost-benefit of waste or toxics management, reduction, and prevention programs.

Hazardous Waste
  • Hazardous waste characterization
  • Evaluation of hazardous waste treatment technologies
  • Pollution prevention assessments and feasibility studies
  • Identification of emerging hazardous waste issues and trends
  • Risk-based targeting at the sector and facility level
  • Hazardous waste regulatory development and analysis
  • Waste management guidance and training
  • Hazardous waste program evaluation
Solid Waste
  • Solid waste characterization and waste flow assessments
  • Life cycle analyses
  • End-of-life management evaluations
  • Solid waste audits
  • Recycling program design and implementation
  • Outreach, promotion, and education
  • Data analysis, performance metrics, and tracking
Toxic Substances
  • Industrial process analysis
  • Identification of chemical releases and occupational exposures
  • Chemical release modeling
  • Exposure assessments and modeling
  • Fate and transport assessments and modeling
  • Screening-level risk assessments
  • Risk and hazard ranking tool development
  • Green engineering, green chemistry, and Design for the Environment (DfE) analyses
  • Economic assessment of supply chains associated with chemical manufacturing, processing, and use
  • Market data collection and analysis


Service Area Leads

Dena Blickstein

Each year, Americans generate millions of tons of waste and consume increasing amounts of resources. Educating and helping the public and organizations learn how they can reduce, reuse, and recycle has been a major focus of my career. I take great satisfaction in applying my extensive waste reduction knowledge to help my clients design and implement strategies to reduce the impact that waste has on the U.S. environment.

Dena Blickstein

Paul Buellesbach

I enjoy bringing a practical, engineering approach to solving the complex environmental problems facing our country, from air toxics emissions to hazardous waste issues to industrial and municipal wastewater contamination.

Paul Buellesbach

Jeff Cantin

When I tell people I’ve worked at the same company for almost three decades, they are often astonished: Who would want to do the same thing for so long? What they don’t realize is that it’s never the same. I consider myself fortunate that, throughout my career at ERG, the work I do has always been interesting, challenging, and changing with the times.

Jeff Cantin

Kurt Rindfusz

Bringing regulators and the regulated community together, educating them on each other’s concerns, and helping to find environmentally preferable and economically feasible solutions is one of the most enjoyable parts of my work.

Kurt Rindfusz

Shelly Schneider

As the world economy and population growth continue to strain natural resources, work toward sustainable materials management through source reduction, reuse, and recovery becomes increasingly critical. Conscious of these growing pressures, I am deeply motivated to support my clients in identifying and promoting effective ways to manage resources more efficiently.

Shelly Schneider