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Contact: Lynn Rubinstein,, 802-254-3636
Date: August 13, 2019

New Leadership Elected for Northeast Recycling Council

The Board of Directors of the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) has elected a new leadership team, effective July 1.

Leadership Team: Kaley Laleker, Maryland Department of the Environment has been re-elected as the President; Robert Isner, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has been elected as Vice President; and Rick Watson, Delaware Solid Waste Authority has been re-elected as the Treasurer.  

Kaley Laleker is the Director of the Land and Materials Administration at the Maryland Department of the Environment. The Land and Materials Administration includes the Solid Waste, Resource Management, Oil Control, Lead Poisoning Prevention, Mining, Technical Services and Operations, and Land Restoration Programs. Ms. Laleker formerly served as the Deputy Director. She has a J.D. from the University Of Virginia School Of Law. This is Kaley’s second term as President of the Board.

Robert Isner is the Director, Waste Engineering and Enforcement Division at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP). His responsibilities include management of enforcement, permitting and compliance assistance activities for the recycling, pesticide, solid waste and hazardous waste programs. Prior to joining CT DEEP, Isner worked for over eight years as a municipal land use planner for two municipalities in Connecticut. He holds a Bachelor of Science from UConn and a Master of Science from Central Connecticut State University.

Richard P. Watson P.E., BCEE, is the Chief Executive Officer of the Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA). He leads the organization which is responsible for managing all municipal solid waste, recycling, household hazardous waste, electronic waste and other special waste programs for the entire State of Delaware. He joined DSWA in 1981 as a project engineer for Delaware’s first double lined sanitary landfill. Through the next  37 years he has overseen design, construction, and operation of solid waste projects, including landfills, transfer stations, landfill gas control systems, and various recycling projects. He has a B.S. Degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Clarkson University and a M.S. Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware.  This is the third term that Rick will serve as Treasurer of NERC.