Resource Recycling Systems (RRS) is pleased to announce Elisa Seltzer and Shaun Spalding have joined the RRS team as senior consultants. Elisa Seltzer is the former public works director for Emmet County, Mich. where she designed, implemented, and oversaw the county’s self-funded resource recovery program. During her 30-year tenure with Emmet County, Elisa helped the County reach a diversion rate approaching 50%, spearheaded the successful bin-to-cart transition for six municipalities, and managed a regional facility that included a material recovery facility (MRF) providing recycling processing services in a hub and spoke network of 5 counties , a transfer station, and a compost facility. She also collaborated with private haulers and government stakeholders, oversaw the solid waste management planning process, developed markets for many hard-to-recycle materials, and developed and oversaw the residential and commercial curbside routes and drop-site recycling sites in Emmet and four partner counties.
In her role as an RRS senior consultant, Elisa will focus on assisting communities in developing and improving recycling and composting programs, cultivating public-private partnerships, and strategically connecting the right resources to move communities toward zero waste and sustainability goals. Elisa will operate out of Michigan’s northern lower peninsula near Mackinaw City.
Shaun Spalding is a certified engineering technologist and environmental professional in waste management. Over his 19-year career, Shaun has worked in the public and private sectors improving operational service delivery, developing program and material specific strategies, creating master plans, and conducting material stream composition studies across Canada and the US. His career has included working with a large urban Ontario municipality, a private sector gas-to-energy company, and various consulting engineering firms.
Shaun will be working with public and private sector clients as an RRS senior consultant focusing on recovery infrastructure development including MRFs, transfer stations, and organics recovery sites, in addition to program and service level reviews, operational plan development, and compositional assessments. Shaun will operate out of Ontario, Canada.
“We are seeing increased demand from community, company, and organizational leaders to tackle the tough questions around recycling, organics recovery, and sustainability,” stated Jim Frey, co-founder and CEO of RRS. “Elisa and Shaun bring unique sets of experience and expertise that are valuable additions to the RRS team. We look forward to engaging with more organizations that are working toward a more sustainable future.”