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2018 Waste Pioneers List – Individuals

2018 Waste Pioneers List – Individuals

Methodology by Eric Metelka

Data Analysis by Ranjith Annepu

Authored by Swetha D and Ranjith Annepu


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We are proud to announce the 2018 be Waste Wise Pioneers List which recognizes individuals that are effectively sharing solutions to waste management and stories about their work. Last week, we published the list of 31 organizations which are part of the be Waste Wise Pioneers List. We analyzed more than thousand social media accounts to find this year’s Pioneers. In its earlier versions, this was called the Waste Influencers List

We believe in the power of communications and active knowledge dissemination in supporting waste management across the world. Our aim behind recognizing Waste Pioneers is to encourage such communications and enhance opportunities for collaboration.

Next week, we will publish a list of media organizations who are Waste Pioneers. Keep following this space, for regular updates.

To find these influencers and others who connect the world to great ideas and solutions, check our Twitter list with the name —Waste Influencers— which is updated constantly. If you think we are missing some, please tweet at us with their handle.

Remember to follow these influencers or subscribe to the Twitter List to see what they’re sharing about waste.


Individuals are ordered alphabetically.

Adam Minter

Adam Minter is a columnist for Bloomberg View based in Kuala Lumpur, and the author of Junkyard Planet:Travels in the Billion Dollar Trash Trade.

Follow @AdamMinter

Adam has worked in the resources & waste sector for over 25 years, as an academic, local government officer, consultant & contractor. He is External Affairs Director at SUEZ Recycling & Recovery UK Ltd. He is also a be Waste Wise contributor.

Follow @AdamRead74

Alex Godoy-Faundez is Director of Sustainability Research Centre & Strategic Resource Management at School of Engineering, Universidad del Desarrrollo.

Follow @AlexGodoyF_

Anne-Marie Bonneau is a zero waste chef. 

Follow @zerowastechef

Beth Terry is the author of the book, “Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too” and runs the website She is also a be Waste Wise contributor. 

Follow @PlasticfreeBeth

Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola is the General Manager at Lagos State Parks & Gardens, the Co-Founder of Wecyclers, and a Board Member at Lagos State Employment Trust Fund. Bilikiss is also a be Waste Wise contributor

Follow @bilikiss

Chris Oestereich runs Linear to Circular, a firm that helps organizations reduce waste while evolving their operations toward the coming circular economy. He is also a be Waste Wise contributor

Follow @costrike

Dana Gunders is the Author of Waste Free Kitchen Handbook, a former scientist at NRDC, and a Food Waste Warrior

Follow @dgunders

Ellen MacArthur is the founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation with the goal of “accelerating the transition to a regenerative, circular economy”.

Follow @ellenmacarthur

Hannah Jones is the CSO & VP, Innovation Accelerator for Nike Inc. She is passionate about innovating new products methods of make and businesses.

Follow @hjones_nike

Janez Potočnik

Janez Potočnik is Co-Chair of UN International Resource Panel – IRP and a former EU Commissioner for Environment.

Follow @JanezPotocnik22

Jen Gale is a sustainable living specialist helping families and individuals to make the small changes that add up to make a big difference.

Follow @makeandmendlife

John Mandyck is Chief Sustainability Officer for United Technologies Corporation. He is the co-author of the book Food Foolish, which explores the hidden connection between food waste, hunger and climate change. 

Follow @JohnMandyck

Jonathan Bloom

Jonathan Bloom is a journalist, speaker, consultant, leftover lover, food waste lamenter. He is also a be Waste Wise contributor.

Follow @WastedFood

Julie Lawson is an environmental advocate, also known as trash chick.

Follow @srfrjulie

Keith Alverson is the Head of the Climate Change Adaptation and Terrestrial Ecosystems Branch of the Division on Environmental Policy Implementation at the UNEP in Nairobi, Kenya. 

Follow @AlversonKeith

Kyle Wiens

Kyle Wiens is the CEO of iFixit, the free repair manual. He’s dedicated his life to right to repair and defeating the second law of thermodynamics. He is also a be Waste Wise contributor.

Follow @kwiens

Maxine Perella is an environmental journalist and commentator working in the field of corporate sustainability, circular economy and resource efficiency. She is the founder of Go Circular and is also a be Waste Wise contributor.

Follow @greendipped

Mike Pitts is the Head of Urban Systems covering the priority areas of Urban Living and Smart Infrastructure at Innovate UK, the government’s innovation agency.

Follow @pittso

Mike Tregent has over 30 years’ experience in the fields of Waste Regulation, Resource Efficiency, Waste Planning and Public Health. He seeks to use and share this knowledge to create a more regenerative and just society.

Follow @miketregent

Nicholas Mallos is Director of the Trash Free Seas® Program at Ocean Conservancy. He is also a be Waste Wise contributor.

Follow @nickmallos

Rob Watson has 30 years in international market transformation and is the Founder of the LEED Green Building Rating System and the SWEEP Solid Waste Standard

Follow @kilrwat

Robert Egger is the Founder of DC Central Kitchen, a Founding Board Member of World Central Kitchen, and the CEO of the L.A. Kitchen. He is also a be Waste Wise contributor.

Follow @robertegger

Roz Savage is an author, speaker and Yale lecturer. She is the first woman to row solo across three oceans, and is also a be Waste Wise contributor.

Follow @rozsavage

Stacy Malkan is the author of Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry and the Co-founder of safe cosmetics campaign and US Right to Know. She is also a be Waste Wise contributor.

Follow @SafeCosmetics

Steve Lee is an independent resources and waste consultant.

Follow @steveleeres1

Steven Parkinson FRSA works for Autodesk Education with a passion to inspire the next generation of engineers.

Follow @iamparksy

Temsutula Imsong

Temsutula Imsong works with Sakaar Sewa Samiti in addressing waste management by conducting workshops in schools and enrolling students to practice home composting.

Follow @temsutulaimsong

Tristram Stuart is an international award-winning author, speaker, campaigner and expert on the environmental and social impacts of food.

Follow @TristramStuart

William McDonough

William McDonough is a designer, advisor, co-author of Cradle to Cradle + The Upcycle.

Follow @billmcdonough

If you are in this list or on the Twitter list, to find how you did relatively to others, write to us at We’ll be glad to share the data. be Waste Wise is a non-profit organization and our motive is to enhance collaboration and the dialogue on waste solutions. We would love to work with the curious ones among you to explore other ways to use this data to achieve our objectives. You can also tweet to us @bewastewise.

You can check an earlier influencers list, to learn more about the methodology.

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