Environmental Issues: Press & Publications

DeFeo Associates In the News

N.J. Towns Curb Their Enthusiasm for Recycling

Wayne DeFeo said, “The problem is all over the state.” He says towns could establish in-house collection services to reduce contractors’ fees, but that comes with start-up costs and equipment delays.

Recycling is Not Garbage it's a Commodity: What really happens to your recycling?

Cardboard, paper, metals, glass and plastic are actually traded on the commodity markets. "Recycling is not garbage, it’s a commodity, and if it’s a clean commodity it has value," DeFeo said.

Wayne DeFeo Speaks to West Orange Council About Waste Collection Options

Tammy Williams introduced DeFeo Associates, “a full service environmental consulting firm that provides clients with environmental expertise with a strong emphasis on environmental sustainability."

Plan to Turn Food Into Compost Draws Packed House

“This type of material, food scraps, makes some of the highest quality compost you can make because the source is so rich,” DeFeo told the county advisory council.

Complaint Filed with DEP over Controversial Camden Recycling Center

For years, neighbors have complained about fires producing noxious black smoke at a Camden recycling center.

Clifton Council Discusses New Garbage Cart and Reduced Pickup to Offset Rising Costs

Consultant Wayne DeFeo of DeFeo Associates presented options for the bid proposal to mitigate the increased costs in garbage collection seen across NJ.

Managers Rethink Office Design, Travel Policies to Align with Net-Zero Goals

Even for asset managers that do not own their offices and are just leasing space, changes can be made, said Wayne DeFeo, principal at environmental consultant DeFeo Associates.

Princeton Looks At Sustainability With Proposed Waste Disposal Program

The municipality got Wayne DeFeo to look at Princeton's solid waste program and make recommendations ahead of putting out bid solicitation.

Wayne DeFeo Appointed to New Jersey Food Waste Recycling Market Development Council

Wayne DeFeo was recently appointed to the New Jersey Food Waste Recycling Market Development Council by Governor Phil Murphy.

WELL Health and Safety Being Considered by Facilities Managers

On September 23, Wayne DeFeo spoke to members of the NJ IFMA, about the importance of the WELL Health and Safety Programs.

Greenable Woodbridge: Lithium Batteries

On Wednesday August 11th, 2021 Wayne DeFeo interviewed with Caroline Ehrlich on the Greenable Woodbridge Show. The topic of the show was proper battery recycling and how to dispose of batteries correctly.

Environmental Awareness & Sustainability in the Classroom

On Thursday June 3rd, 2021 Wayne DeFeo, presented Solid Waste and Recycling - What is It and How do we Improve our Schools. This presentation covered recycling in our school systems and how to increase engagement.

Living in Harmony with Nature

On Friday June 5th, 2020 Wayne DeFeo, Warren Environmental Commission and Executive Director of the NJ Chapter of the Green Building Council, presented Living In Harmony With Nature - General Green Practices.

Wayne DeFeo in association with the Warren Township Green Team and the Somerset County Library System

Sheroes Stand Up

Women in Green – what are you standing up for?


Plant Base In Jersey City Is Determined To Change The Way We Shop

DeFeo argues that consumer demand can effect change more quickly. “There’s a shift,” he says, “because of people.”

Edible Jersey

US Green Building Council Celebrates Women in Green

Wayne DeFeo, USGBC NJ Executive Director said, “This program highlighted the achievements of talented women across the spectrum of sustainability fields..."

New Jersey Business & Industry Association Magazine

LEED, Follow or Get Out of the Way!

Watch the webinar to LEED, Follow or Get Out of the Way!

Wayne D. DeFeo, LEED AP, Executive Director, USGBC NJ in New Jersey Business & Industry Association Magazine

To LEED or Be Left Behind

The data on LEED buildings clearly demonstrates that businesses really can’t afford to avoid building new or retrofitting older buildings as LEED Certified.

Wayne D. DeFeo, LEED AP, Executive Director, USGBC NJ with the New Jersey Business Industry Association

More Developers Embrace Eco-Friendly Buildings

An increasing number of developers who want to give their projects an edge are adding eco-friendly components to their projects according to Wayne DeFeo.


Wayne DeFeo to Direct the U.S. Green Building Council in New Jersey

Wayne DeFeo, an environmental veteran with policy and management expertise, has been named Executive Director of the New Jersey Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council

USGBCNJ Press Release

Towns Fear Increasing Costs Could Force Them to Curtail or Even Cancel Recycling

Due to recent changes in recycling policies in China, local municipalities are now trying to educate the public to keep the recycling streams "clean".

CBS 2 New York

New Jersey is Pushing One of the Strictest Plastics Bans in the Nation. But is it Enough?

New Jersey proposes one of the strictest bans in the country on plastics in an effort to reduce pollution.

North Jersey Record

The Blame Game is on After Residents Call Out City for not Picking up Recycling

Newark deals with confusion on how recycling should be collected after contract with recycling provider expires.

NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

County Urges to Recycle Right under new Recycling Purity Restrictions

In efforts to comply with new Recycling Purity Restrictions, Burlington County urges its residents to recycle right.

Burlington County Times

Enhancing and Restoring Alumni Green at NJ Montclair State University

Wayne DeFeo volunteers to help make Montclair State University Alumni Green bigger and more welcoming.

Montclair State University

New Jersey Recycling Center implements an Odor-Suppression System

In an effort to prevent the foul smell of mulch from spreading to a nearby residential neighborhood, a vendor has implemented an odor suppression system at the New Jersey, West Orange Recycling Center.

Essex News Daily

New Jersey schools push ban on Styrofoam Food containers

Efforts in New Jersey are underway that would ban styrofoam food containers from public schools and state colleges.


Green Building's Unexpected Advantage

Green buildings aren't just good for the planet, being strategic in your business model can also bring about large returns!

Press Release

Recycling industry impacted by falling oil prices

While the majority of Americans are celebrating as the price of gas continues to fall, some industries are getting hit hard. Whats good news for millions of drivers is bad news for recycling centers.

CBS News Philadelphia

Recycling expert discusses the impact of falling oil prices on the recycling marketplace

Wayne DeFeo recently joined Diane Macedo, Anchor/Reporter for CBS New York, on a television video segement discussing the effect of low oil prices on recycling centers.

CBS News New York

Grease theft and demand for Bio-Fuel trigger NJ Legislation push

Increased use of environmentally friendly biodiesel fuel, which can be made by mixing refined cooking oil with diesel, has called for increased demand.


Twenty Questions with Movers & Shakers

20 questions for environmental expert Wayne DeFeo. A recognized expert in environmental issues in state and federal court and a faculty coordinator at Rutgers NJ, Wayne is considered one of the most influential people in the fields of sustainability and waste management in the region.

Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal

Recycling Markets: Remember Caveat Emptor

Wayne DeFeo's article was featured in the Fall 2014 Edition of The Pennsylvania Recycler magazine. He spotlights the topic of Recycling Markets and discusses their unbalanced trends.

The Pennsylvania Recycler

Economic Factors are threatening E-Waste Recycling Programs

The topic of discussion at a recent Association of New Jersey Recyclers meeting, was that e-waste recycling programs are being threatened by economic factors and face cancellation.


LEED-Certified: Meeting the Challenges of Building Green

In the shadow of New York City's second tallest skyscraper, which was recently awarded the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) highest level of certification under its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system (LEED), many are questioning just how eco-friendly LEED-certified buildings really are.

New Jersey Lawyer

Solar firms given reassurance by NJ Environmental Commissioner at conference

The commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Protection sought to calm fears among some in the clean energy industry that small-scale solar projects are getting left behind in the state’s new energy master plan in favor of off-shore wind power and large-scale solar arrays.


Green infrastructure bills offer incentives to builders

Wayne DeFeo, a director of the U.S. Green Building Council’s New Jersey chapter, supports bills sponsored by Assemblyman Ramos that promote “blue roofs” and other green infrastructure projects.


Wayne DeFeo and experts from Somerset County Business Partnership discuss Green Economy with N.J. Congressman

Wayne DeFeo, president of DeFeo Associates, a sustainability consulting firm in Warren, New Jersey, was recently invited to meet with Congressman Rodney Freylinghuysen to discuss the green economy.

Press Release

Successful Recycling: A Three-Step Approach

Facility managers face an ever-growing list of responsibilities in overseeing efficient and streamlined departments. Now, to make their jobs more challenging, they also must find a cost-effective method to recycle a more complex mix of materials.

FacilitiesNet.com / Maintenance Solutions

Expo hopes to paint Lawrence Township green

DeFeo gives Lawrence Township residents the opportunity to learn how to save money and the environment at the second annual Green Building Expo.

The Trenton Times

Warren-based environmental consultant helps businesses see green

DeFeo helps government officials, private companies and the public cut through intricate laws as his clients strive for energy efficiency, better recycling programs or similar earth-friendly efforts.

The Courier News

National Perspective: The sky is falling... or is it?

How to make recycling work if grant funding ends.

The Pennsylvania Recycler

Dover eyes water, DPW merger

Study by DeFeo Associates recommends eliminating Water Commission in the process.

The Daily Record

Burlington County Recycling lowers cost 64 cents per household

DeFeo Associates Study shows cost down while more residents served.

Press Release

NJ Recyclers' Award recipient Wayne DeFeo

Wayne DeFeo receives the REX award in recognition of outstanding contributions to recycling in New Jersey.

Association of NJ Recyclers

Environmental Education Publications by DeFeo Associates

Practical Recycling Economics, Making the Numbers Work for Your Program

Rutgers University

Aquatic Project Wild

Published by Western Regional Environmental Education Council

Cosmic Chemistry, The Living Textbook

Published as a Video Laser Disc by Optical Data Corporation

The future of solid waste costs without flow control

New Jersey Municipalities Magazine