COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Charlotte Milan

Town of Arlington Recycling Coordinator

Charlotte started recycling in the 1970s, by helping her mom smash and sort different colored glass bottles at the local transfer station. After studying anthropology, social work, and business, she returned to waste reduction, becoming the Town of Arlington’s recycling coordinator in 2012. As a lifelong volunteer herself, Charlotte recruited legions of volunteers to help launch the Arlington DPW Reuse & Recycling Center. Charlotte appreciates the deep environmental commitment of Arlingtonians, and strives to co-create projects and programs that excite this community of waste reducers, while bringing our town to the forefront of environmental stewardship.

Larry Slotnick

Co-chair

It wasn’t until Larry was living in the Fenway area in the 1990s that he was exposed to neighbors and co-workers who were passionate about bicycling, recycling, and using Craigslist to acquire furniture. Larry was hooked on the concept that “waste” is ephemeral. As a founding employee of Zipcar in 2000, he pioneered the concept of decentralized fleet management by employing working cyclists. He co-founded the nonprofit Livable Streets Alliance in 2005 with the idea that streets should be for people, first. He co-founded Gaza Chocolate in 2006 and deployed one of the industry’s first Direct Trade sourcing strategies, while ensuring that the cacao “chaff” from the roasting process went to local gardeners. He moved to East Arlington in 2008, started a family, and connected with the startup nonprofit Food Link in 2015, where “waste” is simply a dirty word. He managed their facility construction in 2020 and continues to serve as both a volunteer and Facility Manager. Larry joined the Recycling Committee (now Zero Waste Arlington) in 2015 with a passion for 2 of the 3 Rs. Guess which ones?

Priya Sankalia

Co-chair

Priya credits her aunt Tara Warrior, a pioneer in waste segregation and reduction in India, for her interest in Zero Waste. When living in Bangalore in 2010, her aunt’s early lessons inspired Priya to organize residents and initiate a program for wet waste diversion in her apartment building. When Priya returned to the U.S., Zero Waste Arlington was a natural fit; she officially joined the committee in 2016. Priya did her graduate work in archaeology and anthropology, and now works as a project manager at a geospatial technology company.

Jim Ballin

Jim has been a passionate recycler and composter for decades. His interest in environmental protection and public health has led to a 20+ year career in environmental health law with the Mass. Department of Public Health. After working with a group of Town Meeting members to ban plastic shopping bags in Arlington, he has worked with Zero Waste Arlington on initiatives to reduce plastic waste, including the bans on polystyrene containers and single-use plastic water bottles. Jim appreciates living in a progressive community that supports efforts to promote sustainability and reduce climate change.

Jennifer Campbell

Jennifer, who has a background in animal advocacy, personally observed the impacts of plastic pollution on wildlife while volunteering at a wildlife rehabilitation clinic. She moved to Arlington in 2020 and joined Zero Waste Arlington a year later. She worked to pass the retail ban on single-use plastic water bottles, ensuring that Arlington remains a leader in this area. Jennifer firmly believes that, while not a replacement for national and international climate leadership, local actions to reduce single-use plastics are part of the climate solution.

Emily Dertz

Emily’s first waste reduction efforts involved crushing aluminum cans to take back to the recycling center as a child. While she still dutifully recycles her aluminum cans, her focus has now shifted to reducing and reusing, especially since she learned about the limitations of recycling. Emily joined Zero Waste Arlington in 2020.

Paul Goldberg

Paul’s parents were products of the Great Depression, and he learned the value of conserving resources at an early age. Before recycling was instituted in Arlington, he would collect his household newspapers, cardboard, glass, and metal cans and transport them to a neighboring town’s transfer station.

Paul joined Zero Waste Arlington in 2016, and enjoys the opportunity to work with like-minded people with aspirations of reducing waste and improving the quality of our environment.

Sarah Kmetz

Sarah joined Zero Waste Arlington in 2017, after a lifetime of recycling. Her attention to the details of waste diversion has made her a resource for colleagues and friends questioning what really belongs in their blue bins. Sarah appreciates the Arlington community’s interest in Zero Waste and its desire to make a difference. With two young children, she is passionate about reducing waste and helping individuals to make small, simple choices to help the greater good.

Scott (Mully) Mullen

Mully first interacted with the committee as a concerned citizen in 2018. He was not doing a great job composting in his small yard and worked with ZWA to add a community compost bin to the Hendersonville neighborhood. He joined the committee officially in December 2020 and serves on the webinar and legislative sub-committees.

Amy Speare

Amy is an avid outdoor enthusiast, backyard composter and community activist and has volunteered with local non-profit organizations and Town committees since the early 2000’s. Amy assisted with Zero Waste Arlington’s campaign to pass the 2022 single-use plastic water bottle retail ban and joined the committee shortly thereafter. She continuously tries to change her personal and household habits to reduce waste and is inspired by resident’s enthusiasm to reduce our community’s environmental impact.

Margie Bell

Margie grew up in Canada in a family that was conscious about waste reduction. She loves reusing, mending, recycling, composting and thrifting with her family. She values community initiatives like Everything Is Free Arlington and the Swap Shed.

Concerned by the acceleration of waste during the pandemic and inspired by Europe’s reusable programs, she co-founded Recirclable, an Arlington-based company enabling reusable containers in food service.