Major Funding The Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation

Garbage: Guests

Megan Durrell

Trash & Recycling Coordinator, City of Boise Public Works Department

Megan Durrell is a trash and recycling coordinator for the City of Boise. Trash and recycling collection are government-provided services to ensure the health and safety of our community. Trash and recycling are very dynamic industries that are always evolving and improving. Megan works on a variety of projects including glass recycling, Recycle the Fall (leaf recycling), business recycling, and new service starts for annexed properties. She has worked in trash and recycling for over 13 years.

Megan was raised in Wisconsin and has always been interested in conservation and public policy. She earned her Masters of Science in Natural Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and Bachelors of Science from the University of Idaho in both Environmental Science and Political Science. Although solid waste (trash and recycling) is not traditionally thought of as a "natural resource," it is definitely a resource that needs proper management and when recycled, can be a very important piece of resource management and conservation.

Megan lives in Boise with her husband and stepchildren. She is an animal lover and has three goofy dogs. In her spare time, Megan enjoys volunteering for a variety of non-profits, gardening, baking, reading, and traveling.

Ted Hutchinson

Solid Waste Deputy Director, Ada County Solid Waste Management

Ted Hutchinson has over 23 years of experience in landfill management and land use planning, with more than 17 years in the Solid Waste Management field. Ted has served as the Deputy Director of landfill operations for the past 10 years after working in land use planning and consulting.

Ted currently serves on the Audit Committee of the Idaho Solid Waste Association where he served as a member of the Board of Directors for 14 years. Ted also spent 9 years as a police officer for the City of Emmett, Idaho.

Ted is interested in the progression of the solid waste industry and hopes that one day, through technological advances, landfills will become obsolete and will become a source of recoverable resources.

Ted has a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Boise State University, and Manager of Landfill Operations and Landfill Specialist certificates from the Solid Waste Association of North America. Ted thoroughly enjoys his profession and works to stay up-to-date on current technological trends in landfill management through a variety of means which includes attending training courses on landfill issues such as: Managing Household Hazardous Waste Collection Programs, Landfill Gas Systems, Arid Landfill Design, Executive Management and Landfill Planning.

Ted Hutchinson was also a guest scientist for this topic in 2005.

Past guests for this topic include: Ana Masterson.

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