Executive Director of Eco-Cycle International (USA)
Eric Lombardi is the President of Zero Waste Strategies Inc. and Senior Advisor to Eco-Cycle International (www.EcocycleSolutionsHub.org), a project of Eco-Cycle Inc. in Boulder, Colorado. Eric is a specialist in community recycling and Zero Waste systems, Social Enterprise and public private partnership (P3) development. Since 1989, Lombardi built Eco-Cycle into the largest Zero Waste community business in the U.S.A. with a staff of 70 and processing of over 50,000 tons of diverse recycled materials per year (2015). Lombardi is an authority on creating comprehensive community-based programs and is often a keynote speaker and consultant on the social and technical aspects of creating a “Zero Waste - Or Darn Near” society.
Lombardi is an international consultant, keynote speaker and workshop leader for government and private sector clients across the USA, New Zealand, England, Italy, France, Scotland, Romania, Israel, American Samoa, Wales and Saipan. His work covers the Waste:Climate Connection, recycling facility design, the collection and marketing of “hard to recycle” (HTR) materials such as electronic scrap, the Social Enterprise business approach, and the politic strategies for growing community recycling programs.
Lombardi was invited to the Clinton White House in 1998 as one of the Top 100 USA Recyclers, he co-founded and served as the Board President of the national GrassRoots Recycling Network (www.GRRN.org), and is a co-founder of the global Zero Waste International Alliance, based in Wales (www.ZWIA.org). He served from 1997-2004 on the U.S. National Recycling Coalition’s (NRC) Policy Work Group, and was an executive NRC Board member from 1991-1995. In 1992, he cofounded the U.S. National Nonprofit Recyclers Council. Eric received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Colorado Association for Recycling.
Lombardi has an advanced degree from Washington University (St. Louis) in Technology and Human Affairs, and has been working at the interface of where business/government/society come together to bring beneficial change to all the stakeholders.