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John G. Carlton, P.E., BCEE

Senior Vice President
BS, Civil and Environmental Engineering Duke University
Registered Professional Engineer in New Jersey and Maryland

Specialties: 
Strategic thinking and planning; solving complex problems; and managing large, complicated projects.

John G Carlton

"I help clients understand and improve their solid waste systems. We can help turn solid waste liabilities into environmental and economic opportunities."

Mr. Carlton has more than 27 years of solid waste management experience as a consultant and in executive positions for public-sector authorities. Prior to joining GBB, he most recently served as Project Director and Project Manager for landfill baseliner and closure designs, landfill and composting operator procurements, solid waste management plan development, waste-to-energy, and landfill photovoltaic projects for CDM, a national consulting, engineering, construction and operations firm. Mr. Carlton also has experience with environmental site assessments, environmental permitting, energy audits, energy conservation retrofit measures, and water conservation and wastewater planning. Early in his career, he was an Engineer, with Killam Associates Consulting Engineers where he planned, designed, permitted and evaluated industrial and solid waste management facilities.

He also has over 12 years of experience in positions as Executive Director of the Pollution Control Financing Authority of Warren County, in Oxford, NJ, and as Director, Division of Solid Waste and Recycling Services, of the Hunterdon County Utilities Authority, in Flemington, NJ. He successfully administered annual budgets of $15 million, and oversaw a waste-to-energy facility, transfer station, landfill, recycling programs, household hazardous waste and electronics collection programs, educational programs, and enforcement programs.

Publications & Speeches

"Measuring Recycling Success in the Era of the Changing Ton," presented at SWANA's Webinar Series (April 2017)

"Creating Successful Partnerships Involves Risk Sharing," published in Waste Today (March 2017) 

"Welcome Waste Today…Happy New Year too!," published in Waste Today (January 2017) 

"Guest Editorial: Waste Diversion—Do We Need Carrots or Sticks? Or Technology?" published in MSW Management magazine (January 2017)

"Sharing the Risks and Rewards – The Public Private Partnership Model," presented at the Renewable Energy from Waste Conference, Long Beach, CA. (2016, November)

"Paying for Improvements – the Madera County Experience," presented at the Rural Counties' Environmental Services Joint Powers Authority Meeting, Sacramento, CA. (October 2016)

"The Measure of Success: How WTE Helps Communities Move Beyond Recycling Goals," published in the Renewable Energy from Waste magazine (October 2016)

"The Measure of Success – How to Measure Recycling Program Success in the Era of the Changing Ton," presented at WASTECON, Indianapolis, IN. (August 2016)

"Waste-to-Energy on a Very Small Scale: The Metlakatla Indian Community Experience," presented at WASTECON, Indianapolis, IN. (August 2016)

"Yard Waste Composting Versus Landfill Gas Recovery: The Iowa Story: What Really Happened," presented at WASTECON, Indianapolis, IN. (August 2016)

"Materials Management Town Hall: Setting Practical Goals in a Polarized World," (moderator) presented at the Maryland Recycling Network / SWANA Mid-Atlantic Conference, Ellicott City, MD (June 2016)

"Mixed Waste Processing, Mixed Results," published in the Renewable Energy from Waste magazine (June 2016)

"The Opportunities and Challenges of Food Waste to Energy in the U.S.," presented at the Food Waste-to-Low Carbon Energy Conference, Bordentown, NJ. (April 2016)

"Economics of Waste Management in the U.S.," presented at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers webinar (November 2015)

"MRFs: Mastering an Inconsistent Waste Stream," presented at the SWANA Quad State Conference, Pigeon Forge, TN. (September 2015)

"How will the Diversion of Organics Impact Landfill Gas to Energy Projects," presented at SWANA's Webinar Series (September 2015)

"How will the Diversion of Organics Impact Landfill Gas to Energy Projects," presented at WASTECON, Orlando, FL. (August 2015)

"Mixed Waste Processing Facilities: Not Your Mother’s or Father’s Dirty MRF," presented at the Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania Recycling & Organics Conference, Harrisburg, PA (July 2015)

"Curbside Collection Strategies," presented at the Maryland Recycling Network & SWANA Mid-Atlantic Conference, Linthicum, MD (June 2015)

"Zero Waste Maryland Town Hall," (moderator) presented at the Maryland Recycling Network & SWANA Mid-Atlantic Conference, Linthicum, MD (June 2015)

"Latest North American Perspective on Integrated Solid Waste Management," presented at the Waste-to-Resources International Symposium MBT MRF , Hanover, Germany (May 2015)

"Turning a Legacy Landfill into an Asset," presented with James Sherman, Esq. (McManimon Scotland Baumann, LLC) at the SWANA New Jersey Annual Spring Conference, Atlantic City, NJ (April 2015)

"Opportunities for Saving," (moderator) presented with James Sherman, Esq. (McManimon Scotland Baumann, LLC) at the SWANA New Jersey Annual Spring Conference, Atlantic City, NJ (April 2015)

"The Organic Factor," published in MSW Management magazine (January 2015)

"The Role of Solid Waste Management in Eco Cities of the Future," presented at the Eco Cities of the Mediterranean Forum (October 2014)

"Innovative City Waste Solutions," presented at the Eco Cities of the Mediterranean Forum (October 2014)

"Selecting the Best Front-end Technology," presented at the Municipal Solid Waste to Biofuels and Bio-Products Summit (October 2014)

"One Bin, Two Bin," presented at WASTECON (August 2014)

"The Use of Global Positioning Systems to Improve Landfill Performance," presented at the SWANA Annual Landfill Symposium, Monterey, CA (March 2014)

"Rockingham County Strategic Planning – Case Study," presented with Lance L. Metzler and Ronnie Tate (Rockingham County) at the SWANA North Carolina Chapter Conference, Asheville, NC (April 2012)

"Smart Procurements," presented at the SWANA North Carolina Chapter Conference, Asheville, NC (April 2012)

"Everyone Got Wet – Hurricane Sandy," moderated session at SWANA New Jersey Chapter, Atlantic City, NJ (April 2013)

"Expanding Waste Conversion Operations in North America," presented at the Waste Conversion Congress West Coast, Long Beach, CA (November 2012)

"The Changing Nature of Organics: Emerging Strategies for Managing the Low Hanging Fruit (and other Organics)," presented at the BioCycle Conference, St. Louis, MO (October 2012)

"Waste-to-Energy and Conversion Technologies," presented at the Waste-to-Fuels Conference, Mystic, CT. (September 2012)

"The Changing Waste Stream and Its Implications for Waste-to-Energy," presented at the North American Waste-to-Energy Conference, Portland, ME. (April 2012)

"Educating Municipalities on the value of incorporating waste to fuels into a renewable energy strategy," presented at the Municipal Solid Waste to Biofuels Summit, Chicago, IL. (February 2012)

"Exposed Geomembrane Landfill Covers," presented at the SWANA NJ Spring Conference, Atlantic City, NJ. (April 2011)

"Shaping the Future of Solid Waste Management," presented at the SWANA NC Conference, Wilmington, NC. (October 2010)

"Shaping the Future of Solid Waste Management," presented at WASTECON, Boston, MA. (August 2010)

"The Economy’s Impact on Solid Waste Management," presented at WASTECON, Long Beach, CA. (September 2009)

"The Shape of Things to Come:  What Will Solid Waste Management Be Like in the Megaregions of the Future," MSW Management, Volume 19, Number 3. (May 2009)

"Planning and Management, the Heart of Solid Waste Systems," MSW Management, Volume 18, Number 4. (May-June 2008)

"Turning Sour Gas into Sweet Electricity,"presented at the 30th Annual SWANA Landfill Gas Symposium, Monterey, CA. (March 2007; with Graubard, D.)

"Research and Development of a Model to Establish an Equitable Disposal Fee for Landfilling Bulk Loads of Mattresses,"presented at the 11th Annual SWANA Landfill Symposium, Nashville, TN. (June 2006; with Williams, J.; and Mullen, M.)

"Case Study/Lessons Learned – the Warren County Landfill Gas to Energy Project,"presented at the 29th Annual SWANA Landfill Gas Symposium, St. Petersburg, FL. (March 2006; with Sapir, E.)

"Case Study:  The Impact of Construction and Demolition Debris Screenings on Landfill Gas Quality," Proceedings of the 28th Annual SWANA Landfill Gas Symposium, San Diego, CA. (March 2005; with Zelley, R.; and McCarron, G.)

"Design and Construction Considerations of All-Geosynthetic, Double-Composite Landfill Baseliners," Proceedings of the 8th Annual SWANA Landfill Symposium, Atlantic City, NJ. (June 2003; with Swyka, M.; Adams, M.; and Solheim, M.)

"Construction of an All Synthetic Double Lined Composite Lining System," presented at the Federation of New York Solid Waste Associations Solid Waste/Recycling Conference & Trade Show, Bolton Landing, NY. (May 2003)

"Evaluation of the Hunterdon County Municipal Recycling Assistance Program,"Proceedings of the 19th International Madison Waste Conference, Madison, WI. (September 1996; with Peters. H.)

"Textile Recycling," Waste Age, Volume 26, Number 1, pp. 83-89. (January 1995; with Jablonowski, E.)