Kevin Budris

Staff Attorney CLF Rhode Island @kevin_budris

Kevin Budris is a Staff Attorney in the Zero Waste Project at CLF.  Kevin’s work focuses on advancing zero waste solutions such as responsible production, waste reduction, reuse, composting, and recycling, while opposing landfill expansions, waste incinerators, and other polluting practices that threaten our communities and our environment.  Before joining CLF, Kevin worked at the National Environmental Law Center, where he litigated citizen enforcement lawsuits against companies in violation of federal environmental statutes.

Kevin has a J.D. from the George Washington University School of Law, and an A.B. from Harvard University.  Following law school, Kevin clerked for Judge Janet Bond Arterton in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, and also worked as a litigator at a large international law firm in Boston.  Kevin is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, and before the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the First Circuit and the Ninth Circuit.

Kevin lives with his family in Providence, Rhode Island.  When he’s not at work, Kevin can be found exploring the woods, beaches, and mountains of New England, or toiling away on his latest brewing or sewing project.

Recent Posts

Connecticut Modernizes Its Bottle Bill, But at What Cost?
Connecticut’s bottle return program has long needed an upgrade. As with other New England states, Connecticut’s 5-cent deposit on beverage containers isn’t enough of an incentive to drive bottle redemption and recycling – and hasn’t been for some time. In fact, the 5-cent fee hasn’t changed since the program started in 1980. As a result, consumers…
Big Corporations are Lobbying to Burn Plastic, But We’re Pushing Back
It’s no secret that single-use plastics are sourced from dirty fossil fuels. As a result, plastics production, use, and disposal pose critical threats to our health, environment, and climate. But the powerful interests directly responsible for our plastics crisis – the petrochemical and plastics industries – claim they have a “solution.” They want to make…
Can We Make Waste Incinerators Safe? Yes, By Shutting Them All Down
Every day across New England, waste incinerators spew emissions containing toxic pollutants like dioxins, lead, and mercury into the air. They get away with this because clean air laws often favor polluters instead of the people they’re supposed to protect. In fact, trash burners can often blow right past their mandated emissions limits – legally.…
Burning Medical Waste is a Toxic Business
Just off I-95 in West Warwick, Rhode Island, stands MedRecycler, a company that is aiming to build and run facilities for burning medical waste. The company is targeting an industrial park in its own hometown as a location to build one of these facilities. Its goal? To import and burn up to 70 tons of…
Connecticut’s Bottle Bill is Back After Services Were Reduced
At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, staffing concerns caused many New England states with bottle return programs to temporarily stop enforcing collection requirements at grocery stores, supermarkets, and liquor shops. While many independent redemption centers remained open throughout the public health crisis, the pause on retail collection sites, like grocery stores, made it difficult…


See all posts by