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

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…
UPDATE: Developer Withdraws Application for Rhode Island Garbage Depot
In an unqualified victory for residents of Washington Park and South Providence, a proposed garbage depot will not be built in the midst of these frontline communities. Last month, we helped raise the alarm about this dangerous proposal. The garbage depot – and the dust, odor, traffic, and water pollution that would come with it…
Proposed Garbage Depot Is a Bad Idea for Providence
At the corner of Allens and Thurbers avenues in Providence, Rhode Island, sits a less-than-four-acre lot that could soon be home to a massive garbage depot. The proposal has nearby residents in South Providence and Washington Park worried and angry – and with good reason. These neighborhoods suffer from some of the highest asthma rates and…


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