Kirstie Pecci

Director of the Zero Waste Project and Senior Fellow CLF Massachusetts @KirstiePecci

Kirstie Pecci is the director of the Zero Waste Project and a Senior Fellow at Conservation Law Foundation. Kirstie is a former MASSPIRG Staff Attorney actively engaged in waste reduction and opposing the expansion of landfill and incinerator capacity. Kirstie is part of the Zero Waste Boston coalition, which advocates for zero waste solutions such as reuse, recycling, redesign and composting/anaerobic digestion in the City of Boston. She also founded the central Massachusetts group Residents for Alternative Trash Solutions to oppose a regional landfill expansion in her community and promote zero waste principles. Kirstie started her legal career as an associate in Nixon Peabody’s Real Estate/Environmental Practice Group. A graduate of Boston College Law School and Harvard University, she lives in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.


Recent Posts

Public Concerns Ignored in Approval of Massive Landfill Expansion
When the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) this week gave its final okay for an ash landfill in Saugus to expand, it signaled that polluting our communities and our environment is perfectly fine – even if it lacks the liner and groundwater monitoring required at every other ash landfill in the state. The landfill…
Expanding New England’s Largest Landfill is a Terrible Idea
As CLF’s Zero Waste Project director, I live and breathe solid waste. Specifically, I spend my days (and many nights) advocating for much-needed changes to dramatically reduce the amount of waste we generate in New England. I also work to ensure that the ways we dispose of waste – through landfills and incinerators, for example…
Municipal Solid Waste: What is It and Why is It a Problem?
Last month, I shared with you the perils of landfills and ash incinerators and why we need to rethink the way we dispose of our trash. But just what goes into a landfill or incinerator, anyway? Think for a moment about the trash you produce every day, either directly or indirectly. First, there’s what you…
Got Thanksgiving Leftovers? Here’s What to Do with Them This Year
Every year we host my husband’s family for Thanksgiving. That means 14 hungry adults and kids clamoring for food. If you’re like me, even with so many people, some food inevitably goes to waste – some mashed sweet potatoes here, a few roasted carrots and parsnips over here, a little farmers market green beans on…
Massachusetts Wants to Let Most Dangerous Landfill in the State Operate for Five More Years
On November 1, Wheelabrator Saugus, Inc., received a provisional permit from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to dump another 500,000 tons of toxic ash from burned trash at its Saugus landfill. The permit allows the landfill to operate for five more years – a full 26 years beyond its original shutdown deadline. Surrounding communities already suffer ill…

 

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