Hamden Hires Solid Waste & Recycling Coordinator


HAMDEN, CT — Joseph DeRisi has been hired as Hamden’s Recycling & Solid Waste Coordinator, officials announced this week. DeRisi, a Hamden resident, will begin working on Feb. 4. DeRisi graduated from Southern Connecticut State University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Geography. He continued his education, and by 2000 had obtained a Master’s Degree in the field of Resource Management and Administration from the Antioch New England Graduate School located in Keene, New Hampshire.

DeRisi’s experience “brings a unique set of skills to the Town of Hamden,” according to a press release. “His passion as an environmental educator, capacity to negotiate and administer substantial projects and programs, analytic capability, and ability to work and communicate with a diverse public will significantly benefit the Town’s recycling and trash removal operations.”

DeRisi holds certifications in deconstruction and materials re-use, OSHA 30, and a State of Connecticut demolition license. He previously served as a site coordinator for Habit for Humanity, the Watershed Coordinator for the Norwalk River Watershed Initiative, and as an Adjunct Professor at Gateway Community College focusing on water resource and deconstruction materials training. Most recently, he was employed as the owner and general managing partner of UrbanMiners, LLC, a Hamden-based company involved in commercial and residential building deconstruction, salvage, and marketing of re-claimed materials.

“The knowledge and expertise Mr. DeRisi brings to the Town in the form of his previous employment experiences and environmental education backgrounds are a win-win for Hamden,” Mayor Curt Balzano Leng said in a statement. “I know that we will be working very closely together on a number of ongoing and new green initiatives which will launch in 2019.”

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