Dr. Eileen Berenyi has served as a consultant to municipalities, states, and federal agencies on issues of solid waste management for the past 20 years. Her specialties include local public management, solid waste planning studies and policy evaluations in the area of solid waste collection and disposal.

As a principal in the firm Governmental Advisory Associates, Inc. she has conducted numerous analyses and studies of waste management and recycling programs on behalf of states and localities. She is the author and publisher of a major reference book on recycling and materials processing, entitled the Materials Recycling and Processing in the United States: Yearbook and Directory. This book periodically surveys Materials Recovery Facilities and Mixed Waste Processing Facilities. The 6th Edition will be published in the spring of 2015. The Yearbook has been published periodically since 1991.

Dr. Berenyi is an associate of the Earth Engineering Center, Columbia University and has served on the faculties of Columbia University, Baruch College, the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, and the Milano Graduate School of Management at the New School. She has published books and articles in academic and trade journals and spoken at numerous conferences and seminars on environmental, market, and governmental service delivery issues. She holds a doctorate from Columbia University.


Governmental Advisory Associates, Inc. Principal. New York, New York. 1982 to present. Nationally recognized consulting and research firm in solid waste and municipal management.

Columbia University Graduate School of Business. Senior Research Associate. 1974-1982. Project Manager of national study of solid waste disposal and collection practices.

City of New York, Office of the Commissioner, Department of Health. Senior Management Analyst 1974. Responsible for studies in the areas of public health and sanitation.

City of New York, Office of the Deputy Mayor, Neighborhood Decentralization Project. Assistant Director 1972-1974. Directed studies of service decentralization of sanitation, parks and recreation, health.

City of New York, Office of the Deputy Mayor. 1969-72. Research Analyst. Conducted management studies of city agencies.


State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Program. With DSM Environmental Services Inc. Developed materials to assist localities to implementing Pay As You Throw (PAYT) systems to reduce waste and increase recycling.

Private Client. Multi-state market analysis of waste recycling. Focused on waste generation, disposal alternatives, private firm structure and competition.

Private Client. Evaluation of waste flows on Long Island, NY. Examined current and future issues with waste generation, disposal and recycling in the New York City metro area.

American Chemistry Council-Plastics Division. Conducted in-depth case studies of recycling and waste to energy projects examining and comparing financial, environmental and institutional issues surrounding the waste to energy and recycling.

Private Client. Assessed economic impact of energy from waste projects on property values and job creation in select U.S. counties

Aluminum Association. Examination of impact of container deposit legislation. Evaluated UBC recycling rates in bottle bill and non-bottle bill states.

City of New York, Department of Sanitation. Consultant to HDR, Inc. Determined the scope of commercial waste generated and recycled in New York City. Tracked the disposal patterns of commercial waste within the metro region. Documented the flow of commercial waste to disposal sites inside New York City and outside New York City to various out-of- state disposal facilities. Obtained information on truck allocations, pricing and waste quantities within New York City.

City of New York, The City Council. With Ecodata, Inc. Conducted an evaluation of current alternative disposal technologies as well as potential technologies that might be feasible in the near future. Conducted surveys of current sites in the region, which potentially might implement new technologies.

Portland Metro, Portland, OR. With Ecodata Inc. Conducted analysis of waste disposal regulations and pricing. Addressed questions of potential savings that could be realized by customers, given new, more accessible regional disposal sites. Also evaluated alternative regulatory and disposal options.

U. S. Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration. Analysis of energy from waste plants in the United States, focusing on cost components, public and private ownership and operation, capital financing and waste flows.

City of Newark, NJ. Over a five-year period conducted evaluations of solid waste collection and disposal systems, which included tracking waste tonnages, assessing costs and evaluating performance.


Earth Institute, Columbia University, Fu School of Engineering and Applied Science.
2000 to Present. Research Associate.

New School for Social Research, Milano Graduate School of Management and the Urban Profession. 1987-1994. Assistant Professor of Public Policy. Local Government and Public Management

Baruch College, School of Business and Public Administration, City University of New York, New York, NY.
1982-1987. Assistant Professor of Public Management.

Columbia University, Columbia College, New York, NY Instructor 1981-1982.Taught senior seminars in American Politics and Administration.

Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship of Public Affairs, Syracuse, NY.
1977-1978. Assistant Professor of Public Management.


The Pros and Cons of Mixed Waste Processing: Where does it Fit? Northeast Recycling Council, Spring 2015 Conference, April 8, 2015 Wilmington DE

MRFs of Today and Tomorrow, Association of Post Consumer Plastic Recyclers Member Meeting, February 26, 2015, Dallas TX

Mixed Waste Processing, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, National Association for PET Container Resources Meeting, November 19, 2014, Chicago IL.

MRFs of Today and Tomorrow, Resource Recycling Conference, September 16-17, 2014, New Orleans, LA.

New MRF Trends: The Clean and “Dirty” Story, Colorado Association for Recycling Summit for Recycling, June 8-10, 2014, Colorado Springs, CO.

Compatibility between Recycling and Waste to Energy, Webinar panelist, Columbia University Earth Engineering Center, Global WTERT, July 17, 2013.

Measuring Municipal Solid Waste in the United States: Have We Accounted for All of It? Webinar Panelist, Container Recycling Institute, July 11, 2013.

The Impact of Source Separated Organics Programs on Waste Collection. Webinar Presenter. SWANA, May 23, 2013.

Food Waste Collection Programs: How They are Changing Waste Management, April 22-24, 2013 21st Annual NAWTEC Conference, Ft. Myers FL.

Issues in Waste to Energy: An Overview, September 22, 2009, WASTECON 2009, Long Beach CA.

Initiatives in Integrated Solid Waste Policy, October 2008, Annual Meeting Coastal Waste Management Association, Courtenay BC.

Recycling and WTE: Are They Compatible, October 2008, Biennial Meeting, Waste to Energy Research and Technology Council, Columbia University, Fu School of Engineering Earth Institute, New York, NY.

The Status of Recycling and its Role in Solid Waste Management in the U.S. and New York Region, May 2007, New York State Solid Waste Associations.

City of New York, Office of the Deputy Mayor. 1969-72. Research Analyst. Conducted management studies of city agencies.


Ph.D. – Political Science, with distinction, Columbia University

M.A.- Political Science, Columbia University

B.A. – Mount Holyoke College, with Honors