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Republic Services executive elected to the EREF board

The board of directors of the Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) reported the election of its newest members – Joe Benco, vice president, engineering and environmental management, Republic Services and Bruce G. Wilson, professor and department chair, Department of Civil Engineering, University of New Brunswick.

Joe Benco started with Allied Waste in 1998 as an environmental manager for the western Missouri/Nebraska district based in Kansas City. After the BFI acquisition in 1999, Benco moved to become the regional engineer of the Great Lakes Region. In 2004, he was promoted to a senior manager in the corporate office, and became the department director in 2006.

In March of 2008, Benco was promoted to vice president of engineering and environmental management, a position that continued through the merger with Republic Services. In this role, Benco is responsible for the management of the company’s environmental issues and construction.

Benco is currently serving as the business committee chair for the Global Waste Management Symposium.

Bruce Wilson is a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, Canada and has served as chair of the department since 2008. He teaches courses in solid waste management, municipal engineering, environmental planning and sustainability. His current research focuses on the efficiency of solid waste collection systems.

Wilson started working on waste reduction, recycling and composting projects in 1988 as a consultant with Resource Integration Systems Inc. in Toronto, Ontario. In 1992, he joined the Waste Reduction Branch of Ontario Ministry of the Environment as a material specialist working on composting and tire recycling projects. In 1997 he returned to university to study solid waste collection systems.