Alyssa Reindel
Founder & Zero Waste Guide

With more than fifteen years of experience in waste diversion, Alyssa has been a relentless proponent of education and hands-on participation. While earning a degree from the University of Colorado, Alyssa worked sorting recyclables at their Campus Processing Facility and eventually as Volunteer Coordinator at the CU Environmental Center. She later joined Eco-Cycle as their Zero Waste Event Coordinator, where two of the programs she managed received awards from the Environmental Protection Agency and National Recycling Coalition. Moving west with her family, she developed her previous experience and passions into EverGreen ZeroWaste. This organization grew from greening events into curbside compost collections and waste education programs, becoming a resource and partner for citizens, businesses and municipalities in the Roaring Fork Valley. | 970.987.3140

Dave Reindel
Founder & Collections Manager

For more than two decades, Dave has been a powerhouse in waste diversion communications and collections. While earning a degree from the University of Colorado, Dave specialized in media relations for the Environmental Center while also assisting in event collections and driving a campus recycling route. Upon graduation, he was recruited by Eco-Cycle to help manage their Center for Hard to Recycle Materials, a Boulder County facility focused on the collection of untraditional materials. While at Eco-Cycle, he also participated in educational campaigns creating print and video materials for the communications department. The experience of working for these internationally renowned organizations gave him the know- how and confidence to bring their models to the Roaring Fork Valley starting EverGreen ZeroWaste, which fosters progressive waste diversion programs and partnerships. | 970.987.1364

Tessarae Mercer
Accounts Manager and Custom Waste Consultant

Tessarae is excited to work with the community helping people achieve their waste diversion goals. While at the University of Washington getting her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Dance, Tessarae completed an internship with the UW Farm focusing on regenerative agriculture and sustainable systems. The idea of a closed-loop system on the farm sparked her interest in circular economy practices, which eventually led her into the waste industry. Tessarae worked for Engie Impact in Seattle, helping clients achieve zero-waste and sustainability goals through custom waste consulting. She relocated from the Pacific Northwest to the Roaring Fork Valley, where she was introduced to EverGreen ZeroWaste and their work in waste diversion. | 970.930.7900

“The City of Aspen has had the unique pleasure of being in partnership with EverGreen ZeroWaste for over seven years. Not only have they increased participation in curbside compost collection every year, but they have also fostered a passion for waste diversion in our community. I credit their outstanding service and commitment to quality, as well as their personal dedication to making compost collection easy and understandable. Whether they are communicating with individual customers or the larger community, Dave and Alyssa convey the importance of reaching for zero waste at home, in the workplace, and at events. They are always the first company I recommend to event organizers looking to minimize the environmental impact of an event. The success of our organics diversion program is largely due to the perseverance and excellence EverGreen ZeroWaste brings to this effort.”

Liz Chapman, PhDCity of Aspen Waste Reduction & Environmental Health Specialist

“Carbondale Recreation loves working with EverGreen ZeroWaste! The staff is friendly, incredibly knowledgeable and super helpful. We have utilized their services repeatedly at both small and large scale events, as well as at the Carbondale Recreation and Community Center. On a personal note, I also take advantage of EverGreen’s curbside compost collections service. Personally and professionally, I challenge this community to go green. Whether residentially or commercially, be bold enough to make a difference environmentally and adopt the zero waste lifestyle."

Jessi RochelCommunity Center and Recreation Programs Manager Carbondale Recreation

The Glenwood Springs Chamber has been working with Evergreen Zero Waste since 2011 to create a more environmentally-friendly Strawberry Days Festival, and it’s working. Prior to working with EverGreen ZeroWaste, the event struggled to collect uncontaminated recyclables. Now we celebrate keeping nearly 90% of the generated waste in the resource loop and out of the landfill. In addition to the vendors utilizing compostable and recyclable materials, festival goers and volunteers play a big role in the program’s success by making sure materials are properly sorted. It’s also a great educational opportunity, and we hope some festival goers may take some of the practices they learn at the event and apply them to their daily lives.

Angie AndersonExecutive Vice President Glenwood Chamber Resort Association

The Aspen Institute and the Aspen Meadows Resort have always been committed to sustainable practices to preserve our environment for future generations. Our valuable collaboration with EverGreen ZeroWaste is making a real impact on those goals, particularly in the areas of resource conservation and waste diversion.

Dulcy GregoryConference Services Assistant Director The Aspen Institute

Zero Waste

We are working in every capacity to make the Roaring Fork Valley and surrounding region a zero waste area. From green events to compost collections, EverGreen ZeroWaste is about saving our earth for future generations.