New Hanover Co. hires new environmental management director


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County has hired a new environmental management director. Joe Suleyman will join the County June 26, from Fort Wayne, IN, where he has most recently served as operations manager for Republic Services, a national waste and recycling services provider and Fortune 500 company.

Suleyman will have to hit the ground running, as County Commissioners gave the go-ahead this week for staff to negotiate a contract with Covanta Energy to restart the old WASTEC incinerator, now known as the Sustainable Energy Facility.

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“We are very pleased the county was able to attract a dedicated industry professional with the experience and talent that Joe brings to the organization,” incoming County Manager Chris Coudriet said in a statement. “He will take over management of the county’s environmental management department, which is responsible for the integrated solid waste disposal through landfilling techniques, recycling and the contractual oversight of New Hanover County’s Sustainable Energy Facility.”

Suleyman brings more than 10 years of solid waste and recycling collections operations experience focused on customer service, operational efficiency and profitability.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to continue my career in New Hanover County and look forward to using my experience in solid waste and recycling management to benefit New Hanover County and its residents,” Suleyman said in a statement.