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Diverse Recycling Solutions, LLC was founded in 2013 to address the growing need for personalized services in the waste and recycling industry.

Kenneth U. Richards
Managing Partner
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Gabriel A. Montano
Managing Partner

With more than 20 years in the waste management and sustainability fields, Ken Richards has seen it all. He has a B.A. in Geography from Hunter College, and is a master composter. Ken is accustomed to finding diverse solutions to the complex issues that the ever changing waste and recycling fields present. 

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Jessica B. Downes
Sustainability & Compliance Manager

Jessica Downes is an avid environmentalist with a passion for recycling. She joined Diverse after serving two terms with NYC Service. Previously, she has worked with DSNY as an outreach and education associate for the residential compost program, and as a volunteer manager for the NYC Parks department.  Jessica is a TRUE Advisor and Fitwell Ambassador. Learn more about TRUE certification at

With more than 15 years in the in the environmental services industry, Gabriel has proven himself skilled in budgeting, waste, corporate social responsibility, and developing/implementing comprehensive recycling programs. He has an entrepreneurial mind and has a B.S. in Business Management from Mercy College as well as an A.S. in Accounting from the Wood Tobe-Coburn School.

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Jordan Bethea
LEED Green Associate Recycling Coordinator

Jordan Bethea is passionate about environmental science in all of its forms. She currently holds a bachelors in environmental studies with a concentration in sustainability. She has also headed a thesis focusing on the effects of human interaction on the breeding grounds of eastern brook trout. Jordan is a LEED Green Associate and Fitwell Ambassador. Learn more about LEED certification at

Lusana Chou
Staff Accountant


Lusana holds a Master of Accounting and a Masters of Business Administration from Brooklyn College. She has a passion for travel and exploring new places and the great outdoors.

Asya Stepnova
Sustainability Recycling Consultant

Asya Stepnova is passionate about sustainability and direct action as a means to better and preserve the planet and natural world. She earned her BFA in Dramatic Writing from SUNY Purchase's Dramatic Writing Conservatory and received her MFA in Creative Writing at CCNY. Her plays have been performed at Playwrights Horizons. Her writing has been featured in Promethean, 433, Dwelling Literary, and Lovers & Other Strangers. Her photography has been exhibited in galleries in New York, Bristol, and Paris. 

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