A transformative step forward in the goal to end waste

Rhino Recyclers process garbage into valuable products

About Ecogensus


Our modular Rhino Recyclers – a whole new class of equipment - safely and efficiently process and recycle waste, converting it to useful materials and products Recyclers can be placed virtually anywhere waste is generated, passes through, or is disposted of: landfills, transfer stations, warehouse-type buildings.


Data gathered from recycling operations supports carbon credit verification and real-time monitoring of sustainability metrics. Ecogensus is also developing end-to-end blockchain encryption between the Recycler and stakeholders (e.g. carbon credit investors/buyers). Ecogensus is building a global connected platform for resource management.


We create new products directly from waste, including everything from sustainable building materials, powders for 3D printing and bio-energy fuels. We are designers, engineers, builders and energy specialists. We are working towards a next generation of resource recovery and reuse.


Methane Reduction

One of Ecogensus’ most important goals is to
Landfills remain one of the top 3 human-caused sources of methane emissions (28-36x more potent than CO2)

According to the International Energy Agency’s Methane Tracker, the waste sector emits more methane than any of the energy sectors, including even natural gas1
1. Fuel Report 2020 available at:

Environment & Wildlife

Carbon Reduction

Human Health


Bjørnulf Østvik
Bjørnulf Østvik founded Ecogensus and leads the organization as Chairman, CEO and CTO.

Østvik has over 15 years experience in advanced technologies and complex systems, infrastructure, engineering, and large program management. He has a long history of fostering collaborations that further sensible energy and sustainability policies.

Østvik is former program/portfolio manager at Lockheed Martin Corporation, the largest defense contractor in the world and a leader in aerospace, energy, and advanced system solutions, where he started various energy and water programs. At Lockheed, he was responsible for development of new advanced technology programs including utility-scale power, mobile power, and sustainable bio-synthetic fuels.

Østvik has led collaborations with Sandia National Laboratory, the Joint Bioenergy Institute (DoE) and other research and development institutions.

Østvik holds a B.A. from Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences, a M.P.A. from Cornell University, and a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School.

Outside Board Members

*Bjørnulf Østvik is Chairman of the Board
Steve Zelnak served as Chairman and CEO of Martin Marietta, a national leader in building materials. Martin Marietta has a market cap exceeding $14B and nearly 9,000 employees. Zelnak led the highly successful IPO of Martin Marietta and grew it more than five-fold, causing Fortune Magazine to name it one of the “World’s Most Admired Companies”.

Zelnak has held numerous leadership positions, including as Chairman of Beazer Homes USA Inc. and Chairman of NC State Physical and Mathematical Sciences Foundation. He is an emeritus Board member of the Georgia Tech Foundation. Zelnak began his career in the U.S. Army, where he was trained on explosives ordinance disposal. Zelnak graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology and has an MBA and an MS in Administrative Science from the Univ. of Alabama system.
Pete Leemputte served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. and, prior to that, he was Chief Financial Officer of Mead Johnson Nutrition Company.

In addition to Leemputte’s positions at Keurig Green Mountain and Mead Johnson, he also served as CFO of Brunswick Corporation and Chicago Title Corporation, and held financial leadership positions at Armco, FMC Corporation and BP Amoco.

Leemputte has also served on numerous Boards of public companies. Leemputte holds an M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing from the University of Chicago and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Washington University. Leemputte also served on the National Council of Washington University in St. Louis School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Bill Gress has 35+ years’ experience in global supply chain management, manufacturing, and business development in Latin America, Asia and Europe. He served as President of South America, President of Latin America and Vice President of Supply Chain at Brunswick Corporation.

Gress has also been a VP of Global Supplier Operations for Goss Graphic Systems, Inc. and a VP at Mercury Marine. Gress is an Operating Advisor for CORE Industrial Partners, a private equity firm that invests in manufacturing and industrial technology companies. He currently serves as CEO of Prototek Holdings LLC, a rapid prototyping business.
Gress holds a B.A. in Management from the University of Illinois, Springfield. He completed a Strategic Leadership Executive Study at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.
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