20. Charles Vigliotti | The Long Island Press Power List

20. Charles Vigliotti

Long Island Compost President & CEO

Waste disposal is a dirty, volatile and difficult business, even when most of what you dispose of is organic. Together with his brothers, Dominic and Arnold, Charles Vigliotti has been tackling the issue of organic waste disposal with the fervor of a mad scientist for years. Most entrepreneurs would be content handling the Island’s grass clippings and yard waste, which have turned Vigliotti’s Long Island Compost into a significant enterprise and important part of our regional environmental plan. Not Vigliotti. Long Island Compost, with the enthusiastic support of both the DEC and local environmental groups, is about to embark on a combined renewable energy and organic waste disposal project that could transform the way the region thinks about and handles waste.