Office

Our offices are located at 610 Elm Street, Suite 202 in San Carlos. We are on the second floor of the San Carlos Library, at the corner of Elm Street and Cherry Street.

Phone: (650) 802-3500

Fax: (650) 802-3501

If you have any questions or comments about your service or RethinkWaste, email us at .

Staff

Joe La Mariana joined the Rethink Waste staff in August 2016 after serving in local government for ten years as San Mateo County’s Solid Waste and Environmental Services Manager. During this time, Joe was a section manager in the County Manager’s Office of Sustainability and the Department of Public Works. Before working at the County, Joe worked for over 13 years in the local solid waste industry’s private sector, including assignments as the Recycling Director for Republic Services (formerly known as BFI/Allied Waste) at the San Carlos Shoreway Environmental Center, and in regional management positions with Recology (SF) and Waste Management Inc. (East Bay). Joe’s responsibilities have always emphasized top-tier customer service in residential and commercial garbage and recycling services, while working closely with local elected officials and business leaders. Prior to the solid waste industry, Joe worked for 13 years in corporate communications and marketing.

Joe currently serves as the President of the Solid Waste Association of Northern America’s (SWANA) Northern California Gold Rush Chapter, and is extremely active in the California Resource & Recovery Association (CRRA), the Northern California Recycling Association (NCRA), California’s Against Waste (CAW), the California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) and the California State Association of Counties (CSAC), as well as numerous business organizations. Joe serves on SWANA’s California Legislative Task Force and is a passionate advocate for strong environmental legislation in our state.

With a robust commitment to community, Joe has extensively volunteered with the Rotary Club of Burlingame, the Burlingame and Brisbane Chambers of Commerce, the City of Burlingame’s Park and Rec Commission, several mid-peninsula youth sports leagues and Our Lady of Angels parish.

Joe earned a technical certificate in Solid Waste Management from UC Berkeley; an MBA from Notre Dame de Namur in Belmont; and a BA in Public Relations from California State University, Chico. Joe completed the San Mateo/Burlingame/Foster City/Hillsborough Leadership program in 2004.

(650) 802-3505
jlamariana@rethinkwaste.org
Hilary Gans joined the RethinkWaste staff in 2006 and brings over 20 years of industry experience to his role as the Facility Operations Contract Manager at RethinkWaste. His main responsibilities include ongoing oversight of the Shoreway Environmental Center and its operator, currently operated by South Bay Recycling, and all construction projects at the facility. Before starting at RethinkWaste, Hilary worked as a manager for Allied Waste’s Newby Island recycling and composting facility in San Jose. While there he pioneered the construction on the composting operations and conversion of the MRF to single stream.
(650) 802-3507
hgans@rethinkwaste.org
Cyndi Urman joined the RethinkWaste team in June 2010. Her primary role is to oversee and help manage the day-to-day logistics for the office, serve as Board Secretary and provide administrative support to the staff members and agency. Additionally, she provides customer service to the general public and those within the RethinkWaste area of service. Cyndi comes to RethinkWaste with an extensive background in customer service, community relations and marketing having worked for a Chamber of Commerce, a medical center, and in the high tech industry.
(650) 802-3500
curman@rethinkwaste.org
Farouk Fakira joined the RethinkWaste staff in June, 2015. As the Financial Manager, he carries the responsibility for providing financial analysis of RethinkWaste programs and projects, managing the budget process, and assisting with rate analysis. Farouk has over 20 years’ experience in finance in the solid waste industry. His past experience includes serving as Assistant Division Controller with Republic Services, Business Units Controller with Waste Connections, and Business Units Controller with Waste Management. He managed hauling, landfills, transfer stations, and MRFs. Farouk also worked in finance in the manufacturing business for Packard Bell NEC, and Pepsi Bottling Group. Farouk has a bachelor’s in Accounting from Boston University, and a master’s degree in Corporate Finance from the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas.
(650) 802-3503
ffakira@rethinkwaste.org
Faustina Mututa joined RethinkWaste in mid-October 2011 as the Environmental Education Coordinator, responsible for developing and conducting educational tours at the new Shoreway Environmental Center. Most recently, she was the Environmental Program Associate with Castro Valley Sanitary District, where her primary role was to work with school administrations, teachers, students, parents and the community to enhance and practice sustainable waste reduction programs. Prior to that she worked for the City of San Jose Environmental Services Department where she provided recycling technical assistance. She holds a master’s degree in Urban Planning with a major in environmental studies.
(650) 802-3506
fmututa@rethinkwaste.org
Madison Guzman joined RethinkWaste staff in November 2016. As the Environmental Education Associate, Madison is primarily responsible for conducting educational tours at our Shoreway Environmental Center. Madison formerly worked at the Inland Empire Resource Conservation District as a Conservation Educator going into K-12th grade classrooms. She also worked at the apartments on her college campus for two years as a Sustainability Advisor and Residential Advisor. Madison graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Biology and a minor in Regenerative Studies.
(650) 802-3508
mguzman@rethinkwaste.org

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