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Long Range Plan

RethinkWaste has embarked on the development of a new Long Range Plan for the next ten years to assist our Board of Directors and Member Agencies with future decision-making on enhancements to the existing solid waste, recycling, and organics collection and processing system for our service area of approximately 450,000 people in San Mateo County. The last Long Range Plan was drafted in 2002, then updated in 2005 and became the starting point for the development of the current CartSMART and BizSMART collection programs and services rolled out in January 2011.

Watch our "To Us the Future Is" video to see what the future may look like for our communities.

Documents

Visioning Workshop - November 6, 2014

Speaker Bios

  • Kevin McCarthy - Executive Director, RethinkWaste
    Kevin has been a successful executive in the private and public sector with an exceptional track record implementing complex, large-scale, cost-effective recycling and solid waste collection and processing programs and services. Since the fall of 2006, he has been serving as the first Executive Director of a twelve member public joint powers authority (JPA) representing nearly 500,000 residents and 10,000 businesses in San Mateo County, California. The JPA has an annual operating budget exceeding $40 million, including ownership of the national award-winning Shoreway Environmental Center, a 16-acre Transfer Station, MRF and corporation yard facility. Mr. McCarthy previously worked at Waste Management for 12 plus years holding successively higher level management positions including serving as a Division Recycling Manager at the Davis Street Transfer Station, one of the largest transfer and recycling facilities in the United States; Region Recycling Manager for a network of 17 MRFs and five yard and wood waste plants in Northern and Central California; Director of Electronics Recycling overseeing day-to-day management of a $8 million per year electronics recycling business with 50 employees operating in 5 states; and Vice President of Government Affairs for a $750 million subsidiary of Waste Management. He has conducted high level presentations on recycling programs and waste related issues to dozens of elected bodies, including city councils, planning commissions, CA state legislature, and the U.S. Senate. He has also spoken at 21 national and regional recycling conferences. He lives in San Carlos with his wife Kathleen and two sons, Jack and Colin.
  • Nick Lapis - Legislative Coordinator, Californians Against Waste
    Nick Lapis is CAW's Legislative Coordinator and has been with the organization since 2007.

    As CAW's registered lobbyist, Nick advocates for the enactment of strong waste reduction and recycling policies and has helped pass several landmark pieces of legislation. Nick also leads CAW's climate and organics campaigns, and he has been an advocate for the development of strong recycling policies at CalRecycle, the California Air Resources Board, and other agencies. He also engages in research and advocacy on legislation and regulatory action, representing CAW on a variety of committees, workgroups, and coalitions. Before joining CAW, Nick completed his BS in Environmental Biology and Management (minoring in Environmental Policy and Political Science) at the University of California, Davis and interned for Coalition for Clean Air and the legislative unit of California State Parks. He has also worked on ecological restoration and environmental leadership through several positions at the Golden Gate National Parks.

    When he is not talking trash (or at a local coffee shop), Nick can usually be found exploring Northern California’s culinary diversity and public lands.
  • Howard Levenson - Deputy Director, CalRecycle
    Dr. Howard Levenson has served as Deputy Director of the Materials Management and Local Assistance Division at CalRecycle since 2007. He was Advisor to CIWMB Board Member Paul Relis from 1991-1998; supervised the CIWMB’s Organic Materials Management Section until 2003; and then was Deputy Director of the Permitting and Enforcement Division until 2007. Prior to this, from 1983-1991, he was a Senior Associate at the U.S. Congress’ Office of Technology Assessment, where he worked on a range of environmental issues, including marine pollution, groundwater pollution, climate change, and municipal and industrial solid waste management. He was the lead author of OTA’s 1989 assessment, “Facing America’s Trash: What Next for Municipal Solid Waste?” He has a B.S. and M.S. in Natural Resources Management from Humboldt State University and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Kansas.
  • Jerry Powell - Executive Editor, Resource Recycling
    Jerry Powell is the owner of three magazines (Resource Recycling, Plastics Recycling Update and E-Scrap News). He edits Resource Recycling. In addition, he aids in the management of three annual conferences, The E-Scrap Conference, The Plastics Recycling Conference, and The Resource Recycling Conference, several of which are the world’s largest in their fields.

    Previously Jerry founded and managed a recycling consulting firm for a decade and founded and managed a recycling business in Portland, Oregon for more than eight years.

    He is a past three-time chair of the board of the National Recycling Coalition and the three-time chair of the board of a state recycling association. He has spoken on waste management and recycling issues in 48 states and five Canadian provinces.
  • Jack Macy - Commercial Zero Waste Senior Coordinator, SF Environment
    Jack Macy is the Commercial Zero Waste Senior Coordinator for SF Environment, the Department of the Environment of the City and County of San Francisco. Jack has 28 years experience developing and managing composting, recycling and other zero waste or waste diversion programs and policies on the east and west coasts. Jack helped lead the development and implementation of San Francisco’s food composting program, first large urban program of its kind. Jack develops and implements policies, including San Francisco’s zero waste goal, mandating composting and recycling, and recyclable and compostable foodware, and banning Styrofoam and plastic bags. Jack works on helping develop processing systems for higher recovery of material toward zero waste. Jack serves also on the Board of the California Organics Recycling Council that works for sound organics recycling policy and programs.
  • Gary Wolff - Executive Director, StopWaste
    Gary Wolff, P.E., Ph.D., is the Executive Director of StopWaste.Org.

    From 2005 to 2009, he served as Vice Chair of the California Water Resources Control Board or as a member of the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board. From 2001 to 2006, he served as principal economist and engineer for the Pacific Institute for Studies in Environment, Development and Security.

    Dr. Wolff is an expert in the economics and engineering of resource use; including materials management, energy, water supply and quality, and incentive policies. His professional career has included solar energy construction contracting, water quality and rights regulation, design engineer at a wastewater treatment plant, founder and president of an engineering consulting firm, a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University, and a visiting professorship at the Graduate School of International Policy Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

    His community service includes chair of the Castro Valley Sanitary District Community Advisory Committee, past president of the Alameda County Recycling Board, past chair of the East Bay Municipal Utility District Demand Management Advisory Committee, and past chair of the Board of WaterKeepers of Northern California (now SF Baykeeper).

    Dr. Wolff received his Doctoral degree in Resource Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, his Masters Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University and his Bachelors Degree in Renewable Energy Engineering Technology from Jordan College. A publications list is available upon request.
  • Emily Hanson - Director of Business Development and Communications, GreenWaste Recovery
    For GreenWaste, Ms. Hanson is responsible for community and governmental relations and the development and implementation of public education programs focused on recycling and waste reduction. Notably, she has led GreenWaste in the development of public, private, and nonprofit sector partnerships to foster achievements in waste diversion and instituting behavioral changes to move communities toward zero waste. Ms. Hanson’s work at GreenWaste is integral to the company’s business growth and expansion, including the development of bid proposals, contract negotiations and operational transitions. In addition, Ms. Hanson is recognized for her leadership as Project Manager for GreenWaste’s sister company, Zero Waste Energy Development Company, that completed the first large-scale commercial dry-fermentation anaerobic digestion facility in the United States in 2013. Prior to coming to GreenWaste, Ms. Hanson worked as the Executive Director of two non-profit organizations in the fields of agricultural resource conservation and affordable housing. Ms. Hanson received a B.A. in Politics and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

    GreenWaste Recovery, Inc. is a private, locally owned and operated recycling and diversion company that has pioneered cost-effective and cutting-edge waste management practices in Northern California since 1991. GreenWaste is an industry leader in the development of innovative operational and processing solutions to divert waste away from landfills by recovering, recycling and composting materials instead. With one of the most innovative processing facilities in the world, the GreenWaste Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in San Jose, CA is capable of sorting, capturing and diverting over 95% of recyclable materials and 75% of the trash processed at the facility.

    Zero Waste Energy Development Company (ZWEDC) is a locally owned and operated renewable energy company formed by two of the most innovative solid waste diversion companies in the United States: GreenWaste Recovery, Inc. (GreenWaste) and Zanker Road Resource Management, Ltd. (Zanker). As industry pioneers, ZWEDC formed to increase diversion from landfills and create alternative energy through the processing of organic materials recovered from the waste stream. In 2013, ZWEDC completed construction and began operations of the first large-scale commercial dry fermentation Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Facility in the United States and the largest in the world. This “state-of-the-art” organics processing facility is the first part of a 3-phase project and once fully built-out, the operation will be capable of processing approximately 270,000 tons of organic materials per year and producing 5.1MW of electricity, enough to power 4,500 homes annually.
  • Michael Gross - Director of Sustainability, Zanker Recycling
    Mr. Gross has been in the waste and recycling industry since 1979. In 2011, Mr. Gross was named the Director of Sustainability for GreenWaste and the Zanker family of companies. This newly created position allows him to coordinate and institutionalize sustainability efforts across divisions and among business relationships. He focuses on greenhouse-gas emissions reductions, procurement opportunities, C&D diversion opportunities, waste management and recycling alternatives and marketing, and energy and water conservation programs. He provides leadership to reach the company’s environmental goals, advocates transformation of the waste industry, and works with the community to integrate sustainability into their daily lives. His current responsibilities also include management of the C&D operations at the Zanker facilities in San Jose. Since 2001, Mr. Gross has also been on the Board of Directors for CDRA, Construction and Demolition Recycling Association and he is also on the Board of Directors for the Recycling Certification Institute, (RCI). Mr. Gross obtained a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
  • Steve Miller - CEO, Bulk Handling Systems
    Summary
    More than 30 years of experience in management of recycling and manufacturing facilities including a 20-year career as the Vice President for a national recycling company, responsible for sales, operations and service. His diverse industry experience fuels the vision for innovative system designs to meet customer’s operational goals.

    Work Experience Bulk Handling Systems (BHS), CEO
    Under Miller’s leadership since 2005, growth at BHS has been explosive with record sales and the commissioning of the most efficient and cost effective recycling systems in the industry today. Miller is an energetic leader known for his ability to envision and create successful business plans, propelling BHS into emerging markets and forming strategic alliances on a global level to implement collaboration and cutting-edge technology.

    Through acquisitions of Nihot and NRT and the launch of Zero Waste Energy (ZWE), Steve has united best-in-class technologies to offer the world’s most advanced, integrated waste and recycling solutions. Systems from the BHS Family are closing-the-loop on recycling, digging deeper into the waste stream to create biogas and compost from organics while setting benchmarks for throughput, uptime and recovery.

    Smurfit-Stone Container, Vice President, Western Region Manager
    Responsible for managing all day-to-day operations of recycling company including sales, operations and service.

    Education
    University of Washington, Michael G. Foster School of Business MBA, Finance California State University Northridge BS, Organizational Theory

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