Gold Rush Chapter Webinar - Zero Waste Facilities of the Future: Policy Drivers, Resource Recovery Parks, & Evolving Facility Designs

October 09, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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Zero waste facilities of the future

Learn from industry innovators how policy drivers and current and evolving facility operations and designs are addressing zero waste infrastructure needs. Our motivated panelists will explain: examples of ordinances, rate structures, and plans approved by elected bodies to drive zero waste or related waste reduction goals; a case study, with lessons learned, regarding the evolution of the Marina Landfill into the Monterey Regional Environmental Park; concept plans and operational components of the future Berkeley Solid Waste & Recycling Transfer Station; case studies of other integrated waste management facility design projects, including site plans, renderings and interactive graphics.

Topics and Speakers Include

Ruth Abbe is a Zero Waste practitioner with more than 25 years of experience in recycling and composting program and facility development and outreach and technical assistance. As the principal of Abbe & Associates LLC, she is working with municipalities across the U.S. to develop the social and physical infrastructure to achieve Zero Waste. She assisted in the development of the U.S. EPA’s new online planning tool Managing and Transforming Waste Streams, identifying over 100 policies and programs to reduce the amount of waste disposed in landfills and promote waste prevention and materials reuse across waste generation sectors. She has expertise in organics and commercial technical assistance, facility and collection procurement, contract negotiation, program planning, financial analysis and stakeholder engagement.


Education: B.A. Public Policy and Economics – University of California Santa Barbara

Tim Flanagan has been in the recycling and solid waste field for over 37 years. Tim’s public sector experience started with the City of Palo Alto in their recycling and landfilling operations and worked for the County of Santa Clara in their Solid Waste Planning Department.

Tim’s private sector experience spanned 17 years with Waste Management serving as their Western Region Director of Recycling, and as a District Manager for a variety of collection and transfer station operations covering northern and southern California.

Tim is currently the General Manager for the MRWMD and has oversight for all MRWMD operations and administrative services. This includes MRF recycling and composting operations, equipment maintenance, HHW and award-winning Last Chance Mercantile, engineering, and landfill site operations.

Tim is a SWANA certified MOLO Landfill Operator (California Specific) and is on the SWANA International Executive Board of Directors as the International Treasurer. Tim has been a member of CRRA (California Resource Recovery Association) since 1982 and is a supporting member of Californians Against Waste.

Mr. Kevin McCarthy has been in the solid waste and recycling industry for 30 years based in the San Francisco Bay area and working locally, regionally and nationally. As a Principal at JRMA, he is responsible for recycling and solid waste facility programming and master planning, conceptual design, and financial feasibility studies. He also leads solid waste planning efforts including assisting cities and counties with contracting options and negotiations.

He was the first Executive Director of the South Bayside Waste Management Authority (aka Rethink Waste) and served for nine years in a transformative role leading efforts bidding out franchise collection services, facility operations. He was also responsible for leading the transformation of the Shoreway Environmental Center in San Carlos, CA. Coordinating with 12 public agencies, he worked with JRMA on a $46 million master plan that supported a 30% increase in diversion, a 20%+ reduction in annual operating expense, construction of LEED-certified operations, and launched an award-winning environmental education center.

Prior to SBWMA, Kevin held various positions over a 13-year period working for Waste Management including Vice President of Government Affairs for Recycling, Director of Electronics Recycling Services, and Regional Recycling Manager overseeing 17 facilities in Northern and Central California.


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