California Resource Recovery Association Recognizes RethinkWaste

San Mateo County, Calif., solid waste agency receives award for outstanding recycling program.

August 19, 2013

The California Resource Recovery Association, Sacramento, Calif., has recognized RethinkWaste, the joint powers solid waste authority for 12 communities in San Mateo County, Calif., with its “Outstanding Recycling Program” award at its annual conference and trade show, Aug. 13, 2013. 
The award reflects RethinkWaste’s recycling, compost and solid waste collection and processing system redesign, including the launch of the CartSMART and BizSMART recycle, compost and garbage collection services in January 2011; the redesigned LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certified Shoreway Environmental Center, which features new single-stream processing equipment and expanded public recycling services; and a new environmental education center and tour program desgined to educate and engage students and the general public on all aspects of sustainability. 
“It’s very gratifying to receive statewide recognition for our strong recycling and composting efforts here in San Mateo County,” says Kevin McCarthy, RethinkWaste executive director. “This award recognizes efforts that were over five years in the making, encompassing incredible complexity and outstanding work by our agency staff, board of directors and contractors with strong support throughout from elected officials in our service area.” 
Rethink Waste owns and manages the Shoreway Environmental Center, which receives all of the recyclables, organic materials and waste collected in its service area.