Department Director Austin Resource Recovery Department
Bob is the Director of the Austin Resource Recovery Department for the City of Austin (formerly named the Solid Waste Services Department). He is responsible for a 400 employee operation that provides direct services to Austin citizens, including trash, recycling, and yard trimmings collection, street sweeping, litter and dead animal pickup, household hazardous waste, and the implementation of the Austin Zero Waste Plan.
Formerly, Bob operated the residential and commercial recycling service for the City of Fresno Department of Public Utilities, providing services to all single-family, multi-family and business customers within the City of Fresno. He led Fresno from a 29% recycling diversion rate in 2003 to a 75% recycling diversion rate in 2008 through the expansion of recycling and composting services to residents, businesses and schools.
He has 40 years of field experience in recycling and solid waste operations, including the operation of several Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) in Ohio, and the development of curbside recycling and yard waste collection programs throughout Indiana. Bob was the Chief of Recycling for the State of Indiana under three governors, and has written many state statutes in Indiana and Ohio supporting recycling efforts.
He has been involved in recycling and waste reduction programs since 1975, and is considered a leading national expert in Zero Waste program implementation. Bob is nationally recognized amongst his peers as pioneering cost efficiencies in trash collection systems through the implementation of zero waste programming.
Bob has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. He has taught environmental ethics in several universities as a visiting guest lecturer, including most recently Yale University. He co-authored the Austin Resource Recovery Master Plan, outlining the implementation roadmap of Austin’s approach toward Zero Waste.