mission & vision


Recology: A World Without Waste


Recology builds exceptional resource ecosystems

Recology: A World Without Waste

The Recology mission represents a fundamental shift from traditional waste management to resource recovery. We seek to eliminate waste by developing and discovering sustainable resource recovery practices that can be implemented globally.

Resource Ecosystem

This begins by creating a resource ecosystem – one that both protects the environment and sustains the local community. It’s a ‘closed loop’ ecosystem that makes it possible for the communities Recology serves to achieve high landfill diversion and meet sustainability goals.

  • Collection – Identify the needs of the community and propose and implement programs to collect and process materials.

  • Recovery – Design sorting strategies, deploy a three-bin system, and establish outreach and education programs.

  • Processing – Build infrastructure that includes machinery and technologies to extract and sort raw materials.

  • Marketing & Commodities – Ensure that recycled commodities are sold to manufacturers that will create further recyclable consumer goods.

Employee Owned

Because Recology is 100% employee owned, we have a heightened sense of commitment to the company, our goals, and to customer satisfaction in the communities in which we serve. How we perform is a direct reflection of us as individuals, and we take that very seriously.

How Employee Ownership Benefits Your Community

We are dedicated partners to the many communities we serve, as we are members of those communities ourselves. We have local offices in every service area, which means that our employees often live and work in the communities they serve.

We have a strong culture of teamwork and accountability, and our incentive for improvement comes from the inside, as we’re not bound to external shareholders. This means we can quickly push forward with new innovations and environmental initiatives, discovering new methods for reaching our mission of Waste Zero.

Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)

Recology became 100% employee owned in 1986, through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The Recology ESOP provides our employees with a supplemental retirement plan alongside their 401(K) or pension, and comprehensive benefits package.

Interested in working with Recology and becoming an employee-owner? Apply here.

Meet an Employee Owner


Sean, Driver, Recology Vacaville Solano
: Fairfield
Joined Recology: 1986
“Over the years, I’ve gotten to know customers along on my route, and therefore have friends to see everyday. There’s even a mom and son duo that wait for me outside their house every week. Her little boy loves trucks. I always wave, and one time I stopped to let him look inside the cab at the controls. Small things like this make my day.”



Mia, Waste Zero Manager, Recology San Mateo County
: San Carlos
Joined Recology: 2010
“As a third generation Recology employee, I grew up with a fascination and love for the industry. My grandfather joined the company after he migrated from Italy in 1956 and was one of the original scavengers with Golden Gate Disposal. To this day, my dad has worked for Recology as a long haul driver for 40 years, and I have been on board for 7 years and was just promoted to my new role of Waste Zero Manager.

Where we serve

Recology has over 45 operating companies that provide integrated services to more than 889,000 residential customers and 112,000 commercial customers in California, Oregon, and Washington.

Interested in bringing Recology to your community? Let us know!


Recovery Zone
2200 NE Orchard Avenue
McMinnville, OR 97128
(503) 472-3176
After Hours Emergecy (503) 474-4823
McMinnville Office
1850 NE Lafayette Avenue
McMinnville, OR 97128
(503) 472-3176
Warrenton Regional Office
2320 SE 12th Place
Warrenton, OR 97146
(503) 861-0578
Astoria Transfer Station
1790 Williamsport Rd
Astoria, OR 97103
(503) 861-0578
SF Transfer Station
501 Tunnel Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94134
(415) 330-1400
Recology Sunset Scavenger
250 Executive Park Blvd.
Suite 2100
San Francisco, CA 94134
(415) 330-1300
Mountain View Recycling Center
935 Terra Bella Avenue
Mountain View, CA 94043
(650) 967-3034
San Martin Transfer Station
14070 Llagas Avenue
San Martin, CA 95046
(408) 842-3358
Recology of the Coast Customer Service Office
2305 Palmetto Avenue
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-9000
Recology Vacaville Solano
1 Town Square Place
Suite 200
Vacaville, CA 95688
(707) 448-2945
Recology Dixon Recycling Facility
1st Street and C Street
Dixon, CA 95620
(707) 678-4026
Recology Vacaville Solano Recycling Facility
855 1/2 Davis Street
Vacaville, CA 95687
(707) 448-2945
Recology Butte Colusa Counties Recycling Facility and Office
2720 South Fifth Avenue
Oroville, CA 95965
(530) 533-5868
Recology Golden Gate
900 Seventh Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 626-4000
Maxwell Transfer Station
3852 Co Rd 99W
Maxwell, CA 95955
(530) 438-2622
Recology Yuba Sutter Transfer Station, MRF, & Office
3001 N. Levee Road
Marysville, CA 95901
(530) 743-6933
Yuba-Sutter Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility
134 Burns Drive
Yuba City, CA 95991
(530) 743-6933
Ponderosa Transfer Station
17219 Ponderosa Way
Brownsville, CA 95919
(530) 743-6933
Recology Auburn Placer Transfer Station & Office
12305 Shale Ridge Road
Auburn, CA 95602
(530) 885-3735
Recology Del Norte
2675 Lake Earl Drive
Crescent City, CA 95531
(707) 464-4181
Ashland Recycling Center
220 Water St
Ashland, OR 97520
(541) 482-1471
Valley View Transfer Station
3000 N Valley View Road
Ashland, OR 97520
(541) 482-1471
Recology Portland
9345 N Harborgate St
Portland, OR 97203
(503) 283-2015
The Recology Store Bothell
22833 Bothell-Everett Hwy #111
Bothell, WA 98021
(425) 398-8612
The Recology Store Issaquah
317 NW Gilman Blvd, #22
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 392-0285
The Recology Store Highline
15858 First Avenue S, #A100
Burien, WA 98148
(206) 246-5669
Recology CleanScapes Business Office
801 S. Fidalgo Street
Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 859-6700
San Bruno Transfer Station
101 Tanforan Avenue
San Bruno, CA 94066
(650) 583-8536
Recology San Bruno Office
1356 Marsten Road
Burlingame, CA 94010
(650) 583-8536
Ostrom Road Landfill
5900 Ostrom Road
Wheatland, CA 95692
(800) 208-2370 Ext. 229
Hay Road Landfill
6426 Hay Road
Vacaville, CA 95687
(707) 678-4718
Blossom Valley Organics - North
3909 Gaffery Road
Vernalis, CA 95385
Blossom Valley Organics - South
6061 North Wheeler Ridge Road
Lamont, CA 93241
Jepson Prairie Organics
6426 Hay Road
Vacaville, CA 95687
South Valley Organics
3675 Pacheco Pass Highway
Gilroy, CA 95020
Recology Organics - North Plains
9570 NW 307th Avenue
North Plains, OR 97133
(503) 647-9489
Recology Organics - Aumsville
8712 Aumsville HWY SE
Salem, OR 97317
(503) 749-3117
Recology Organics - McMinnville
2200 NE Orchard Avenue
McMinnville, OR 97128
(503) 434-1671
Recology Oregon Recovery Transfer Station
6161 Northwest 61st Avenue
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 226-6161
Suttle Road Material Recovery Facility
4044 North Suttle Road
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 285-8777
Seattle Materials Recovery Facility
7 S Idaho Street
Seattle, WA 98134
(206) 859-6700
Recycle Central/Pier 96
1000 Amador St
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 621-6200
Recology Vallejo Materials Recovery Facility & Business Office
2021 Broadway
Vallejo, CA 94589
(707) 552-3110
Recology Ashland Office
170 Oak St
Ashland, OR 97520
(541) 482-1471
Meadow Vista Transfer Station
2950 Combie Rd
Meadow Vista, CA 95722
(530) 885-3735
Forest Hill Transfer Station
6699 Patent Rd
Foresthill, CA 95631
(530) 885-3735
Recology San Benito County
1351 Pacheco Pass Highway
Gilroy, CA 95020
(831) 636-7500
Recology South Bay Office
1675 Rogers Ave
San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 588-7200
Recology San Mateo County Office
225 Shoreway Road
San Carlos, CA 94070
(650) 595-3900
Pacifica Recycling Yard
1046 Palmetto Ave
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-9000
Recology Humboldt County Business Office
555 Vance Avenue
Samoa, CA 95564
(707) 442-5711
Foster Road Material Recovery Facility
6400 SE 101st Ave
Portland, OR 97266
Recology Mountain View
1675 Rogers Avenue
San Jose, CA 95112
(650) 967-3034
Recology South Valley
1351 Pacheco Pass Highway
Gilroy, CA 95020
Recology American Canyon
2021 Broadway
Vallejo, CA 94589
(707) 552-3110
Recology Dixon
1 Town Square Place
Vacaville, CA 95688
(707) 678-4026
Recology Arcata
555 Vance Avenue
Samoa, CA 95564
(707) 683-4853
The Recology Store Shoreline
15235 Aurora Ave. N
Shoreline, WA 98133
Novato Recycling Center
7576 Redwood Blvd
Novato, CA 94945
Petaluma Office
1309 Dynamic Street
Petaluma, CA 94954
Recology Sonoma Marin
3400 Standish Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95407
Customer Service and Transfer Station
965 Riverwalk Drive
Fortuna, CA 95540
Samoa Resource Recovery Center
555 Vance Avenue
Samoa, CA 95564
Redway Transfer Station
Conservation Camp Road
Redway, CA 95560
Recology Mariposa Office
4705 CA-49
Mariposa, CA 95338
(209) 966-3190
Davis Recycling Center
2727 Second Street
Davis, CA 95618
(530) 756-4646
Metro South Transfer Station
2001 Washington Street
Oregon City, OR 97045
Ostrom Organics
5900 Ostrom Road
Wheatland, CA 95692
Over 100 Years of Service

We’ve been recycling long before there was even an industry for it. Our founders immigrated to San Francisco in the mid 1800’s looking for opportunity and they eventually found work doing what no one else wanted to do – picking up other people’s garbage.

They called themselves scavengers – in fact, the Recology Sunset Scavenger company name is a nod to these same founders. The original scavengers sorted through trash to find what was salvageable by rewashing, repackaging, and selling bottles, and by sorting and separating rags and papers from other refuse materials. Little did they know that they were creating a foundation for our current business model today.

To this day, many of our employees are descendants of our Italian founders.

Some key milestones from our history:
  • By 1921, the San Francisco scavengers became an organized business, along with other small collectors in the area. Two major companies emerged – Scavenger’s Protective Association and Sunset Scavenger Company. Both companies were given exclusive refuse collection licenses for the City of San Francisco. These licenses are still held today.
  • In 1935, the two collection companies formed Sanitary Fill Company (today known as Recology San Francisco), the first of a number of jointly owned subsidiaries. Sanitary Fill Company’s charter was to develop disposal capacity for the increasingly large amount of refuse that was overwhelming the City. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, both San Francisco collection companies grew and expanded their services to keep pace with San Francisco’s growth.
  • In 1965, as part of a modernization program, Scavenger’s Protective Association changed its name to Golden Gate Disposal & Recycling Company. Sunset continued to operate from a site that had previously been a landfill near the San Francisco/San Mateo County line.
  • In 1983, with aim toward expansion, the company – called Golden Gate Disposal – was reorganized as Norcal Solid Waste Systems.
  • In 1986, Norcal was sold to its 570 employees and their Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) to ensure Norcal’s independence.
  • In 1987, Norcal purchased Envirocal (formerly Sunset Scavenger). With this merger, Norcal became one of the nation’s 10 largest 100%-employee-owned companies, with a substantial minority representation among its shareholders.
  • In 2009, Norcal Waste Systems changed its name to Recology Inc. to reflect its commitment to sustainable practices.
  • As of 2016, Recology employee owners proudly serve 127 communities throughout California, Oregon, Washington, and Nevada.
Recology Careers

GROW with us!

It takes a team of dedicated people to create positive change. Our teams are continuously working to find solutions to global waste issues – and they’re nothing short of dedicated. Think you’re a fit?  Let us know!


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Working at Recology

Recology is an integrated resource recovery company providing materials collection, processing, commodity sales, and outreach and education to customers throughout California, Oregon, and Washington. Recology finds new ways to process and reuse what was once considered waste, collecting and recovering recyclables to be re-purposed into new products. Recology employs over 3,600 community members to work at over 60 offices and facilities.  We live by the following terms to make sure everyone at Recology GROWs:


Giving back to our communities and our environment by volunteering time and resources.

Recovering resources to achieve their best and highest use.

Owning a company that does the right things for the right reasons, ensuring that our actions benefit the company, the communities we serve, and our environment.

Working together to develop camaraderie & facilitate collaboration; we get the job done by demonstrating an inclusive attitude that values different backgrounds and ideas.


Employee Ownership Culture


As the largest 100% employee owned company in the resource recovery industry, Recology has a unique workplace culture that guides how it supports employees, interacts with customers, services its communities, and cares for the environment.

Recology has a long history of employee ownership, with each employee owning one share of stock when the company started in 1919. In 1986 and 1987, the preceding companies of Recology merged in a series of transactions that placed ownership in the hands of the Recology Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).  In addition to providing an ownership interest in the company, the ESOP provides employees with a supplemental retirement plan.

As a 100% employee owned company, Recology understands that employees’ individual and collective hard work and dedication will lead directly to the success of the company in the long term.

Our Leadership


Salvatore (Sal) Coniglio, Chief Executive Officer

Sal Coniglio was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Recology on January 1, 2021.  Since 2000, Sal has worked in the resource recovery industry providing operational oversight to nearly all business functions, including collections, transfer stations, material recovery facilities, landfills, and composting facilities.   

Since joining Recology in 2015, Sal has held various leadership positions. Most recently he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.  He also served as a regional manager, overseeing many of the company’s Central Valley collection and processing facilities in California.  Prior to joining Recology, Sal worked for Garaventa Enterprises and Republic Services. Sal earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Leadership & Organizational Studies from Saint Mary’s College of California.  

Cary Chen, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer

Cary Chen oversees legal, corporate compliance, corporate development and enterprise risk management matters for Recology. Cary joined Recology as its first in-house counsel in 2013 and has served as Corporate Secretary since 2014. In 2016, he became a member of the executive team with his promotion to Senior Vice President and General Counsel.

Before joining Recology, Cary practiced law at Morrison & Foerster, where he advised public and private companies on mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments and other corporate matters. He later served as Associate General Counsel of GREE International, a mobile gaming startup.

In 2018, Cary was recognized as a “Best Lawyer Under 40” by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. He currently serves as President of the Board of APA Family Support Services. Cary earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford and a law degree from UC Hastings.

Mario Puccinelli, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Mario Puccinelli began his career at Recology in 1978 as a driver in San Francisco’s Northeast Division, which covered areas such as Chinatown, North Beach and the Marina DistrictOver the course of the next three decades, he served various roles throughout the organization including seven-year tenure as General Manager in San Mateo, CA, during which time the company was awarded the SBWMA Franchise for 12 jurisdictions in San Mateo County. 

In 2015, Mario was named Vice President and Group Manager overseeing the Recology South Group. Through this role, Mr. Puccinelli provided collection, material recovery, composting and landfill operations services to 25 communities spanning a geographical area from the San Francisco border to Bakersfield.  

Mr. Puccinelli then served as Interim Group Manager in San Francisco, and in April 2021, was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. 

Mr. Puccinelli serves as the Chair of the Recology ESOP Administration.  He also serves on the Board of the Teamsters Assistance Program and the San Mateo Economic Development Association (SAMCEDA).  

Mark Lomele, President and Chief Financial Officer

Mark Lomele currently serves as the President and Chief Financial Officer of Recology.  He joined the Board of Director’s at Recology in January 2018. 

Mark started at Recology in 1988 as Corporate Controller, eventually moving into the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer role from 1997 through 2018.  He served as a member of the Recology ESOP Administrative Committee from 1991 to 2018 and led the committee as its Chair from 1995 to 2018. 

Mark also served as the Chair of the National ESOP Association from 2011 t2012, and Chair of the National Employee Ownership Foundation from 2015 through 2019.  He is currently an independent director at Mountain Hardware, another 100% employee-owned company.   Mark was named a “CFO of the Year” in 2013 by the San Francisco Business Times, and in 2018, earned the National ESOP Association’s most prestigious accolade, the “Life Service Award.” 

Mark graduated from the University of San Francisco with a B.S. in Business Administration.   

Announcement: Two New Directors Join Recology’s Board of Directors