Our History & Team - Recology
mission & vision

VISION

Recology: A World Without Waste

MISSION

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

Sean, Driver, Recology Vacaville Solano
Hometown
: 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

Mia, Waste Zero Manager, Recology San Mateo County
Hometown
: 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!

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

employees

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

Announcement: New Directors Join Recology to Form Full Board of Directors


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, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal & Risk Officer

Cary Chen oversees legal, corporate compliance, 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 District. Over the course of the next three decades, he served various roles throughout the organization including a seven-year tenure as General Manager for Recology San Mateo County, which provides services to the 11 jurisdictions that are members of the South Bayside Waste Management Authority (SBWMA).

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

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

Mario serves as the Chair of the Recology ESOP Administrative Committee. 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 Directors 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 to 2012, 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.


Recology Board of Directors

 

James Lam, Chair of the Board

Mr. Lam is the President of James Lam & Associates, a board advisory and risk management consulting firm. In addition to serving as Chair of the Recology Board of Directors, he currently serves as Independent Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of RiskLens, Inc. From November of 2012 until October 2020, Mr. Lam served as Chair of the Risk Oversight Committee and member of the Audit Committee at E*TRADE Financial (NASDAQ: EFTC).

Mr. Lam was previously President of ERisk, Partner of Oliver Wyman, Chief Risk Officer of Fidelity Investments, and Chief Risk Officer of GE Capital Market Services. He is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow and has been recognized in the NACD Directorship 100 as one of the most influential corporate directors. Mr. Lam has also been recognized in Directors & Boards “Directors to Watch,” Treasury & Risk “100 Most Influential People in Finance,” and GARP inaugural “Risk Manager of the Year.” He is a best-selling author of multiple risk management books published by Wiley.

Mr. Lam received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance and Computers from Baruch College and an MBA degree from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.


Salvatore (Sal) Coniglio, Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Coniglio was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Recology on January 1, 2021.  Since 2000, he 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, Mr. Coniglio 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, Mr. Coniglio worked for Garaventa Enterprises and Republic Services. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Leadership & Organizational Studies from Saint Mary’s College of California.  


Matt Feldman

Mr. Feldman served as President and CEO of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago from April 2008 until December 2020, after serving several executive capacities, including Chief Risk Officer and Executive Vice President, Operations and Technology at the Bank since starting in 2003. Prior to his employment with the Bank, Mr. Feldman was Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Learning Insights, a privately held e-learning company he conceived, established, financed and operated.

Mr. Feldman was previously President of Continental Trust Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Continental Bank, and served in a number of other roles in capital markets, investments, and general management during his 15 years there.

He currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Evanston Community Foundation where he also serves as Chair of the Racial Equity Task Force, Treasurer, Chair of the Audit and Finance Committees and a member of the Investment Council.  He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Beth Emet Foundation and a member of the Racial Justice Committee of Beth Emet Synagogue.

Mr. Feldman holds degrees from Case Western Reserve University and the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University where he is a life-member of the Kellogg Global Advisory Board and a member of the Kellogg Inclusion Council.


Sandra A. J. Lawrence

Ms. Lawrence retired from The Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics (CMH), Kansas City’s nationally ranked, pediatric medical center, after having served two years as CAO/EVP and eleven years as CFO/EVP. She was responsible for the Hospital’s finance and accounting; integrated care, network solutions and managed care; human resources; information and digital systems; government relations; occupational health; and other operations.

Ms. Lawrence has extensive board and civic commitments including Evergy, Inc. [NYSE: EVRG]; the Ivy and Waddell and Reed [NYSE: WDR/IVH] Mutual Funds Complex Trust; the Delaware Funds [NYSE: VCF/VMM/VFL/DDF/DEX] by Macquarie; and American Shared Hospital Services [AMEX: AMS].

Awards, honors, and panels have included NACD’s Directorship 100; WomenInc’s Most Influential Corporate Board Directors; Executive Leadership Council; 2019 Black Enterprise Registry of Corporate Directors; Savoy Magazine’s Top 100 Corporate Directors; Directors & Boards’ Directors to Watch; Ingram’s 250 Most Powerful Business Leaders of the Kansas City Area; the Harmony Humanitarian Award; the Central Exchange Woman of the Year Award; and the Outstanding Up and Comer Award.

Lawrence received a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, focusing on finance and real estate; a Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and an A.B. from Vassar College.


Mark Lomele

Mr. Lomele currently serves as the President and Chief Financial Officer of Recology. He joined the Board of Directors at Recology in January 2018.

Mr. Lomele 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.

Mr. Lomele also served as the Chair of the National ESOP Association from 2011 to 2012, 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.”

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


Alex Moss

Mr. Moss is the President and Co-Founder of Praxis Consulting Group, an organizational development consulting firm serving employee-owned, corporate, and nonprofit clients. He is a frequent speaker and recognized authority regarding employee participation, employee ownership, organizational performance, and governance issues.

He currently serves as Chair of the Board of two 100% ESOP-owned firms and as a Member of the Board of Trustees of The Employee Ownership Foundation. He previously served on the Boards of Directors of the National Center for Employee Ownership and The ESOP Association and remains a member at-large of both organizations. Mr. Moss holds an AB from Brown University and a Masters in Public and Private Management from the Yale School of Management.


Molly P. Zhang

Ms. Zhang is a seasoned board member with over three decades of international business expertise leading large-scale, capital-intensive global operations and technology organizations, managing P/L, as well as driving business growth.

Ms. Zhang currently serves on the board of directors of Gates Industrial Corp. (NYSE: GTES), a global company for highly engineered industrial products in Denver, CO, Enerkem, a privately held, leading clean tech company in Montreal, Canada, and Aqua Metals, (NASDAQ: AQMS), a late-stage green tech startup company for battery recycling in McCarran, NV. She is also a member of the supervisory board of GEA Group (G1A), a global engineering, technology solution and equipment provider for food, chemical, and other industries, in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Before her career transition to board service in 2017, Ms. Zhang held several executive roles at Dow Inc and Orica. She holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering and a MS degree in Chemistry from the Technical University of Clausthal in Germany.

In 2019, Ms. Zhang was recognized by Women Inc. magazine as one of the most influential women corporate directors; and Directors and Boards’ Directors to Watch in 2018. Born and raised in Shanghai, she has worked in Germany, China, Thailand, Singapore, and the U.S.