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Vacancy on County Recycling Board

May 24, 2017

The Alameda County Source Reduction and Recycling Board has a vacancy in the category of “a Source Reduction Specialist with substantial experience as such.”  The appointee must live in Alameda County.  Term of the appointment is two years, and Board Members are eligible for re-appointment to one additional two-year term. 

The Recycling Board administers the voter-approved Waste Reduction and Recycling Initiative, which levies an $8.23 per ton landfill disposal fee that generates approximately $9.0 million per year for waste reduction and recycling programs in Alameda County.  Fifty percent of the money is returned to local jurisdictions on a per-capita basis.  The balance is appropriated by the Board for countywide source reduction and recycling programs, public education, recycled product procurement, market development and grants to community organizations.

To be considered for appointment to the Recycling Board as “a Source Reduction Specialist with substantial experience as such” please submit a resume, cover letter, and a completed Board Qualification Form (link) to: 

Dave Brown
1221 Oak Street, Suite 536
Oakland, CA 94612

or emailed to with the subject line “Recycling Board Vacancy.”

The deadline for application is June 30, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. 

Questions regarding the application process may be addressed to Dave Brown at 510-272-6993.  Questions regarding the Recycling Board may be addressed to Tom Padia or Wendy Sommer at (510) 891-6500 or email at or  Additional information about the Recycling Board is included below.

The Alameda County Source Reduction and Recycling Board (Recycling Board) was created by the voters of Alameda County through passage of Measure D, the Alameda County Waste Reduction and Recycling Act of 1990.  Statutory authority for the Board resides as part of the Alameda County Charter.  Staff for the Recycling Board is provided by the Alameda County Waste Management Authority, and legal counsel is provided through the Alameda County Counsel’s Office.

The Recycling Board is comprised of 11 members:

  • Five members are elected public officials appointed by the Alameda County Waste Management Authority from among its Board of Directors.
  • Six members are appointed by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.  Appointees must reside in the county and be a representative of a particular constituency, as specified in the Act.

Pursuant to the county charter, the Recycling Board has established a goal of reducing the waste stream going to landfill by 75% by 2010 (using 1990 as a base year) and is mandated by law to provide:

  1. Countywide programs for source reduction; recycled product market development; and grants to non-profit organizations engaged in waste reduction activities.
  2. A recycled product purchase preference program within Alameda County government.
  3. Allocation of 50% of funds received for continuation and expansion of municipal recycling programs, which must include curbside pickup of recyclable materials and a commercial recycling program.

Recycling Board programs are funded by an $8.23/ton landfill disposal surcharge collected at landfills in the unincorporated portion of Alameda County (Altamont Landfill and Vasco Road Landfill).

Recycling Board members are paid $150 per meeting.

The Recycling Board normally meets on the second Thursday of each month.  Seven of the monthly meetings are at 4:00 p.m., at the StopWaste.Org office in downtown Oakland (BART accessible).  Under the charter, the Board meets at other transit-accessible locations around the county five times a year at 7:00 p.m. – one meeting in each Supervisorial district.  Attendance at Board meetings is mandatory.  Two consecutive absences or more that three absences in a calendar year are grounds for dismissal from the Board.

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