VIDEO. How did Recology, General Manager, Chris Porter, manage that, given China’s Silver Sword pushback on dirty recycling?
Recology Zero Rate Increase
How did they do it? HINT: Commercial side balances out residential (Pillar Point Harbor). Chris also has drivers driving trucks to San Jose at 3:30 in the am, to avoid traffic. Zero rejections save $50/ton. 7,000 tons last year = $350,000 in savings.
Zero Recycle Load Rejection
Used to earn $35/ton, now paying $20/ton to secondary market ($70/ton if your load is rejected). The Chinese Silver Sword requires a very low contamination rate. 7,000 tons of clean recycling, last year.
KEEP CLEANING YOUR WASTE BEFORE YOU PUT IT IN THE CAN!
Coastsiders be proud because Chris Porter’s counterparts, get lots of rejected loads as their client do not submit clean recycling. The Recology workers are also good
Corporate-wide Recology decision to continue to recycle with “Green Waste Inc”. Their contract says no materials will go to landfill. They sort and have second market customers to sell to. The Chinese are actually starved for clean recycle materials.
Mandatory Food Composting by 2024, with weekly pick up. Expense minimum $2/month (working number), but, according to Chris, fuel and labor could increase and that could increase costs. 1 truck will need to be dedicated to composting. Composting costs 3x the landfill rates. Recology has a composting plant in Gilroy. Need to partner with Montara to share costs. Pacifica is food composting aleady. It will take 12 month lead time for Recology of Coastside to offer this service. According to Chris, food composting does not add up to much in reducing the land fill; more in winter, less in summer.
Food/ Fish composting with the Harbor District, as well.
Chris Porter from Link In
I am a third generation San Franciscan who has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area my whole life. I attended St. Elizabeth’s Grammer School., Notre Dame des Victoires High School and University of San Francisco College.
I started my career working for I. Magnin department store as a stock clerk and worked my way up to holding the positions of both Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable Corporate Managers with all 26 stores reporting directly to my departments.
During this same time I was able to obtain my residential real estate license and began a parallel carrier with John F. Finnegan Century 21 Real Estate.
In 1985 I left I.Magnin and began my second career of waste management on the San Mateo coastside from Pacifica thru Miramar. This job involved plenty of interaction with my old skills as there is alot of interaction between the company and the cities of Pacifica, Montara/Moss Beach and El Granada/Princeton by the Sea/Miramar. All budgets, personnel and day to day active was directed by me.
I have continued in this positon since 1985 and helped in the transition and sale of Coastside Scavenger Company to Recology, Inc. which morphed the name of the company to Recology of the Coast.