Clara joins Mattress Recycling Council

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Rodney Clara

The Mattress Recycling Council has hired Rodney Clara as its Northern California program coordinator. He is responsible for working with municipalities, retailers and other mattress generators, transporters and recyclers in the region.

Clara’s experience includes a 14-year history in the recycling and reuse industry. He began his career with Goodwill Industries as a resource-recovery manager, developing waste reduction/recycling programs in Northern California, and served as vice president and director for three California electronics-recycling companies.

Most recently, Clara worked as the senior project manager for Hugo Neu Recycling in New York, where he developed and managed a business/customer-oriented recycling program for electronic waste. He received a degree from Santa Monica College and studied Environmental Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. 

“Rodney’s background demonstrates a proven track record in deploying innovative recycling programs throughout California,” said Ryan Trainer, president of MRC and the International Sleep Products Association. “There are many transferable skills gained from his career in electronics-waste recycling and his outside perspective will be valuable to our program team.”

MRC is a nonprofit organization created by ISPA to develop and implement statewide recycling programs for California, Connecticut and Rhode Island, which all passed mattress-recycling laws in 2013. California’s program is expected to begin in early 2016. Currently, MRC is developing a comprehensive program plan that is due to California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery by July 2015.

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