California Municipalities Lead the Way
In a scene played out at recycling centers across the country, plastic bags clog disc screens at the Sunnyvale Materials Recovery and Transfer (SMaRT) Station in Sunnyvale, Calif. Damage to the equipment was one of the motivations for the city banning certain retail stores from distributing single-use carryout plastic bags earlier this year.
Matthew Maddox is a senior program manager for Rincon Consultants, Inc., a California-based planning and engineering firm.
Josephine Miller is environmental analyst for the city of Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment.
Mark Bowers is solid waste programs division manager for the Environmental Services Department in Sunnyvale, Calif.