For more than 50 years, recycling has been his business.
And today, Joe Garbarino, Jr., co-owner of Marin Sanitary Service is being inducted into the National Waste & Recycling Association’s Hall of Fame.
"Joe is one of the founding fathers of the recycling movement in California," said CAW Executive Director Mark Murray. "Joe's vision and leadership in creating one of the first privately operated curbside programs and one of the first material recovery facilities helped convince the waste industry that recycling could be good business as well as good for the environment."
Marin Sanitary Service (MSS) started the nation’s first countywide residential curbside recycling program. The recycling program currently recycles up to 75% percent of the collected solid waste.
It implemented a dual-sort system that reduces contamination that increases recycling rates. MSS started curbside collection of food scraps, and recently, began collecting food scraps from restaurants, caterers and supermarkets to be turned into renewable energy.
Garbarino's response to the award: "It’s a genuine honor to be recognized by my peers. But this isn’t just about me. It recognizes the hard work put in by everybody at Marin Sanitary Service. We’ve been a family-owned business since 1956, and employees are our extended family. They work hard and are always finding new ways to improve what we do."
Photo: Joe Garbarino, Jr. with CAW's Executive Director Mark Murray