Richard Gertman has worked in the materials management field for over 43 years. He is the owner of a new consulting firm, For Sustainability Too. Over his career he has worked for a non-profit recycling organization, the CA Solid Waste Management Board, Davis Waste Removal Company, the City of San Jose Office of Environmental Management, R. W. Beck and Associates, Environmental Planning Consultants and Cascadia Consulting Group. This variety of employment helps him to understand the needs of all of the sectors involved in sustainable materials management.
Richard implemented the first city-wide curbside collection recycling program in 1974, and the first municipal composting program in 1981 in Davis California; he implemented the first big-city residential curbside recycling collection program in the US in the City of San Jose in 1985; the wet-dry residential collection systems in Portola Valley and Woodside in 2002; and the San Jose city-wide commercial wet-dry collection system in 2012. He also co-authored the "Single Stream Recycling Best Practices Manual" with Susan Kinsella of Conservatree, in 2006.
Richard has served on the Board of Californians Against Waste since 1998; and on the Boards of the California Resource Recovery Association (1982-1988), National Recycling Coalition (1984-1989, 2010-2012), and Northern California Recycling Association (1980-1983).