Rodney Clara Joins MRC as Northern California Program Coordinator

The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) has hired Rodney Clara as its Northern California Program Coordinator. He will be responsible for working with municipalities, retailers and other mattress generators, transporters and recyclers in Northern California.

Clara’s previous 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. Clara most recently 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. Rodney 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 (ISPA). “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 non-profit organization created by ISPA to develop and implement statewide recycling programs for California, Connecticut and Rhode Island, which all enacted mattress recycling laws in 2013. California’s program is expected to begin in early 2016. Currently, MRC is developing a comprehensive program plan which is due to California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) by July 2015.

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